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Jack-of-all-trades, master of some-Kobus Faber

 Jack-of-all-trades, master of some-Kobus Faber

Who is Kobus Faber and what do you do?

I always describe myself as a jack-of-all-trades, master of some. I dabble in all sorts of different programs and executions. I don’t want to put myself in a box or maybe I haven’t found the box that I’d feel comfortable in. I am currently working at Mortimer Harvey Advertising Agency. It is lots of fun – I get to animate, design and draw storyboards for TV ads. Generally i have a good time. Every day I wake up and count my blessings, as I know I have one of the best jobs around.


How would you define your illustration style?
At the moment I feel like I’m a bit of a hybrid – there’s some Japanese influence, a dash of American comic book style, blended with a bit of my own technique. I think everyone develops their style by what they are exposed to growing up. I always try to do something new with each piece and when I’m working on a brief I try to interpret the brief with a style that will suit it best.



We really love your work for SAMRO (Talent is not enough); tell us a little more about this project?
SAMRO (South African Music Rights Organization) briefed our agency to do something special to celebrate their 50th anniversary. My Creative Director, Chris Potter, came up with the line and the designer, Darryn Rogers and I thought that illustration would suit the campaign best. I experimented with a lot of different styles, but in the end we chose one that was light and loose, as it would show the fluidity of the artist’s movements while keeping it light hearted and slightly whacky. The project was great fun to work on and the client was always supportive, which made all the difference. We printed out the final product on massive canvasses, which now hangs in their offices.



Your work, “Together forever” is brilliant, what technique did you use to get the look and feel?
My friends inspire me a lot. This piece was done after I attended my best friend’s wedding. He is very creative and puts a very beautiful and unique touch to everything. I wanted to do something that captured the feeling that I got there, but with a Mexican twist. I did the whole thing in Photoshop using a technique called “digital painting”. Originally I wanted this to be their wedding present, but felt it could be interpreted the wrong way so I went with a toaster instead.

My friend and I are putting together a short story graphic novel, which we are trying to get published in a comic book collection. It’s more work than I imagined and after a long day at the office it’s often difficult to do too much. So it’s taking a lot longer than I anticipated, but I am loving the challenge. I have also started doing freelance illustration work for FHM, which is nice as I get to draw humorous cartoons – very different to my everyday work.


What can we expect form you in the future?
I want to start working on animated short stories that I’m going to publish on YouTube. I am hoping that this will help me break into the animation industry – something I’d love to do. I’m also busy with illustrations for a few children’s books.

What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Learn as much as you can while you’re young – it’ll pay off in the long run! Experiment with all kinds of programs, techniques and disciplines. It’s extremely important to learn and explore as much as you can while you still have the time and energy to do it. As you start working, time is a luxury that few can afford. Do tutorials – there are millions of free ones on the net.  The web is such a powerful tool, so rather than going out to a party, do a logo and load it up to a creative site and ask for criticism. Being creative is the most fun anyone can have. And you get paid for it.

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