Illustrator and Graphic Designer David Michael (aka Jammy Creamer) is from Sydney, Australia. His inspiration has developed from honest expression and through life experience. Read on to find out more about David and his work, or head to his Website, Facebook or Instagram.
When did you decide to follow this path and why?
The first time I started being interested in art /illustration, I was very young if I recall correclty I was around 8 years old in primary school there was a drawing competition that the winner would have their drawing on the schools t-shirts made… I remember a friend of mine in my class won was very cool. I didnt pursue the fact that I really liked and loved drawing until I was around 17 and had to decided what to do with my life so I strated taking it serious and did a first year of BA graphic design in university then on my second year I was transfered to Illustration.
Was this always what you wanted to do or did it emerge?
It was always something I enjoyed and loved though it did merge with other stuff I do in my life in a very positive way.
Did you always feel different in any way?
I felt for many years that I should be an actor and still think about it. Though I draw because I love and enjoy it.
What helped you follow your dream?
I had alot of people through social networks giving me alot of motivation either hate or positive feedback it was all good coming my way.
Its really relaxing to just draw and do it because you love and want to create. University was very helpful I believe as they really boost you up with proffesional help with what you want to be doing.
Did anyone know about your dream?
Just a few friends knew I liked drawing as I started doing collage mixed with scribbles to make a small portfolio to get into uni and eventually became better at what I was doing and progressed into different ways of finding my passion.
Did anyone question your choices? If so how did you deal with this?
Many people will tell you you can’t draw even your friends might but keep in mind that you do what you do for your own personal satisfaction and not theirs. I had strangers tell me my work is lovely and amazing and I had close friends tell me otherwise.
How did others around you react to you following your dream?
They accepted it quite well even though its hard today being an artist and trying to make a living out of it.
Do people call you lucky and how do you respond to this?
I never had someone call me lucky though I had alot of people call me creative.
What blocked/ stopped your success and how did you overcome this?
At some points setting up as an artist and finding jobs was hard and being new to the industry it can be very messed up. Many people want your work for free or even cheat you so never work for free unless you really want to… its always nice to get paid for work you have been assigned to do.
What keeps you going?
I can honestly say I keep drawing because I love it.
What did you go through to get here?
I went through a lot of drawing before I found my style and still believe I will progress more and more with every drawing I do.
How do you overcome fear?
There is no fear of failure as I havent lost anything from drawing.
How do you overcome sharing your work?
I enjoy sharing my work especially with all the social networks we have today. It’s really amazing to see what others have to say about your work bad or good.
How do you deal with criticism?
Deal with it always in a calm manner. Sharing your thoughts about your work and hearing what others have to say is always great.
What does art mean to you?
Art helps me forget my troubles and find myself again.
What inspires you?
Brand new pens and fresh paper inspies me alot.
Where do you go for creative inspiration?
I also have skateboarding as a hobby for many years it something different and helps me find inspiration as if you draw to much you will get fed up just like with anything you do too much of.
What are you most excited for in the future?
To see my work progress.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back?
Always love what you do or don’t do it.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists looking to create the life of their dreams?
Go for it- nothing is stopping you from being what you want to become.