EXCLUSIVE: Our Interview with John Pilkington

Photos courtesy of John Pilkington John Pilkington's fantasy artwork easily transports you to another world. More art and our intervi...

Photos courtesy of John Pilkington

John Pilkington's fantasy artwork easily transports you to another world.
More art and our interview after the jump!

Hi John! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I trained as an illustrator/graphic designer at St Martins in London during the '70s and worked in the photographic industry for 20 years then moved on to be a professional model maker/painter, selling at high end craft shows in the UK. When the chemicals involved in this nearly killed me I somewhat belatedly decided to combine my love of pencil and pen & ink drawing with my esoteric researches and came up with "Les Grimoires du Faerie" - my website located at www.grimoiresdufaerie.com.

Why fantasy art?
Fantasy is an open ended genre - it allows more than it excludes.

Where do you get your ideas and inspirations from?
My ideas come from my innate love of patterns. I love finding correlations between seemingly disparate items and the anomalies therein.So I constantly look for unusual frequencies/patterns with my compositional radar then draw out the ensuing idea emphasising specific qualities.

In other words, I search my dreams for images that reflect my understanding of reality then search the internet or use a 3D-rendering program for the requisite reference material.

What do you have to tell from your art?
When I look at my work, the most stand out feature for me is the eyes. It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul. Perhaps they are and perhaps my art is simply my soul looking out, through Fae's eyes... at you.

What are your favourite tools to work with?
Pencils, mostly. I bought a set of Faber Castell Albrecht Durer, watercolour pencils years ago and I love using them.

I also like my 0.13 Rotoring Isograph, Nikon camera, iMac and CS5.

What do you find most fulfilling being an artist?
Fulfilling is a strange word for a pursuit where you give yourself away all the time.
It may sound odd but I feel happiest when one of my creations becomes sentient and sings back at me. That's when I know when to stop fiddling with it.

If you could only work with one colour, which one would it be, and why?
Black, because white encompasses all colour and breaks down into the 7 rainbow colours but black encompasses the unknown and everything can be defined in shades of grey.

Where is the one place on the planet you have dreamed of visiting?
Bali. Before I die, I want to see Balinese temple dance - the real dance where they move to escape the heat generated by being tied to a physical body.

What would you do if you win a million dollars?
Give it away. Fame, fortune, and cash are a bigger and more formidable prison than Alcatraz.

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