In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Chantal Horeis is a German artist based in Sweden known for her dreamy, warm, and playful illustrations that combine pencils, ink, and digital media. Her artwork is influenced by everyday situations, her life, modern life, nature, inner growth and challenges. When Chantal is not drawing, she loves cooking and playing video games. Although Chantal does not have a specific motto that she lives by, she believes to “aim high to achieve things that you believe in and be goal oriented but open to changes on your way”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“This is an amazing project and I absolutely love to support a cause like this”
What is your creative process?
Chantal: I don’t have a specific creative process. I know that when I don’t have a current project going already and I do not feel inspired yet it helps to go out for a while and to mindlessly sketch whatever comes to mind. I find so many interesting things in little doodles I made that I did not think much of when I put them on paper.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Chantal: That changes everyday. Today it is the first piece of my “Sunday Morning” series. I like cute interior illustrations a lot. I like to think that it gives the viewer a sense of what has happened before and what might happen next. I created a couple of sketches that were all centered around the idea of a slow and relaxing Sunday morning. Waking up, have a cup of tea or coffee, getting dressed in you favorite comfy clothes. I decided to make it a little series, four pieces in total that are also slightly animated (View Chantal’s “Sunday Morning” series on her website). As with most of my works I sketched it digitally before transferring it to a piece of paper and work out the pencil/ink drawing. When that is finished I scan it in again and continue painting color and light using Photoshop. It gives me the opportunity to be very playful and experiment a lot.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Chantal: Japan would be a dream destination for me. When I was a child I loved to watch anime series and because of that I think that in some way I was influenced by Japanese culture even though I have never been there. I am interested in the big cities like Tokyo just as much as the more nature parts of it. Also, from what I have heard, it has the most amazing art supplies stores and is overall a dream for every artist because it seems like everything is illustrated there. I don’t know if it’s true. I hope I will find out one day!
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Chantal: One favorite? Oh no. Wait, let me think. This is hard for me, because I don’t really keep track of single artworks that I love. I have favorite artists and love their body of work as a whole. But if we can count a video game as a piece of art and I think in that case we can and have to it would be GRIS by Nomada Studio. It is so poetic and the visuals and music are breathtaking. I cried afterwards. Please have a look at the trailer.
What do you listen to while you work?
Chantal: I like to listen to soundtracks either from games or movies. Sometimes I have podcasts on for example “One Fantastic Week”. If I am doing work that I don’t have to concentrate too hard on I like to watch artists studio vlogs on Youtube, like Fran Meneses or Furry Little Peach.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Chantal: I think that this is an amazing project and I absolutely love to support a cause like this.