This month, UCreative brings you another amazing creative from the world of illustration - and this time, from the beautiful Salt Lake City in Utah, USA. Get some dose of creative awesomeness as we take a peek on the illustration career of David Habben.
Illustrator David Habben working on one of his projects. Photography by Anne Cummings
Q: Describe to us your style of illustration.
I’d say its detail oriented, conceptual, editorial and surrealistic. I rely heavily on line work and symbols to compose and convey the overall message of each piece.
Excellent details on some of David's works in his 2010 Small Sketchbook.
Q. How did you start your career as an Illustrator?
I was fortunate enough to be given opportunities at an early age. My first paid work came when I was 16 and I’ve been working in some capacity as an illustrator ever since.
David shares a lot of miscellaneous sketches on his Tumblr.
Q. Describe to us your workplace.
My studio is in my home and I’m fortunate to have a room set aside just for my work. Its pretty simple, a laptop hooked up to an external monitor and Wacom tablet. I surround my desk with artwork from my idols and photos of my family and friends.
David's creative den. An ordinary corner for an extraordinary person.
Q. What are your creative inspirations?
I love music, of course, and also find a lot of inspiration in my faith, my family and my friends. I used to believe that movies and TV shows helped out, but over the last few years I’ve had to become much more selective with them.
A new piece from his 2012 Sketchbook.
Q. Take us to your creative process, where do you start?
For my personal work, the concepts always begin in my sketchbook. I don’t use thumbnails as often as I should, but I’ll usually play with the idea on paper and in my mind enough that by the time I’m creating the final work, I have a good idea of where it will go.
His creative process is a simplified version of how a small imagination is transformed into an awesome piece of reality.
Q. There has been a tough competition in the Illustration industry today, how do you cope up with this?
With a lot of hard work and prayer.
David doing some glass mural at the Kayo Gallery where some of his works were shown. Photography by Scott Lind.
Q. You've done so many projects in your career. Which among them do you consider most memorable?
I’ve truly had some great opportunities to learn from amazing people. Some of my favorites were the mural work with fellow SLC artists, the work I’ve done with children’s magazines, such as The Friend, and my recent series “Shapes of Conscious” which has been so well recieved.
Some of David's illustrations for The Friend magazine, a children's publication from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The “Shapes of Conscious” project of him just this year was well received because of its unique artistic quality.
Q. You mentioned you like music. Would you share us your playlist?
Love it. Currently in the rotation: Keane, Ben Harper, David Gray, Muse, NadaSurf, and a collection of opera and classical music.
A promotional poster he did for a theater production.
Q. What are the advantages/disadvantages of working as a freelancer?
The biggest advantage these days is that you aren’t going to be fired, which of course leads to the biggest disadvantage, the uncertainty of work tomorrow. It’s great to have the freedom of running you’re own show, but very challenging to keep the income relatively steady.
Q. Any advice to aspiring illustrators out there?
Don’t be afraid of standing up for what you truly believe with your work. If you work hard, you’ll get a lot of offers to work with people. They’ll offer you a lot of money to copy other people or support products and causes that go against your conscience, but being true to yourself will pay off in the end. Also, always be networking and always be learning. You’re a salesman as much as an artist. Make work you believe in and you’ll be able to sell it with greater confidence. The more you learn and apply your learning, the better artist you’ll become.
Photography by Anne Cummings.
David's creative career teaches us to always do something out of the ordinary. Holding tight to what you believe in will always take you to right path you want for your artistic career. Be always open to new possibilities and keep learning new things on every new assignment. Check out more of David's works on his official website.
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