Andreas Krapf is an awesome illustrator from Germany, who started drawing as a little kid and have never stopped since. He has setup his own online store for his art denada.de where you can buy t-shirts, batches and his funny illustrative toys. Keep reading to know more about him and how he started his design journey, inspiration and more.
When did you start design career?
There is no date I started designing. I have always been drawing since I was a little kid, focused on art for my “abitur” and then studied communication design. I was always trying out different techniques of drawing, started sculpting, airbrushing and later, like 5 years ago, I did my first vector illustration with Adobe Illustrator after a few years of experience with Photoshop.
Drawing and creating characters and stuff has always been fascinating to me. This is what I love doing and will keep learning more to improvise.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from everywhere (like stupid things my buddies tell me) movies, books, pictures, internet, music and things that my parents don’t like.
How do you create your designs, and what tools do you use?
Mostly I think about what could be a nice motif that can make people happy and confused at the same time. I like a mixture of weirdness and cuteness. Initially there is a lot of thinking and working on how the motif could look like, a joke or aha-effect. Then, I make some rough and small doodles. Sometimes I work out a doodle in a bigger size and with more details after deciding which composition is best. Next step is scanning the sketch and coloring it (mostly in adobe illustrator, because I do a lot of vector stuff these days). Sometimes I improvise while designing it, sometimes not… depends. I hate when people look over my shoulders while I’m drawing. I need to be on my own and I need my chill-out music.
Designers that you love and admire?
There are so many designers I really love. Dave Cooper, Mark Ryden, Gary Baseman and many more… I really admire the famous “flying mouse” for doing so many clever designs in very short time.