Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Frank: It just worked out that way during my studies. (See Nr. 2) Question: Do you have any formal design training? Frank: I studied art in Hamburg and earned some money at the same time with illustrating menues. A friend put me into contact with an advertising agency who was looking for a layouter- back in the 80s that was somebody like a drawing graphic designer. I got that job and went freelance from there. Question: Where do you live?Frank: After 10 years in the very lively quarter "Karoviertel" in Hamburg, I moved to the rather quit Wilhemsburg which has lots of green, lots of water and also industrial charme and port romance. Very nice, but I do miss St. Pauli a lot. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Frank: I often asked myself what exactly is creativity and where it comes from. I don´t believe in the "spark" of an intuition, but rather think that I unconsciously draw from the images that I have seen so far. It is a matter of recalling the images in my head and to combine and modify them into something new. The result appears as an idea. Question: What technique do you use? Frank: My technical range is rather wide and I do switch and combine them according to the project. I work rather intuitively than conceptional. That is my limitation more than the technique. I have always been fascinated by analog work. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Frank: Since I am rooted in the fine arts, my heroes come from this end. Claude Monet inspired me to define images through light and athmosphere. Edward Hopper made me look at cityscapes. And for comics I was influenced by Hugo Pratt, Moebius, Simon Bisley. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Frank: At times, but not at the moment. Some of my sketches I have published at: http://skizzenblock.blogspot.de/ Question: What are your hobbies? Frank: I have a lot of hobbies and interests. Most importantly it must be something which gives me a good compensation to the daily business of being an illustrator. Which means- something which makes me be with other people and which makes me move. In my case: soccer! Active as well as passive. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Frank: For a long time I wanted to become a musician. I have played with different bands for about 20 years and invested a lot of time in music. In that time, I worked as an illustrator in order to finance my music. The time came when I had to realise that I am not very successful with my music and so I concentrated on my career as an illustrator. I am still in contact with my musician friends from back then and some of them have coe quite far, but I am quite sure that I have made the right decision. Now I am still in live with music and have this exclusive and privileged insight of it - like a backstage pass. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Frank: I was brought up with punk of the 80´s. Then I added funk and soul and by now I am into jazz. In the meantime there were all kinds of club- and electronic music, and the older I get I more and more like calm sounds, like ambient.
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