.. Bambi (t-shirt design for a competition by the band Tokyo Police Club)..
..Kokonmädchen (cocoon girl)..
..milkshake (for the FM4 radio calendar 2011)..
..Muttersprache (mother tongue)..
..pleasure (for Göoo magazine #8)..
..rain on me...
..Schneewittchen (Snow White)..
My mother and grandmother often took me to museums, so I came in touch with culture and art history quite early too.
Growing up with books by Cicely Mary Barker, Ida Bohatta, Sibylle von Olfers, Brian Wildsmith and other great illustrators surely influenced me in some sort of way. And I guess those images are still present in my mind somehow.
I also was inspired by animals, like birds, cats and butterflies, by flowers, trees, gems and astrology and started collecting all kinds of things (dried flowers, stamps, coins from foreign countries, semi-precious stones, marbles, ...).
Now I'm more interested in humans in terms of drawing/illustration, but still in connection with nature and animal behaviour.
I find inspiration being around my family and friends, watching strangers, listening to random conversations – as well as in body language, sadness, fear, pessimism, abnormality, city life/urban jungle, night (life), online communities, street art, urban typography, nature, certain colour combinations, fairy tales, poetry, literature, music, independent films (and classical film posters), idioms and phrases, proverbs and aphorisms – the list could go on and on.
Following street fashion blogs (my favourites are facehunter.blogspot.com and hel-looks.com) and night club photography (such as dirtydirtydancing.com, billabaldwin.com and megamegamega.com) is always an inspiration for me as well.
I also adore Swoon, Banksy, Blu and Os Gêmeos, to name just a few more contemporary street artists.
At the moment I'm interested in graphic novels and zines too.