Illustrator Interview:  Carsten Nicolaus

Carsten Nicolaus has made the cover art for Sleeping Policemen’s single on EardrumsPop, and this is our illustrator interview with him. So, who are you, Carsten Nicolaus?

I am 34 years old, born and living in hamburg, germany. i never went to art school nor did i take part in any other professional training. not a career guy. couchsurfer. fell in love with linocuts some years ago.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carstennicolaus/

 

Can you give us a description of yourself and your art?

i am one of those guys who like to draw little funny things during the day whenever a pen and a piece of paper are around. most of my works are linocuts.

What are you working on right now?

i’m trying to print linocuts in huge sizes.

How did you get started in the illustration/art field?

i grew up in a family where art was always present.

Describe an average working day.

4 days a week at the office from 9 to 5. working as a network administrator and software-developer. 3 days off to do whatever i like to do.

How did you develop your style? Is it different now than when you started?

best things start by playing around with different ideas. when i find something which i am really interested in, it can take several days until i finish a sketch for a new print.

What are your favourite tools?

pen, paper, linoleum.

Please tell us about the process of making the EardrumsPop-cover! Is this the way you usually work?

i did a sketch, did some cutting, printed it as a linocut and colored it with photoshop. the step with photoshop is unusual for me.
in most cases i do prints with up to five overlapping blocks using just black or grey tones.

Who / what are your greatest visual inspirations?

long trips into nature and long nights in the city.

Is music or other forms of art an inspiration? If so, what do you listen to?

i always listen to music when i draw or print, and the music i listen to varies a lot.

What’s your favorite color?

 green and grey.
 
 What are your future plans? Any exciting things you are looking forward to?
holidays in sweden the next two weeks. and trying to print with a concrete tube.
What question and answer would you like to end this interview with?

why did you take part in this project?
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or the fun, for my friends and for those who are reading this.

 See more of Carsten Nicolaus’ works here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/carstennicolaus/