Mark O'Brien - The Cardboard Guy

The third Your Creative Future panel video is up and this time it’s Mark O’Brien , cardboard sculptor extraordinaire.


The third Your Creative Future panel video is up and this time it’s Mark O’Brien , cardboard sculptor extraordinaire. Here’s a list of things you need to know about Mark, complete with a ridiculous overuse of the word cardboard.

1.  He hasn’t always lived a cardboard life.
Mark got started in Leeds Metropolitan as an Illustrator and went on to work as a full time Graphic Designer. Having developed an interest for cardboard model making during his time in university, he wanted to combine his skills and look at it in the context of graphic design.

2. He had a point to prove.
Cardboard model making might not sound like the most secure profession, but Mark was on a mission to prove that he could do what he loved and get paid for it. He’s a role model to us all, if you ask me.


3. He got some exposure from
NOISELAB.
He had heard about the NOISE pop up shop through a friend of his and figured it would be a good way for him to continue and develop his work from university. His cardboard set graced the NOISELAB windows, complete with drum kit, amp and guitar – all to scale, of course. This gave him something to show prospective clients and also helped him bag another commission, where he created a cardboard living room window display for the Greater Manchester Police’s Domestic Abuse campaign.


4. His work is interactive.

Mark works with schools so kids can get involved and get creative with cardboard. It’s all about creativity and fun and it was how he got started himself. He also like
s to create iconic cardboard replicas, pieces that resonate with an audience and have a story behind them. I’d personally love to see him create a cardboard T.A.R.D.I.S!


5. He’s done alright.
 
From cardboard replicas of London’s architecture for Schuh, a giant cardboard chicken for the RSPCA and life size cardboard Mini Coopers for a shopping centre in Hong Kong, Mark’s worked with them all and recycled a whole lot of cardboard. In the last three years, his career has been snowballing and continues to do so as he regularly updates his ePortfolio, so he can get plenty of exposure.


View the full video here

See more of Mark’s work here

Your Creative Future photo courtesy of Jonathan McGee
Blog post by Zairah