Alan Blackwell's designs are sparked by his highly creative imagination, where inspiration derives from the likes of Transformers and Star Wars.
A conceptual artist, Blackwell creates awesome sci-fi machines brought to "life" using just a pen (or pencil) and paper – though that wild imagination is a key ingredient in this recipe.
As a child, Blackwell loved science fiction – the lure of Star Destroyers and Megatrons was irresistible – and he exhibited a knack for sketching. However, his resources were few and far between, and in a pre-internet age his only learning tools were library books on how to draw quaint houses. Which isn't that helpful if you want to design something further afield . . . like spaceships!
“I decided I was going to focus on becoming the artist I wanted to be,” the Australian explains. “I dedicated myself to drawing and sketching as much as I could, and I was terrible. But there was nothing for me to sink my teeth into for learning how to improve my craft.”
Blackwell's appetite for drawing led him to sketch on whatever he could find, which was mostly notebooks and school books that were transformed into phantasmagorical training grounds for his unique style of graffiti.
“Whenever I would get a fresh textbook for another class, I would draw a cool car on the front page,” says Blackwell. “But I think from all that early experience I never really considered the option or possibility of taking a career in art seriously. No one was there to encourage and push me forward.”
Thanks to the internet, Blackwell stumbled into concept art by chance. He happened upon a website where artists regularly published their own “concepts,” including robots, machinery, and even industrial items. This provided him with the motivation to draw and share his artwork without the hassle of having to manufacture his penned creations. Blackwell had finally found his niche.