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  • Do you take private commissions?
    No. Unfortunately my schedules are too tight to do any personal commissions. Please don't contact me if you are planning a self-publishing book or personal project. I only work with brands, agencies and publishers.
  • How long do you need for a drawing?
    That depends! If I draw a character on a solid background (digital) for myself, it can take between 1 and 3 hours. Traditional art (e.g. Gouache) can easily take twice as much time. Client work or commissions usually take longer as I'm always sending work in progress pictures to the client to double check the progress. It also depends on how quick the client is satisfied with the work provided.
  • How do you normally go about constructing a character?
    Depends on if it's supposed to be an original character for a story or a character for a simple painting. You're probably going to spend more time on an original character, but steps are quiet similar. 1. Figure out your characters personality 2. Design face, body, clothes particularly in regard to the character's personality 3. Facial Expressions 4. Testing different Silhouettes 5. Posing (line of Action etc.) 6. Color Palette choices I usually try to not overload my characters with details. The more simpler characters usually have one special thing... e.g. a special hair color or a prop that is oversized etc. Just don't overdo it!
  • What Tools are you using for traditional Painting?
    My favourite traditional medium is Gouache! I like to use the Gouache by brands such as ARTEZA or Winsor & Newton. Apart from Gouache I also love watercolors! I'm using Winsor & Newton as well.
  • What Brushes are you using for Digital Painting?
    Photoshop: Kyle T Webster Brushes iPad / Procreate: Standard Brushes by Procreate (Just to name a few, at the moment I really like these: Dry Ink, Splatter, Chalk, technical Pencil, Noise, Nikko Roll)
  • What Software/Hardware do you use for digital Painting?
    I do almost all my digital paintings on the iPad Pro (3rd Generation), using the Apple Pencil and Procreate App. I also have a Wacom Intous Pro tablet in M, but honestly I never got used to that drawing on the tablet - viewing on the monitor - thing! For large files I'm painting on my Wacom tablet using Adobe Photoshop on a Mac Book Pro.
  • What Software are you using for your 3D Artworks?
    I mostly use Autodesk Maya, which is the industry's leading 3D Software. Apart from Maya, I'm also working with NUKE, Photoshop, ZBrush, 3D Coat. I do most of my renderings in ARNOLD Renderer by SolidAngle.
  • What Printer do you use to Print your Artworks?
    I print all my Artworks available in my online Shop myself! I invested into a high quality photo printer a couple years ago. It's the EPSON SureColor P800. It prints up to Din A2 size (also for FineArt Paper) and you could also print from a roll. There's lots of great (and expensive) Papers. I currently like using the EPSON Premium SemiGloss Paper.
  • What tools do you use to create these traditional paper cut artworks?
    I use regular colored cardboard. The thicker- the better! I overpaint almost every piece with gouache colors- but you could also use other paints. In case of glue, I prefer using hot glue or special rhinestone glue (which I used to use during my time as a dancer to fix the rhinestones on my show outfits). I use regular scissors to cut the cardboard. For little details here and there I also have a cutter. To receive that perspective and layered effect, I'm using foam blocks which I glue underneath the cardboard. I just bought a large bag of foam at the building supplies store.
  • What did you study and where?
    I studied 3D Animation & VFX here in Germany, Cologne at the PIXL VISN media arts academy, right after finishing ABITUR (which is a qualification for university entrance). The program was only 15 (intense!) months long. I've been drawing before and I thought it could be great to possibly work on animated movies. During my very first week at PIXL VISN, I noticed how this is 100% what I wanted to become and I started taking art and the education very serious. I graduated with a diploma in 3D Animation & VFX. The 3D industry is a bit different to others in Germany. You don't need a special certificate to get most jobs. Your Portfolio and work is basically your certificate. So try to be as good as you can possibly be!
  • Where do you work?
