Where do your creative ideas come from?
I guess somewhere from outer space. The ideas are out there and you just have to put your self in the right mood, lower out your antennas and catch some of the ideas that are floating around in space. But enough of that esoteric shit, usually I start with a rough sketch, then I doodle some more with the idea to get to the point and then if I think it will work I’ll make the final drawing or whatever. But sometimes I just start painting e.g. when it comes to graffiti…
When and how did you know that your calling was to be an artist?
Like nearly everybody, I am into drawing since my early childhood… but to be more precise it must have been at the age of 12. I was up late night watching TV, skipping through the channels (back then there were only five!) when I saw the documentary “u-bahn bilder und verrückte beine” (better known as style wars) by accident. I was very impressed and still am up to this date by what I have seen in this film. At least since then I know I wanted to be a graffiti artist.
What’s your muse?
mariuahana, music, time pressure, retro childbook illustrations, potato chips, graffiti, tags, throw-ups, vandalism, my wonderful years crew, friends, drawings from my kids, bikerides, doodels and a delicious “schweinebraten mit semmelkmödel” is always very welcome for some inspiration.
Do you have dreams?
hm… don’t really have one, but when I am long gone, it would be funny to see my stuff hanging in some established museum and people are going to pay millions of billions for some little piece of art which I created 200 years ago. hm I know, some kind of corny vision… sorry…
What do you find most gratifying about the art you create?
I like the process more than the final work. it is a bit like meditation or a mission when it comes to graffiti, because you are totally focused on your work. And of course it feels good when some people like it.
What type of materials do you like to use most?
Wood, because it feels soft and alive. I don’t like canvases they just suck. Cardboard is good as well because it is cheap and concrete, coz it is patient like paper.
What advice do you have for anyone looking to start a career as an artist?
Don’t do it! Learn a trade like carpenter or something useful.
3 words about you…
one two four
At this point in time are you working on any particular projects you’d like to talk about?
not really, but since the sun is shining again (well, right now I hear rain and thunder outside) and I am in a good mood I’ll give you a little hint: one project is called ‘cardbordica’ so far and it will be all about “typefaces” on cardboard. I will keep you posted
Anything else the world should know?
squares are double hipsters
Thanks to Burns124 for this refreshing interview – keep up the great work!!! All pictures are courtesy of the artist.
He says he produces his best work on the floor of his apartment and also would not call himself an artist. “I simply wanted to do or create if you like things that last a time. Something you can touch and something that makes people happy or just arouses feelings. That’s how life goes!”
Simple as that, his works seem to be at first sight. “That’s the most gratifying thing about my creation. Everyone is able to like or understand these things, a child as well as a hundred year old… I would say my works transport something positive or funny without being corny or stereotype. It’s all about a certain kind of humor, which is not as childish as it seems at the first look”. In fact, hello floflo’s colorful, stocky animals all deliver a message ranging from funny to ambiguously smart. “I definitely like ink or pencil on paper, as well as working with the computer… it depends what emotions I want to create. And I really love acrylic on wood – wood is the perfect imperfect, awesome!” Talking about wood, he also paints on his discarded and broken skateboard decks. “Skateboarding, the talents of others typography and daily life – as beaten as it sounds” is inspiring to loud, bullheaded but very lovable guy.
Anything else the world should know? “”Kunst ist wo der Hund hin brunzt”, thanks Berni”. Sorry, not translatable into English but so good when it comes to street art.
Talking to an artist everytime would be a completely new experience. That’s what I love about a dialogue with inspiring creatives. Jana Friedl, a young illustrator from Munich is talented and creative but even more, she is incredibly honest when talking about her creative process. For her, the most difficult thing about producing a piece of art is “finding silence”. Although she comes from a creative background with a family consisting of artists and musicians, she needs to feel secure, “maybe in nature, at home or in attendance of nice people” to produce work. If so, the most gratifying thing about creating art for Jana is “I can choose between creating something beautiful – like design – and express myself – through art. But the result is the same: It feels always liberating.” Mostly, she works with pens, textiles, acrylics and graphic tablet “as I love combining the different haptic and digital materials”.
Seems as if sensitivity is her key for creating art. Cross fingers that it will fulfill her dream: getting famous. “Even just for 15 minutes – or work for a huge fashion label!”
For now, there’s a little exhibition coming up in May / June 2010 in Munich. Get more information on her website.
An Out of Character Experiment is a typographical exploration of 26 letters (and a few stray characters) by 35 different illustrators, designers and artists, all displayed as one alphabet, curated by Charlotte Audrey and Jonathan Costello.
42-year old Charles von Herrlich lives in Brooklyn and besides building sculptures and painting landscapes and portraits, he also did the wonderful illustration at my most favorite Bar Von at Bleeker and Bowery in Lower East Side, New York. Watch out, this guy is great!
Lucerne born street artist and illustrator Safu was filmed during a life painting at Bahnhof Stadelhofen, Zurich. Lovely!
On Thursday April 15th, Brooklyn-based streetwear store Мишка will present a series of work from Mark Todd at their Brooklyn based 350 Broadway store and gallery. “The show is a collection of work from the celebrated illustrator who’s range has graced the likes of McSweeneys and The New York Times.”
Before moving to New York in 1993, Todd gratuated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His clients such as Sony Music, The New Yorker, The MTA and MTV love his way of playing with deconstruction of pop cultural icons like Iron Man and Spiderman with being playful but never childish..