They have progressed to tackling large-scale illustration projects together. “Our individual styles are quite different, but we bring all our styles and ideas together to create something which we would not have been able to produce separately.”
Working in this way sometimes forces them to abandon ideas one of them might be attached to, but which don’t fit the project; at times, these stray ideas work themselves into their individual work.
Tiptoe Collective has earned a foothold in the burgeoning live art scene, which presents very different challenges – both “exhilarating and unpredictable” – demands that they accurately balance the time available with the area they have to cover, the materials they’ll be using, and the level of detail they can achieve.
Another collective that’s rising to prominence thanks to live art is Subism (subism.co.uk), a multi-faceted team of illustrators and graffiti painters. Founder Stuart Boyd explains the buzz of live art: “Some artists are born to do the live art scene and for others it’s a challenge to draw on that scale and within that environment. It’s great to watch the mix of artists, illustrators and designers mixing styles, learning skills and sharing techniques.”
If you’re feeling creatively flabby and understimulated, stuck in a rut, don’t despair: take a structured approach to your work, and find the technique that will hone your style and deliver just the right burst of inspiration you’re searching for.
Dan Matutina has interpreted friends’ Facebook status updates into geometric shapes for his piece Move…move… move.