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Aprils Illustrator of the Month is Peter Carrick. Taking inspiration from daily London commutes, he’s put his stamp on a pair our black 1461 shoes. We spoke to him to find out more about who he is and what he stands for. 

Peter Carrick’s Illustrated 1461 shoes.
Introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
My name is Peter Carrick, I’m a Painting student at Camberwell. I mostly paint figurative portraits of friends or other people who interest and inspire me. 
Who and what do you take inspiration from?
There are always tonnes of exhibitions in London which I enjoy visiting, both professional and student led. Other than a few high end galleries which are too expensive or exclusive, most are very informative and welcoming. Art needs to be accessible on a basic level for people that wouldn’t necessarily consider themselves a die hard enthusiast and I think this will only improve through platforms such as social networking. There are always artists that inspire a little something, currently Hurvin Anderson and Njideka Akunyili Crosby are doing it for me. Otherwise I guess my friends motivate me the most; being at art school, you’re constantly surrounded by people who will give you some good honest criticism. 
Peter Carrick Illustration.
Peter Carrick Illustration.
Talk us through your customised Dr. Martens, was it a challenge working on a pair of shoes?
I’m pretty used to painting on canvas so it was definitely a struggle. The shoes are an ode to the Overground. My work focuses a lot on pattern and colour and I was definitely drawn to the seat patterns designed by Wallace Sewell. It’s a beautiful service, the cancellations and the delays, the grey faces of people on their daily commute, the empty seats and awkward glances, I just think it’s funny. Painting on shoes was a partial nightmare as I didn’t take into consideration perspective so they don’t read quite right but it was a satisfying challenge. Thank you to Jess Stratton for the opportunity. 
Peter Carrick's Illustrated 1461 shoes.
Peter Carrick’s Illustrated 1461 shoes.
Do you have an illustration you’re most proud of?
Recently I completed a poster for two very, very talented mates Joe Williams and Charlie Edwards Moss who are film makers studying at LCC. They’re filming a revenge thriller set in Iceland called Duke’s Pursuit. I’ve been following their work since they both started working together years ago and it’s exciting to see them creating something so ambitious, filming in a different country and using Icelandic actors. You can follow their progress on their Facebook page
The Duke’s Pursuit poster, by Peter Carrick
Name three tracks you can’t hear enough of right now:
Sleepwalk- Santo and Johnny
Afriquoi – Kaudaushe
Hester – Fallen 
If you could have any super-power for a day, what would it be?
Speak lots of different languages. Imagine all the compelling people you walk past that you might get along with really well but never will because of a silly language barrier, all the conversations you could have, even just for a day. 
Peter Carrick Illustration
If you could draw anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
I’d like to smoke a cigarette with David Hockney and lounge about in some pool in LA, but then again maybe someone who’s dead because then you could, whilst drawing them, tell them about all the exciting things going on in the world. So maybe Edward Hopper? I’m a long time fan of his. 
Peter Carrick
Peter Carrick’s Illustrated 1461 shoes.
Tell us your favourite thing about the city you live in:
Living in South East I have all the benefits of a creative, multicultural city but don’t have the constant madness of central that I think I’d find a tad overwhelming. Also there’s loads of great music all across the city. Kansas Smitty’s, Steez and Rhythm Section just to name a few. 
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens:
I bought a pair when I got a job as a waiter when I was 18 but I got fired after two weeks, maybe they just slowed me down. I’ve bought a few pairs since. 
Peter Carrick
Peter Carrick
And finally, what do you stand for?
Being expressive I guess, trying my hardest to be nice, that sort of jazz. 
Find out more about Peter on his Instagram