Q&A with Guy Shield – remarkable illustration style!

“Earlier this year, I responded to a series of interview questions by drawing my answers.”

Guy Shield‘s opening to his illustrated Q&A series surprised me. He really takes what he’s doing that dearly and obsessively. Instead of just texts, Guy took the extra miles to draw each of his answers. What’s better, he even broke the process down step-by-step along with a handful of information of the tools and techniques he employed. It makes the series a great case for aspiring illustrators learning about illustrating a concept from scratch to finish. At the same time, it shows how thorough and passionate Guy is as an illustrator.

Previously working as a designer in publishing for over a decade, the Melbourne-based illustrator has a unique style that resembles movie stills. Each illustration is treated carefully as a film frame with striking colour palettes. Except for sound and motion, everything is there in his illustrations: from composition to lighting to cinematic angles. Guy pulls each and every element together so well that you have that immediate atmospheric feeling about the artwork the moment you lay eyes on it. It almost feels like there are sound and motion. Guy is indeed a scenic storyteller. He lives a loves illustration. Seriously.

Below are the Q&A’s Guy has illustrated. You can also follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Behance.

Q1. How do you feel today?

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Q2. What do you do in your spare time?

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Q3. What is your secret passion?

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Q4. What is your genius idea?

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Q5. What does your source of inspiration look like?

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Q6. Who is your childhood hero?

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