Local Artist - Morgan McLellan
Morgan is a young artist in Prince George, BC who's focus is web and graphic design. He has been a part of the Rocket Shirts staff for four years and has had a strong influence in the development of our website.
"I have to force myself to keep practicing..."
How did you become an artist?
I was always really into drawing as a kid. I wasn't very good at it but I loved doing it. I was a very visual learner so being able to create stuff using my hands was always my favourite activity. As I got older I became more interested in visu
Where do you get inspiration from?
My greatest sources of inspiration are the people around me and whatever media has my attention at a particular time.
I make art for other people to love. Something as simple as a one of t-shirt that someone has come into our store and requested is an inspiration because someone else has given me an idea and it's my job to make it come to life.
What is the best time of day for you to make art?
At night is the best time for me. I like to come home from work and unwind by drawing. I find it's easier for me to concentrate when I'm in my own space and I can just completely lose myself in making something. It is a bit dangerous though because I'll put on a playlist, start drawing, and suddenly it's 3am!
What's the best advice you've been given?
It wasn't given to me directly, but there's a quote from Into the Spider-Verse that I love. "No matter how many times I get hit, I always get back up." You can apply this to any aspect of your life but in terms of art, specifically, when I feel like I'm not making progress or I've hit a creative block I get really frustrated. Those are the times when I have to force myself to keep practicing because it's the only way to find the breakthrough I'm searching for.
What are your biggest artistic influences?
I'm very strongly influenced by the media I consume and that's why my work is largely derivative. I'll usually have inspiration strike when I'm watching a movie or a TV show.
I'd say I'm most inspired by Hitchcock, Tarantino, Kubrick, and Spielberg. Their movies all have very clear styles and it makes it really easy to translate that into a graphic for a t-shirt.