Today we chat with David Tshabalala, an illustrator, graphic designer and sometime photographer.
Who Is David Tshabalala and what do you do?
I’m an illustrator and graphic designer from Johannesburg who dabbles in a little bit of photography as well. I’m 24 and generally laid-back with a quiet demeanor. I’m an artist first before anything but graphic design is my 9-5 and do a little bit of freelancing on the side when work that excites me comes up.
How would you define your style or art?
I don’t have a style really; I feel it limits a person. Rather, I have ideas, I approach every design problem differently with clever a conceptual idea as a solution. I’d rather let the viewers of my work perceive what my work means to them, perhaps then, they’ll put my work in a category they’ve formulated themselves.
What inspires your work?
Other creatives inspire my work, not the physical work itself but their approach towards it. People I know personally that think differently. People that have a passion for what they do, and immerse themselves completely in their respective crafts.I’m inspired by people who have a positive impact on their immediate environment socially.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a comic strip called Dave of Our Lives. It’s based on my experiences as a younger 20 something, and the characters are based on people and friends I’ve met in real-life and how they influence my train of thought. I’m also working on a t-shirt brand called Ungesabi; inspired by African traditions and culture but with a modern fresh quirky twist.
What advice you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Always seek to learn more and perfect your craft all the time. Learn from those above you and absorb as much as you can. Do original work and go back to school if you want to be technically sharper, Don’t wait for clients, design because you want to and keep up with the latest developments in the industry.
Where can our readers follow your work?