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He’s BAAACCCKKKK: Catch up with Matthew Langille

Guest blogger, Stephanie, has been catching up with one of our favorite Sharpie stars, designer Matthew Langille! Matthew has been featured here before and we thought it was about time to catch up with this amazing designer and take the opportunity to congratulate him on his new addition, baby boy, William!

Stephanie, take it away!

Welcome back, Matthew! It has been a while since we last spoke with you. We figured now would be a great time to play catch up. It has been quite a year for you, especially with your new addition to your family, baby William, entering your life. Congratulations!

How is your family life?
My family life is awesome. I am the proud parent of my 9 week old son William who is just a pleasure! He is a well behaved baby who eats and sleeps well. My lovely wife Karen is the best. She is incredible, a designer in her own right and a natural mother. She makes it look so easy and I’m thankful for that because without her, I’d be lost.

That is great to hear. In fact, I would like to make this interview a little more about you and your life style. So sit back, relax and get ready to answer some personal questions.

I do interviews real loose, I’m ready for you.

Towels by Matthew for One Kings Lane

Since Sharpie’s last interview, have you altered your style in anyway?
Not really. I work organically, creating characters and prints on a regular basis. It’s kind of like I have no choice and that somehow I just keep designing. I am still working with Sharpies and ripping through computer paper stacks working to find the images that grab me.

 

What are some recent projects that you have worked on that you feel proud about?
There are so many. I have recently designed prints for a cloth diaper company which is really fabulous called Charlie Banana. You can buy and see them here. I am also working with an awesome Swedish company now called FabGoose. Stay tuned to my blogs to see what we’re doing.

 

Charlie Banana for the little ladies!

 

Charlie Banana for one and all!

Are there any particular companies or artists you would like to work with?
Of course. I’d love to work with Betsey Johnson, Prada (of course), Agatha Ruiz De La Prada (an awesome kids collection), and Jeremy Scott is also totally fun.

Your art seems to be all over the place, from clothes, to toys all the way to giftwrapping paper. Do you have a favorite item you prefer overall?
To this day, nothing can trump the work I did with Swatch. They were a blast to work with and the artistic freedom they gave me along with the way they embrace artists is truly inspiring to see in the corporate world.

Swatch out!

How has your career affected your lifestyle?
My career has mostly changed my lifestyle in that I work very unconventional hours. I work until 4am most nights. This is because I work with lots of companies in the Asia-Pacific. I prefer this to a nine-five schedule. I get to make my own hours in most cases with that changing only a bit now with an infant in my life.

Do you have any major frustrations in your life?

The paper is a gift all on it's own!

 
A major frustration for me in my work life is really when a client hires me to create work for them and then they really over art direct. They affect the final outcome to the extent that they should have hired themselves. My most successful projects have been those where clients hire me and trust me and use my prints as I created them and how they were originally meant to be used.

What else would you be if you were not a designer?
I’ve always wanted to be a deep sea treasure hunter…haha. Or an archeologist etc. I’m reading Darwin’s Natural Selection and all of this stuff just excites me, just like space exploration.

Bundle of Sharpie joy! (Onsie by Baby Raleur)

Can you tell me who has been a big influence in your life?
My wife. She has taught me to like things I never liked before knowing her. She has made me realize that there is so much to live for in life. I can’t imagine having to live in this world without being able to share it all with someone. I always figured what was the point to living; if no one was there to experience it with you.

 

 

What about an important lesion you have learned within your career?
Never commit to anyone until they sign a contract!! There is a great lecture for all creative to watch, check it out here.

How would you like to be remembered?
I’d like to be remembered as a fun and witty guy, an entertainer, someone passionate about being creative. I just like to make people happy and smile.

T-t-t-t-t-tEASIN' Me!

What was the last movie, television show or book that made you cry or tear up?
Haha..I’m a sensitive dude. Oprah used to make me cry all the time. And yes, I did watch Oprah and I watch The View. Love me some Joy Behar. I work from home and draw so watching stuff while I do it is great. I cry/tear up a lot…sorry….hard to remember the exact last time. This question is making me cry. KIDDING! Haha…

What was the last experience that made you stronger?
My son’s birth.

Speaking of your son, has he had any influence on your current designs?
Not yet. He is too young. I look forward to him being able to talk or at least kind of talk so I can use his non-sense for ideas.

Ummm.. how cute are THESE!? (shoes available through Neon Eaters)

Matt it has been a pleasure taking the time out to speak with you once again and get to learn a little more about who you are. Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing all your up and coming projects come to life.

To keep updated with his work and projects check out his blog, Matthew Langille, follow him on Twitter @matthewlangille, find him on Facebook  and check out his website.

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Swatch Out! It’s Matthew Langille

Thank goodness!  A New Jersey native who puts Snooki to shame (if she hasn’t achieved this on her own yet..) and lays “The Situation” to rest.  He’s not orange and I’m almost positive his hair isn’t styled to resemble Sonic the Hedgehog… 

Who is this god sent, you ask?  

Why he is none other than Matthew Langille, an amazing graphic artist and designer whose work you most likely already know, own and love!  Langille’s comical, yet simplistic artistic style is leading him in a direction that, though he may not have originally set out for, is definitely leading him toward some pretty amazing places!  In fact, you’ll learn from Matthew himself, how his eye for style (or the ladies) steered him toward the path he’s on today!

