Stockport College Illustration Graduate Jordan O’Brien
Today we share the illustrative talents of Jordan O’Brien a recent graduate of Stockport College. We saw his talents at the recent ‘Grow 2012′ exhibition the college exhibited in Manchester, and we loved the individuality of his work.
Most of the imagery I create is in response to interesting uses of language. Just as words can sometimes have multiple meanings, and conjure up feelings and associations that differ from person to person, I feel that objects and characters can too. I enjoy working with my hands and creating physical objects which is something that I could never get when using a computer so I made the decision to use mostly paints. This also allows me to interact with my surrounds a bit more, which often leads to painting directly onto any objects I can find.
I think the greatest thing you can do for a viewer of your pictures is to make them laugh or at least smile, so I am always striving to make pictures that have this effect on them. I also get satisfaction from annoying uptight people which probably comes through in my work. I guess I am just a huge child.
I take my inspiration from anywhere that I can find it, but it usually comes from the following: books about running away, film noir, music, found ephemera, forgotten machinery and buildings, western films, old cartoons, nature and comedy. My goal later in life is to become a spy, fearing that might not happen I will happily settle for working as an illustrator. (or a wrestler).