Andreas Besser, Berlin (GER)
Languages: German, English
Andreas lives and works in Berlin and creates wonderful children's book styles for large and well-known advertisers, so his loving characters can be found on a variety of packaging. His likeable character design radiates a lot of humor and subtlety - you just have to love it :) After he finished his apprenticeship as a printer, he trained as a commercial artist and studied communication design with focus on illustration in Würzburg.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Andreas: Drawing has always been my favorite hobby and one day I found out that it is something you can earn your money with. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Andreas: I have studied communication design, majoring in illustration. Before that, I finished an apprenticeship as advertising designer and also trained to be a printer. Question: Where do you live? Andreas: In Berlin. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Andreas: I share a studio with friends. My desk is fit to be used as light table as well as I have enough room for digital work. I am surrounded by studies and sketches. A pull-out table works as table-tennis and a couch invites me to relax. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Andreas: People, animals, moves, nature, stories. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Andreas: Often by walking in well known areas, thinking or talking. Question: What technique do you use? Andreas: I do the sketches with pen and paper which I scan and finalise them with the graphic tablet. I also sometimes use water color or ink when the job calls for it. Animations I can do the classic way on the animation table or with flash. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed? Andreas: There were several- for example puzzles with animal designs. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Andreas: Illustrations for the magazin "11 Freunde". (a soccer magazine) Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Andreas: There are quite a few: Felix Scheinberger, Pascal Campion, Albert Uderzo. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Andreas: Yes! Question: What are your hobbies? Andreas: Trekking, reading, drawing. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Andreas: Maybe physiotherapist. Question: Who would you like to meet? Andreas: Reinhold Messner. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Andreas: I would travel into the end of the 19th century. I would not really like to live then, but to have a look around would be quite exciting. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Andreas: Pop and Rock and also classical music. I don´t have any specific favorite music styles. Only Hip hop and German pop is something never makes it´s way into my ears. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Andreas: There are quite some stories- but none of them fit to be presented in the internet. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Andreas: Definitely, maybe not with the same amount. Question: Do you collect anything? Andreas: Besides experiences, I can only name money.Question: Do you have a favorite game? Andreas: Yahtzee, at the moment.
AOK, Carlsen, Hipp, T-Systems, Nintendo DS, Fox and Sheep, ZDF, 3 sat, Warner Bros, Cartoon-Film, Schmidt Spiele, Meissener Porzellan, Wir sind Helden, Tivola, Verlag Friedrich Oetinger, Gore, Ravensburger, HABA, GEO mini, Kosmos, dtv, Scholz & Friends, MONTBLANC, Fannie May Confections, Volkswagen
Website: Der Postillion
Fotogalerie: C/O Berlin Foundation
Essen: Nudeln, Heidelbeertorte
Getränk: Morgens Kaffee. Mittags Wasser. Abends Tee. Nachts Bier.
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