Very few illustrators capture the humour behind football and it’s culture as well as Daryl Rainbow. We chatted a bit with him this week to find out what he looks for in a project and how he uses his innate cynicism for good in his projects.
[B2B] Hi Daryl. Can we be so bold as to ask your age and of course, what football team you support?
[DR] I am 27 and live in Hackney, London. I am originally from the Philippines, born in Manilla. My family migrated to London when I was 3. Unfortunately I am a long suffering Arsenal fan.
[B2B] How long have you been an illustrator for and where do you draw your inspiration from?
[DR] I’ve been illustrating since 2014, but only really somewhat professionally since 2017. My inspiration comes from my cynicism. I used to try and base my work on social issues like gentrification and social political things like that.
I still try and dabble, in topics like that every now and then. Now I just mainly draw men in shorts kicking a ball because there’s more work in that for me and I seem to have built a small audience based off of it. I suppose being an illustrator and trying to get work, I had to try and market myself in a certain way and the football stuff just came naturally as I’ve been a big fan all my life and I understand the culture to a degree.
But I find the football world hugely fascinating. There’s always so many great characters in it and so much constant drama all the time. And the important social issues always get brought up in football anyway in a very vulgar, simplified way. Everything is so reactive and passionate and so overly emotional, it almost mirrors the collective mentality everyone has at the moment.