Justin Maller

"I just like to turn off the computer and go to bed." Like any good creative professional, Australian artist Justin Maller needs his sleep. He isn't just randomly telling us what he does at the end of the day, though; he's describing how he defeats that awful feeling when the creativity runs dry. He elaborates: "In my experience, the worst way to try to get through a block is by fighting it. I just shut Photoshop and try again the next time I actually feel like making something. Sometimes that's not for weeks, sometimes it's the next day. I've learned that I just can't push myself - creatively, I'm a sooky bastard who simply won't be pressured into making anything."

Creative blocks can't happen often though, as his bountiful portfolio - which includes work for Samsung, Oakley, L'Oral and Sony, as well as numerous collaborations - proves. So how does he do it? "There's no real set process," he says. "The brief comes in, the coffee gets made and I just start jamming on it." But to balance this spontaneous approach, there's a practical and business-like side to Maller that may not be immediately obvious from his fluid, wonderfully detailed and highly charged illustrations.

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