LADs We Love: Justin Maller
Justin Maller is an Australian freelance illustrator and art director whose 10-year career has seen him work with some of the world's biggest print ad clients such as Gatorade and Coca-Cola. He started working with digital art in 1998 when his friend gave him a copy of Photoshop 4, which he had burned onto a fancy CD with a bronze top that he printed “Photoshop 4” onto.
Maller claims that the easiest, cheapest software you can get is enough to make artwork. When he got Photoshop 4, he messed around making websites and terrible little avatar logos, according to him. In his final year of high school, Maller’s classmates were working hard to excel in their academics, but Maller became disinterested in school and became motivated to create art, sometimes staying up until 1 a.m. making digital art.
After graduating college with a degree in Creative Writing, Maller worked at a retail job for a year until he was ready to do digital artwork full-time. Before working at a retail store, he founded his own art collective, Depthcore, in 2002 after being rejected countless times by other art collectives. Depthcore got a huge response in terms of audience reach and brought Maller’s first gig in 2006, doing some artwork for DC Shoes.
Luck would have it that after Maller went out for a couple of drinks with one of the people who hired him to do artwork for DC Shoes, Maller would be connected to the Vice President of McCann Erickson. After having email exchanges, Maller was hired to do Verizon’s campaign for 2008 to 2009. Maller was paid a hefty sum, and saved his money to come to America, to work in what he always wanted to work in, art.
And just when we thought he couldn't get any cooler, we found out he's a loyal LAD fan. Check out his artwork and backgrounds by clicking the photo above.