Originally from Westphalia, Knut studied illustration and communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, and later took up a drawing lectureship there, teaching illustration alongside his impressive career in image making. He illustrated the cover for one of the first novels printed in the Soviet Union after Glasnost, and his clients recommend him because of his dedicated, flexible approach.
Chief influences include the comic artists Will Eisner, Hergé and Moebius, alongside Art Nouveau and the likes of Egon Schiele, Peter Behrens, Hieronymus Bosch and Salvador Dali.
When he receives a brief, Knut focuses on what his client wants and how to achieve it, choosing the right creative technique to use for the communication. He prefers traditional drawing and painting media, finishing most projects digitally with Photoshop.
Knut is a self-described chameleon. He will evoke any style his client prefers if it fits the brief. This flexibility has led to commissions from some of the world’s biggest brands.
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.