Since studying at Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Hamburg, Silke has travelled widely, returning to Hamburg with a collection of sketchbooks. She worked as a storyboard artist and character designer in the animation industry before becoming a full-time illustrator and her influences include Adolf Menzel, Wilhelm M Busch, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso and Japanese and Chinese painting.
Whatever style she’s working in, Silke chooses a composition and color palette that suits the intention behind the image. Bright colors go with dynamic compositions to highlight exciting issues, darker palettes and static forms are used to generate mood. She works with Photoshop, Illustrator and Painter which makes client amends easy to execute, but also loves natural media such as watercolors and oils.
A skilled and experienced pastiche illustrator, Silke has a range of styles as follows:
Lichtenstein – strong black linework and replicated print textures.
Fashion – loose, expressive inks and watercolors.
Watercolor – classic free painting with swift brushstrokes.
Oil – approached like an impressionist.
Children’s book – vector art with pencil outlines and color.
Architecture – vector illustration emphasizing the strong lines of a structure, or a looser, sketch-like approach with watercolor.
2011 – Golden Award of Montreaux – Print & Outdoor
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Silke: My parents forced me to become an illustrator. Just kidding! I drew a lot and all the time and with joy when I was little and so it came quite natural that I turned into a profession what I always liked the most. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Silke: Yes, I studied illustration in Hamburg. My professors where Gisela Buehrmann and Wilhelm M. Busch. Question: Where do you live? Silke: In the most beautiful city of the world- in Hamburg! I live very central and have only a few steps to the Alster. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Silke: My workplace is part of my apartment, where I live with my partner. I can easily jump from my bed to the desk, which is really convenient for tight jobs. I have three large boards with several art books, which I collected over the years. On the left hand side, there is an easel with canvas and opposite the drawing cupboard which holds the work that´s still done on paper or canvas. And then there is my workplace- a long desk with the iMac and still with some room for water colors and such. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Silke: The Port of Hamburg inspires me with it´s colors, forms and atmosphere- especially in the evening the light is magic. And people inspire me. I like it a lot to draw people while I am out. I am fascinated by the endless variety of personalities and physiognomies.Question: How do you get the best ideas? Silke: I get the best ideas when I am relaxed and tuned out. With a Latte Macchiato for example. It´s important to have these lazy times. Question: What technique do you use? Silke: I do both, work digitally as well as analog. The mix offers me a wide variety of options. For storyboards for example, I use the Cintiq, so it´s completely digital. For other, more time consuming projects, I might also do an original in oil. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Silke: Some time ago, I did a campaign for Volkswagen. For this I did 6 cubist paintings. The style was great and the development with the agency was a perfect cooperation. They won a gold medal in Montreux with it. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Silke: I am dreaming of a production, a book, a comic or even an animated film, which I can do with my friends. I have a lot of friends who are also illustrators, cartoon artists or animators. The team is already in place… Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Silke: There are several artists that I adore and worship, but for illustration it´s exclusively Wilhelm M. Busch- he was the greatest! His drawing skills and implicitness of his orchestration fascinate me. Unexcelled are his sketches that he did on the spot. Question: Do you keep a sketch book? Silke: Sketchbooks fill my boards, most of them full, some still white. I always carry one with me. Lately I also work with the drawing apps on the iPad- a nice invention. But I will always keep my good old sketchbooks as well. Question: What are your hobbies? Silke: Singing always interested me. 10 years ago, a friend gave me a singing lesson and since then it is my hobby. My favorites are songs by Adele at the moment and I love Jazz- Standards. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Silke: I think I would have tried to become a director. I am very interested in telling a story as a sequence of pictures, with as little dialog as possible. Question: Who would you like to meet? Silke: It would be great to have a conversation with Tim Burton because I really like his films. My favorites are "Corpse Bride" and "Big Fish". I like his storytelling, his images and screwed characters. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Silke: The 20´s are a magic time to me. It was Berlins high period as culture was an important part of the public life. Many things were in upheaval and later, after 2 worldwars there was hope for a more peaceful time. Important artists lived at this time, like Picasso and Kandinsky. I imagine that it was very exciting to have lived in the 20´s. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Silke: I like Jazz and R´n B´. At the moment I like Janelle Monae the best! Her music is a mixture of Jazz, OutKast and film music- sensational! Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Silke: Oh dear, honestly, to describe the funniest thing is hard. It was probably really funny, that I played an entire show of "Al Bundy" with my friends as a birthday present for another friend. And she laughed! Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Silke: Giving up my lifestyle for money? No way! I would stay an illustrator. But- probably I would do more free paintings and graphics. Question: Do you collect anything? Silke: I am not a great collector, not a hunter either. I collect impressions. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Silke: Not really a favorite game, but I like playing poker with friends. You can also inthuse me for a game of "Mau-Mau" (quite similar to "Switch" in the UK)
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