Based in Vienna, Patrick works in a range of media, always making sure there’s a handmade quality to his creations. It gives his work a tactile look, and an individual finish. Trained as a graphic designer in Stuttgart, Patrick was already illustrating for agencies while he studied, quickly building a reputation with top clients. He’s fast, friendly and accommodating, and draws on the wide variety of faces and personalities in Vienna for inspiration.
Patrick’s influences range from street artists such as Maclaim Crew, Etam and Bezt through to great painters like Caravaggio and Rembrandt.
Often, Patrick can visualize the artwork in his head before he begins, or he will explore the possibilities through rough sketching. He works with pencils, acrylics and oils, creating everything by hand before making slight improvements at the end of the process in Photoshop.
Capable of producing work that is highly detailed and realistic, Patrick balances this with rougher and edgier elements to ensure the final product feels fresh, vibrant and handmade.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Patrick: I always wanted to do something with drawing or painting. And since it is so difficult to earn money with fine arts, I decided to become an illustrator. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Patrick: I studied graphic design. Question: Where do you live? Patrick: In the very south of Germany. In Sigmaringen, a backwater in the Swabian Alb. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Patrick: A large, high and light room. But the cleaning is falling a little short. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Patrick: Life is giving me most inspiration with it ups and downs. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Patrick: Being with friends and talking nonsense. Question: What technique do you use? Patrick: Everything, but digital media. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Patrick: My personal art therapy. A series I did just for me, working on themes that are relevant to me. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Patrick: The cover for "Der Spiegel" or an image campaign for Carhartt. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Patrick: Gottfried Helnwein, Chuck Close, Sebastian Krüger and some unknown street artists. Question: What are your hobbies? Patrick: Wing Tsun, dogs and art, of course. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Patrick: A poor artist. Question: Who would you like to meet? Patrick: Jesus or Superman. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Patrick: To the 70´s or the Middle Age. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Patrick: Soul, Rap and a little Electro. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Patrick: My daughter. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Patrick: Yes, definitely. This job is an attitude towards life. Question: Do you collect anything? Patrick: I tried it with money once… Question: Do you have a favorite game? Patrick: GTA or Red Dead Redemption.
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