Henry Rowe, or @HenryCreative_ on Twitter, is an aspiring digital artist at the age of 16. He is renowned for his minimalist art and his work has featured on @MinimalistFooty. He is now doing work for a verified page on Twitter and is hoping to secure more deals in the future with professional clubs/brands.
How did you get into graphic design?
"My passion for design originally started at the age of 14, where I took graphics for GCSE. Initially, I contemplated dropping the subject four weeks in, but my parents convinced me not to. Since then, I haven’t looked back."
How did MinimalistFooty approach you?
"They approached me via Twitter DM, nothing fancy! @lmaosimon was the one who asked me but I believe @jackhoimes was the instigator of it all."
What other pages does your work feature on?
"My work features on other pages such as @EddictsFX and my Behance profile. I also used to co-run an old football design account by the name of FootballFX with several other designers (shoutout to the boys @Tbdesign_ and @NxDzn) but that account deactivate."
What is your favourite design?
"My favourite design definitely has to be my Andy Carroll overhead kick one. I particularly enjoyed it because I made my first ever sale on that product so it will always have a special place in my heart for that reason. I also liked it in general, despite it being Andy Carroll – grr."
Which of your designs has gained the most attention?
"I don’t usually check up on my designs but I am going to guess that it was, in fact, my Andy Carroll illustration. Either that or my Marco Reus one. Actually, come to think of it, my Paul Anderson design was actually noticed by the player himself, not sure about the club, though."
How do you make yourself unique from other artists like you?
"I guess it’s kind of hard to be intentionally unique in the style that I mostly perform. I guess it all just comes with how you see it really. I know several different people that have several different styles of shading and when you ask how they do it they’ll just all reply with ‘pen tool to trace the shadows!'"
Which designers inspire you?
"There’s so many so I’ll just have to name a few. @jackhoimes firstly just because he’s a great kid and works for his favourite club, Norwich. @MarcelGraphics also because he’s just so, so good, plus he’s only 15 as well! I probably won’t be able to explain all so I’ll just list a few; @ZekeDesign, @JcoleDZN and finally @DanielHardman. There’s so much more out there, though!"
What have you learnt as a designer?
"As a designer, I’ve learnt just to not give up essentially. I read your interview with Dan and I just guess this is kinda similar to his but patience in all is just so key to whatever type of design you want to do. I think it doesn’t just apply to graphic design when I say that ‘giving up is you telling yourself you have failed’."
My comment: "Henry is one of the top minimalist artists. In an area with a lot of competitors, he is certainly one of the top and I recommend Henry to anyone out there. It was a joy to speak to him and learn his ambitions. Make sure you follow him @HenryCreative_."