Erik Berg is a talented artist from Santa Barbara, CA and is currently a student at the Art Center College of Design. Involved with art at an early age, Erik finds most of his creative inspiration from surfing culture. We spoke with him to learn more.
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in Santa Barbara, walked to all of my schools, K-12. I was a spaz of kid that could never focus on anything. My creative side comes from my parent’s wisdom in recognizing that I was not going to fit into the standard system, so they pushed me to finish school the best that I could, and helped me hone my artistic skills.
How do you get involved with art/illustration?
I grew up drawing and painting as a kid, I was never able to focus on anything but art. It was in high school when I really started to concentrate on my art as well as my surfing. Both art and surfing became my life, spending my time ditching class to go to the art building and all my time after school trying to find waves. I went to city college after high school and once again directed all my time to art and surfing. I enrolled at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in Spring ‘10. Art Center has shaped me as an artist/illustrator/designer, being educated with by the acclaimed faculty, I have hope for my future.
How does surfing influence your art?
Faith, family, art and surfing are what get me up every morning. Since I can’t function without surfing, it influences my work a lot, everything from my color pallete to my line quality. I’m really interested in surf history as well as new technology, so people like Joel Tudor, Tyler Warren, Ryan Burch, Mickey Dora, Skip Frye, Tom Curren, and Dane Reynolds are all inspiring to watch in and out of the water. The surfing culture is what inspires my art the most – things like board design, art, and just the way surfers live their lives. Surfing is something that I will hopefully do for the rest of my life, and will always influence me.
What’s next for Erik Berg?
After I graduate, hopefully I can get a sell out job for the man and pay off my student loans. Honestly, I’ll be trying to better myself as an illustrator and a human, and try to find work doing what I love to do.
Find out more about Eric Berg and his art here.