Andrew Archer is an illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by pop culture, fashion, surrealism, woodblock prints and his time spent in Asia his work is a self-asserting mix of hallucinogenic color and rhythmic line. Andrew mixes visual styles effortlessly and his versatility and unique approach to each individual brief have seen him work with a diverse range of clients.
« My passion and skills are in illustration and art direction. I work for agencies, brands, and individuals and use my skill set across a broad range of mediums including advertising, animation, design, and branding. » – Andrew Archer –
For Andrew, no specific medium, color or tool is ever ruled out in his visual style. His work is best suited to briefs that allow him to indulge his imagination and unique color palette, clients who offer some creative freedom are gifted with extraordinary and distinctive visuals that always gain attention.
Edo-Ball, artworks…Basketball and Japanese culture
Edo—Ball is an on-going series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture.
The series started in 2013 with two personal artworks I created, The Rock & The Ghost. These artworks were created from the love and passion of the game of Basketball, Ukiyo-e art and Japanese culture.
The subjects mixed together seamlessly and were incredibly popular with the Basketball and Japanese culture communities.
The first release of Edo Ball included 12 original artworks which were hugely popular and lead to me creating another series of 10 artworks. Each artwork has a story behind it. Some are based on Japanese mythology and culture, others are narratives based on players nick-names and some are created from popular sayings from the game of basketball.
I have been an illustrator & art director for over 10 years with a true passion for basketball, art and culture. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and grew up playing pick up basketball at the local courts. Basketball has given me so much and led me to my love of culture and art. Every time we played at the streetball court I would look around and see so many people playing from every background imaginable. We all were from different religions, countries and often spoke different languages but always came together for the love of the game.
I moved to Asia in my mid-twenties for 3 years and the situation never changed. I played pick up basketball with people all over Asia. On rooftop’s in Hong Kong, under bridges in Bangkok and on cracked courts in the middle of Cambodia. Often I couldn’t speak a word of the local language but the people always welcomed you to the game. It was like family no matter where you went.
This series is my tribute to the game… – Andrew Archer –
What is your source of inspiration for your work?
My main source of inspiration is Asia, culture pop and basketball. Japanese art has been a big source of inspiration as well as anime storytelling and characters. Pop culture also plays a big part in keeping it all contemporary and relevant to the present.
What kind of technology, technical or software used for your work?
I do most of my linework on iPad Pro or Wacom and I’ll color on desktop PC with Wacom and scan in textures as needed.
Why can this artwork be a source of inspiration for others?
I like to think different parts relate to different people and that some people enjoy the stylistic values and others the subtle storytelling and pop culture relevance.