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.
Christopher Eads is a Pennsylvania-based artist known for his colorful and soulful designs. His artwork is inspired by mangas, old comic books, and Swiss Design. When Christopher is not drawing, he enjoys playing keys and bass guitar, reading, sleeping, and trying to be a DJ. A motto that Christopher goes by is to “never give up”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“It’s important to do something, anything at all really, to contribute to making the world a better place and helping those in need”
What is your creative process?
Christopher: I don’t usually plan on making an illustration before I do. Either a situation comes up, like a gig or a prompt, or I’m inspired by something I see. The more I see, the more I am inspired to draw. Any time I travel I come away with a drawing or two. I’ve worked out a process where I trace drawings with my favorite pen, scan them into the computer and make some adjustments. In the future, I hope to draw more, and possibly for a living.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Christopher: I don’t really have a favorite. But something I created recently that I was pleased with was “Petroglyph Chic”. I was inspired by rock art, AKA Petroglyphs, found in the Southwestern United States. I drew this before taking a trip to Utah and I was surprised how much the colors of the work matched the natural landscape when I arrived. It was cool to see the source of inspiration for so many artists, including myself, in real life; the experience did not disappoint.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
Christopher: Tokyo, Japan, I’ve already been there, but I absolutely need to return.
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Christopher: I really like Gustav Klimt’s, “The Kiss”. Anything ever to come out of Bauhaus Design School or Memphis Design Group.
What do you listen to while you work?
Christopher: I listen to Boards of Canada, anything from the British New Wave era (Tears for Fears, The Smiths, The Pet Shop Boys, New Order), Japanese Jazz Fusion from the 80’s, Enya, Grimes, Beach House, white noise, and never-ending abyss like sound-journeys suggested by the YouTube algorithm. I recently made a Spotify playlist with a friend of mine (Check it out here). I also listen to my own music, which is a guilty pleasure, another guilty pleasure would be listening to “lo-fi chill hop” playlists on YouTube.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Christopher: Because it’s important to do something, anything at all really, to contribute to making the world a better place and helping those in need. ATAS seems like a very down to earth organization and I’m happy that we mutually benefit each other and those suffering from Alzheimer’s by sharing artwork. Really clever idea.