Ben Sanders kicked off his professional illustration career at the age of 12 when he was commissioned to complete a series of stickers, which ended up being sold worldwide for over two decades. His work, a nod to mid-century advertising, is retrospective, simple and textural. Much of his work would fit comfortably in a 1950's children's book, a jazz album cover or on the side of an ice cream van.
After graduating with Honours from the University of Ballarat, he was accepted into AWARD (Australiasian Writers and Art Directors) School. This propelled him into the world of advertising, where he worked as an Art Director on high budget TV commercials and outdoor and print campaigns. He returned to his first passion – illustration – in 2006. By 2008 he had been commissioned for a number of high profile advertising campaigns and picked up by national and international clients.
Place of Birth:
Windy ol' Warrnambool.
Currently Living in:
Ballarat, less than 100 metres from where gold was discovered.
Train, bus, bike, or other:
Legs, but no one ever gets to see them.
What's the most important object in your studio?
The clock, so I know when to knock off.
Paper or Plastic?
Paper… but the plasticy kind.
If you could resurrect one no longer living person to have lunch with, knowing you will have to return them to the grave right after coffee, who would it be?
Nostradamus… just so I could tell him that he didn’t see this encounter coming!
Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.
Just pick a random name, and when they try to correct you just keep insisting that it IS their name dammit!
Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?
Because it looks the same on the other side.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
A woodchuck wouldn’t chuck wood… would he?
Favourite client so far?
Any client that decides to pay me in jelly beans, but unfortunately 10% still goes to the government.
Favourite imaginary client?
C'mon KFC give me a chance to re-illustrate The Colonel.
How does your mother describe your profession?
With a fair amount of biased exaggeration.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, coffee… yeah, coffee… did someone say coffee?
What's your earliest drawing memory?
It was around 3am…
How do you prefer to spend your mornings?
Under a doona.
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