FAQs

SOFTWARE/HARDWARE & TOOLS

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 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 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 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 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 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.





JOB & EDUCATION

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'm working freelance from home (I own a small business) and I also teach at a 3D school.
As a freelancer I take all kinds of work from companies, studios, private clients etc.
Most of my freelance jobs are character designs or illustrations. Sometimes it also involves 3D modeling.

As a teacher I'm also responsible for my students, their grades, schedule etc.
I'm teaching different courses such as 3D Modeling, Character Design, Production Pipeline etc.

Apart from the teaching I'm a student advisor, taking care of my students as well as managing the communication between other teachers.




How did you become a freelancer?





How did you become a teacher?






ART JOURNEY

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?





Do you struggle with art block or depressions?





Who's been your biggest inspiration and why?





Do you get frustrated when you run out of ideas?





Where do you get your inspiration from?





Was being an artist always a dream of yours?





What's your ultimate art goal?





How did you find your own style?






SOCIAL MEDIA

How did you grow a Follow on Instagram?


posting every day




What is the best way to promote your art and get your foot into the door?






TUTORIALS & TIPPS

What books do you recommend for learning?


Andrew Loomis
Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair etc.




Are you doing any Tutorials?





Which Tutorials do you recommend to learn 3D Animation?





Do you have a Patreon Page?






SHOP & PRINTS

Do you pack your products yourself?


yes




What Printer are you using?


Epson




How long does the shipping in your shop take?





Can I order a custom product in your shop?





Are you also selling prints in large formats?






COMMISSIONS

Are Commissions for free?


no!




How much is a commission?


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COLLABORATIONS


ABOUT MEIKE

Where are you from?





How old are you?





Which languages do you speak?





What are your hobbies apart from art?





What movies & movie genres do you like?





What's your favourite Disney Movie and Character?





What's your favourite medium to work with?





What's your favourite thing to draw?





Do you have a pet?





How does your workspace look like?






GENERAL

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.




To whome you dedicate your works?


Honestly, I don't really dedicate my work to anybody!
I paint for myself: things that I like, things that fascinate or inspire me.

I suppose it's necessary to paint for yourself in order to develop your own style.




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!





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