Having trained and practiced as an architect, Oliver can step into a project as early as the conceptual design stage and easily grasp its aims and objectives. He can then translate early concepts into outstanding visuals that capture the vision behind the projects and win over investors, stakeholders and the public. Based in Hamburg, Oliver is inspired by the Bauhaus, Italian rationalists such as Giuseppe Terragni, and film directors including Stanley Kubrick and Ridley Scott.
Working mainly with 3ds Max and the latest high-end workstations, Oliver and his team model and construct each scene, then map textures to it and set up the lighting and camera positions. Rendering is usually carried out in V-Ray for a high-quality finish, which will be perfected using Photoshop.
With his CGI approach to architectural visualization, Oliver usually aims for a photorealistic, technical style, but will fine tune the tone and atmosphere of the imagery to suit his client’s aims.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Oliver: After my studies in architecture and my work as an architect, I started to learn how to use a 3D program. First jobs followed and so I sort of slid into the illustration job by chance. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Oliver: No. Question: Where do you live? Oliver: In Hamburg. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Oliver: I work together with two partners in an office. Question: What technique do you use? Oliver: Computer with 3D program. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Oliver: The ebay logo as a doll´s house. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Oliver: Rather a book of ideas. Question: What are your hobbies? Oliver: Music, books, films, sailing, traveling, FC St. Pauli soccer club, friends and so on. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Oliver: An architect. Question: Who would you like to meet? Oliver: Jack Nicholson. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Oliver: Back to the 20´s. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Oliver: Jazz, Rock, Punkrock, Alternative, Classic and so on. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Oliver: Yes, of course, but maybe not always at the same place. Question: Do you collect anything? Oliver: Music and films. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Oliver: "Doppelkopf" and "Texas Hold´em".