The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Caleb Walsh: My name is Caleb Seven Hawks Walsh, I’m 24 years old, and I’m an illustrator for a weekly newspaper called The Inlander.
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
CW: Lately I’ve been finding a lot of inspiration by studying myths and reading the works of Joseph Campbell. To get my blood flowing I usually go skateboarding or go for a walk, though I’m not sure if walking is considered a hobby. I also like to do figure drawing on a regular basis. Observing the complexity and uniqueness of the human body is fascinating to me, but drawing the human form is such a challenge that it constantly pushes me to improve. Listening to music is another main source of inspiration. The cool thing about music is that, besides the album covers, it is art without visuals. This leaves room for the listener to conjure up their own images in their head, and often times I like to try and take those images and put them down on paper.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
CW: Yeah, it’s definitely a struggle, I find that you just need to take the time to stop and think, and meditate every now and then. The trend of today is to be constantly listening to headphones, checking your cell phone or watching Netflix, so you really have to set aside some time to spend with your sketchbook and your thoughts in order to make good original work.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
CW: Early mornings are usually the best for me productivity wise. The sunshine gives me energy! Sunshine and my healthy bran flakes. I usually feel the most creative when I’m on the bus, taking a shower or working on something else. Basically anytime my brain starts to wander.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
CW: I would like to find more ways to collaborate with others.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
CW: Right now I’m just working a lot in my sketchbook, creating funny images. It’s all stuff inspired by things I see day to day in our culture that either makes me laugh, or makes me cringe, filtered through my own phobias and disorders. I might compile some of them into a zine or something but as of right now, I’m not sure.
TCU: What scares you?
CW: Terrorist organizations, deadly viruses, and Seattle traffic are all pretty scary to me. I also have an irrational fear of being stabbed to death while jogging at night.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
CW: Right now success means not having to work a day job, and having more time and freedom to create meaningful work.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
CW: I just want to thank you for including me on your blog.
You can find out more about Caleb and see more of his rad illustrations over at www.calebwalsh.com.