Having already designed for several fashion houses & design firms, featured in numerous publications, working globally and owning designs adored by A-listers, you may wonder how someone can build such notoriety and achieve great success.  Well this artist has the answer…and I think that you will come to find that a lot of Langille’s success has to do with being comfortable & having confidence in his own talent and personal style.

Tell me all about you!  I was born and raised in New Jersey.  Growing up, my mother was an amazing art teacher and today is a recognized fiber artist, well received all over the country.  My grandfather, Harold Krisel was an brilliant architect and abstract painter.  His work can be found in museums across the country, including the MoMa, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Chicago Institute, to name a few.  Finally, my brother, Jesse Langille, is a wonderful painter, living in Brooklyn.  As you can see, I grew up in a very artistic family, always around art and have been able to see some of the most amazing museums around the world.

At age 11, I began glassblowing and continued with this medium until my early college years – the whole time not drawing too much.  I was a sophomore in college when I noticed that all of the cute girls were in the printmaking and design department.  So, I swiftly changed gears and began studying these mediums…where all the cute girls were! haha  (Right Matthew, I’m sure you got a lot of “studying” done ;) )

I also love to watch movies, listen to my vinyl records, enjoy a beer or glass of wine and eating well.  And of course, create artwork.

Jock Jams Vol. 97 album cover?

Smart woman, your wife

Especially downtown, during rush hour

...Maybe it's the glasses?

Have you always wanted to work in fashion, or did you just sort of find yourself in it?  I really had no intentions of working in the fashion industry - I kind of stumbled into it!  I did drawings for magazines and some amazing fashion designers, such as Marc by Marc Jacobs and the amazing Norma Kamali.  Quickly, it all sort of snowballed from there.  It’s been a nice surprise and I do love my work so much! 

A lot of your work is unlike that I’ve ever seen! Where do you draw inspiration from?  Thanks!  I get inspiration from everyday things – people, animals, art, music, etc.  Most of all though, I think a large aspect of my work has to do with how early I embraced the fact that my drawing technique wasn’t perfect and that it was unlike all of the other “typical illustration work” out there.  I think embracing my style was what has made me successful today.

 Who/what brands have you worked for?  Any favorites?  I have worked for over 75 fashion, design and magazine companies across the globe.  Some of these include: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Little Marc Jacobs, Swatch, Adidas, Havaianas and SIGG. You can see them all on my website and these brands are found just about everywhere. (Pardon the interuption…Matthew, feel free to send any and all Marc Jacobs to my home address)

Langille signing autographs in NYC

Matthew's John Hancock

“I use Sharpies like a painter uses a brush.”

 What is your creation & design process like?   I start with a huge stack of computer paper and I draw with pens and Sharpie markers.  Using these tool doesn’t allow me to erase, so I feel I get a much more unique and gestural line.  I go through A LOT of Sharpies and A LOT of paper (which is all recycled of course : ) haha).  Then I scan the work into the computer, color the designs in and clean them up if need be.

Favorite Sharpie?  I go for the original, Fine Point Sharpie…  and if I stray from that I’ll either go smaller or larger… but really, most often just the normal Sharpie does good by me.  I use Sharpies like a painter uses a brush. I wouldn’t have any lines if I didn’t have Sharpie markers.  I’ve tried other markers out there, so I’m not kissing up….haha….but nothing works for me the way Sharpie does.

So, I’ve spotted several celebrities in your designs!  Who is the one celeb you want to be seen in a “Matthew Langille original”?  Well there are many of course…. All of them! haha.  Jay Z would be a trip!  I think he’d rock one of my designs well. On the other end of the spectrum, I’d love to see some of my Hollywood crushes wearing my stuff too.  Like Drew Barrymore, Anne Hathaway, and Natalie Portman, to name only a few haha!

Paris Hilton in a Matthew Langille Print Dress for Amanda Uprichard

Proudest accomplishment to date?  My proudest accomplishment to date was designing 3 Swatch watches for the CreArt Artist collection, released July ‘09.  I was humbled to be chosen to do work for Swatch’s artist collection.  A few others who have created designs for the Swatch artist collections include: Keith Haring, Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Spike Lee, Yoko Ono, Kiki Picasso, Christian Lacroix, and many many other amazing artists.  It was an honor and still is, to be in such great company.

Are you currently working on anything that you can tell us about?!  Sure!  I have recently released three wall decals for Surface Graphics and I am designing a collection of women’s and men’s jeans for Reco Jeans, a denim line that is eco-conscious and uses recycled denim.  I also have created two designs for wallets for JFold which will be out soon. So stay tuned to my website and blog!

Maxim Magazine, Mexico

Numero Tokyo Magazine

Do you have any advice for other young artists?  Of course…  Follow your instincts with your art.  Don’t change to be like someone else.  Network, network, network…..No one says that people are going to come to you and become interested in your work. So I suggest that young artists need to market themselves and never take no for an answer.

What do you hope for in 2010?  I hope for more great projects and fun collaborations to come my way. And of course health and happiness.

    Matthew Langille, ladies and gentlemen! 

Isn’t he great!?   Langille is all over the place these days, not only can you wear his designs and buy them just about everywhere, he is also right at your fingers tips!  Check out his sites and chat with him directly!

… and shout out to Jay-Z — Can you strap on one of Matthew’s Swatch watches? Cool. Thanks Hova.