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Vive speaks with Jamie Mitchell.
London-based Jamie Mitchell began his working career as an architect, but after deciding that the industry wasn’t for him he made the courageous decision to return to his roots.
Jamie is now the joint founder of Ohh Deer- an established brand showcasing the best in upcoming talent.
We asked Jamie a few questions earlier;
What inspires your work?
Inspiration is a weird one, I’m highly concept based, I deal in the language of ideas - as Illustrators have to, so getting a message across in the most affective or thought provoking way is what I aim for. I love animals, and always have, and don’t really enjoy humans (because of how destructive we are) so there are hints at that theme in my work.
You used to be an architect, why the drastic change?
I enjoyed my degree in Architecture because I was in control of the direction, as soon as I went to work for a practice any sense of self got lost, and I became a CAD monkey. I wanted to get back to what I loved, ideas and drawing.
Tell us about your working practice, what is the key to your success?
The key to success is being busy, if we’re talking about how i work on a micro-scale, you have to be driven, and very motivated. I started a business (www.ohhdeer.com) while working as an architect, and decided that I wanted to do that and freelance Illustration fulltime. When I made that decision I took every opportunity available to me. I’m now doing work for some very exciting projects and my brand has work in the design museum, the millenium gallery, magma books, london graphic centre within 6 months of launch.
Any words of wisdom to other illustrators?
Keep busy, even if you’re doing something for free, it’s still better than doing nothing at all, it gives you the chance to develop and get used to working for clients.
Any work you’re particularly proud of?
I look back at my work as a whole and frown. I’ve started bringing architecture into it though, with textures and whatnot - I’m proud that my work is progressing generally.
Do you try and keep a routine or take each day as it comes?
Everyday is different, and where deadlines are involved, you can’t always predict when or how long you’ll have to work. I go to my studio to work though to try and keep and element of ‘work vs home’, which is important.
You can see more of Jamie’s work here.