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"