Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Alex: Probably like with most illustrators. I drew already when I was a little boy and just tried living from it at one point. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Alex: I studied at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. They don´t have the classic subject Illustration, but it was a very project oriented study and we often got illustration projects. And apart from that I did a lot of "learning on the job". Question: Where do you live? Alex: In Berlin at the moment. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Alex: Chaotic, even though I really try to be tidy. I work at the drawing table and a computer table. I share my studio with a photographer and so we change the sectioning quite often, according to the projects she is doing, I change to the drawing table. Most of the time I spend at the computer so that´s where things add up like materials for inspiration, sketches and the tax papers. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Alex: Going for a walk by myself. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Alex: Going for a walk by myself. And shortly before I fall asleep, that´s why I keep a sketchbook at my bed. Question: What technique do you use? Alex: Usually I start quite traditionally with pencil and paper. Then I go on with ink, finalizer or color pencils. Colors are sometimes in water color but generally everything ends up in the computer. Here I combine all elements, sometimes also photos of textures. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Alex: I did not really get sleepless and anorectic from the last commercial jobs. But I did something for Alfa Romeos anniversary which was fun. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Alex: I would like to illustrate my own orbituary one day, right now it would not be too spectacular yet. Or a Playstation campaign would be cool. I would like to run wild illustratively after they did a lot with photography in the past. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Alex: Edward Gorey, Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Greg Capullo, Maurice Sendak, Alan Lee, Shaun Tan, John Howe, Dave McKean, Ashley Wood. Question: What are your hobbies? Alex: Mountain biking on pause though- thanks to bike-thieves. Climbing, Frisbee, good films, bad films. Photography, travels, cooking, audio books. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Alex: A gardener, as I am not smart enough to be an astrophysicist. Question: Who would you like to meet? Alex: Dead or alive? Dead: Albert Einstein. Alive: Darth Vader. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Alex: I would really like to do a round trip. But if I have to decide, I would choose Stone Age. Who has ever seen dinosaurs alive? Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Alex: My musical taste has a very wide variety. Depending on how I feel or what I do, I listen to different things. When I work, I rather have some easy listening music in the background. And I like classic, Jazz and Post - Rock. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Alex: I am quite sure that I get really tired of the beach after 2 years or flying around the world. Changing the world would be an option, but I don´t think I would be good at it. Maybe I pay for an illustrator who works for me. Question: Do you collect anything? Alex: Questionnaire questions. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Alex: "Street Fighter" Series.
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