Guy Shield is a Melbourne-based illustrator with a background in design and an obsession with drawing. Growing up in Richmond (back when it was dangerous), Guy taught himself to draw in the back of his schoolbooks. He littered the pages with the depths of his imagination, hoping one day his talents would not only find him fame and fortune but also distract women from the fact that he was really bad at sports. Though neither truly prevailed, he did develop an undying love for image making and a successful career in publishing and illustration. Guy works mostly in pen and ink, carefully crafting scenes that provoke intrigue and familiarity through formal compositions and engaging colour palettes. Put simply, Guy’s passion is scenic storytelling, and boy does he tell those stories well.
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Train, bus, bike, or other:
My bike, the ‘Street Sweeper’. I doubt I could hit as many people with a bus and get away with it, like I do on Sweeper.
What's the most important object in your studio?
Three-way tie between a Chris Gardner original, an oversized peg and my Series 7 brushes. They’re all important for different reasons.
Paper or Plastic?
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?
It’d have to be my father, and a super boozy lunch.
Preferred method of dealing with an encounter with an acquaintance whose name you can't remember.
Ask them for their details to pass on to a pretend friend that is insanely attracted to them. Just don’t tell them it’s pretend, and make a point of apologising the next time you see them that said pretend friend lost interest.
Why don't you flip the tortoise over, Leon?
Because I forgot it’s name. It was pretty embarrassing. How do you tell a tortoise someone’s insanely attracted to it? My Spanish is terrible.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
This question isn’t about the woodchuck’s ability, it’s really dependant wind resistance.
Favourite client so far?
K.W.Doggett’s were really awesome.
Favourite imaginary client?
How does your mother describe your profession?
I just asked her. She wrote this: “I’d like a one-hundredth of his creative ability”. She’s super sweet.
Coffee or tea?
If it’s light outside, white coffee. If it’s dark outside, black tea.
What's your earliest drawing memory?
Sitting in the back of the car during a family road trip, filling up the back of old primary school notebooks with drawings of Garfield, Snoopy and characters from video games.
How do you prefer to spend your mornings?
Riding, drinking coffee and filling up my brain with enough inspiration to see out the day. Oh, and laughter is important too!
Guy on the JW blog
‘Lullaby’ Book Cover by Guy Shield
Guy Shield for GQ — ‘The GQ Guide to First Times’
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