Hi Peter, where are you based and how long have you been creating?
Hey Hey, first thanks a lot for reaching out to me for this interview. Since 2009 I’ve been living in Germany's exciting, colorful and amazing capital city, Berlin. Originally I am from east Germany, but after my high school graduation in 2008 it became pretty much obvious to me that I should move to Berlin and study something to do with art.
As clichéd as it may sound, my parents told me that I was drawing ever since I had been able to hold a pen. And to be honest, I can’t really remember a period in my life where I haven’t drawn.
My parents always wanted me to study fashion design. I have no clue why, because neither of them were related to art in any way. After several workshops and meetings at fashion design schools, I realized that this was definitely not a business I could see myself working in.
By accident I enrolled into a university where I started studying Communication Design focused on Illustration and Concept Art.
You’ve previously said the art of Disney is a huge influence, are there any particular Disney artists or characters who have influenced you more than others?
Disney movies had a huge impact on artists of my generation. I think everyone can name 3-4 artists with a similar style, and I would say that I am one of them.
The Little Mermaid was the first Disney movie I saw. I think I must have been around three or four years old. This movie had a huge impact in my life. There is this fascination about the fact that she is a fantasy character, not 100% fish nor 100% human, but something in between. Maybe this is a hint as to why I always related to her, because I always felt the same as a child, not fitting into the norms of society.
Drawing mermaids gave me a lot of joy, and drawing dynamic and flowing lines became my thing.
Another important impact followed through the work of Chris Sanders who did the character design for Lilo and Stitch. He created a whole new style for Disney with different faces, body shapes and expressions. What’s really stood out were the female body shapes he created. In previous movies the female protagonists all had the same hourglass shape and pretty faces. But in Lilo and Stitch, the main characters had to be strong and tough, which the shapes had to represent to the viewer. That opened my view on creating characters. Even now I remember how I wished to draw like him.