I remember Jamie Hewlett from his Tank Girl work. But when he partnered with Damon Albarn to create the first, successful virtual band known only as the Gorillaz back in 2001, he was forever etched in illustration and animation lore as one of the greats. Ahead of it’s time (after After Watanabe’s Sharon Apple of course, lol), the Gorillaz went on to successfully sell over 7 million copies of their debut album, break a Guiness World Record and withdrawn Mercury Prize (at the band’s request). Their followup went 5 times platinum in the UK alone and 2-times platinum in the US, nabbing 5 grammy nods and winning one.
This was one of my favorite videos!
one of my most favourite bands ever, “Gorillaz” was my first ever album. Hewlett was a huge inspiration to me, it’s one of a couple of artists that drove me to start drawing comics.