Our series of interviews with those judging this year's YCN Professional Awards continues with illustrator Luke Best.
YCN: What is your favourite thing about being an illustrator?
Luke Best: Without sounding too obvious, it's the illustrating. I really enjoy using my own visual language to solve problems, testing it and seeing what it's capable of. Sometimes it fails, but that's another thing I like. I enjoy how mistakes can be beneficial.
YCN: What was the best piece of advice you received when you began working professionally?
LB: It's not really advice, but when I first saw Heart with my portfolio, they didn't like any of the work I had specifically made in an attempt to show them I had commercial promise. It was validation that I should stick to what I think is interesting, instead of trying to predict the market.
YCN: Which project have you been especially proud of?
LB: Recently, I have been working on a project with Spencer Wilson for Vital Arts, creating artwork for the children's outpatients ward at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. When I went to photograph the work, I spoke to the nurses, as well as people who worked there, and they were all really happy with how the kids had responded to the project. It was great to see that the real client was so pleased.
YCN: What is the first thing you do when you receive a new brief?
LB: I read it, make notes, draw out the information and spend a couple of hours coming up with ideas. Then I go for a short walk and come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes to see if any of them are worth pursuing.
YCN: What’s the best thing you’ve ever won?
LB: I'm not very competitive, but I used to play football, so winning any game felt pretty good
YCN: What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve recently seen?
LB: I saw the film Chinatown for the first time recently, and thought it was just perfect story telling. I also recently saw The Red Studio, Dance (1) and The Piano Lesson by Matisse in MoMA, which were all as incredible as I had hoped.
Luke is one of 80 creative professionals kindly participating in the judging of this year's YCN Professional Awards. Discover them all here.