Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Katena Studios: For LENA it was pretty obvious since her childhood, while Kathrin took a few sideroads on her way. Opposites attract and this creates a smoothing athmosphere and offers different points of view. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Katena Studios: Yes, both of us have studied subjects like CGI, typographie, graphic design and illustration and specialized ourselves. Question: Where do you live? Katena Studios: In the historic city of Nuremberg. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Katena Studios: Creative chaos is what best describes it. A large wooden table which is completely covered with analog stuff, like comics, sketch books, pencils, and paint, also a ginseng and a singing bowl. And then there is the computer desktop. Lots of colorful pictures on the walls for inspiration. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Katena Studios: Life itself. Documentaries, blogs, talks with friends and family, dreams, memories, fears, wishes and lots of coffee table books. We also love comics, video games and crazy Japanese commercials. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Katena Studios: Simply by going crazy, most likely with a beer. Question: What technique do you use? Katena Studios: It starts out with out with sketches, either analog or digital. The final realisation evolves with modo (3D program), illustrator, photoshop, on paper or all of it together. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Katena Studios: We have created ourselves as characters and turned them into 3D models. It´s fun to illustrate oneself and we have lots of plans with the figures like making a comic with them or 3D prints. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Katena Studios: Kathrin would love to do a cover for the New Yorker and to work on an entire comic project from scratch. LENA also would love to publish a comic one day. Her dream client would be BOOM! Studios in the US, who work closely with cartoon network, which to Lena is the perfect symbiosis of job and hobby. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Katena Studios: Both of us never really searched for a role model because it was important to us to take our own path and not to become somebody elses replica. Nevertheless, Kathrin is a huge fan of Fritz Kahn, Kate Moross, Timothy J. Reynolds, El Grand Chamaco and Kyle Bean. Illustrators who can pinpoint the ideas simply through a genius concept. LENA admires René Magritte, Maria Sybilla Merian, Carl Spitzweg, Kate Beaton, Banksy and recently first of all Rebecca Sugar. Question: Do you keep a sketch book? Katena Studios: At times we have several sketch books at the same time. Kathrin has a small book and fills it with impressions and people of her everyday life. And she keeps a large book for analog work and experiments. LENA keeps one that is always with her. In the studio there are two more books - one is for comics and one for projects and ideas. Question: What are your hobbies? Katena Studios: Kathrin loves penny boarding, cooking, drawing and visiting concerts and festivals. LENA spends her time recording her own podcasts, reading comics, watching cartoons and gambling video games. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Katena Studios: Kathrin would be marine biologist or soccer player or a cowgirl. LENA would be game designer or unsuccessful photographer. Question: Who would you like to meet? Katena Studios: Kathrin would have liked to meet Leonardo da Vinci and he would have explained his inventions to her and LENA dreams about a meeting with Rebecca Sugar. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Katena Studios: Kathrin would like to go back to the vikings who solved quite some problems with an ax. Seems to be the easier way sometimes- nowadays you have to talk for hours or fight yourself through a whole lot of forms until you get another form. LENA would like to go back to Stone Age to see how people really lived back then. Also the ancient world would be really interesting. One day in ancient Rome or Athen to see the everyday life and go to a feast at night. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Katena Studios: From metalcore and j-pop to electro swing according to our mood. LENA is usually the DJ of the studio and comes up with new playlists all the time. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Katena Studios: Kathrin: I secretely painted a pink bunny on a friends guitar. It was a revenge. It took a while, but by now he thinks it´s funny too. LENA: The funniest thing I have ever done is top secret. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Katena Studios: We would not stop designing for any money in the world. But Kathrin would probably also make sculptures from expensive marble and LENA would travel a lot to draw and looking out for inspiration. Question: Do you collect anything? Katena Studios: Kathrin collects textures and pictures on her computer and has a little digital archive. LENA collects old cameras, game consoles and cool postcards. As soon as she has found an obsession for a new game, thousands of fanart pictures pile up in her computer. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Katena Studios: Kathrins favorite board game is "Agathas letzter Wille", her favorite video game is Dragon Age. Lena loves "The Legends of Zelda- Ocarina of Time". Fancier know why.