Day 9 – Meghan Player of Wolf & Kid
Meghan Player of Wolf & Kid is a self-taught artist from Sydney, Australia. Meghan has worked as a music journo (see some of her amazing photos on her Instagram) but has taken to drawing more these days as a creative outlet. Her style of art is unique, influenced by music and the misfits.
Are you a self taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
Self taught. I’ve always made things, ever since I was a kid – be that art, costumes or paper sculptures. I guess my way of approaching these things has changed over the years, and I’ve become more open with sharing things that I’ve made, rather than hiding them away.
What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
I draw everything the old school way – ie; pen and paper – so I don’t really use any apps, tools or programs. I think instagram is a great tool for artists and photographers (if you use it correctly and don’t abuse it). I’ve found a lot of amazing artists that way.
Your art provides inspirations to so many others. What or who inspires you?
Most of my pieces are inspired by music – with the occasional film, tv or book reference. I worked as a music journo and editor for about 7 years, and when that ended, I needed to somehow still express what I love about music in another way. Art was the doorway to that. It allows me to keep writing those love letters to all the bands without having to find the right words.
The biggest inspirations for me come from those that don’t conform to the traditional form of art – the punks, the weirdos, the rebels.
Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
No two illustrations are the same, so the process for each can be wildly different. Some might be brewing as just an idea for months before they physically become something on paper. Others are born overnight, and I’ll get them down as quickly as possible. I don’t like to spend a lot of time on one particular piece, as I tend to get distracted or bored easily. It’s not uncommon for an illustration to be completed in one day.
What part of your process do you love the most?
I love thinking about the next piece. I’ve learned not to force a new piece of work to evolve, but to let it come naturally, and develop that way too. The best ideas are the ones that you think of when you’re least expecting it. This is usually at 2am.
If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
If I had of followed what I was originally going to do when I left school, I probably would have been a Criminologist or Forensic Psychologist by now. I basically wanted to work in the Behavioral Analysis Unit at the FBI, and be a real-life Clarice Starling.
Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
Oh man. I’ve been fortunate to do some collaborations with some great artists over the last couple of years, and have been asked to do some commission work for local and international musicians that continues to blow my mind. Late last year I had the opportunity to work with Unwritten Law, and that was a huge deal for me personally, as I’m a huge fan of the band. That was pretty rad. For me, the most humbling part comes from the encouragement or support from people that you’ve admired over the years, be that musicians or other artists.
Name an underrated artist
The list is endless. There are so many talented folks out there that don’t get the recognition they deserve – Natalie and Christina Cole are incredible artists from the US that blow my mind every time they share another piece. I adore Carmel Debreuil’s dreamy, Wes-Anderson style pieces, and my mate Natty B does a sick job of slinging ink and paint around.
What artwork of yours are you most proud of?
The one I did earlier today, funnily enough. It’s a piece to celebrate Grinspoon’s album ‘Guide to Better Living’ as it’s 20 years old, and I based it around the song “Just Ace”. It features a rainbow, and that to me is significant for both the album, and the current social climate in Australia at the moment as we start voting for Marriage Equality.
What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
I’m hoping to launch a new, music-based zine in the next month or so. I’m also looking to do a bunch of horror movie inspired pieces in the lead-up to Halloween.
Bonus fun questions
What is your current favourite album?
I’m listening to a bunch of old favourites at the moment, so I’m going to go with the Bronx “III”.
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