Exploring the unique graphic art of Andy Gilmore

Andy Gilmore describes himself as a draftsman, designer and musician – and these three roles all have a part to play in his illustrations. His portfolio includes work for everyone from Apple to Wired, as well as being exhibited around the world. We talk to Andy about his work and the commission he did for The Savills Portfolio.

Matt BeavenEditorial & Creative Director

How would you describe your work?

Explorations and experiments in colour and form.

Where do you find inspiration?

I primarily find inspiration in the act of working – whether it’s at the computer or drawing there’s a constant inner dialogue posing questions that I try to answer visually. I would best describe it as a feedback loop.

How has your work changed over the years?

Over the years my work has changed from being emotionally and psychological rooted to being more about curiosity and exploratory.

How has technology affected how you work?  

Having the ability to undo, coupled with the option to save limitless variations, has been very freeing for me creatively.

Can you talk us through your process for the recent commission for The Savills Portfolio

I essentially just took into consideration the suggestions outlined in the brief and went to work building forms in Illustrator. Once the forms were decided upon I made a number of colour variation based on a suggested palette.

What are your tips for the perfect brief? 

My work has a broad range from minimal to complex, monotone to colourful, so I tend to prefer briefs that describe the qualities sought rather than graphic examples. If there are graphic examples I prefer they be of my own work and not of another artist.

Andy Gilmore is represented in the UK by Breed London.