Matt Joyce took an adventurous leap from the safety of an in-house design position to the creative freedom of full-time freelance work and the literal outdoors with his fun and eye-catching murals.
Matt’s murals and map illustrations grab the attention for their rich amount of detail and exuberant style but also incorporate injections of playful typography.
The humorous tone is something Matt talks about, and we love this aspect of his work.
From the use of cheeky slang and uplifting slogans to colourfully presented puns, there’s always a lightheartedness to Matt’s work that we enjoy. And we think it’s certainly something welcome if not much needed around our towns and cities to perk up people’s days.
“I’m an illustrator based in Wales with a focus on mural and map illustration.”
“I left a full-time design/illustration job in 2017, which allowed me to focus on freelance full-time. I work from my home studio with my dog for company.”
“My desk is surrounded by knickknacks and illustrations from people I admire. I find seeing other people doing amazing work can get me fired up to create things.”
“I mostly work digitally, I still sketch the initial idea but move to digitally sketching quickly. I have an Wacom Intuos Pro and draw in Photoshop, I am keen to get an iPad and see if that will work for my work flow.”
“I made my self a custom brush in Photoshop to add in some roughness and imperfection to my work. This is to counter the clean look that digital can have and add some of the human imperfections back in.”
“I try to use minimal colour palettes where possible, and like to include cheesy humour or positivity.”
“In between client work, I try to do personal work. It’s enjoyable to do stuff without a brief and keep busy during down time. Also, some of my personal work has led to client work which is great.”
All images © Matt Joyce