Mister Phil

Mister Phil grew up in Portsmouth and currently resides in Brighton, where he has lived since attending Brighton University and gaining a degree in Illustration.

He uses cartoon illustration and a compelling blend of block colour to create eye catching and unique images whose psychedelic nature demands attention, giving one the feeling that there is a story to be told behind each one of them. “There’s a sense of surrealism in the work which mainly comes from not thinking too much about what I’m trying to achieve” he says, “allowing the work to create itself based on what comes before. I react to what I’ve put down on the paper, try not to stop too long and think about it, but act in an intuitive way.”

Mister Phil’s main platform and focus at the moment online, he explains “as long as something goes up every day then it’s OK. I enjoy the immediate feedback from twitter and internet – it keeps the momentum going…  I’m on a mission with this daily doodle project, looking forward to seeing where it takes me as ideas evolve very quickly when you force yourself to work under a strict deadline.”

Describing himself as an all round “creative person”, Mister Phil works with photography and web design alongside his illustration and animation work. “If I make something I really like when I see it again, then I’m content.” He says, when asked what his own work means to him. “I like the idea that within the space of a couple of hours you can create something that didn’t exist before, that hopefully no-one else would have created.”

 

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About Elsa Vulliamy

I am a Philosophy student at the University of Sheffield. I grew up in Camden, London, surrounded by interesting and colourful people and an amazing music scene, which has made me who I am today. I’m super opinionated and I love to debate and ask questions. I'm obsessed with journalism in all its forms. I love to write features and comment and my mind is always swimming with new ideas. My work has been published in newspapers such as the Observer, the Independent and the Guardian and I recently started writing for the political blog Left Foot Forward. I am the features editor and former arts editor of the University of Sheffield's student newspaper, Forge Press, and I dedicate all my free time to making the section as interesting as possible. When I get a break I write features, reviews, comment and news stories of my own for Forge Press as well. I love contemporary art and independent cinema. My hobbies include watching entire box sets in one sitting, going to live gigs and drinking a lot of coffee.

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