Silke Bachmann has a sheer endless variety of styles and techniques to choose from. Therefore she can work for almost any kind of job, no matter if it is a fashion illustration, a comic character or a painting in the style of old masters. Her long experience in advertising and editorials underline this versatility.
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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