For our latest edition of Insiders we had the pleasure of chatting with Valentin Fischer, Stuttgart-based illustrator. He has worked in a number of capacities as a freelance illustrator and designer and his works are out of this world. Don’t miss the interview below and judge for yourselves!
1. Who gave you the best piece of advice? What was it?
“Be honest to yourself.“ Maybe this sounds silly, but it’s not always easy to do so. In the end you are happier and more satisfied with life if you’re not doing something you think you should do. Instead do something you are really happy with.
2. Who or what inspires your illustrations?
Life, of course. Other contemporary artists like James Jean, Joao Ruas and Erik Jones. But old masters like Caravaggio and Bouguereau as well.
3. List 3 things you couldn’t live without.
4. How did you become an illustrator? Was it something you had planned out or it happened by chance?
I wasn’t the guy who drew and paint his whole life. Of course I did some scribbles as a kid, but I started to draw and paint regularly around the age of 17. But I also was interested to become a designer. Since there are not that many schools in Germany where you can study illustration (at this time only one on the other side of the country). I did a masters in “Communication, Planning and Design”. During my time at university I kept doing my art and illustrations and did some jobs here and there. Now I work as a freelance designer and illustrator.
5. What do you like the most about your job? And about living in Stuttgart?
To make a living out of doing what you love is probably the best thing to achieve in life. At least for me.
Honestly, I guess Stuttgart is not the best place to live as a designer/artist/illustrator. But it’s the place where I do have my network. On top of that, almost all of my closest friends are living in this city, I couldn’t ask for more. Maybe I’ll move to an other place sometime, but I’m sure I’ll always come back.
6. Finally, if you could partner up with a blogger, artist or publication, which one would it be? Why?
I’am a huge movie fan, so I would love to do a poster for www.mondotees.com. That would be a dream job.
You can check out more of Valentin’s work over at:
Blog: Valentin Fischer
Facebook: Valentin Fischer
Website: Valentin Fischer