Having collaborated with Tim on the artwork for our freshly released wine with Alice L’Estrange (Picnic Rosato) it only seemed fitting to dive a bit further into the world of a wildly creative illustrator.
A delicately private person, Tim grew up in the mountains outside of Melbourne, studying Digital Art at RMIT and drawing before he could remember. In the last 5 years he has become taken ‘illustrating’ a bit more seriously, working with one of the most frivolous natural wine brand of Australia – Good Intentions Wine.
Perusing Tim’s works you get mixed emotions and a cross-intersection of Japanese, dreamy and gothic kind of elements all mixed in with this bright 2000’s colour palette.
We caught up with the man himself.
What inspired you to become an illustrator?
There wasn’t a single source of inspiration, it kind just of happened. Video games, picture books and animation were the things that initially got me into drawing. At some point drawing pictures for other people made sense. Thinking visually comes more naturally to me than words and putting ideas into images feels like I’m bringing something to life.
Do you have an artist do you look up?
It’s kind of hard to single out just one, but Hokusai has always been a favourite. He was so good at capturing the essence of something very simply. He’s an artist I think you can learn a lot from simply by looking at his work.
What do you do in your spare time?
I like to make weird computer music. I’m pretty into synths and electronic music. I also like to go for walks in the forest when I can. I grew up in a very forested place and I miss the trees!
Are there any special things you (and we can) do to help with the creative process?
Some things I do are: looking at lots of art I like and then going for a walk or closing my eyes. Collaging together different drawings and ideas that weren’t meant to go together. Drinking lots of coffee. It’s not very interesting, but most of the time it’s just a matter of pushing through periods of no inspiration until something happens.