Known for his fantastical and dreamy illustrations and drawings –from bird headed warriors to out of this world landscapes with cosmic skies and mystical female warrior / priestesses, Oakland based artist Jon Carling has filled endless sketchbooks with his unique imagination. Carling’s early love of music has influenced his artistic and creative processes, from creating and trading fanzines to collaborating with various bands such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre to Dead Meadows. We were glad to have Jon on our Vans Art Spotlight where he talks about sketching in the shower, growing up with music, and getting out of a creative rut.
We have no doubt his interview will inspire you to fill your own sketchbooks!
Jon Carling is a bay area native, growing up in the once rural grassy hills of El Sobrante. He graduated in 2002 from Oakland’s CCA with a degree in illustration and still lives in Oakland, designing furniture and drawing pictures in his home studio, using pen and ink as his main creation tools: “I really don’t limit myself to any particular subject matter or influence… I try and smash as many ideas into my work as possible… equally interpreting the way i saw life as a child and the way I see life today.” Please visit artist’s website or follow his Tumblr for more works.