Spencer Harrison: a graphic artist, designer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia.
Behind his energetic and vivid creations is a playful imagination and fascination with daydreams, adventures, nature and fun. A colourful palette brings his playful illustrations, patterns, objects and commercial projects to life. Never without a notebook, Spencer scribbles inspirations, ideas and humorous musings between the pages and his sense of spontaneity and curiosity is evident in his mesmerising works.
Tell us about yourself. I'm a graphic artist and illustrator based in Melbourne Australia. I love bright colours, dancing in my studio, adventures in nature and hanging out with creative peeps. At the moment I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with the colours Pink and Purple but I'm working on it (the first step is admitting you have a problem). I'm happiest when I'm in my studio, drawing, listening to podcasts and making things with my hands.
What got you into designing and how long have you been designing for? I originally started out as a scientist, studying Nanotechnology, during which time I used to procrastinate from writing my science essays by playing around in Photoshop and Illustrator. After a while I realised I loved creating things and playing with design so after I graduated from Nanotechnology I enrolled straight into Graphic Design. 3 Years later I graduated and I've been out in the 'real world' designing for about 4 years now, mostly working for myself during that time. My path to my current role has been a windy one, doing some internships, freelancing and running a branding business for 2 years. Last year though i realised I just loved drawing and so have been focussing for the last 6 or so months on my art and illustration practice.
How would you describe your design style? A Technicolor explosion of fun and patterns. My design style is constantly evolving but at the moment I'm loving a lot of colour and a lot of pattern usage in my work. My style is very hand drawn and a little rough around the edges but I like that as it shows the human side in the designs.
What motivates and inspires you to get out of bed each day? My studio space. I can't wait to get back here everyday and get stuck into the projects I'm working on. I had in my head the vision for my perfect studio space when I was in uni and I finally got it 6 months ago. It has a 'clean' area for my computer design work and lots of space and work benches for painting, drawing, sculpting and all the other crazy stuff I get up to. I have more ideas I want to do than I have time so I'm always keen to get in here and get stuff done!
Tell us about the artwork you’ve designed for The Paper Merchants? These patterns are from a collection I've been working on over the last 6 months. Some are self-initiated for my Rhythm and Repeat project (rhythmandrepeat.com) and others are unused concepts from other projects that were too good to disregard so can finally put them to good use! The collection is very colourful and bold but is perfect for a pop of colour on peoples walls and as a feature in a space.