• Caitlin Kennedy

Max Samuel



What are you up to these days?

I’m training up to be a skydive instructor in the UK, working towards 800 jumps, I have 53 so far. 2020 is going to be a fun year!!


Tell us the story of your cover- where’s the human who presumably was attached to the helmet?

It’s more fun if I leave that for you to decide :)


The feathers are absolutely stunning- did you use a picture for reference or was it freehand?

Half and half really, I copied the main shapes of the wings and feathers, but all the smaller details were freestyled.


Are there any animals you can’t draw?

Hmmmm tricky...I’ve never tried insects. I think they would be difficult to draw well.


If you could be any bird, what bird would you be and why?

I would be a Kea, New Zealand’s (and the World’s) only mountain parrot. They are cheeky and curious as hell; they get away with everything and people still love them.


Would you rather be mauled by a marmot or eaten by an eagle?

Maybe both, mauled first and then flown away to have my delicious face pecked off.


Do you have any other artistic projects you’re working on at the moment?

Not much though I’m thinking about drawing my take on the Kraken from the original Clash of the Titans, great film!


What did you use to make your piece and what is your favourite medium?

The two mediums I used were pencil and ink. I used pencil to sketch the rough outline of the piece. Once I had this roughly down I went over all the lines in fine ink and then built it out with more detail and thicker lines. I am really enjoying ink at the moment, I feel it can improve a drawing massively if used in the right way.


How long did it take you?

Roughly 12 - 15 hours


How did you get into drawing?

I can’t remember when I started drawing. It was always a hobby from a young age and then people started asking me to do designs after I graduated Uni with an animation degree. I really enjoy drawing for other people, not so much for myself.


Everything is so accurate, what was the hardest part to get right?

The initial design was the hardest to pin down, once I had a sketch on paper it was quite easy and intuitive to build it out from there.


Have you ever considered drawing dinosaurs? We would love to see that.

Haha no, but I want to now! I’ll send you a picture when I do one!


Thanks, Max!