A cornucopia of lettering styles grace the pages of Stefan Kunz’ sketchbook. They are all part of his personal 100 day creative challenge which he’s sharing on Instagram. Stefan Kunz breaks down his history and the source of his practice.
1. Your name and title/business name?
My name is simply Stefan Kunz (no business title or artist name as everything just happened the way it is now)
2. Do you have a specialty or special style that makes you relatively unique? If so, what?
What I love to do is to mix Typo and Photography, like implement it in a way that it looks almost surreal. I started of with City Names and a regular sans serif font and made it look like the text was behind some buildings. I think that makes me mostly unique.
3. What’s your educational background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?
In Switzerland School is the same for everyone until grade 9 when you are about 15 years old and then I did 3 more years which probably is like high school in the [United] States. I always loved drawing, graphic design, video and photography so I decided to do 1 year class in an art school which is mandatory if you want to pursue arts. After that I applied for an internship at a[n] ad agency as graphic designer but didn’t get it so turned around and went for a banking job (in Switzerland). Always kept on perfecting my art and after 3.5 years I quit my job at the Bank and now been doing this full time as well as leading teams at church in that area.
4. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
I love Photoshop… I think I know about 10% of what it actually can do… but I am also the type of guy that just tries out new things and if it works out I’ll implement it into my workflow. But for now Photoshop and my dear Wacom Cintiq 13″.
5. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
That’s a though one. I am certain that creativity comes from God because he is the creator and author of everything. So I believe that I recharge best when [I] turn to [H]im. But He is not an ATM but someone to live a relationship with. But everything around me inspires me and sparks my imagination.
6. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
I actually have no training or whatsoever in calligraphy or typography, like I don’t know the first thing about it. Everything I do is kind of what I learned by myself or watching others do it.