Words from Andrew Council

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Who’s work are you digging on right now?

I am constantly inspired by Graffiti. There is a lot of good Street Art in Bristol, which has a lot of energy and colour to it. Currently I like the illustration work of Bruno 9LI, Chris Martin, Will Sweeney and China Mike.

What is your favorite film?

I usually say Repo Man, but thinking about it Jurassic Park is a film that end up watching again and again.

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Where does you fascination with dinosaurs come from?

The same as many people I was really into them as a kid and have continued to be fascinated by them. The size of these creatures was really awesome and the fact that they were around millions of years before us. It’s interesting that what is known about them is based on the few remains that have been dug up. There is only so much we can work out as to how they looked and behaved. There is a lot of scope for using your imagination as to how they were.

I really like the interesting shapes of them. It makes them interesting to draw. They are very symbolic and instantly recognizable – the horns of Triceratops, plates on the back of a Stegosaurus etc.

They also turn up a lot in pop culture – Zoids, Dinobots, Godzilla and jurassic park. I like all those things! Robot dinosaurs, Dino monsters destroying cities, Raptors hunting humans…

Dinosaurs returning to take back the world from planet destroying mankind!

Nessie: your thoughts?

I don’t think it is a plesiosaur. I go with the theory that it is more likely to be a huge Eel!

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What is your favorite medium to work in and why?

I feel most comfortable using pencil or pen on paper but currently I am enjoying painting more. It is outside of my comfort zone, getting away from hard graphic lines and being a bit more expressive. Things don’t always come out as planned but it is very rewarding. Using spray-paint to create murals is something I am learning more about and want to do more of, so that is my favourite kind of painting right now.

Do you have a favorite project to date?

The project that I am most proud of is the 3D Brisuanadon dinosaur sculpture I made with my friend Matt Pugh. It was for the RWA Crimes Of Passion Bristol Street Art show and I wanted to do something different that would get people talking. Taking one of my designs and making it 3D was a real challenge and took a lot of planning and teamwork to get right. I was really pleased with how it turned out in the end – right till the last minute I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to pull it off and that the tail would fall off or something!

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Best place to be on a Friday night?

In a pub.

What is the best part of Bristol?

Anywhere on or around the Gloucester Road/Cheltenham Road/Stokes Croft area. It’s basically one long road that goes up north of the city centre. I live and work off of that stretch and it has some of my favourite pubs and places to eat around there. There is also loads of

Street Art going on in that area, it has a real creative buzz about it.

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Jurassic Park or Godzilla 2000?

Jurassic Park every time. I love that bit where they are being hunted by the Raptors.

Sandwich or Burrito?

It’s a bit one sided really as we don’t get Burritos here. If we do they are called something else like ‘wraps’ I think. I will have to say Sandwiches then, particularly the ones I buy for my lunch everyday from Cafe Kino. Falafel, hummus and sweet chilli is my favourite.

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