His designs has definitely evolved over the years and I have to say, it wasn’t until lately I started to keep an eye out for this one. Martin Moore is a policeman by day, artist by night, quite the combination really. Probably not one you see every day. His graphic eye for details and the combination between the delicate flowers and the darker tones are super interesting, also I really like his new quirky mix of flowers and odd objects. Anyway, as I find both his background and prints compelling, I wanted to know more about this mysterious law enforcement graphic designer.
Tell in short, who is Martin Moore?
I´m a 29 year old guy living just north of Copenhagen in a small town called Nærum. I was born and raised in Aarhus spending most of my life there before starting at the police academy in 2009. Since 2009 I have been working as a policeman in Copenhagen doing my artwork part time.
What is your background?
My background in doing graphics started in 2001 when I started doing self taught websites and graphic designs. I was hooked and in 2004 I started studying webdesign in Aarhus until 2008. Creating illustrations has been a big passion and still is although I have a full time job. It´s a big ask to get everything to fit in 24 hours, but I think I’m coping okay.
A police officer with a creative passion – how does that work?
As mentioned before, my creative passion has been there for most of my adult life, but I also have a big passion for law enforcement. People definitely get surprised when they hear about the combination of jobs and I actually enjoy being a bit different.
How would you describe your style and work?
I like to describe my style as modern and urban. I strive to keep on doing edgy, yet modern and trendy illustrations on different platforms. Always trying to develop my style. Stagnation in style is a big no no for me.
Which is your favourite print?
I´m actually pretty psyched about my latest collection. Combining real photos and mixing them up with some of my earlier used techniques. I think I have to go for the “Bulbtensia” print or “Hortensia 1” from earlier this year.
What do you love most about your job?
Regarding my job as an illustrator, I love it all! The creation of the illustrations is almost a form of meditation for me. If I´ve been stressed or seen some crazy stuff in the police, it´s great to put on the headphones and immerse myself into creating new illustrations. Everything around me goes away once I put on my headphones.
What has been the greatest challenge being an artist?
The greatest challenge is being an independent illustrator. The stuff you do won´t get noticed unless you put in loads of hours doing some kind of PR. I have definitely been challenged when selling, doing PR and just getting my work “out there”. It´s actually very hard creating a very personal product and then contacting shops, bloggers and just people from the business and hyping it. A no is a big slap in the face, but you get used to it, and enjoy the yes much more.
What has been your greatest achievement?
It´s hard to say. I still think back to my first customer who actually paid money for a piece of work I did. Such a big feeling! The beginning was really like going up stairs with baby steps. Insecure and with a big possibility of stumbling and falling. As mentioned before, you get used to the knocks you get and get on with it. I must say the stand out achievements I´ve enjoyed the most was the first time I was mentioned in “Boligmagasinet” and in a German magazine called “Living At Home”. It was also a pretty cool, when I was asked to exhibit in Tokyo and in London. Unfortunately only London was possible, but it´s pretty big being asked to exhibit in another continent. You must be doing something right.
What do you dream about?
I dream about 25 hours a day. Would be great being able to do what you love full time. My problem is that I love being a policeman and doing artwork. But I can´t complain – I do what I love!
What is the first thing you think about Monday morning?
It depends on what I´ve been doing Sunday evening. My schedule changes every week. I might have my weekend off, so I can do something else than work – mostly that doesn’t happen. When you work in the police, weekends off are like a mirage.
What country have you always dreamt about visiting?
I´ve always dreamt of visiting New York. That happened last year, which was such a big experience. I would love going back again and exploring other parts of America.
Must be New York… And of course Aarhus 😉
Which book are you reading at the moment?
I´ve just finished Zlatan Ibrahimovic´ biography. I´m a big football fan and as a true Manchester United fan, I had to read Zlatan´s book.
What is your favourite (music) track at the moment?
Three blogs or Instagramers you follow?
Norsu Interiors, an Australian shop that also sell my illustrations.
I love Rebecca Chew’s work. Different and a bit weird.
I have to go for Marie Willumsen. I was fortunate to meet her a couple of times. Last time I met her was at Northmodern in Copenhagen in 2016, where she came over and said hello. She knew and liked my illustrations, which was a great feeling.