Bjoern von Schlippe is illustrator and self-proclaimed "Kartonist". He illustrates for many years and very successful in the field of storyboards and layouts, because he quickly captures any theme and task. And for his work as a free artist, he has developed his unique technique of three-dimensional objects- "Kartonagen".
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Björn: I always wanted to become an artist. Then my daughter was born and I needed to earn some money. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Björn: No, I did not have time and went right to work. Question: Where do you live? Björn: I moved 15 times within Hamburg and still live there. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Björn: My studio is in a little house in our garden beside our actual house. It has an even light and all my material for my cardboard-art is spread all over the place. In one corner I have my computer for the "actual" jobs. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Björn: My wife, my kids and dreams. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Björn: While I craft and draw and play. Question: What technique do you use? Björn: All my jobs are done with Mac now and Photoshop. I have a Wacom Cintiq 21, where I do everything from the rough sketch until the final illustration. Apart from that I use chalk, water color, oil, and mostly acrylics on cardboard. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Björn: The preparations for my exhibition, a great shooting board for a commercial and a superhero comic. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Björn: A ceiling fresco or a large wall painting. I would like to illustrate a good book and a really nice animation movie. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Björn: Not really illustrators, but rather fine artists. The impressionists and expressionists, old masters and some contemporary artists. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Björn: Several. Question: What are your hobbies? Björn: Playing the piano, singing, cooking, gardening and sculpting. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Björn: Artist, sculptor, musician, cook. Question: Who would you like to meet? Björn: Michelangelo, Otto Dix and Barack Obama. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Björn: Back to the golden 20´s. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Björn: Jazz and classic (mainly Bach). Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Björn: As job? That would be the congress of urologists, where I portrayed the visitors. Client was Pfizer/Viagra… And a series of illustrations for a cigarette client where I drew people having group sex while they smoked of course. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Björn: Yes, of course because I love my job. But I could do less. Question: Do you collect anything? Björn: Wifes… :) Shells, feathers, pebbles and pieces of wood.
Müller, Renault, Maggi, BMW, Campina, Ferrero, Mercedes, Novartis, Geramont, AudiFavourites
: Silberner Bleistift
: Pasta (aber frisch muss sie sein)
: Rotwein (wohltemperiert)