Joe Munro is a third year illustration student from Portsmouth.
I’m the youngest in a family who are all interested in art in some way or another. Therefore my future was always destined to end up somewhere in the art world. My outgoing personality has pushed the way I like to work. I usually start any project filling sketchbooks first hand; making quick drawings, recording overheard conversations and spontaneous marks to get a true reflection of my subject matter.
Working face to face with moving objects and people forces me to draw at the pace of the forms movement in front of me. This technique encourages instantaneous marks and lines that correlate with the subject matter of the artwork. It is within these elements of my work that I am able to capture more than a camera could or an illustration done from my bedroom. Engaging with my audience allows me to get behind doors that at first may seem closed.
I love people watching, chanting “Play Up Pompey” on a Saturday, early morning kebab haggling and meeting new and interesting people. Getting out of the house when starting a project is key for me. The sense of adventure or discovering something new is what pushes my work, even if it is sitting in kebab vans in the middle of winter at 2 o’clock in the morning. This is when I learned that drawing with gloves is a lot harder than I imagined.
Going to new places excites me. I think I’m inspired by all kinds of art. But, its in those times of panic coming up to a deadline I always return back to the works of artists such as of Franz Kline, Ronald Searle, John Virtue, Ralph Steadman and George Grosz. These guys get me through.
This summer I’ve been working on an animation focusing on the recent floods in Somerset. I volunteered for several days building flood defences in Bridgewater and used this experience to push my most recent project. Introducing a journalism student and a film-maker into my project proved to be a rewarding experience. The project highlights the severity of the flooding but also the positives of a strong community collectively helping each other rebuild their homes.
In the future I hope to continue working in a journalistic format; visiting new locations to create work and make a living from it.
See more of Joe’s work on his website.