The Humorous Art of Christoph Niemann
Christoph Niemann is by far one of the most humorous illustrators I have yet seen. His work has been featured in some of the top publications in the US and abroad. Additionally, he is a regular writer and illustrator for the New York Times.
Where were you born, where do you live now, any other background info?
I was born in Waiblingen / Germany in 1970. I studied at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts and moved to New York City, where I have been working as an illustrator, animator, and graphic designer since 1997. My work has appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration. Corporate clients include Nike, Google, Amtrak and The Royal Mail. My latest book “The Pet Dragon” teaches Chinese Characters to kids. I live in Berlin with my wife Lisa and three sons. Given the choice between a muffin and a cupcake, I would always opt for the muffin.
How does your life inspire your art?
I used to always have a big fat wall separating my life and my work. Only since I started to write and draw the blog for the New York Times have I started to take elements of my daily life and have them inspire ideas for my work.
How would you describe your work?
It’s all concept first, style later.
What processes and techniques do you use to create your work?
I am utterly indiscriminate when it comes to techniques: Pencil, Vector, Guache, Photoshop, Pixels, Collage — whatever gets the job done. The process is always the same however: staring at a blank piece of paper, and desperately hoping that something happens. Unfortunately I can;t think while walking through the park, listening to music or anything else more pleasant or exiting then just quietly sitting at my desk.
Are you a full time artist?
I’m always a little reluctant to see myself as an artist, but I guess the answer is yes.
Any notable accomplishments?
I have been incredibly fortunate to have a met a lot of terrific Art Directors and Designers who have tought me a LOT and have given me great opportunites to work very early on. I am most proud of the work I have done for Magazines and Newspapers.
Where can we find more info and keep up with your work?
What artists inspire you?
Saul Steinberg, Cassandre, Tomi Ungerer, Martin Kippenberger, Albrecht Dürer, Adolf Menzel and of course Don Martin.
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