AN INTERVIEW WITH LUKE ROUTLEDGE

An Interview With Luke Routledge
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AN INTERVIEW WITH LUKE ROUTLEDGE



Written by Ben Horton
13 Thursday 13th June 2013

Luke Routledge's work has been a favourite here at Don't Panic ever since he won our poster competition last year with his psychedelic entry. In addition to illustration, he also gives his ideas form with surreal mixed media sculptures. We caught up with Luke for a chat about his wonderfully disturbed creations. 

Hi Luke. To start off with, please could you tell us a little about your work? Is there anyone or anything you draw inspiration from in particular? 

My inspiration comes from all over the place really; it could be something in a scene of a sci-fi B-movie an extract from a philosophy book, or a peculiar photo in national geographic. I tend to use something as a starting point and then forget about it or look at something else, so the work evolves through the course of drawing or sculpting. In this way I see my process as a form of collage, with elements taken from here, there and everywhere. 

Monsters seem to be a recurring theme in your work. What's the story there?

The monsters in my work come from having grown up on a diet of Hieronymus Bosch, Salvador Dali and skateboard graphics. I find it fun to draw odd little drippy things with too many arms and eyes. I prefer to come up with things that don’t exist rather than drawing or sculpting people and objects that are around us everyday.

Your portfolio also includes sculpture. Is that a medium you're interested in pursuing further? 

Sculptures are always the main feature of my work and the drawings and paintings evolved   as pieces to expand the world my sculptures inhabit. Since graduating I have focused on illustration mainly because my house is getting full of life size monsters. I’ll always make three-dimensional work even if they end up hidden in cupboards, but to exhibit them more would be great.

What are you working on at the moment? Any upcoming projects we should be on the look out for? 

I have just ordered a bunch of t-shirts with one of my drawings on them, so they will be available from a store via my website in a week or two. I hope to have a range available pretty soon, so check back for updates on that front.

At the moment I am working on a number of sculptures for various competitions and you can watch the progress of these on my tumblr. 

I have just ordered a bunch of t-shirts with one of my drawings on them, so they will be available from a store via my website in a week or two. I hope to have a range available pretty soon, so check back for updates on that front.

At the moment I am working on a number of sculptures for various competitions and you can watch the progress of these on my tumblr. 

I’m currently taking part in a competition over at Ohh Deer to become a part of their collective and you can buy prints of my work and phone cases in their shop. 

Also, next month I will be helping out a very experienced contemporary sculptor, acting as an assistant and I hope this experience will give me a few more prospects and avenues to explore.

Taking it back a little bit, can you tell us about your competition winning poster- how you interpreted the brief, and what kind of response you got?

My idea came to me pretty easily – I thought of the soul as a separate entity, so each person has this little creature that follows them round and they have to take care of. The appearance of the soul would get altered to reflect the person’s sins, addictions or fears. 

Since winning the poster competition I have had a couple of random emails off people, bands mostly enquiring about design commissions, which was unexpected and absolutely brilliant.

What's it like knowing your poster might have ruined communal kitchen magic mushroom parties up and down the country?

Here is a picture of a couple of them unfortunate kids...

Finally, any advice for future competition entrants?

Trust in your ideas and don’t be precious about your work. If you’re stuck in a rut apply a new technique and if all else fails just throw it away and start again.

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