Featured Artist: Cale Lobba
The brilliance behind the art of “Killer Wolf” is Cale Lobba. Born and raised in Brazil, she moved to the UK where she worked as a product designer and illustrator creating toys for the Walt Disney Company. After receiving her Masters of Arts degree from the London College of Communication, she moved to Germany where she currently resides with her husband.
In addition to being generally awesome, Cale was also a winner of our RB Sticker Redesign Challenge, has been a vegetarian for more than 7 years, and got her first tattoo at age 17.
Cale Lobba at a glance
What is your creative tool of choice?
A pencil and Adobe Illustrator. I always draw my ideas on paper first, then digitize them into vector. Illustrator allows me to correct or change lines, and using it for coloring is the best part as I can very easily change palettes and test different finishes.
Describe yourself in 7 words or less.
Art, love, life, and nature.
If you could gain any artistic skill overnight, what would it be?
I’d love to know how to paint with colored pencil and watercolor on paper. I used to do it a lot when I was at university, but with technology becoming so heavily involved in everyday life I lost the skill. It is easier to color on Illustrator and correct it with a button, then to re-do all the entire artwork if you make a mistake while painting on paper.
“Listening to my favourite songs always inspires me and makes my mind fly away. It fuels so much of my creativity that I need to put it out and express myself somehow.”
What inspired your brand name, “Killer Wolf”?
My name is Clelia, but everybody knows me as Cale. My surname is Lobba (which originates from Yugoslavia, but my family comes from northern Italy and Brazil). Lobba sounds like ‘loba’ that in Spanish and Portuguese means ‘she-wolf’. It also refers to my favourite song ‘Killer Wolf’ by Glenn Danzig. It is a strong name, that is why I use Killer Wolf as my brand.
Share with us a bit about where you live.
I live in Herzogenaurach, a small village in Bavaria. I moved to Germany 2 years ago when I was offered a job at PUMA. It turned out really well. I always wanted to live in the countryside and be closer to nature. As a creative person, I thought it would be very unlikely to find a job outside of big cities and the metropolis. Moving here was like a dream come true. I ride my bicycle to work every day and spend my time walking through the woods or running when I am free. During the Summer I enjoy the beer festivals around Bavaria.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell little Cale not to be afraid because life is beautiful. Trust more her intuition and continue developing her creative skills. Above all, enjoy life to its most and be patient.
Of all your works on Redbubble, which is your favorite? Why?
The Shaman is very special because it reflects myself and my influences. In North America and northern Asia, a shaman is a spiritual person that has a connection to creation through nature. In my drawing, the shaman wears a bear over her head, that represent the animal spirit and the power of nature. It reflects my love and respect for nature as it inspires me in all aspects of my life.
Born and raised in Brazil, you’ve lived in the U.K. and now Germany, how have these places and cultures influenced your art?
I’m influenced by bright colors, flowers, and plants. I guess I got that from growing up in Brazil. In Europe, I have access to museums, art galleries, and exhibitions. It all contributes to creating my set of references. One thing I have admired since I was a child is Byzantine art. I don’t know if it comes down to geography or simply culture, but I love to visit churches and exhibitions of medieval and Renaissance religious art. Europe has plenty of that!
What artwork are you excited to work on next?
I’m looking forward to designing more animals and anything related to fantasy. I recently watched Beauty and the Beast and had an idea for an illustration.
“I would tell my past self not to be afraid because life is beautiful. Trust her intuition more and continue developing her creative skills. Above all, enjoy life to its most and be patient.”
What inspires you? Share your favorite artists, writers, and musicians with our community.
Listening to my favourite songs always inspires me and makes my mind fly away. It fuels so much of my creativity that I need to put it out and express myself somehow. I do this through my drawings. The choice of music also depends on my mood. I’m into rock ‘n’ roll but love listening to Depeche Mode, Danzig, Loreena McKennitt, Billie Holiday and HIM when designing. In terms of literature, I am a classic fan. I love novels and romance. Jane Austen is my favorite author, but I also enjoy reading the Brontë sisters and Charles Dickens. I also like books by George Orwell as a classic writer that combines fiction and social politics. Regarding cinema, I am a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction. A few of my favourite movies are Conan – The Barbarian, Highlander, all the Alien franchise, and Prometheus. I also enjoying watching Classic movies, such as Casablanca (1942) and The Third Man (1949). My husband is a big fan of Hitchcock, so I am now very into his work too. My favorites films from Hitchcock are Birds and Rear Window. When it comes to tattoos, I started my early life admiring Sailor Jerry and traditional old school, but now tattooist’s are evolving and creating very unique styles such as Neo Traditional style. Some artists I recommend following on Instagram are Freulein Fux, Brian Povak (both from Germany) and Monique Peres (from Brazil). They are great!