Behance Artist Highlight: Traditional and Digital Illustrations of David Habben

By Jesse Davis

Happy Friday. Like every Friday, we get to highlight one of the bright artists in our Behance gallery. This week, we’re happy to share David Habben’s work. Whether he’s using traditional tools or digital, David pushes himself to create something new with each piece.

Here is David’s story:

Wacom: Tell us how you started your creative passion.

David:

Like most artists, I've drawn since I was little. I was fortunate enough to have parents who encouraged me to keep at it and to feel confident about it. Eventually, it became an essential form of expression for me and now I can't think of a better way to share my thoughts and ideas with the world. That being said, it wasn't until I started my university training that I realized how much I truly loved art. I remember the moment I decided this was going to be my focus for my life and its been a roller-coaster ever since.

Wacom: What style of visual art do you focus on and why?

David:

Drawing has always been my primary focus. Whether I'm producing commercial illustration, fine art for a gallery or just working in my sketchbook, I love the physical act of making a mark. There's also something magical about creating something completely new. I've experimented with different tools, from charcoal to pixels, and they all have their own unique voice and expression. When I'm working traditionally, there are so many factors that can affect the work, such as the surface I'm working on or even the amount of ink still in the marker, and it pushes me to create and adapt in new ways, which is part of the fun. Digital drawing and illustrating has its own unique nuances as well, and I find when I'm working with pixels, I can easily get caught up in endless new layers and undo's. As a result, my digital work takes on its own expression and finished quality. In all honesty, regardless of the tools, I just love to make a line into something more. In one instance it’s just a circle and then, with a couple quick marks, its a face full of emotion. That's wonderful to me.

Wacom: Where and how do you find inspiration?

David:

My inspiration has changed a lot over time, but my imagination has consistently been triggered by powerful well-crafted words. I love reading and often find inspiration in a simple twist of words. Even when I listen to music, I pour over the lyrics and visualize a narrative to them. Reading also quiets my mind in a way and puts me into a state of clarity I don't find when I'm scouring the latest news of the world. Then, in that focused space, my mind is on the narrative of what I'm reading, and I'm also developing ideas and concepts. Eventually, those ideas make it into my sketchbook. I also think our world is so media saturated that its hard for any of us to really pin down what inspires us because we're in a flood of inspiration. This is why its all the more important to find those things, like reading for me, that bring our thoughts into focus and help us rest our frazzled minds a bit.

Wacom: What is your favorite of your work and why?

David:

I've been having a lot of fun in my sketchbook lately and many of the drawings from it are scanned and finished in Photoshop with the Wacom tablet. One of my favorites is the call-for-entries poster I recently created for the Utah Addy Awards. I was given the theme "dog eat dog" and it was fun to bring multiple levels of meaning to that phrase. I enjoy dropping hidden stories and messages into my work. I'll reference anything from mythology to current events and sometimes references to my life. For this drawing, rather than leave it at two dogs eating each other, I chose to include all the dog references I could think of. I get a real kick out of people discovering those hidden treasures. 


Wacom: What Wacom technology are you using now?

David:

I'm currently using a Wacom Intuos Pro Large in my home studio and a Cintiq in my work at Smart Bomb Interactive. The Intuos is my go-to tool. I use it with several different programs to do everything from sketch concepts to adding the finishing touches to commissions.

 Wacom: Why did you join the Wacom gallery on Behance?

David:

Wacom consistently created quality products that have allowed me to create and sell my work in a wide variety of ways. When I knew they created a curated gallery on Behance, I felt assured that the content they shared would be inspiring and meet the high-standards they set for the art community. I also felt the gallery would introduce me to a broader scope of work than I would normally seek out on my own. It’s easy to get pigeon-holed into our own styles and preferences and a gallery like this can be a real gateway to new ideas. 

You can see more of David’s work on his Behance profile.

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