Featured Artist – Karibu Illustrations

We may live in the humble Maritimes but you may not realize that there are many amazing artists who live and work here too. This is going to be a semi regular segment that I plan to continue for the near future featuring some of the incredibly talented artists that we have here in New Brunswick and possibly further within the Maritimes if and when I get the opportunity to travel. Within this segment I will give you a little detail about the featured artist and show you some beautiful photographs of them at work in their space. Whether that space is their little studio or the great outdoors, where ever that artist feels their creative vibe is where I want to capture their images.

I was hoping to start this series back in January but things were just too busy with my new studio and some really big things that I have planned for this summer. So better late than never please join me in welcoming my first featured artist from Moncton NB –

Karibu Illustrations.

Bio: Karibu is a freelance illustrator and manga/comic creator from eastern Canada. Karibu debuted in 2011 with Les Voyageurs de Houston, a short story comic in an independent French comic magazine called Rocket Science from Oniric comics. In 2013, Karibu illustrated a few short stories for a canadian anthology called Heroes of the North. She recently published her very own manga called Survivorland and is currently working on the the next tome of the series as well as a few other original projects.

Karibu Illustrations

What is your favourite medium to work with?

I’m very traditional. So I use mostly all traditional mediums. Pencil, artist pens like micron and unipins as well as brush pens. I use colored markers like Copic and Kurecolor.

Karibu Illustrations

When you are not drawing what do you like to do with your spare time?

Reading comics and studying them. Yoga to keep the body and mind fresh !

Karibu Illustrations

Do you have an artist that really inspires you?

I love an array of different artists work, some North American, European and Japanese. I particuarly appreciate classic comic artist such as Joe Kubert and Alex Toth as well as newer age artists like Sean Murphy, Becky Cloonan, Yanick Paquette, Adam Hughes and many more. As far as European artists Matthieu Bonhomme, Juanjo Guarnido, Florent Maudoux and Alejandro Barbucci. Japanese artists, Inoue Takehiko, Obata Takeshi, Kawashita Mizuki, Urasawa Naoki…and the list goes on and on !

What is the one thing in your studio space that you simply could not live without?

My comic and manga collection. They are my source of inspiration, I use them as tools and study them as much as I need a pencil and eraser.

Karibu Illustrations

Where can we find more of your work?

Follow karibuilllustrations on Facebook and Tumblr

Do you do commission work? If so how can folks contact you?

I am always looking for commission work, time permitting. Feel free to email me at: karibuillustrations@gmail.com 

Is there anything that you would like to say to any beginner artists out there?

 Perservere. The longer you work at something the better you will get at it. Unsure about your drawing skills ? Take life drawing sessions at your local art school or art supply shop. Life drawing is the magic behind drastically improving your art skills ! 

Karibu Illustrations

Thank you Karibu for taking time out of your busy schedule to allow me to photograph you in your creative space.
If you are interested in meeting Karibu in person you will be able to find her this weekend at the East Coast Comic Expo in Moncton NB alongside some other amazing artists and creators. So if you are in the neighbourhood stop by and enjoy. I will also be around taking photographs of some of the awesome cosplayers or hanging around buriedbybricks’ LEGO creations.

If you are or know an artist who would like to be featured please drop me a line at arfoto@live.ca

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