Today we pick the brain of talented illustrator , Chris Slabber, about his passion for creativity and Sci-Fi.
Who is Chris Slabber and what do you do?
I guess I should start at the beginning. I grew up in a small town in the Klein Karoo – Oudtshoorn. From a young age I realized that I had my own view on the world. Drawing, action figures and imaginary friends were my biggest past time as a kid. This always kept me on the path of creativity.
I studied fine arts from a young age, but quickly realized I needed something more/different. So design it was. I studied at Cape Tech – now CPUT – for 3 years and walked out there with this weird idea to become a digital artist. After 10 years in Cape Town I moved back home to Oudtshoorn. Don’t ask me why. It just felt right. The open spaces and Fresh air seems to be working. I’ve managed to work online for the past few Years and it seems to be working out thus far.
How would you define your style or art?
Well I’ve always been influenced by the Surreal. At the same time I’m a Sci-fi junkie. This reflects heavily in my work. I call myself a digital artist because I use a lot of digital mediums. I sometimes get a lot of flack from other artists about that, but I say the digital tools are all just paint brushes in their own way. It’s all about application at the end of the day. Don’t get me wrong I still get my hands dirty, but it all becomes digital at the end of the day. So for me it doesn’t end with pencil and ink.
What inspires your work?
As mentioned before I love Sci-fi, which essentially becomes outer space for me, which is translated into the unknown. I love to wonder. It’s always a cool exercise to try and see into my sub-conscious. I seem to start seeing familiar shapes that transforms into images, but only for a split second. The challenge then is to remember the image and to try and reach an end result close to it. So yes, the unknown.
What are you currently working on?
Lately I’ve been interested in typography a lot. I’m busy developing some custom fonts to get into the frame of mind. I love the work of guys like Jordan Metcalf and Adam Hill in terms of typography gurus. So for the future I’d like to expand my knowledge of typography.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Well I have a few philosophies I try and stick to. These are: Stay away from comfort zones – they are evil things, they can make you lose perspective. Don’t eat hamburgers everyday – this just means try something different from time to time – challenge yourself. And then be frightfully honest with yourself. I always say stand back and look at your work and if it looks like shit it is shit and vice versa.
Where can our readers follow your work?
I have a profile on behance – http://be.net/csdandi Check it out and leave some comments.