Seb Godfrey from Drunk Park
Drunk Park is now the solo alias for Illustrator & Graphic Designer, Seb Godfrey. Since relocating to London in 2006, his ever expanding client base for the Drunk Park studio is growing. With his distinct illustration and style carving out a niche in today’s music & fashion scene, Seb has gone on to have his artwork featured internationally in numerous magazines, books & exhibitions.
What have you been up to lately?
A good mate of mine Joe Hamilton & I just finished an animated music video for producer/DJ Mike Monday. It’s for a track called “Catnip”, and is taken from his new album, “Songs Without Words: Pt.1″ just released on Om Records (San Francisco) this month. You can see the full 3:30min clip at www.drunkpark.com.
I’ve also been working on artwork for a few other record labels & music collectives. Including: Mutual Society Records in London; Bodytonic in Dublin; Greenskeepers in Chicago & Tippermusic in the US.
Apart from that, I’ve been doing plenty of sketching, filling up the ol’ black books… just getting a bit of practice in before my first round of ‘Secret Wars’ in London on the 18th October. Secret Wars is an Illustration battle between 16 artists, held at a bar called Juno on Shoreditch High St. (East London). There are 2 contestants on the night, we both get 90mins each to do a black & white piece on a wall which is then judged by the loudest crowd cheer & 2 independent judges. Should be a fun night!
How would you describe your own work?
Playful & colourful first & foremost. I guess humour plays a big part. I try to keep a pretty jolly vibe through most of the work, but with an underlying seediness to some of the characters.
How did you first get into designing?
I was always sketching as a kid. I’d get asked to draw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for classmates in grade 4 & I guess it started from there. I knew I wanted to get into design when I was in grade 7 after I did a small after-school course on the basics. I then went to Uni in 2000 with my good mates Rob Cordiner & Joe Hamilton. While at Uni I was earning a bit of beer money DJing at a club in Hobart called Syrup. Syrup was after a new designer for all their club flyers, so after pitching for that (actually my first ever pitch!) & scoring the job, I started doing all sorts of music related work stemming from the headline DJs who’d do gigs there.
How do you start with a new design, what is your process?
I always start with pencil on paper first. Thats a must. I went through a stage a couple of years ago where I’d just dive straight into the computer, right from the get-go, then find myself floundering about fontbook for ideas or getting sidetracked online.
After sketching a few ideas out, whatever the job may be… I’ll usually scan in the roughs to Illustrator then develop it further from there. If it’s a music related job (eg. a record cover, or event artwork), I’ll always listen to that specific producer/DJ/musicians’ music while going through the brainstorming process. I definitely find the strongest visual ideas come from listening to the relevant music.
You are currently living in London. What made you decide to relocate and how do you find the city?
My girlfriend & I were both ready for a change of scenery, so we moved over. That was almost 3 years ago! I didn’t plan on staying this long, but hey, it’s been fun. I thought it’d be a better place for me to expand the client base with more open minded clients, giving me a chance to find work that I’m actually passionate about & chase up more illustration work. But yeah, I love London, never a dull moment. Definitely a great place to network & meet like minded people.
Where do you find inspiration?
Influences are everywhere, but I’d have to say it all started with after-school cartoons & animation. Shows like ‘Trapdoor’, ‘Inspector Gadget’ & ‘Danger Mouse’ were definitely a huge influence with character development & the use bold bright colours. These days I find myself gathering influences from real people. Walking the city streets is a great way to gathering character inspiration. London is full quirks.
What advice would you have to younger designers entering the industry?
Always keep a sketchbook. It’s definitely the best way to hone your skills & just generally vent all your ideas.