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Interview with Illustrator Paul Pateman (Pâté)

Paul Pateman is an independent illustrator, best known by his alias Pâté. Paul creates images and type compositions that are as equally direct and uncomplicated as they are humorous.

Designboom: what originally made you want to become an illustrator?

Paul Pateman: From as early as I can remember, I’ve always drawn. I went to art college and then studied visual communications at university where I was seduced by the world of advertising. After some years as an art director, I realised I was no longer drawing and I missed it. To cut a long story short, my then creative partner and I found a client outside of our agency roster that we could write ads for and that I could illustrate. The work we produced for V&A Museum of Childhood went on to win lots of global awards, especially for illustration. From there, I signed with an illustration agent and parallel tracked two careers until 2012, when I quit advertising to illustrate full time.