Before studying design and illustration in Würzburg, Germany, Andreas did an apprenticeship as a commercial artist, and trained as a printer. He worked in the Berlin studio Cartoon-Film as well, picking up plenty of skills and inspiration.
First Andreas does sketches and clean drawings with pencil and paper, and sometimes paints using watercolours, ink, or even coffee! After scanning them in he works on them further using a graphics tablet. He can animate both the traditional way using pencil and paper, or with animation software on his PC.
Andreas has a very simple method of adjusting his cartoony style – he holds his pencil differently and works either more expressively, or tight and detailed, depending on the look he wants to achieve. From there, he comes up with interesting characters with unique faces, for each new project. Often he’ll work with real fur textures, adding them to cartoon shapes, when creating animal characters. Andreas also likes to keep things minimal, using a simple shape as the basis for a character – such as his cube weightlifter.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Andreas: Drawing has always been my favorite hobby and one day I found out that it is something you can earn your money with. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Andreas: I have studied communication design, majoring in illustration. Before that, I finished an apprenticeship as advertising designer and also trained to be a printer. Question: Where do you live? Andreas: In Berlin. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Andreas: I share a studio with friends. My desk is fit to be used as light table as well as I have enough room for digital work. I am surrounded by studies and sketches. A pull-out table works as table-tennis and a couch invites me to relax. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Andreas: People, animals, moves, nature, stories. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Andreas: Often by walking in well known areas, thinking or talking. Question: What technique do you use? Andreas: I do the sketches with pen and paper which I scan and finalise them with the graphic tablet. I also sometimes use water color or ink when the job calls for it. Animations I can do the classic way on the animation table or with flash. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed? Andreas: There were several- for example puzzles with animal designs. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Andreas: Illustrations for the magazin "11 Freunde". (a soccer magazine) Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Andreas: There are quite a few: Felix Scheinberger, Pascal Campion, Albert Uderzo. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Andreas: Yes! Question: What are your hobbies? Andreas: Trekking, reading, drawing. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Andreas: Maybe physiotherapist. Question: Who would you like to meet? Andreas: Reinhold Messner. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Andreas: I would travel into the end of the 19th century. I would not really like to live then, but to have a look around would be quite exciting. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Andreas: Pop and Rock and also classical music. I don´t have any specific favorite music styles. Only Hip hop and German pop is something never makes it´s way into my ears. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Andreas: There are quite some stories- but none of them fit to be presented in the internet. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Andreas: Definitely, maybe not with the same amount. Question: Do you collect anything? Andreas: Besides experiences, I can only name money.Question: Do you have a favorite game? Andreas: Yahtzee, at the moment.