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Thursday 28 November 2019

Meet The Illustrator: Andrea Stegmaier

Name: Andrea Stegmaier

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Painterly illustrations with a reduced colour palette which blur the border between digital and traditional.

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
My sketchbooks and all the prints I collected from dear illustration friends. My wall calendar to keep track of all the dates, appointments and deadlines.

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?My (expensive) pencils, my (cheap) notebook and my tablet (I don’t know if it’s ok to tell the brands: My (expensive) pencils from Blackwing, my (cheap) notebooks from Herlitz and my Ipad with Apple Pencil).

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Among many others: Wolf Erlbruch, Carson Ellis and Beatrice Alemagna

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
I would love to visit the Post-Impressionism time, because I would like to invite Van Gogh for
dinner and talk with him about his work. Even when I was a kid his work felt so special for

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
All the wonderful children’s books I had the pleasure to read to my two little girls in the last
years inspired me to dive into this world.

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most
often? Talk us through it.
I work from home, I have a little studio with a nice view into our small garden. On the shelves
I have my sketchbooks and inspiring picture books. I like to have all different art supplies at
hand and I like to collect inspiring and colorful little things, which sit on my shelves. Very
important is the small wall calendar, I mark my projects with different colors to see exactly
how much time is left.

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
I love the sketching in the beginning of a new project. Everything is open and I can let my
creativity flow without feeling much pressure.

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Learn something new every day and draw, draw, draw.

Andrea Stegmaier is an Illustrator and Architect with a passion for children’s books. She
lives and works in Stuttgart, a busy city in the south of Germany.
She draws digital and traditional, straight lines and wonky lines, serious and funny things,
animals and people, houses and plants, simply everything.

Since 2018 she has worked for different clients among them are: Bravery magazine, Quarto
words&pictures and Gecko children’s book magazine.

For more information please visit Andrea's website or follow her on instagram.