Today we chat with Creative Director Gerhard Human, enjoy!
Who is Gerhard Human and what do you do?
I’m an illustrator/animator/Designer from Cape Town (Originally from Pretoria). I work at Masters and Savant as the creative director. In my spare time I make drawings and comics. I don’t have Struggle Credentials.
How would you define your style or art?
I like to tell stories through still moments. I draw what I personally like and the mood and subject matter comes from ideas I have at the time. I guess most of my drawings feature people, many of them in motion or in some sort of narrative scenario. I like my art to tell a story in some way. My experience in the animation industry probably plays a part. I love capturing the subtleties of movement.
What inspires your work?
Lots of things. Life, Music, Films, Comics, Books… Most of my ideas comes from listening to music. For me it’s very important to have inspiring people in your life. I’ve studied, worked and chilled with some amazing people that’s passionate at what they do. I have quite a variety of crazy friends. My wife is also a very talented painter and I enjoy discussing some ideas with her. Yea, I get the same type of inspiration from listening to an awesome moody Miles Davis record, or reading a Murakami novel as to looking at a crafted illustration piece… I think the energy and mindset of the artist rubs off…hope it makes sense.
What are you currently working on?
I’m doing a couple of pieces for a few group exhibitions coming up. There’s a show at the Woodstock Exchange and 2 group shows at Salon 91 in Kloof Street. (All happening before August) I’m doing some large ink drawings on paper that I’m having lots of fun with.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Yea everyone has a different idea of what art is and what visually inspires… so my advice would be to do what YOU think is cool. Don’t draw in a certain way because it’s the current trend or galleries seem to promote a type of feel. If you go at it long enough you will find your vibe. Start with what you know best. Don’t try to make a political satire piece if you know nothing about political satire… just because that’s what sells…
Where can our readers follow your work?
@theGerhard on Twitter