Knut Maibaum's illustrations, especially his photorealistic animals reveal his enthusiasm for light on fur, lively expressions and grace as well as the energy and beauty of the creature. He lives in Hamburg and has several years of experience in jobs for large clients and magazines.
He creates his lively animals with a mixture of traditional and digital media in order to bring out the best in them.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Knut: I had quit my job as commercial employee, got my exams at school and stopped studying biology and geography when I remembered that my dream had always been to do this job where there is no boss- freelance illustrator. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Knut: Yes, I studied in Hamburg "Armgartstrasse"- afterwards I taught drawing, sketching. Question: Where do you live? Knut: In Hamburg - Winterhude, close to the city and the city park. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Knut: About 30 sqm with the morning sun coming in, which is very convenient because I much rather work in the afternoon and the direct light is not too good for the work. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Knut: When the briefing is pretty tight and I still want to work my own ideas into it. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Knut: While I do the dishes. Question: What technique do you use? Knut: I like mixing everything. Pencils, paint brush, Airbrush and the computer. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Knut: A large sticker for the floor with 3D effect, which was put into Hamburg train stations. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Knut: Clearly yes, several! Unfortunately I did not use them as much lately. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Knut: Definitely a teacher, I seem to have this pedagogic side. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Knut: The funniest illustration was definitely a running cow with a wildly wiggling udder. Question: Do you collect anything? Knut: Oh yes, experiences and impressions.
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