Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Timo: I loved watching animated films when I was a child. So I started tracing the images from the TV screen and wanted to become an animator. Stew: When I was a child, I already drew always and everywhere and loved reading comics. My very first one was "Father and son" by E.O. Plauen, afterwards Mickey Mouse and Tintin. At the age of 14 I started earning my pocket money with drawing. I only learned that there is such a profession as an illustrator, when I already studied communication design. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Timo: I first finished an apprenticeship and worked as a retailer for a few years and then I studied graphic design. After finishing that I added the education to become an animator. I drew all the time, and I still do so. Stew: I basically taught myself how to draw since my studies focussed on design. But that is also important for illustrating, so it helped me anyways. On the other hand I feel like I am still in the studies of illustration because I still learn something new with every project. Question: Where do you live? Timo and Stew: We live in Hamburg, together with our little son. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Timo and Stew: Our studio-office are two large and connected rooms, including "good vibrations" and a view into nature. Timos desk is neat and tidy and filled with technics and Stews desk is reluctant against any attempts to get organized and tidy. Both offices have large cupboards, filled with original drawings. Also lots of boards with comics and audio plays. The walls are plastered with illustrations and sketches of the current project. At most times, one project follows the other and so the paper on the wall also gets a second layer. On some days the scenario is being completed by a brigade of lego and cars on the floor. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Timo: Digital & concept art. Video Games. Stew: Stories and pictures. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Timo: Browsing through the net and my archive of images from other artists. Stew: Taking a shower works best! For hours if necessary…. Sometimes also by surfing the internet, or having a glass of whine with other creative people, or reading, taking a walk, biking, listening to music or an audio play, reading, thinking, not thinking or looking at a white wall. Question: What technique do you use? Timo: At most times I draw the sketch and final illustration with pencil and finalizer and scan it to finish it in photoshop or illustrator. Sometimes I also draw the sketch in photoshop or with the Wacom board. Stew: analog or digital sketch, and the final version with finalizer on paper afterwards I usually hand the drawing over to Timo. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Timo: Our favorite project at the moment is our own app (magaic4math) I really identify myself with any new project that I work on and turn it into my own project, that way I always like a lot what I do. Since I work as an illustrator it was very rare that I really did not like a project. Stew: We try to take on those projects that we like. I think that we could not work as well on jobs that we don´t like. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Timo: Character design is something I like best. Concept art for computer games would be something I would like to try. Stew: The people that I work with are more important to me than the images, the style or the technique. It´s important to me that the chemistry and atmosphere with the client is right. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Timo: A whole lot of my fellow illustrators. Stew: Hergé, Franquin, Ilon Wikland, Sven Nordqvist, Alan Lee and Tony Wolf are the artists that influenced me as a child, the number grows every day and they change every few days. Yesterday it was Jiro Taniguchi, today it´s François Chalet and tomorrow it´s probably somebody different again. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Timo: Yes, I have a Moleskine, which I use f.e. while I watch TV to scribble a few things at the same time. Stew: I used to fill quite a lot of sketchbooks, but now it´s been a while since I last used one. I just asked myself why? Question: What are your hobbies? Timo: Gaming: PC Games - strategy or role playing, and more and more often lego with our son. Watching movies or series, meeting friends, swimming, drawing, family. Stew: Reading, Biking, laughing, drawing, friends&family. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Timo: I probably would have stayed in my old profession as a retailer and would moan about the long opening hours. Stew: sad? Question: Who would you like to meet? Timo: Tim Schäfer, developer of games like Monkey Island or Day of the Tentacle. Stew: These meetings usually don´t get you anywhere, either you are so excited that you can´t say a word or you don´t know what to say from the beginning. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Timo: I would like to go to the time of knights. Camelot would be cool! Stew: A time with no crisis and wars would be great- was there ever one? I quite like the present. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Timo: Die Ärzte, Creed, Gorillaz, Natalie Merchant, The Prodigy, Queen, Paul Kalkbrenner, Film&Game soundtracks and lots more. Stew: Depending on my mood. I like browsing through iTunes and being surprised. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Timo: It would almost have been the answer to this question, but then it didn´t. Stew: Maybe a joke. I can´t remember them, unfortunately. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Timo: Yes!!! Stew: Definitely yes. What else?
Question: Do you collect anything? Timo: Action figures, digital art, music and experiences. Stew: Comics/Graphic novels, slips of tongues, Likes on our Facebook site, music, audio plays, quotations. Question: Do you have a favorite game?Timo: Heroes of Might and Magic. Stew: I don´t play, I can´t stand people who can´t loose.
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: Am regelmäßigsten lese ich wohl Comicblogs - in letzter Zeit bin ich oft in facebook unterwegs …
: Timo - Bleistift oder ColErase-Animationsstifte, Leuchttisch, Copics-Fineliner, iMac / Stew - Druckbleistift & Umweltpapier, Copics-Fineliner, Mac
: natürlich immer ausstellungsabhängigGalerie Chezlinda
, Feinkunst Krüger
, Hamburger Kunsthalle
und diverse Art Festivals
: Abaton Bistro
: Timo - Spargel, Steckrübeneintopf, Suppen
Stew - Salate, Spargel, Salami, Tapas
: Timo - Kaffee (frisch gemahlen)
Stew - Earl Grey