Admit it, you stalk some awesome illustrators online. So, at some point in your life, you most certainly came across Studio Muti and their diverse, colorful and impressive illustrations. Clinton Campbell & Brad Hodgskiss said yes to our invitation, and so they become a special part of Visual Playground 2019.

While they were here in Bucharest, we asked them a few questions about life in an illustration studio - here are their answers:

What are the biggest challenges of working in a studio as opposed to being a freelance illustrator?


The biggest challenge in a studio is impressing the rest of the team. They see your work every day so to bring something fresh is a tough task sometimes, but a welcome challenge.


How would you rate the importance of self-initiated projects in the process of finding clients?


I would say they’re more important for developing new styles and creating work the way you intended. The spin-off is that you can attract new clients with new fresh work.

What makes an illustration ”work”?


Endless changes that slowly chip away at your passion for the project.


When working on a project, how do you strike the perfect balance between aesthetics, functionality, and experimentation?


Getting the right balance depends a lot on the client. Some of our clients want us to experiment and trust that we’ll get it right whilst others are less adventurous and want to know where the project will end up at from the beginning.

It also depends on the aim of the illustration. Does it need to show realistic details or is it more about capturing a feeling.

What was the most unusual source of inspiration you ever stumbled upon?


A conversation with my 3-year-old son usually offers some unusual inspiration.


If you could explore a new field of interest for a year, what would that be?


The Dark Arts.