Matt Ryan Tobin
Matt Ryan Tobin is a graphic designer and illustrator from the Great White North. He was lovingly raised and nurtured by the hands of 80s and 90s pop culture. Loves Rye & Gingers and someday aspires to be an evil robotic version of himself.
Matt has worked for high profile clients such as 20th Century Fox, Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros, Sony, MGM, Marvel, DC, Lionsgate, Mondo and many more.
JoBlo: What got you started as an artist?
Jeter: I have always been creative from a young age. Draw as far back as I can remember. However, as I got older my focus really became music. It’s still a part of me. I basically dropped out of high school to go on tour and pursue music with my band Dead And Divine which has been my career for over 10 years. It was actually the early days of the band that rekindled my love for illustration and design. We were way too poor and too cheap at first to hire designers for our products, so I took it upon myself to manage the artistic side of things. I had tried Photoshop since I was about 14 years old. Since you don’t make any money as a musician, I was fortunate enough (thanks to word of mouth from the bands we toured with) to start designing merchandise when I was on tour or at home. home after a tour for pocket money. It snowballed from there until it became my full time career.
Who were your favorite artists growing up?
You know, honestly – when I was young I didn’t really aspire to be an illustrator. I just liked art and comics and never really took note of who the artists were. I just knew I loved it. I can tell you that I was obsessed with one comic book cover in particular: Andrew Wildman’s cover for Venom: Carnage Unleashed # 3. I tried drawing this thing too many times to count. A few years ago I traced the whole 4 part series from the 90s just to have it again. It wasn’t until I started working in the art world that I really discovered the artists behind the work that I admired. My biggest influences are honestly my friends who have helped me pave the way for my artistic career. Especially « Macabre » Gary Pullin, Jason Edmiston, Justin Erickson, and James Rheem Davis. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am. I am eternally grateful to them.
Who do you really like these days, do you follow on Instagram?
As for an artist who constantly impresses me with everything he does now, I have to say Tula Lotay. His work is amazing. I swear that one of these days I will finally acquire one of his original pieces.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists today?
The same advice I got: keep making art. Do it. Do it for yourself, do it with no real purpose – just to bring an idea to life. Also – be persistent. My father once told me that if you passionately wanted something, for the right reasons, nothing can stop you from wanting it to exist.
What should we expect from you in the future?
I have projects in progress which I am quite happy with, but everything is very quiet. Lots of art that you can hold in your hands and put on your walls.
As a fansite we have to ask you… What are your favorite movies / TV shows of all time?
My favorite movie of all time is Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Without exception. Probably the most underrated movie ever made. People are very quick to dismiss it and I sincerely believe it’s because the last time most saw it was 30 years ago… or not at all. It’s a completely original and shit quirk from a movie. History, design, soundtrack. There is nothing like it. It set the stage for a lot of things that I would do in my life and I was very lucky to work on the art for this film several times.
Regarding the TV, I should say Twin Peaks. I was very late for the game with the show but I immersed myself in this show more than any other. It’s brand new every time I watch it.
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Bill and Ted’s False Trip
Child’s Play 2
Last action hero
The lost boys
Pee Wees Great Adventure
A quiet place
Scott Pilgrim vs the world
Tortues Ninja Teenage Mutant