Andy’s career received an early boost when he created a series of portraits of famous Nike athletes using only the company’s swoosh symbol. The work went viral and Andy was spotted by LeBron James. Four days later he was on a plane to Portland to meet the basketball star.
With a degree in Communication Design from Trier University, Andy is inspired by skate graphics, Hip Hop culture, Henri Matisse and Jean Michel Basquiat. Clients find him efficient and fun to work with.
Andy’s workflow varies and he uses a range of media including vector graphics, lettering, handmade elements and 3D graphics. What holds it together is his focus on a theme or emotion in each artwork, and communicating it through the art.
No matter what media he chooses, Andy’s style is loud, playful and vibrant, with strong colors and plenty of experimentation.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Andy: Selling sneakers just was not what I wanted to do forever. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Andy: I studied communication design. Question: Where do you live? Andy: I live in the countryside, close to Trier, the oldest city of Germany. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Andy: Long desk, art and design books, music and godzilla. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Andy: Everything. Music, art, film, life. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Andy: I wish there was a recipe. Question: What technique do you use? Andy: I try not to be too hooked to just one technique. Between pure digital work and handmade collages, it´s all there. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed? Andy: Nike booked me to do an artwork for the release of the new Lebron James signature shoe. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Andy: Doing the album cover for Pharrell Williams or Kanye West would be really neat. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Andy: There are quite a few personalities that inspire me. Kaws, Basqiat, Warhol, Andrew Salgado, Clean Peterson… But none of them is my role model. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Andy: Several and none of it is filled. Question: What are your hobbies? Andy: Good food, art and travelling. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Andy: Probably a musician. Question: Who would you like to meet? Andy: Pharrell Williams, Jean Michel Basquiat would be exciting too. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Andy: Back to the 70s. Woodstock. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Andy: I would decide that spontaneously. Question: Do you collect anything? Andy: I am working on an art collection. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Andy: S.K.A.T.E.