Timo Mueller, Hamburg (GER)
Languages: German, English
Timo convinces with his contemporary and stylistically unmistakable signature. Whether in watercolour technique, with a simple ballpoint pen or on the computer, his layouts and design studies are created, which are especially perfect for layouts, in the trade fair or POS area.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Timo: Looking at it from nowadays perspective, since: „Daddy, what can I draw?“ Question: Do you have any formal design training? Timo: I have an exam with a main in grafic design, one semester of art and a diploma in product design. So, not exactly, but all these educations had something to do with illustration and visualisation. Question: Where do you live? Timo: In Hamburg, Eimsbüttel. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Timo: My studio is at home, besides the living room. I used to have a room in a coworking space, but found out that I like best working from home.Question: Who or what is your biggest inspiration? Timo: Other people. Seeing what others can do and how they approach certain tasks pushes me a lot and helps me finding new perspectives. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Timo: In communicating with myself or with others. At first I have a idea of impulse, which I visualise to either look at it from the outside or to share it with others to be able to play ping-pong with it. Question: What technique do you use? Timo: A lot of it is digitally made, but I like using the ballpen or paint with water colors. Sometimes I build objects in CAD as a base for illustrations. I think that one of my strengths lies in the combination of different media. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Timo: Portraits for an ancestral portrait gallery of the German Federal Printing Office. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Timo: I love Drew Struzan and I would really like to try a poster in a similar style. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Timo: Drew Struzan, Daniel Simon, Syd Mead, Dave Malan. Question: Do you keep a sketch book? Timo: Rather loose papers :) Question: What are your hobbies? Timo: Sports, good food, bikes and also my car, a little. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Timo: Yoga teacher, gastronome, tattoo artist. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to? Timo: I would have liked to be in the USA of the late 60s.Question: What kind of music do you listen to?Timo: Indie Folk, Classic Rock, Indie Rock. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Timo: Definitely! Question: Do you collect anything? Timo: Not in it´s classical sense, I only have to many bikes and sneakers.