Shane Cisler is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer who likes drawing things that do not exist. He just recently got in touch with me and it is in my honour to be featuring him and some of his work along with an interview on The Blek Goat.
(A little hint to everyone out there who would like to grab my attention: heavy metal music, fashion and doing what YOU are passionate about. Weird I know, but that’s the good old truth.)
From his early years Shane Cisler was exposed to art and rock and roll and this is all his parents’ “fault.” When growing up he tried to spent as much time as possible in the garage watching his father doing the airbrush magic.
Later Shane started doing his own thing and decided that the best way to describe his passion for the mystical and unknown is through pens and paper with a little touch of digital world. Even if he is primarily designing stuff for brands and bands, he is no stranger to designing logos, album packages and much more.
In the past Shane Cisler worked with Black Sails Clothing, Red Cord Records, Death Kvlt Clothing, Merch Kitchen Screen Printing and many more.
To find out a little more informations about this demons and monsters inspired artists read the interview below.
1. Tell me, what do you do and most importantly, why do you do what you do?
Well, in simplest terms, I’m a guy that likes to draw things that don’t actually exist! Ghouls, goblins, zombies, giant man eating bats, ya know, stuff like that. Ever since I was a kid, I was always attracted to horror and heavy metal. Growing up in a house where your parents are both old rock and roll fans and artists, it just takes it toll on ya. I guess you can say I followed my dads footsteps as an artist, seeing as how I would spend as much time as I could in the garage watching him airbrush skulls and other awesome stuff on motorcycles. So as I grew up, it just made sense to me to get involved in something that I loved and had kinda already spent a majority of my life around.
2. I saw that you already worked with several clients. Which project you worked on would you say was the most fun?
I would have to say that the most fun project would definitely be the work that I did for Merch Kitchen. When Ross asked me to design him some giant mutant fly printing shirt, I was instantly on board. Not only was the concept a total blast to work on, but Ross himself is one of the coolest people to work with. He trusted me every step of the way and basically let me have total creative freedom, which made the whole process that much more fun.
3. From all the eight artworks you sent through, which are your favorite 3? Why?
My favorite out of all them would definitely be the “Bile Born” design I did for Gatekeeper. That was one of the first designs that I did with style. So being able to experiment with new work flows, and then having them love everything about it made me that much more confident to try new techniques when it comes to merch design. It’s hard to say what my other two favorite are, but if I had to decided, I would probably go with “Crypt Caller” and “Extinguisher,” seeing as how those are two of my most recent works, and kinda my way of getting back to my roots with pen and ink.
4. What are you the most proud of achieving in 2014?
I would have to say that my proudest moment of 2014 was getting out of my box, and getting to know more of the people that work in this field. I can proudly say that some of the people I admire like gods are now close friends of mine, and I love that.
5. How does the day in the life of Shane Cisler look like?
Oh man, well mainly oversleeping! Terrible habit of mine that I need to get out of, but aside from that, chug lots of coffee, blast some Incantation or maybe some Wolvhammer. If it’s heavy, fast, and loud, I’m usually a fan of it. Then sit down at my desk and get to drawing! I spend a majority of my day just sketching down quick sloppy ideas so I don’t forget ’em. Then with any down time I’ve got, I usually play a little bit of World Of Warcraft. For the Horde!
It’s gallons of coffee and death metal that inspire Shane Cisler and keep him awake.
6. What goals did you set yourself for 2015?
I just really want to continue to push myself and my career even further that I did last year. I wan to continue to grow and learn as artist, constantly finding new ways to create cool stuff! I love what I do, and the amazing people I’ve met along the way, and I just really want that to continue. I have no intentions of slowing down anytime soon!