Interview with the Artist behind Zip & Zoe!

We have interviewed artist, Matthew Langille, to find out the ideas behind his creations, artistic influences and some fun facts!


Hi Matthew! How did you first get into art and illustrating?

 

My family is artistic, so I was used to being around artists.  

 

Can you tell us the most exciting piece of work that you’ve done?

 

It's always changing. Sometimes it's collaging old drawings, and sometimes it's my crayon drawings. It depends on my mood!

 

What would you say inspires you most?

 

Inspiration is funny, it's not a word I take lightly. If the question is why I am inspired to make art, it's kind of an easy answer! I'm easily inspired, I need to make artwork. I have no choice but to, so I'm driven to constantly.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given as an artist?

 

To learn licensing.

 

What’s your favourite colour to use and why?

 

Red. It's powerful.

 

Can you tell us the last thing you drew?

 

A snake with my son William. 

 

What was your favourite cartoon when you were a kid?

 

Smurfs

 

What did you used to want to be when you grew up?

 

Archeologist or deep-sea explorer. 

 

Use 3 words to describe yourself?

 

Fun, Passionate and Prolific.

 

What do you most enjoy doing in your spare time?

Cooking and being with my wife. 

 

What superpower would you have and why?

 

Cleaning! Because I have to... or my house would be a mess! 

 

If you could hang out with another artist for the day who would it be and why?

 

This is tricky girl! Dr Seuss, Shel Silverstein or Tim burton!

 

If there was a magic power you could have… what would it be?

 

To make the need for money to disappear! So people could do what they really want to do where they really want to do it.

 

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

 

Scarlett. My fav colour... even better than red!

 

Moving onto Zip & Zoe… How did you first come up with the idea for the characters of Zip and Zoe?

 

We needed a character and I was drawing hairy characters at the time. I drew a guy with tons of hair and boom! A kind of caveman slash, explorer/hipster emerged AND he had a female companion. 

 

How did you first come up with the idea for the characters of Dylan and Daisy?

 

They needed friends. What better than a Dino and a dragon?

 

What is your inspiration around the prints?

 

Colour, humor and fun!  

 

What do you hope children take away from the characters and the story?

 

Exploration, inspiration and imagination! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us today! See more of Matthew Langille's creations here.