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Fashion Illustrator Patrick Morgan is One of the World’s Top Artist Today

Award-winning fashion illustrator Patrick Morgan is one of the world’s top fashion illustrators today, with clients including some of the giants: Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Virgin and Coca-Cola, Smirnoff, Selfridges, Virgin Mobile, Starbucks and Waitrose. Illustrator Patrick Morgan was once quoted as saying: “Think for yourself, be inspired by those at the top and don’t be afraid to compete with the best. Don’t be beaten by the first hurdle of life and WORK HARD.”

He’s one of fifteen (yes‚ fifteen!) children raised in a London household and he started out his working life as a labourer, working hard, against all possible odds. Patrick Morgan lives and works in London and his second solo exhibition in London was curated by our Mapper and fashion designer Massimo Casagrande.

Creative Mapping caught up with Patrick in London recently to talk about his work and find out a little more about the man himself:


“Think for yourself, be inspired by those at the top and don't be afraid to compete with the best, don't be beaten by the first hurdle of life and WORK HARD." Patrick Morgan

ABOUT PATRICK MORGAN

CM: Tell us a bit about your background.
I live in London UK and studied at Kingston University, Illustration and Graphics.

CM: And your work?
I work as a freelance designer and professional artist.

CM: What was your journey to becoming a professional creative? Who are your clients... and how do you market yourself?
I graduated from university, getting an agent in London Debut art at The Coninsgby Gallery. My clients range from Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Mulberry, Kenzo, Nike, Coca Cola, The Royal Academy, Smirnoff, The Telegraph, Timeout, Nars cosmetics and many more.

CREATIVE PROCESS

CM: Preferred working programs/tools?
My work is screen print, hand drawn with pencil and pen and ink. I use Photoshop illustrator and In design.

CM: What's the process from initial inspiration through to the execution of your product?
Sketches‚ Ink drawings‚ pencil drawings‚ scan‚ colour via photoshop‚ scan in‚ paint marks for various effects.

CM: How do you know when your work is truly done?
When the clients says‚ bill me.

CM: Biggest achievement to-date?
Selfridge's advertising. Hewlett Packard global campaign.

CM: What are your biggest challenges and how do you deal with them?
Creative blocks. Tea or a pint of Guinness with long time friend Massimo.

CREATIVE LIFE

CM: Best place to escape?
The pub - or a game of football.

CM: What inspires your creativity most in London?
Art galleries, The Hayward... and the BP awards is good for contemporary art shows.

CM: Favourite blogs and magazines?
Magazines: Creative Review and Wallpaper.
Blog: ffffound.
CM: Which festival/trade-shows are a must?
Frieze Art Fair is great.

CM: Favourite suppliers?
Atlantis or Cass Art.

CM: Your dream collaboration?
Prada are the best innovators at the moment in design.

Photography copyright: Patrick Morgan ( Chanel - Tom Ford - Yves Saint Laurent - Chloé - Céline - Stefano Pilati )