Monday, 30 July 2012

His darkly political illustrations have accompanied columns for David Mitchell and Charlie Brooker in the Observer and the Guardian, and his client list includes Nike, the New York Times, Greenpeace and Penguin Books. I asked David Foldvari how he got started… 

After graduating from Brighton I spent a while trying to get a job doing anything because I was broke and hated being on the dole.

This was around ’96. Back then you needed about £3-4,000 to have your own little Mac with a scanner and printer. I didn’t have that kind of money and my parents didn’t either. I was DJing at the time and had friends who were involved in the whole club music thing. Eventually I got a bank loan, bought a knackered old Mac Performa and started designing flyers and record covers for them.

I was doing what I considered to be fairly shit work. The money was good so I could have stuck with it but the illustration student in me said, “Hang on you’ve got to do something about this because the work you’re doing is diabolical”. I applied to do a master’s at the Royal College of Art, in the process pulled together a portfolio I was happier with, and went round London showing it to everyone.

David Foldvari was talking to Rachel Segal Hamilton.

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