Did you ever study art or did you learn what you know on your own?
I actually graduated in fashion design in 2015. It influenced me a lot in my taste of design (I'm honestly more into design than art) but fashion and my passion and interest for old school tattoos never worked together until I fused both in my final thesis, which is called "Haut/Farbe" ("Skin/Color", thinking of tattoos as a color of skin as well). But the process of drawing and painting was learning by doing, I found out about spit shading via youtube and I tried so many different colors and tools until I found out what works best for me. Actually this hunt isn't even completed.
What is your process, when creating a new piece? What steps do you follow?
I usually set the size and draw some guidelines. Then I use 2-3 different colored pencils (from light to dark) to sketch my idea, whereas the darkest traces the final lines. If the design is (at least partially) symmetrical, I use transparent paper to trace it trough and mirror it. I can't go without that stuff.
What is your work environment like?
I have two tables in my room, one for drawing and painting and one for sewing. The one for painting is hell of a mess 85% of the time.
Do you ever have trouble with a lack of inspiration, if so what do you usually do about it?
On one hand, I have a MAJOR problem with getting inspired and motivated because i feel like i have to make up all ideas in my head. On the other, i have too many ideas for projects to even realize. So i make myself a to-do list and choose from the tasks i wrote down in case i don't feel inspired. It can be anything: Redraw old stuff, sew something, finish a painting i have laying around forever, put up a mixed media piece...
What is your personal favorite piece that you've done?
There is this (actually really simple) painting, a hand with a flower. I gave one each to my girls Sarah and Jule for their birthday, and i liked it so much that I used it as a patch with cutout on a vest i did. It came out so amazing that I now just link this piece with something good.
Advice for other aspiring artists trying to establish themselves?
Never stop learning and ask professionals for constructive critic.
Is there anything that you’ve always wanted to try getting into but haven’t had the chance?
I really want to get into tattooing professionally. If you're reading this and are willing to take an apprentice, i'm hard working and nice as well! My paintings are okay as they are but i really want to bring it to the next level and become a looooot better.