Her influences come from a range of fashion designers and artists, but one of her favorites is the Swedish illustrator Daniel Egneus. “His technique is very distinctive and full of spirit,” she says. Funnily enough, the same can be said of her own work. When she’s not painting, Petra enjoys travelling, keeping fit and cooking.
Petra studied applied arts at a technical college and later focused on fashion, graduating as a stylist from the ESMOD International Fashion School in Munich.
After looking for ideas and inspiration by researching her subject, Petra plans her composition and then starts drawing or painting. She loves the aquarelle technique, where a watercolor painting is built up and enhanced through a series of semi-transparent washes. She also uses gouache.
By using aquarelle, Petra gives her paintings a unique sense of depth and is able to vary intense detail and strong color with moody swooshes of blur and fuzz that soften the overall effect. Her work is very much in the vein of fashion illustration – figurative, often gestural, and always focusing on beauty.
2008 China Fashion Week - Best in Illustration
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Petra: I came to illustration after finishing my design education and then realized that it is the most wonderful and many-sided profession of all.Question: Do you have any formal design training? Petra: Not really... At first I went to Art school, majoring in graphic and painting and after that I studied fashion design. Question: Where do you live? Petra: In Munich. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Petra: Even though I do have a studio, I like working from different rooms at home because I just need the variation. My studio is full of inspirations of all kinds. And it holds my library with hundreds of books and magazines. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Petra: I am mostly inspired by visual perception in images, artworks, interesting people or other illustrators. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Petra: Anytime after I have seen a wonderful exhibition or watched an artful movie, I am motivated and get the best ideas which I just have to hold on to. I like experimenting with different materials and techniques. Question: What technique do you use? Petra: Anything, but I am in favor of water color and ink. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Petra: I did a little series of fashion illustrations for the Look Book of a Danish designer. Very small and very nice. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Petra: I would love to illustrate a Vogue cover! Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Petra: I like the works of Daniel Egnéus, Tina Berning, Cecilia Carlstedt... Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Petra: It´s more of an inspiration-book and I keep several of them, they include not only sketches, but also photographs and paper clippings, cards and fabrics and so on. Question: What are your hobbies? Petra: My Job is my hobby and anything related to design! Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Petra: Maybe a designer? Question: Who would you like to meet? Petra: Karl Lagerfeld. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Petra: To the 50´s! Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Petra: Any kind, according to my mood! Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Petra: I have no idea! I do funny things all the time! Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Petra: Definitely! Question: Do you collect anything? Petra: Ideas! Question: Do you have a favorite game? Petra: No
Coca Cola, Tchibo, Hermés, Speedo, COOP, Cosmopolitan, Sony, Elle, Volkswagen, Vanity Fair, RenaultFavourites
: V&A Museum London
: Soda Books München
: Sketch London
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