Exclusive Interview with Illustrator Elroy Klee
Elroy Klee is a former graffiti artist from The Netherlands, who is the owner of Elroy Klee, a studio of twelve designers. They work together in the fields of illustration, set design and 3D work. Klee’s work is a mixture of “experimental transformer style”, urban street art and Dutch design. Here is a selection of some of his work from his Behance profile, along with 12 interview questions about his work and design style…
1. Tell Design Soak Magazine readers about yourself. What motivates you?
Well, I’m Elroy Klee. 43 years in the making already. So a kind of oldie. In the graphic game already some 16 years, but making name the last years in the international scene. My motivation comes from within’. Just making beautiful stuff.
2. When did you first start illustrating? Where did it all begin?
It all began when I was around 16. Starting in the streets with tagging and bombing my hometown with graffiti. Just was addicted to it and loved designing letters. After my study I began a studio with some companions. We were doing a lot of corporate stuff, identities and packagings. A few years back my illustrations roots was calling for attention. I left the studio and now a days I freelance as and art director/illustrator.
5. What is the biggest inspiration for fresh ideas?
Well, inspiration comes from everything for me. I can walk in a forest or supermarket. It doesn’t matter. I’ve noticed if I’m in the car on a highway I’m at my best creating a concept. Sounds kinda weird, but…