As a child I always loved pretending. Pretending to live in magical worlds, to discover I had magical powers I had not known about before. I would go home at night and draw these worlds, bring the characters I met to life. These withdrawals were my treasure. I found them inside me and in the stories I loved.
And they are still a part of me today inspiring and enriching my creations.
My work can be described as dreamlike and quiet. It is tinkered with warm colors and a bunch of cute patterns and haptic textures, celebrating little moments and everyday wonders as well as rich kingdoms we all keep inside of us.
Still somehow anchored in reality the beings in my drawings tend to escape into dreamlike worlds, giving the viewer a glimpse into their thoughts and feelings. I am excited to explore these dream worlds through my work and offer a calm and visually pleasing gate for people to enter.
I have been working in the video game industry for three years before going independent and I now focus primarily on my own work. I enjoy doing some freelance work every now and then as well as exhibiting at gallery shows and conventions.
Most of my work is available for licensing for album artwork, editorial, book covers, publication, online usage and more (those that are not, are marked individually). So in case you are interested in an existing artwork please get in touch.
My work is supported by my wonderful and generous Patrons over at Patreon. Special thanks go to Pascal Witschi and Zoe Johnson.
What art supplies do you use?
I usually mix traditional with digital to create my illustrations. On the traditional side I love to work in my Moleskine sketchbook with CASTELL 9000 pencils by Faber-Castell (H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 3B, 5B, 6B, 7B, 8B, so basically all softness levels). I use a Pilot G-Tech-C4 and a LYRA Graduate Fineliner to ink. To erase I use a kneadable eraser by Faber-Castell and a Tombow MONO zero.
For the digital part of my work I use a WACOM Intuos Pro medium (5th Generation, I think!?) and Adobe Photoshop CC on a MSi GE73 Raider RGB 8RF. Sometimes I draw in Procreate on an 10.5” iPad pro 2018.
How do you come up with a color palette?
I don’t really plan the colors I will use for a piece ahead. Instead I basically just through colors at it that I like. It is a really spontaneous process. I pick one color to start of with as a foundation for the entire piece and then build up the color scheme hierarchically as I go into more and more detail. I play a lot with opacity, blending modes and color gradients to try to achieve an overall cohesive look. I hope to release a little tutorial on that soon (and link it here as soon as it is out).
How did you learn to draw?
I have been drawing a lot since I was very young. After school I would always draw my favorite anime and Disney characters or invent new ones that I would hand out as character sheets to my friends in the neighborhood. We would often imagine to be magical creatures or characters in another world :) After finishing high-school I studied traditional fine arts and painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, which wasn’t a good fit for me. Much later I was introduced to digital art and practiced as much as I could with courses and tips that I could find online. I would participate in art groups on facebook and take courses at Schoolism.
where do you get your inspiration from?
I get inspired by a lot of things. Everyday life, nature, movies, images online. If I want to trigger my inner muse I go to my Pinterest boards and browse through it for a while to get things going.