Monday, 9 March 2009


Otto has been working as a freelance illustrator since 1991 and mainly works with clients in editorial but also advertising and book publishing. He likes to produce a choice of roughs before deciding on a final artwork, he says a piece can take between up to 3 hours  or several weeks. He talked to us about how advertisements in newspapers can take attention of his illustrations and he showed us some of his books and told us the stories behind the pictures. He had been using an old coloured photocopier to get the effects he wanted at the time.

He was born in Germany but studied graphic design in Bristol and illustration and screen printing MA in London. he takes a lot of his inspiration from German and Polish posters, film posters, sci fi and horror. I really like his style of working and his illustrations are really outstanding. His website is really good and displays all his illustration work, past and present.

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