Mat Williams is another artist I became aware of due to My Week With Woody. I find it extremely hard to draw realistic illustrations of people, especially people we know and love. Automatically, Mat received about ten gold stars in my book. To speak to his other work… the way he observes people in their natural element and sketches them… the humor and life that he conveys? Well, I just think it is so special. I mean, he even captured the very essence of me riding my unicorn! Winding you up. But seriously, I do love that sketch he did for me and YM&C. It takes wit and humor in an artist to fashion it through-out his work. A big “Thank you!” to Mat for this piece.
Dianna: How do you feel about bats? I like starting with obscure questions. Again, you can skip any of these that you do not love!
MAT WILLIAMS: On the whole, I really like bats – but I’ve had mixed experiences. On safari in Africa, some bats were roosting in my hut and pooed all over my bed – a bit uncalled if you ask me. Another time, in Singapore, a fruit bat the size of a small child started flapping its wings wildly near my head which was terrifying. But in the summer I see lots of bats in my garden and it’s great seeing them fly around in the evening and watching them silently swoop in and pluck moths off of the window.
D: Love the piece you submitted to the London Design Festival. I wondered if you had a favorite person of the group, for any particular reason? Feel free to explain. For me, the man with the Birthday hat and stern face is competing with the man in the unique headdress. Although snake tattoo legs are staring at me as I write this.
MAT: My favourite person in this group is the grumpy guy with the birthday hat. He was outside a brewery having a cigarette – he obviously wasn’t enjoying the party… and I don’t think he was too happy about wearing that hat. I’m also rather fond of the old lady smoking – she was delightful.
D: Of all the “Woodys” you drew, pardon me, that sounds a little naughty, Woody Allen’s you drew for My Week With Woody, which one was your favorite? I won’t tell you mine (yet) but I will after you respond. Not that I think I would influence your favorite. Just because, let’s say.
MAT: Probably the Miming one. I just like his stance and expression and also Thomas J.Hughes’ text that it goes with.
D: That’s wonderful. Have to say I agree with you there. It’s my favorite too. Especially because the idea of Woody Allen, the mime…. it cracks me up!
D:Fill in the blank: Sometimes I think about _______________.
MAT: …..what kind of dog I’d like and what I’d call it. At the moment I’m thinking either a miniature schnauzer called Merlin or a Dachshund called Womble.
D: What is the last place you traveled to?
MAT: Copenhagen, for my Dad’s birthday.
D: Is there a piece of work you’d like to share with us that isn’t on your site?
MAT: Yeah, here is a drawing of my friends horses that I gave to her for her birthday this year. I used to be obsessed with horses when I was little.
D: Is there a song playing as you write this?
MAT: I’ve got a playlist I made on shuffle, so whilst doing this I’ve listened to:
Sbtrkt – Never Never
Bjork – Crystalline
Chad Valley – Now that I’m real
Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
Grimes – Oblivion
Ben Howard – The Wolves
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Bats in the Attic (coincidently this came on shortly after the bat question!)
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Heatwave
D: Thank you Mat! I’ll send this out with King Creosote & Jon Hopkin’s “Bats in the Attic” because I think it would be fun to start and end this Q&A with “bats.”
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