"The Daily Illustrator" for today is Christian Schubert, "...an illustrator with a passion for bright colours and things that are a little odd." Christian left a job in advertising to pursue his passion and has since went on to feature in several online and print publications. After finding his quirky work on his Instagram I thought it'd be great to find out a little more about the man. Read on for his interview and a few examples of his work. Click through to his site if you want to get in contact and cheers for reading!
WHEN DID YOU FIRST START ILLUSTRATING AND KNOW WAS IT SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO DO AS A PROFESSION?
I did my degree in illustration, but ended up working in advertising after I graduated. A lot of the time there though I would spend drawing silly pictures instead of thinking up big advertising ideas for various global brands. And when my Creative Directors started liking those more than the ideas I was actuallymeant to come up with, I knew it was time for a change.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
I have no idea really! I just try to look at as many different things as possible. And usually there will be something that jumps out at me and makes me mouth the word ‘wow’. I also watch a lot of comedy and listen voraciously to Howard Stern. I definitely think he’s been a big inspiration to me. Not necessarily in comedic terms, but in just having the balls to be yourself and stick to the work you believe in.
HOW DO YOU GET THE IDEAS FOR YOUR ILLUSTRATIONS?
I have a morning routine where I spend an hour just jotting down ideas. Hopefully I will come up with at least one thought I like, which I will then work up or add to a list if I’m busy with commercial projects. I like to have a list of ideas that I can work on when I’m not busy. I find if I don’t have anything planned I tend to procrastinate and go around in circles deciding what I should do that day.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEDIUM TO WORK WITH?
I pretty much just work in Photoshop. It’s so versatile and quick to use that I can’t see myself using anything else!
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
I have currently been working on a few editorial projects and on an exhibition for the KK-Outlet that I’m really exited about. In my personal work I have been trying to get better at animation. It’s tough to learn, but I’m enjoying the challenge!
CURRENT PLAYLIST AS YOU WORK?
ARE THERE ANY ILLUSTRATORS THAT YOU ARE A FAN OF THAT DESERVE SOME EXPOSURE?
Yashasvi Mathis is awesome. Check out her work. She is so tal ented and deserves far more recognition for what she does.