Klaus studied Fine Art first, before moving to the Hamburg Technical College for Design to complete a diploma in Communication Design.
Working closely with his clients, Klaus likes to get into a brief and understand exactly what’s required. Then he starts drawing and sketching on tracing paper, before shifting to digital media and working in Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop.
Klaus is inspired not by recreating images from the world around us, but by understanding how peoples and cultures will look at any given subject through art and illustration. He looks at all kinds of other artists working in different periods and styles, then advances on some of those ideas with his own approach to the subject.
Clean, clear, striking and with a touch of humour where appropriate, Klaus’ images always make an impact. Rather than a handmade and instinctive feel, he prefers to construct his images like a graphic designer, and his compositional and layout skills are very strong. His work images have a variety of finishes, from a crisp geometric look through to the clean lines of his manual illustrations, and on to a woodcut style which works well for portraits and subjects such as food.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Klaus: It´s F.J. Tripps fault! He illustrated books like "Robber Hotzenplotz" and "The Little Ghost". I wanted to do something like that too (and better) when I am grown up. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Klaus: In strict sense, I am a communication designer with diploma. In that time the entire school had 6 computers and there was no such thing as a web designer. I always worked illustrations into my papers during the studies. Question: Where do you live? Klaus: In a row house in Hamburg Suelldorf, surrounded by bullfinches and squirrels. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Klaus: I work with 4 nice colleagues in a shared office space in Hamburg- Altona. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Klaus: Unexpected pretty images and impressions in the everyday life and the aesthetics of the 60´s just before the Flower-Power time. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Klaus: Sleeping a night over it. Question: What technique do you use? Klaus: I sketch with a pencil on 40g sketch paper because you can trace well with it. Afterwards I proceed digitally with Illustrator or Photoshop. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Klaus: I did a lot of illustrations for a special edition of a magazine for the European Football Championship in 1012, which was great fun and I was really happy with the result. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Klaus: Illustrations for a book on Opera. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Klaus: Charley Harper, Roland Topor, Atak, Konrad Klapheck, René Magritte. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Klaus: No, but I think I want to start one soon. Question: What are your hobbies? Klaus: Making music, riding the bike, running, football … I need a lot of escape. Reading sports books and biographies. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Klaus: Something like train conductor. A proper job. More realistically I would probably work in a Supermarket. Question: Who would you like to meet? Klaus: Those people who keep breaking into our offices. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Klaus: Back to the 20´s- or rather into the year 1907 and make sure that Adolf Hitler gets accepted to the art school in VIenna... Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Klaus: Hildegard Knef, Ennio Morricone and Jazz before 1970. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Klaus: I dumbfounded 3 robbers in Bozen with the truth that I did not have any money on me. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Klaus: I would start a publishing house and would only book my favorite Illustrators. If I would be part of that group, I would still be an illustrator. Question: Do you collect anything? Klaus: DVD´s with famous, historical football games. Li-Bu-Da! Question: Do you have a favorite game? Klaus: I love the Encyclopedia Game! If there is anyone out there who does too, we should get together!