Inspiration: Drawn Interviews

Questions + Drawn Answers with John Malta

by Jamie Tao 36

Featured: John Malta | Doodlers Anonymous

The world of John Malta is in another realm. His shaky uneven lettering, his colorful yet dark and eerie illustrations, his fascination with punk shows and pet lizards - they all make for something that's weird and wonderful at the same time.

To this day, John's cat doodle (I'm still not quite sure if it's really a cat but I love him anyway), which you can find inside our DA coloring book, remains as one of my favorites.

For his feature, John answered a few questions for us in doodle form. His answers, as you will see, are full of character, full of texture, full of awesome. He also sent over some photos from inside his studio in NYC, where he is living now.

Moldy Magic. That's how he refers to his work. And really, I couldn't have come up with a better pairing of words to describe John Malta and his sultry craft. It's bound to grow on you, if it hasn't already.

Q: Introduce yourself.

Q: How old do you think you are?

Q: Tell us something.

Q: What animal represents you?

Q: What do you picture yourself never doing?

Q: What's your favorite place?

Q: What's your must-have appetizer?

Q: What's a really good word? Draw it.

Q: Dog or cat? Or other?

Q: Show us your most-used tools of the trade.

Q: Define happiness.

Q: What do you want?

Q: Plans tonight?

It doesn't end here! Have a fun peek into John Malta's studio before you go.


  1. This was a very fun interview. So fun to take a peek at the working of your life. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Awesome stuff.

  3. Awesome

  4. o my GOD!!! I totally love You John Malta, your work is TOOOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!! sorry for yelling

  5. LOVE IT! John Malta just seems like a really fun guy who incidentally makes illustrations too! LOVE IT!

  6. radness

  7. this is awesome! love john malta. love this interview. thanks for sharing!

  8. Amazing, can look at this for hours. But I am at work.

  9. I love how you went bald for years to torment a crap principle. Sweet attitude problem!

  10. Great work

  11. ahahaha lawl

  12. ims headn big innit!

  13. Super interesting work. I'm into it!

  14. tots fun!

  15. We share the same insanity.

  16. great work!!!

  17. love your style sir

  18. Loved reading the chart comparing yourself now to age 18. Great great idea! enjoy life John M!

  19. Dude this is amazing. Im sad that you dont skateboard that much any more.

  20. So cool! Your 18/23 question really made me think... Would be interesting to see a 23/30 question some time in the future.

  21. hella cool - I graduated Illustration 1985 SVA so nice to see they are doing this MFA program reminds me of Robert Weaver my former prof there - very nice

  22. Hey John love yr doodles, yr story, and yr work space I love to thrift shop too... it's awesome when you find a cool deal. I'm new to DA just joined and looking forward to seeing everyones doodles and figureing out what I'm suppose to do next :-))

  23. I really enjoy looking at your doodles.

  24. i like the form of Q&A

  25. nice work!

  26. great!

  27. So raw and refreshing. Love the style.

  28. Good work :) I'm a rabbit cat that's the animal I characterize myself as :)

  29. Dude! this is dope-love the style

  30. Fun. Now I know why boys get punk hair. I had that too some 20 years ago, starting with bald head like you..

  31. love it!

  32. Too cool! I really like your stuff ;-)

  33. love it!

  34. love this :)

  35. love this :)

  36. I really love your style of art!

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