Christiane Schnabl, Austria
Christiane illustrated the CHELLIS story "Green Transportation"
Let’s start with a short introduction: Please tell us something about yourself (a very short biography)
I'm Chris and for as long as I can remember I've loved to draw and paint. After acquiring a master's degree in English Literature and Media Studies and working ten years in advertising, I slightly changed my career path a couple of years ago and am currently working as an illustrator, graphic designer and copywriter based in western Styria.
What is your main inspiration in your artwork?
I draw as much inspiration from nature, as I do from pop culture. Whether it be a film, music, games, comics, calm, sunny evenings in my garden or a hike in the nearby mountains – sometimes it's the little things, the fleeting moments that inspire me to create.
How would you describe your art style and the techniques you use?
I've been exploring traditional techniques, mainly pencil and watercolour, for years now - those will always be my tools of the trade. In recent years I've tried myself as a digital artist more and more, with techniques spanning from digital illustration on a tablet to collages. Where my style is concerned, Japanese Manga and Anime were a big influence initially, but also naturalistic watercolours and inkings.
Have you already illustrated any stories before the CHELLIS project? What do you personally enjoy/like the most about this kind of work?
I've illustrated a couple of magazine articles before, but the CHELLIS project has been my biggest to date. My job as a graphic designer includes many different fields, but illustration is my favourite by a long shot –mainly, I think, because it allows me to tell compelling stories.
How long did it take you to work on the illustrations for CHELLIS project stories?
I would guess about 5 hours per illustration – but projects as fun as this one are hard to measure in time alone
Where can people see examples of your work?