Today we have an awesome chat with Carl Huebsch .Enjoy! Happy Friday!
Who is Carl Huebsch and what do you do?
I’d like to believe I am a ‘documentor’ a story teller of sorts. A man who tries to put pen to paper, portraying the world and the people who inhabit it, with me in images of fiction. Currently I’m working part time as a studio assistant at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (N.M.M.U) Fine Art Department and freelance illustrator based in Port Elizabeth.
How would you define your style or art?
Oh damn…this is a tough question. It’s difficult to define ones style when you are still trying to broaden it. To give it more variety and appeal to buyers in the outside world, when you are not simply making art for yourself, but art with a purpose. To be sold and thus to build up a name for yourself and not for stacking under the bed to gather dust…as they are right now. HAHA.
I try to keep my illustrations contemporary and to vary the types of mediums. My work is without a doubt illustrative and of a narrative nature.
What inspires your work?
What inspires me is…life. As philosophical as that sounds it is the truth. As a young boy I was never interested in sports and always found a pen and piece of paper to doodle on. I kept to myself and drew, to the best of my ability, what I saw in life and what was filling up my imagination. The cartoons I watched and still watch with no shame, I would use as reference to my own creations. I remember when Pokemon first aired on SABC 2’s Tube program…I’d rush home after school to watch an episode to minutes later sit and conjure up my very on Pokemon. Oh those were the days!
Animated movies like that of Disney’s Hercules, Alice in Wonderland and with stars in my eyes I say, all of Hayao Miyazaki’s films along the unworldly creatures of Guillermo del Toro inspire me. Miyazaki’s, Spirited Away started it all for me. I would get so inspired and fully invested in them. The way he tells a simple, pure story from the heart is what I would one day like to achieve with my art. A very big part of my personal work is inspired by the works of Mr. Miyazaki.
I have somewhat of an obsession with deer and hairy animals…which is very evident in my work. The creatures I draw are all in some way based on animals in life and are heavily inspired by Greek mythology and folk tales from Japan and Mexico . Even though at times I am unsure of which dark corner of the world they are from. HaHa!
What are you currently working on?
Being a part time assistant at the very institute I graduated from, I am lucky enough to carry on producing art. So for the time being I am producing illustrations for my portfolio to in the near future, have my own solo exhibition and hopefully acquire a permanent job as an illustrator for graphic novels.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Never stop drawing! I get asked why I draw the weird things I do… Simply put, I draw what I love and sharing it with others is the biggest gift you can ever receive.
Where can our readers follow your work?
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