About Meike Schneider

FINALIST

CG Student Awards 2014

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Winner of RebusFarm's
"3D Artist of the Month" May 2016

3D WORLD MAGAZINE

Little Mary Artwork was featured in Issue 211 of the 3D World Magazine

FINALIST

MMC competition for comics 2011

I’m Meike, a 3D Artist & Illustrator with a strong focus on Characters, based in Cologne, Germany. I’m probably best known through Instagram and Tom Bancroft’s MerMay. My work includes projects such as Children’s Book Illustration, Character Design, Visual Development, 3D Character & Environment Modeling as well as Look Development.

I’m currently working as a freelancer for various Animation Studios and companies as well as teaching as an Instructor at the School of Games in Cologne.

Grown up in the 90s, it became apparent that my work was highly influenced by Walt Disney’s feature classics such as Aladdin and Pocahontas. CG Movies such as Tangled, Frozen or Wreck it Ralph were one of the reasons I was inspired to pursue a career in Animation in the first place. I have been drawing ever since I can hold a pencil in my hand. As a kid I watched “the making of Disney’s Tarzan”, where Glen Keane talked about how he animated Tarzan. Since then I knew that I wanted to become an Animator.

Right after finishing school (ABITUR) in 2012, I started following my dream by studying 3D Animation & VFX at the PIXL VISN media arts academy. After graduating with a Diploma in Animation, I became finalist in “The Rookie Awards 2014”, which led to a job at Dooblex, a studio for product visualisation. While still working full-time, I started taking commissions and slowly building my own brand as an artist. In late 2015 I got hired as a Student Advisor and Instructor – back to the roots - at PIXL VISN

 

I had been working at PIXL VISN for almost 4 years until I quit my job in mid-2019 to become a full-time freelancer. I had made myself a name through Instagram and the previous freelance projects I did while still being full-time employed.

During my time as a freelancer I have been working on many projects such as children's book illustrations for "Finni & Fredo" and "My Best Book", Visual Development and Character Designs for the upcoming TV show “Coral Kins”, as well as Character Designs for Paris Hilton’s mobile game.

 

My 3D Character “Little Mary” won the “Artist of the Month” in May 2016 by RebusFarm and was also published in the 3D World Magazine Issue 211, the world’s best-selling magazine for CG artists.

Apart from my Job, I enjoy some sports such as latin ballroom dancing, horse riding and snowboarding. I also love to travel around the world, getting to know different countries and cultures and coming back with lots of new inspiration.

 

 

CLIENTS INCLUDE:

My Best Book, Finni & Fredo Verlag, Krüger GmbH, Paris Hilton Entertainment, Mito Ltd, Curatio Institut etc.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • 3D Character & Environment Modeling

  • Texturing, Shading, Lighting, Compositing

  • Traditional/Digital Painting & Sculpting

  • Character & Set Design

  • Visual & Look Development

  • Children's Book Illustration

 

 

E- MAIL

meike.schneider.arts@gmail.com

 

LOCATION

Cologne, Germany

OPERATING SYSTEM/SOFTWARE

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2019 - CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION
'Ein Weihnachtsmärchen' published by
MY BEST BOOK Publishing

2019 - CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION
'Finni & Fredo - Was kann mein Körper'
published by FINNI & FREDO PUBLISHING

2016 - BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS
'Portwein' published by Mondo Publishing

TV & INTERVIEWS

2017 - ART SIDE OF LIFE YouTube
EP.28 'Why to attend art competitions'

2017 - GCC Dortmund YouTube
Interview with 'Zweikampfsofa'
from 4:52min till end of video

2020 - WDR Lokalzeit Bonn
Photography at 'lost places'

2014 - WDR Lokalzeit Aachen
PIXL VISN Graduate at ZAB Aachen

 

AWARDS

Artist of the Month May 2016

Rebus RenderFarm Contest

2014 The Rookies Awards
CG Student Awards Finalist

 

WACOM MerMay Art Competition 2019

Honorable Mentions

2011 MMC Competition for Comics
Finalist

FEATURED


'3D Converse Chuck Model'
by Converse on Twitter 2015

IAMAG.CO Best Realtime 3D Models
3D Character Model "Little Mary"
No. 1+ Cover in "Sketchfab Realtime Selection"

REBUSFARM AOTM WINNER BLOG POST

The Making of "Little Mary"

PRESS ARTICLES

3D WORLD MAGAZINE Issue 211
Sept. 2016 'Little Mary 3D Character'
Back Cover + page 94 & 95

RP ONLINE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
'Kunst & Kritik' 14.07.2009
Hildener Künstlermarkt 2009

NRZ NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

'Mangas aus Meikes Feder' 21.04.2008

RP NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
'Mit Mangas zum Hildener Künstlermarkt'
16.04.2008 Interview with Meike Schneider

NRZ NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

'Kunst zum Anschauen' 15.06.2008

Hildener Künstlermarkt 2008

RP NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

'Foto-Arbeiten inspiriert von Cindy Sherman' from 10.11.2010

Wochen-Anzeiger NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
'So möchte Ich sein' 15.11.2010

 

EXHIBITIONS


MerMay Art Exhibition
May 16th - 31rd 2020
Gallery Nucleus, Los Angeles

COMIC CON EXPERIENCE
Artist Alley 2019 Cologne, Germany

German Comic Con Dortmund, Germany
Artist Alley 2017 & 2018

Art Exhibition 'The Art of Dance'
at Dr. Fliegner Langenfeld

Art Exhibition 2008 & 2009

Hildener Künstlermarkt
youngest art exhibitor

 


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