Posted Nov 12th 2007 by

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An interview with
CHRISTIAN ZEBITZwords by , November 2007

You don’t hear of many illustrators coming out of Cambridge, but Zebitz is a true exception to the rule. He’s worked for a host of top clients and his style has a manic edge which sets him aside from the crowd.

Hello and welcome to Thunder Chunky, how are you doing today?

I’m very well, thanks. How are you?

Great thanks! Tell us about yourself in 3 easy-to-follow steps.

Wake up, draw pictures/design, sleep. (repeat)

You very kindly lent us a bit of your time for the TC Xmas project last year, what are some of the projects you’ve been working on since then?

I’ve been pretty busy. Some things I’ve been involved with are the Inkthis Exhibition, that was cool- they’re putting a book together, so that should be good. Lots of really good stuff in there…and me! ha ha. I also did some work for Die Gestalten Verlag on a Spooky Calendar, which was cool. I’ve done some work for Channel 4’s Ten4 magazine which was/is fun and some t-shirt stuff. As well as a bunch of other stuff not worth mentioning.

Christian Zebitz Spooky Calendar

Spooky Calendar 08 image © 2007 Die Gestalten Verlag

Cambridge wouldn’t be the first place I’d think to find exciting artwork, is it a particularly creative hub?

Hmm I’m not sure. I’m not from Cambridge originally so it would be unfair to comment but no, I dont think there is really. London’s pretty close so I think all the ‘creative types’ move there but Cambridge is a nice place, kinda peaceful but it aint New York is it?

Your work has a bit of an anarchistic edge to it, where would you say your inspiration comes from?

Christian Zebitz ten4 online ad

ten4 online ad

Ha ha cool!! I like the idea of that. My inspiration comes from having always been into graphics and illustration really. Just from absorbing bits and pieces over the years that I liked. Anything from The Muppets to Jim Phillips’ stuff, Derek Riggs, Garbage Pail kids…The Smurfs.. The Monkees… 2000ad… Cannibal Corpse album covers etc. crazy stuff like that.

You do a lot of intense vector graphics. What process do you go through to create them, and do they take forever to do?

Process wise I’ll spend some time trying to come up with an idea and then start on the computer-sometimes I’ll do rough thumbnail sketches but usually only if the client really needs to see something concrete. Time wise I spend probably 2 to 3 days at most, although I’ve worked to 12 hour deadlines before. I could probably speed up the process if I planned the images better before going to the computer or scanned and traced stuff but where’s the fun in that?!

What would be your top three illustration tips?

I’m not sure I’m in a position to give advice but I’d say… enjoy what you draw and draw what you enjoy.

Any exciting plans for the rest of the year?

Yeah, there’s some real cool things happening however I wont say anything incase it all goes tits up. I’m getting some Z-brand t-shirts/products flowing soon, and a new web site will be going up with a regular news letter! … get rid of some of that old crap that’s up at the mo…for new crap.

Christian Zebitz Spooky Calendar

Spooky Calendar 08 image © 2007 Die Gestalten Verlag

What would be on the Z. Industries soundtrack?

Man, that’s a hard one but off the top of my head…

1. Anything by Ac/dc, early Metallica or Maiden
2. Abba – Super Trouper
3. Mr. Bungle – Quote Unquote
4. Melvins – Honeybucket
5. Alice in Chains – any but Nutshell or No Excuses are great
6. The Vines – Spaceship
7. Gallhammer – World to be Ashes
8. Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
9. Fu Manchu – Mongoose
10. Sly and the Family Stone – If you want me to stay.
11. Kyuss – Spaceship landing
12. Mad Season – Wake Up
13. Death Breath – Death Breath
14. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
15. Faith No More – Jizzlobber…but any/all

Finally, what’s the one thing everyone should do today?

Apart from contact me with exciting career opportunities?!…be nice to each other

You can check out more of Christian’s manic illustrations by visiting his site. Keep an eye out for him in the upcoming TC Xmas Project 2007 as well. Sign up for our email updates to be kept informed!


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