Meet Our Wonder Illustrator: Rune Fisker
It is a tradition at CreativeMornings to work with an artist in our community to create an illustration for the monthly theme.
A monthly theme inspires new conversations and ideas that we otherwise wouldn’t think about. At our events, speakers are invited to share a story around the theme and what it means to them. After a month, we are excited to see the talks and inspiration that are born out of the theme.
The global theme for June is Wonder.
Given that these monthly illustrations are at events all around the world, it’s only right that we get to know the illustrator.
Meet Rune Fisker
Growing up in the flat countryside of Denmark, Rune Fisker spent most of his time drawing with and on whatever he could find. Now, many years later, Rune runs his own animation company Benny Box along with his brother Esben. Whenever Rune is not animating, drawing storyboards, or making things that moves, he is working as an artist and illustrator on a mixture of commercial and personal projects. Rune’s abstract, surrealist style plays with geometries, line, and tone. The result are subconscious scenes where characters of distorted proportions entangle with phantom scenes hinged between fiction and reality.
How did you get into illustration work?
I actually never set out to start a career as an illustrator, it has happened a bit by chance. I had worked many years with animation, but was sometimes frustrated with always having to change my drawing style depending on the project.
I started working on my own drawings in my spare time and posting them on Instagram. Slowly I started getting assignments, mostly for editorial illustrations, and now I’m represented by Agent Pekka. Now, I split my time working with illustration as a freelancer and with animation in my company Benny Box.
How has your work evolved over time and what were some influences that caused it?
In the beginning, I was mostly working in black and white, and only with pen and paper. I did the line work with pen and paper, scanned in the artwork and colored it in Photoshop. It ended up being an inefficient way of working because of the fast turnaround time for editorial illustrations.
These days, my commercial work is 100% digital. I do my personal drawings mostly on paper.
Your work is known to have an atmospheric style and refreshing use of perspective. How did you incorporate these elements in your interpretation of this month’s theme?
I have always been inspired by architecture, odd angles, and dramatic perspectives. When I got Wonder as the word of the month, I knew that I wanted to incorporate some kind of architectural element and then twist it so it would be more abstract. I wanted something that could serve as a background, but also function as a sort of scene for the characters to play their part.
Do you have any projects or plans for this year? What’s one thing you’d like to do more of?
As a lot of other creative people, I have personal projects that I would like to work more on. They are a bit on hold at the moment because of commercial work. When I have more time, my aim is to finish a personal short film I’m directing and designing that is produced by Benny Box. A lot of the animation work on it is already done. I just need to find some time between projects to do the backgrounds, compositing, and whatever else needs to be finished.
What’s something that you recently learned or was inspired by that’s influencing your work or life?
Recently, I have found myself going back to the work of French comic book artist Moebius and Danish artist Palle Nielsen. In my opinion, they are some of the finest illustrators of the last 60 years and a constant source of inspiration — both from a technical standpoint, but also for their ability to create worlds on paper that were uniquely theirs.
Tell us something about yourself that we can’t find on Google.
My right foot is slightly bigger than the left and I have a tortoise named Fido.
Explore more of Rune’s work on his website, Instagram, and Twitter.