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.
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.
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.
I would guess about 5 hours per illustration – but projects as fun as this one are hard to measure in time alone