Q&A with Heritage Posters Artist, Brian Miller

Owner and illustrator behind Orlin Culture Shop based in Colorado, Brian Miller, created a two custom illustrations for us. He’s been drawing for as long as he can remember, recalling sitting on a wooden picnic table his Grandfather made, and drawing with a box of crayons which were slowly melting in the hot Colorado summer sun. His strong desire to create worlds from his imagination is what lead him to illustration. We caught up with Brian to learn a little more about the artist behind the latest Raleigh heritage posters.

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Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?

BM: I find inspiration in the job itself and the desire to serve my clients well. Each of my clients has a unique history and need which I take into consideration as I’m coming up with ideas for their project. As I explore this history and carefully consider their needs, I begin to find inspiration which gives me a sense of the direction I need to go.

If you were 95 years old, what would you tell your children / grandchildren?

BM: Love God, love others, work hard, and the results take care of themselves.

What’s the most important part of a sandwich?

BM: The most important part of a sandwich is perfect ratio of meat, cheese, bread and other toppings and the invisible (but very real), boundary surrounding my sandwich that must never be crossed by anyone not wishing to be bitten.

What kitchen utensil would you be?

BM: If I were a kitchen utensil, I would be a large knife just so someone could say, “That’s not a knife… THIS is a knife.” in their best Australian accent.

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?

BM: If a movie was produced about my life, I would want it to be animated.  It would have to be narrated by Morgan Freeman because he makes the mundane sound fascinating.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep?

BM: I have 3 kids so I stopped sleeping 5 years ago.

Is there anything purple within 10 feet of you? What is it?

BM: I see a purple pin on my corkboard holding up notecards with story ideas on it.

Are you wearing socks right now?

BM: Yes.

If you join the circus, what would you perform?

BM: I would be the creator of the worlds first Lord of the Rings flea circus (although I bet its already been done).

Open your fridge, what’s the first thing you see?

BM: I see a severe lack of Big Macs and Pizza… this won’t do.

Pen or Pencil?

BM: Yes.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

BM: “I can travel anywhere except Cuba. And I will travel to New Zealand and walk the Lord of the Rings trail to Mordor. …and I will hike Mount Doom.” -Dwight Shrute

If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn?

BM: I’d like to learn wood working to the extent Dick Proenneke knew it. He built a cabin with his own two hands in Alaska and it looks amazing.

What is your preferred artistic medium and why?

BM: The medium I prefer depends on what part of the illustration process I’m working in.  I like to use the right tool for each step of the job. When I’m sketching, I prefer col-erase blue and red pencils on cheap printer paper because it allows me to focus on ideas instead of tools. Using pencil and paper puts limits on what I can do, and those limits actually free me up to explore.

Once the idea has come to life in the form of a sketch, I switch to a digital medium using Adobe Photoshop, my Wacom Cintiq, and custom pressure sensitive brushes that allow me to paint digitally.

You are a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?

BM: I would be a replacement Red or Black crayon because, as a kid, I always ran out of those crayons first (Pink never worked as well for my battle scenes).

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