Miles Cole [milescole]
What is your specialty in illustration?
Getting the job done
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
I completed formal art studies but being young and stupid I failed to
take any of it in at the time.
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
a/40th portfolio showing someone finally gave in to my charms
b/Panic, self-doubt, lots of cutting out and glueing, more panic, more cutting out,
visit to copy shop, more cutting out and glueing, a bit less self-doubt, PHEW!
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
Past- John Heartfield, Terry Gilliam, Heath Robinson, Hannah Hoch, Steadman,
Alan Aldridge, Boris Artzybashef
Present- Sara Fanelli, Lauren Child, Maren Esdar, Hjarta Smarta, Pablo Bernasconi.
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
They're the same ones
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
Beano, then Shiver & Shake, then 2000AD
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
Yes it varies between drunk, sober & high on crack.
What is hardest to draw?
Anything from memory
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
Anything that's not heavy metal
Do you have a favorite work of art?
Something from Painting with Nancy I saw as a kid
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
Go round and beat them up
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
Sketch/rough on paper. Sometimes painted wash for background.
Everything else digitally.
What research do you do for your illustrations?
Library, Google, my extensive book collection
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
I jealously guard all my tricks, techniques and ideas.
Except the ones I stole!
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
Keep a roof over my family's head and don't die broke.
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
AOI, and anyone who uses photomontage
What are you working on now?
Series of ads for Racing UK TV channel
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
Don't do it! I've got enough competition as it is!