    I have two jobs: My part-time job as teacher supervising the Art Department at SCHOOL OF GAMES. I'm teaching different courses such as 3D Modeling, Character Design, Demo & Portfolio Planning and Praxis Coaching. My main job/income stream: Being self-employed as Character Designer and Illustrator working for studios and agencies. My projects include children's books, packaging designs, 3D Models, Character Design und Visual Development for Animation, Fashion Design and many more. I also own a shop where I sell products I've designed.
  • How did you become self-employed?
    When I was still working in a Studio for 3D Animation, I started taking small client jobs apart from my main job. I slowly built a network with different clients and brands and were able to reduce the working hours in my main job. I recommend taking it easy and don't risking anything. Just slowly reduce and see how things are going.
  • How did you become a teacher?
    I received a request and took the job! Teaching is a whole new field of experience and it's important to be prepared in order to understand how students learn. I took trainings and educations to become an instructor (such as the AEVO in Germany).
  • How old were you when you started drawing?
    I've been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil in my hand.
  • When did you start taking art seriously?
    I always took my hobby serious and worked hard to improve since I were little. However, when I studied 3D Animation I found out that I wanted to work in Animation and started focussing entirely on that.
  • Do you struggle with art block or depressions?
    Only on a rare occasion I feel uninspired. During stressful times it can be hard to be creative on every project. It is important that you have a good work-life balance and don't risk anything. Plan ahead and don't overwork. Deadlines should be realistic, so I only take the workload I can handle.
  • Who's been your biggest inspiration and why?
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  • Where do you get your inspiration from?
    movies, travels, nature, life in general, Photos, Books, Music, Fashion, hobbies
  • What books do you recommend for learning?
    All Andrew Loomis Books for Anatomy Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair The Illusion of Life by Ollie Johnston & Frank Thomas Art Fundamentals by 3D TOTAL The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams
  • Are you doing any Tutorials?
    I've done two courses on Character Design and Children's Book Illustration for DOMESTIKA and 21DRAW. However, I am currently working on my own courses with a structure that builds up. I will hopefully release them by the end of 2022 along with a book that features the most important lectures.
  • Which Tutorials do you recommend to learn 3D Animation?
    Arvid Schneider has really great resources on Shading & Lighting (YouTube) Pluralsight and Gnomon also offer a bunch of great Tutorials & Workshops.
  • Do you have a Patreon Page?
    Not yet, but I'm planning to offer personal coaching once my online lectures will be released.
  • Do you pack your products yourself?
  • What Printer are you using?
    Epson SureColor P800
  • How long does the shipping in your shop take?
    Depends on the location. Germany: 1-3 days Europe: 7-10 days International: 10 - 14 days or longer
  • Are you also selling prints in large formats?
    Yes. If you are interested, send me a message via Etsy and I'll set up a custom listing for you.
  • Where are you from?
    I'm from a small town more on the Country-side of West Germany. I teach at a school in Cologne on a weekly basis.
  • Which languages do you speak?
    German (mother tongue) English Spanish
  • What are your hobbies apart from art?
    I always like trying new and different hobbies/sports! Some of my favorite things to do are: Latin Ballroom Dancing snowboarding/skiing and wakeboarding Traveling Figure Ice Skating Running Horse Riding Scuba Diving ...and obviously drawing!
  • What movie genres do you like?
    Science Fiction and Animation Movies! Here are some of my favorites: Interstellar Inception Prometheus EXMachina Star Wars Aladdin Pocahontas Mulan Lilo & Stitch Finding Nemo Tangled
  • What's your favourite Disney Movie and Character?
    Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan and Lilo & Stitch are among my favorite traditional Disney Movies. Finding Nemo and Tangled are my favorite CG Movies. My favorite Disney Characters are Princess Jasmine and Esmeralda.
  • Do you have a pet?
    I'm a crazy chicken nerd! I have 3 chickens living in my garden: Abigail (Leghorn Breed) Drizella (Lohmann Breed) Ursula (Araucana Breed)
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