I had the opportunity to sit down with the amazing fashion illustrator Matthew Miller, aka Sunflowerman, to gain some insight on his work and process. We decided to link up at Condessa Coffee, where much of his work is displayed, to sit, talk, paint, and of course, drink coffee.
Take a look at some of his artwork below, followed by a brief interview.
So, what got you started in art?
I know its cliche, but I’ve ALWAYS been drawing. I feel as if I was born to do it. I never really had a choice.
How would you describe your work?
I said something really nice one time, what was it? I think it was, “An ecclectic assault on common place.” Yeah, I think that’s it.
What sort of materials do you use?
I’m a fan of recycled materials….book pages, leftover fabric, whatever. I really like to “redeem” things. I also use Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India Ink and some round, synthetic brushes.
Can you name 3 of your favorite artists/inspirations?
Caravaggio, Alphonse Mucha, and David Downton. That’s a guy from the Baroque period, one from Art Noveau, and a new school guy that does fashion illustrations.
Where do you see yourself and your art in the next 5 years?
Uh, I’m just going to keep doing men’s fashion illustrations. I’d love to do advertising work for some big brands.
Why men’s fashion specifically?
Well, almost nobody really does just men’s fashion, so I see an opportunity there. Besides that, I wear it and identify with it, and I can express my own identity of fashion without really having to buy all of those expensive clothes.
Where can we see more of your work?