When Will Child got in trouble at school as a kid in Leeds, England, his art usually got him out of it. “I used to love doing caricatures,” he says on the phone from Bristol, where he’s lived since February after spending three years in London. “I used it as a tool to get around teachers ’cause they weren’t always that fond of me. When I had a run-in with one, I’d give them a drawing of themself.”
Little did he know that one day his art hobby, and escape tactic, would become his full-time job. Now, the 29-year-old designer is one of the go-to artists for claymation music videos, particularly among hip-hop artists.
He first caught the attention of the music community with his final school project as a graphic design major at NorthUmbria University in Newcastle in 2012; he made a short film about Pablo Escobar’s cocaine operation, but using papier-mâché puppets. “That really whet my appetite,” Child says. “I love making things with my hands and generating this world at your fingertips.”