Matt Wilkins (some know him as Matt Sabbath) is a freelance illustrator from North London, mainly focusing on pen and ink illustrations.
How would you best describe your style?
A mix of psychedelia, cosmic and doomier themes. The eras of the 60s to 70s is a huge influence to me so that has definitely had an impact on my style. I like to use bold lines and bright colours to give my work that classic yet still modern look.
Which piece of work are you most proud of?
It's hard to narrow it down to just one, but I'm pretty proud of the shirt design that I was asked to do for one of my favourite bands, Kadavar. It was great to see them selling it at their merch table whilst touring around the world. Another highlight would be the 4 shirts I had the pleasure in designing for the country music legend, Waylon Jennings.
How have you reached the following that you have now?
It's been a pretty natural growth over the years. Doing a lot of commission work has really helped with getting out there to wider audience for sure.
Who are your favourite artists at the moment?
There's so many artists that are constantly killing it. To name a few favourites at the moment it would be Bossdog, Maarten Donders, Bayne at Blackwaterbluez, Russell Murchie, Caitlin Mattisson, Chris Alliston, Harley&J and Richey Beckett.
What obstacles have you faced along this journey?
Most of the obstacles were at the start of my career in art. Growing up art was always a passion but never something I imagined I'd be able to make a living of off. I ended up going down a different route academically. It's mainly down to social media that helped me get my artwork out there, as the commissions started coming in more regularly, I took that chance by going full time as a freelance illustrator and I haven't looked back.
What advice would you give to aspirational artists?
Work hard on perfecting your style, design work that you're personally interested in, instead of what may be popular in that very moment. Use social media to your advantage, post artwork regularly and engage with your audience. Keep on at it and good things will come.
Just wanted to say a huge thanks to all the rad people that have shown support for me on this journey and to the Pistonhead foundation for taking the time to ask me a few questions. Cheers!