In this edition of #CREATORTALK, we speak to Sebrev ( @sebrevsebrev on Instagram). #CREATORTALK is a series of articles and interviews, with a focus on the creative industries and the the talent working within them.
PW- Hey Sebrev! How’s it going?
Hey! I’m feeling pretty great, thanks. Thanks for wanting to interview me! 🙂
PW- So, first thing’s first. For those who don’t know yet, how would you sum up who you are and what you do?
I make art that mixes up different objects in hybrid forms. Sexy man-dogs, penises with faces, erotic stitching, scribbly-nudes… that kind of thing. It’s kind of funny, kind of erotic, kind of disturbing. At the moment I’m mostly working in digital illustration, painting, stitch-work, and print-making.
PW- The art you share on Instagram has such a unique style- what are your influences when creating your work?
Thanks! I take inspiration from a really broad range of artists. Visually I draw a lot from pop art and optical art. I love the work of Bridget Riley and Andy Warhol, but I’ve been working on techniques that are inspired by colour theory – Georges Seurat, Josef Albers. Also, porn and queer erotica. With the themes I think my influences are a mash-up of queer theory, Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto, and physical comedy.
PW- Can you explain to us what The Pack is? What initially inspired the dog themes in your work?
Oh they’re my favourites. The pack started as a group of dudes who volunteered to be models for a project where I drew men/dog hybrids. To be a pack member, you’ve gotta be willing to be illustrated as a hybrid, put yourself out there voluntarily. But. More than that. They’re a pack of super-supportive, interesting, caring, lovely, art-loving folk.They’ve joined for pretty diverse reasons – they loved the look of the art, or it spoke to their queer-pup identities, or they like their bodies being on show, or they just wanted to help me out – but they’re joined together in this kind of wonderful, world-wide, network of weirdos. In short: they’re the absolute best.
I’m not really sure where it comes from? I think the dog themes come from a play on “men are dogs” – it was a neat framework to play with masculinity.
PW- You get commissioned to draw fans in your unique style. Do you have any particular favourites, and would you be able to share them with us?
I don’t really have favourites – think they each have their own wonder about them, so it’s hard to choose! But here are some that others have loved (below).
PW- What are your plans for the future? What kind of thing do you hope to see on your Instagram in a few year’s time?
More! I just want to keep making work – more diverse kinds of work, different themes, different mediums. I really look forward to the time when I can devote a good chunk of my life to producing more physical work.
PW- This blog focuses heavily on creativity and the real people behind the art. How does creativity affect you on a day to day basis? Do you get super inspired out and about, or is it more of a focused effort, where you can shut off from the world and just think?
I think it’s a mixture of both of those things. Walking is a really important part of my creative practice – thinking through the ideas, getting lost in the rambling, roaring wash-cycle of my brain. But I think where I really started feeling satisfied with the creative balance was when I started actually finishing pieces. Something I wish I had learned earlier: creating work is as much about inspiration as it is sitting down and finishing the work. So I get up really early and start every morning with sketching, and try to finish a piece each day. It’s a lot, but… why not?
PW- In this kind of economy and industry, it can be tough to feel like you’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
Yeah, I agree it can be a bit tough. I guess… take breaks when you need them and think about why you’re doing it. I think talking about these feelings with other creatives, or reading about it (like in this blog!), can really help to counter the lonely feelings. A recent place of inspiration for me is a podcast called “the starving artist”, which involves a series of interviews with artists about the art/money equation. Check it out! (I’m not at all affiliated, I just think it’s a great resource for artists!) https://starvingartistpodcast.com/
PW- If you could offer a short piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
I think I’d tell myself: “It will never be perfect, so just finish it enough for it to look finished”. And also: “You will never be perfect, so just do the work to be a little bit better at the things that matter to you.” And also: “Don’t start making art for galleries – start making it for people”.
PW- And final question! It’s more of an invitation actually. Use the next few sentences to self-promote the hell out of what you’re up to, what we can see etc, no judgement!
I’m doing a whole lot of illustration at the moment, and there are three ways to get involved:
1. Modelling… hit me up on insta (@sebrevsebrev).
2. Grab a print – I’ve got a limited selection of prints available through society6 (www.society6.com/sebrev)
3. Join my Patreon! If you want to support my work on a more ongoing basis, and go in the draw to win original prints… join me on patreon.com/sebrev
PW- Thank you for your time!