Your artwork has a distinct look and feel. Is this something that developed organically over time, or is it a deliberate style you have been working on?
So I think that I've tried very hard to develop a style, in a way, but it's come through an extreme amount of testing. I've tried to work through the process. Like what the unique subject matter is that I want to work with, or what sort of story do I want to tell. I don't often feel like I really have so much of a style in some regard. Then I speak to other people, and they’ve noticed a certain subject matter that I work with or something of that nature, and they think that it's like really distinct, which is what I'm trying to achieve. And I guess I've put a lot of pressure on myself sometimes, trying to draw something in a certain way that's not really the natural way that I would draw it. And I've kind of come full circle and resorted back to a lot of subject matter and maybe style of how I used to draw when I was much younger. And that's been really refreshing to kind of link back to that and think like, ‘wow, this is how it's always been,’ you know? And maybe that's just what it should be, kind of thing. It's an ongoing process, for sure. Which, to me, is extremely fulfilling because it’s something that can last my whole life and can have so much longevity. So we shall see. But I think working with specific subject matter and trying to have a specific voice when drawing or creating anything is pretty important to me. Yeah.
What mediums do you typically use in your artwork?
Nowadays, I do quite a lot of digital work, which is super great, but I think I am really longing to get back to traditional mediums and to just use markers and paper. That's a huge one. And yeah, a lot of ink stuff. This is part of the push to get a place where I can sort of buy more materials and products and have a space where I can experiment.
Digital work is ideal for a nomadic lifestyle, but I imagine it will be inspiring to explore other mediums once you've established a home base.
Yeah, totally. I think I've been craving it for a while. Making something digitally is one thing, and with the technology nowadays on the iPad, it feels like you're almost painting. But I think making mistakes is really important, and with technology, you can just undo the mistake, which is pretty counterproductive because mistakes lead to really interesting things. It starts pulling new references in, and you see things in a new way, just because you're letting the process sort of happen instead of trying to make it right. So yeah, really, really excited to see where that will go.
Stay tuned for the second part of our conversation with Chad where we discuss his creative process, daily routines, and favorite way to discover music. You can follow him and his work by heading to @laybourne.design on Instagram or visiting his website at laybournedesign.com