Fred started illustrating with the paintbrush and airbrush and over the past years he has acquired an extensive knowledge within the area of the classical 2-D animation.
His repertoire includes character design and animation and he took part in various TV and movie productions as well as commercials for both fields. He also enjoys working for the advertising industry, especially for projects for children and young adults.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Fred: As a child I already drew a lot. And I already loved animated movies. These two circumstances lead to my wish to do something in this field when I am grown up. So today I am an illustrator and animator. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Fred: For some semesters I studied industrial design, but mostly went to illustration classes. So I changed the main subject to illustration. Question: Where do you live? Fred: I live and work in the town Schwarzenbek, close to Hamburg. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Fred: I have build our attic into my studio, which gives me enough room and the possibility to take care of my work and my family at the same time. Question: What is your biggest inspiration?Fred: A good talk with my friends with a good glass of wine. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Fred: I watch our pets and other animals and their behavior quite closely and humanize them. Question: What technique do you use? Fred: Now I only do quick pencil sketches which I scan.That way, the digital part of my work has gone up to about 95%. I use Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter, ToonBoom Animate and others. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Fred: Some time ago, I did decorations on walls which symbolized a spaceship. This was a nice challenge for me, because I usually work figurative. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Fred: I would like to do even more character design. For example characters for cereal packaging, or alike. Also busy images are something I enjoy doing. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Fred: Walt Disney, Tex Avery, Albert Uderzo, John Tenniel, Sempé, Guillermo Mordillo, Bill Watterson and many others. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Fred: Yes, but not regularly. It´s more of a jumble of pieces of paper. Question: What are your hobbies? Fred: Music, movies, going out for dinner, meeting friends, table tennis, reading non-fiction books, traveling, my family. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Fred: Teacher for French and English, which was my Plan B during studies. Question: Who would you like to meet? Fred: Johnny Depp, Sean Connery, Walt Disney, Peter Ustinov, Billy Wilder. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Fred: I would like to travel to the Romans or Greek. I find it very exciting what we can find from those times still all over Europe. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Fred: Classic, film scores and rock. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Fred: On a party I once climbed down from the balcony of the third floor. Some other guests thought that I had fallen down and ran downstairs... Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Fred: With the money from the lottery, I could follow my artistic interests without having to look at the money so much. I would definitely not stop being an illustrator because it is not just a profession, it´s a mission which is mostly a lot of fun. Question: Do you collect anything? Fred: I have quite a large collection of films, but now the offer in all media is so large that I stopped collecting them. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Fred: I like playing "Tabu"