Caleigh Illerbrun: The Artist Behind The Rayne Darkside Series

Published by Heather Peterson, The WordSmith | Grace Seelye, Photo on 6th Jul 2015

Thanks to the lovely folks at Rayne Longboards, I was able to connect (via email) with the artist behind Darkside Series, Caleigh Illerbrun. 

The Longboard Store: Congratulations on the Darkside Series graphics! Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Caleigh Illerbrun: Thank you! I grew up in British Columbia, Canada but after University I moved to the UK, where I’ve been for the last 8 years with my husband and cat. I always enjoyed drawing and creating growing up so naturally, I took a Fine Arts degree as a reason to continue my draw-all-day-everyday-lifeplan.

TLS: The connecting image was a brilliant idea. What inspired the graphic itself?

CI: I have been painting creatures similar to the graphic for Rayne for the last 4 years or so. The Darkside graphic was a continuation of that really. I can’t really say what inspired the graphic really - as I have no idea but I do know that when coming up with the initial idea, I was thinking about rituals. 

TLS: What medium did you use?

CI: I consider myself a drawer a lot of the time, even though I use paint. I feel like I paint in a way that is maybe more like drawing rather than using paint in a painterly way. I use acrylic paint on paper - fairly simple process. I scan my final work in and piece it back together in photoshop - sometimes tweak things here and there.

TLS: I think the Creature Series is fantastic. What inspired that work?

CI: I’ve always enjoyed exploring relationship and subtle interactions between characters. I try not to get too deep in to the why as I am so much more interested in hearing what a viewer thinks or takes away from it, bringing their own experiences in to the equation. As I said I grew up in Canada and moved to the UK; after a few years here I started to notice a lot of Canadian-isms popping up in my work - such as the scenery and the animals. 

TLS: Do you skate?

CI: I don’t skate but hopefully that doesn’t impact my ability to create rad graphics for longboards. Lol - I tried skating once when I was 15 and bailed hard, never tried again. However, I’ve been snowboarding for as long as I can remember.

TLS: Are you working on any projects in the future? If so, what can we expect to see? 

CI: There’s always projects in the pipeline, which if you follow me on instagram (caleigh_ill) you may catch a glimpse of and I’m continuing to work and develop on my creatures series and hoping to do some more murals this year.

TLS: Where can our readers find your work for sale?

CI: I’ve recently closed the part of my shop that contained prints and products, to focus on my 9-5 job. However, it should be back open shortly and that can be found at and you might be able to snag yourself an original painting if your keep your eyes peeled.

Thanks for taking the time to talk with me Caleigh! Cheers!