What have you been up to since we last featured you?
Since we last spoke, I spent sometime working in Johannesburg for another artist and friend, Vivienne McOnie. I learned some valuable business skills in marketing myself and my work from her. Amongst other things, I even learned to print onto ceramic tiles and glass!
Doing deliveries to galleries and selling products at markets in and around Pretoria, really made me aware on how I regarded my work and the business of making and selling art. Thus I got out of a very delusional preconceived notion of just making what I want, to what I don’t always like, but sells.
Tell us about your new project?
My goal for this year and the next is to complete my Masters degree in Printmaking/Illustration, so other than that, entering art competitions and exhibitions is my goal and continuous project.
What was the inspiration behind your new work?
A year or so ago I stumbled across a BBC Earth documentary about this vicious Cordyceps Fungus, that targets certain insects that are over populating an area in the forests of Thailand. The process of the fungus was very interesting to me and the sheer beauty fascinated me.
Months later The Last of Us, a Playstation 3 game was released…and there as I pressed play, I saw the very same video from BBC Earth. It was justification for me that this subject is worth researching in my work. Well lets say zombies and the end of the world doesn’t always have to go together, despite what we watch on television. HAHA.
Whats are your creative plans for 2014?
As this is a two year program, I am still in the very early stages of creating illustrations and doing physical research on this subject. Everything is pretty much still process drawings, so for now making as much quality process work will enable me to select the right images. To take them further as final pieces.
There are so many amazing things I have found so far and this has really made me excited to do this project. My brain has always been more fascinated with science and fantasy. Now finally I am in a profession where I can make my own rules and with this I can hopefully take the viewer on a visual ride of exploration.
Where can our readers follow your work?
I have been less active on Twitter lately, but I do post images there from time to time. Other than that, Facebook and Instagram are current favourites.
Facebook Page: Illustrations by Carl Huebsch
Instagram: @carlhuebsch (Carl August Huebsch)