Illustrator Of The Month

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Illustrator Of The Month

Dan “God-Awful” Fabris

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Unbeknownst to an innocent neighbourhood in the northwestern suburbs of Melbourne, a master of monsters toils away passionately bringing to life something god-awful by design.

In the hollows of his home, the artist and illustrator known as God-Awful violates crisp sheets of poster paper with the flesh of ghouls, armies of corpses and beings your worst nightmare wouldn’t dare conjure up.

Dan Fabris’ style is a “tangled car wreck” of his childhood influences, which include the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Toxic Crusaders, eighties horror and old Warhammer 40k books.

“It can be horrific and full of gore, but I’m trying to get a twist [of] something fun in there too.”

Growing up in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, this small-town kid always had a keen eye for illustration. It was the typical ‘small town’ story of bored kids who found their fun in the arms of heavy music, rather than the arms of crosstown football rivals. After initially learning guitar at high school with his friends, God-Awful realised the rock star path wasn’t quite for him.

“I gave up right away because I wasn’t good. They [his friends] stuck at it and started bands; bands that needed artwork. I remember seeing my first Pushead t-shirt when I was maybe five years old; his stuff is so grim and gnarly which stuck with me.”

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That brings us to the present, where God-Awful has made gig posters for the likes of punk rockers GBH and Agent Orange, as well as numerous local punk, metal and grunge artists and festivals.You are probably familiar with his work without even realising it.

In just the past year God-Awful has designed and illustrated almost two-dozen gig posters, for both local and international artists. “I only got to five of these shows because I’m a shit bloke. I better make that my New Years Resolution!”

Another challenge the artist would love to set for himself is to make a gig poster for every weekend for one whole year. “It would kill and bankrupt me because the illustrations take me ages to do and I undercharge for local shows, but it’d be heaps of fun.”

“I know the struggle of bands trying to make any money playing those, and that any bump in the number [of] punters through the door for a show with a decent poster is probably pretty small.”

“On the plus side, I do get free entry to a lot of gigs, which is usually good for another pint or a kebab on the way home, which is really what it’s all about in the end, right?”

Be sure to check out more of God-Awful’s incredible illustrations on Facebook and Instagram.

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Connect up with “God-Awful” on his social media:

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