Based in Hamburg, Kai is inspired by both European and American comic books, sci-fi and horror movies, ancient architecture and great painters like Gentileschi, Botticelli and Rubens, as well as the animation studio Pixar. Humor is an important element in his character design process, as he seeks ways to establish that all important connection between the creature he’s working on and the viewer. Clients enjoy the fact that they always get something original when working with Kai.
Every image begins with sketches, and when Kai has determined his composition he adds color with paint or digitally, later tweaking the image and adding texture and detail to ground it and draw the viewer in.
Kai’s style varies depending on the look and feel required by the project, but there’s always an undercurrent of naivety and Naturalism in his art. He paints characters and scenes as he sees them.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Kai: Becoming an Illustrator has always been my dream. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Kai: No, learning things was my motivation. Question: Where do you live? Kai: I live in a mixture of imagination and realism and quite naturally in a world of clients requirements and all of that mostly in Hamburg. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Kai: The sanctuary, the treasure box, the "site of crime"… The one room where I spent most of my time. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Kai: Anything original and queer. I love good movies in comfortable cinemas. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Kai: I harvest them, when they are ripe from the big tree of imaginations. Question: What technique do you use? Kai: With everything that is helpful for the particular job, but mostly digital. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Kai: The foxes for the Fuechschen brewery. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Kai: All of the good illustrators and great images. Gentileschi, Boticelli, Rubens, Pixar. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Kai: Many, also with loose papers. Question: What are your hobbies? Kai: Drawing and painting. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Kai: Female illustrator. Question: Who would you like to meet? Kai: God at eye level. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Kai: I would have loved to paint an entire cave in the Stone Age and nowadays people would find it and make a big fuss over it. Question: What kind of music do you listen to?Kai: Anything inspiring. Classic, Rock, Metal. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Kai: A long time ago, or was it only yesterday? On a lush, but not too lush summer evening, I sat on a meadowy and flavorsome hillock underneath a lovely roof of leaves and furthermore a twinkling and starry sky and drew a picture, when a little multi-armed angel sat down gently on my left shoulder…. but this would lead us too far. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Kai: Clearly a yes and no. Question: Do you collect anything? Kai: Only happy clients. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Kai: Pok ta pok, Gaelic Football, Hurling and all others with creative rules.
OKI, Vitanas, REWE Österreich, Neue Leben Versicherung, Kosmos Verlag, Storck KG, Heidegold, Teekanne, Queisser Pharma GmbH, Daimler AG, Eduard Gerlach GmbH, Gerber, Ferrero
Arbeitswerkzeug: Pinsel, analog und digital, Acryl, Öl, Gouache, Tempera
Kunstgalerie: Falckenberg Galerie („Counter Culture" der Gegenwartskunst), Guggenheim Bilbao
Laden: Manufactum, Biber, alles an wirklich Nachhaltigem was mich mein gutes Geld kostet. Home & Garden, Wäscherei …
Cafe: Das Hundertwassercafé in Ottensen
Essen: fernöstlich oder Pommes Schranke
Getränk: biodynamisch angebauter Jasmintee,
zu guter Gelegenheit auch mit Schuß (indischem Pflaumenschnaps)