Sprankenstein is one of three artists taking over All You Read Is Love for the Leytonsone Arts Trail

We asked Sprankenstein some questions about practicing art and the exhibition.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich Album Cover - Hand-Drawn and Coloured by Sprankenstein

Benjamin Francis Leftwich Album Cover – Hand-Drawn and Coloured
by Sprankenstein


Julie: Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the Leytonstone Arts Trail in 2016.
Sprankenstein: I am taking my work to the next level for LAT 2016 and creating a Sprankenstein ‘world’ within All You Read Is Love, with wall murals and 3D elements as well as video art.


Julie: This is the 9th LAT. Have you taken part in the Trail before and what did you do?
Sprankenstein: I haven’t taken part in the Leytonstone Trail before, so I am a newcomer in that sense. I did part in the E17 trail last year (that was where my studio was based.)


Julie: Tell us a little bit about your artistic background/education.
Sprankenstein: At school I was purely academic and wasn’t even considering art as a direction at all. Then I spectacularly failed Further Maths at A-Level and it all changed. I then went on to do an Art Foundation and then completed a BA Illustration degree at Portsmouth University, with 1st Class Hons.


Sprankenstein x Max Hetherington - Digital Illustration of photography by Max Hetherington

Sprankenstein x Max Hetherington – Digital Illustration of photography by Max Hetherington


Julie: How would you describe your art practice? What kind of things inspire you to create art?
Sprankenstein: I like to create both hand drawn and digital art with a sinister side, but it is always playful and not too serious. I like giving new life to existing photo’s digitally, as well as creating animation and writing illustrated short stories with strange little characters. Sometimes people I pass on the street will inspire me to draw, or a quote that I come across during the day, or a daydream. It could be anything, if I’m honest.


Julie: How would you describe a good day in the studio?
Sprankenstein: Getting through a lot of my work without getting distracted.


Julie: What challenges (if any) do you face in preparing yourself and your work for the Trail?
Sprankenstein: I’ve got a lot to do. A LOT. But I like that feeling. The adrenaline makes me create some weird things that I may not have thought of without the rush.


Julie: Do you collect art?
Sprankenstein: I like to collect zines and ephemera. Particularly things to do with horror.


Julie: Please tell us something you really like about Leytonstone
Sprankenstein: I like the graveyard on Church Lane. It’s a pocket of eerie peace.


ASOS Instagram Campaign - Digital Illustration on top of photography by Sprankenstein

ASOS Instagram Campaign – Digital Illustration on top of photography
by Sprankenstein


Julie: Besides the Trail, what is coming up next for you and where can we see more of your art in the flesh or on-line?
Sprankenstein: At the moment I am working on the ASOS Global Instagram Campaign and also an animation for the Tate Modern and Turner Contemporary. I keep my website and social pages updated nicely so you can see a lot of my work on there.

www.sprankenstein.com
www.instagram.com/sprankenstein
www.facebook.com/sprankenstein


Sprankenstein in Studio

Sprankenstein in Studio