Who are You?
Hey! I am Uta, German artist and designer, loving a good run in the woods and drawing is my passion.
How did you learn to draw?
I was always drawn to do creative work, so I studied Design and finished with an Master of Arts in Conceptual Design in Germany. While I studied I tried a lot of various techniques and styles. I got art scholarships and went abroad to the School of Art, Design and Art History of San Diego State University for one semester. On this whole journey I got to learn to draw in different ways.
How do you get inspired?
Nature is a big inspiration for me, besides of other artists work. In general geometric forms easily fascinate me. I am a person who works very intuitive. Living the moment and drawing like this, feels very meditating to me.
Do you work professionally to draw, or is it just a hobby?
I do it as an profession, working full time creative right now. That’s a big step - as many other artists, I did many side jobs along the way and still do it from time to time.
How do you get clients?
Getting out there and show your artwork is one of the most important things. No one will find your artwork if you are snuggled in your home and doing no marketing at all. I used Facebook years ago and still got a business page there, but my favorite tool is Instagram. It’s for free and you can reach out to your future customer and you can have excellent exchange with fellow artists and designers. I love this! I started out again with focus on drawing in 2016 with a challenge to myself on this platform – in the years before. I lost track because of my side jobs and I was looking for something to do everyday. So I did a drawing a day challenge to myself for one year and finished it! It was more illustration work back then, but it was so good for myself to be creative again on a regular basis. So I developed my personal drawing style I got now. And this was the point, when companies were asking me if I could do graphics for them, in my style. I can just recommend, stick with your passion, grow and show what you’ve got! People will notice.
How much can it cost to order a drawing from you?
It depends on the commission. Is it a graphic I create exclusively for a private person, a graphic for a fashion brand to use on their textiles or i it a graphic I created already before or something completely new. On my website you can check out my different offers. There is a link to my prints as well that you can buy in different sizes, always printed on high quality fine art paper by Hahnemühle.
How do you feel when someone makes a bad review of your work?
I always overdo my artwork until my customer is happy with the result. I think a bad review in a magazine or public papers is something you can learn from – either about feedback about your work or interpersonal aspects. If you are that close to your work, it always feels like someone hits you personally but actually that’s not true. It’s something you get to know and you will grow with it.
What advice would you give for someone wanting to do what you do?
Believe in yourself. Start talking to people who empower you. That makes such a deep impact on your motivation and you need a lot of this to stick to it. Art, Design and all creative genres are just very difficult in the beginning, you need to prove your talent much more and much longer than in any other business. People need to see that you will do this “forever”, that’s the reason you should really love what you do! And if you keep going, and practice a lot, you will get better and better. Try to start conversations via Instagram with fellow artists and have a chit-chat, it helps so much if you struggle. The most important thing is to never give up.
What are your favorite illustrators? why?
There are so many inspiring artists out there! But to name one illustrator, who is very inspiring AND entertaining: Mr Bingo! You can find him on Instagram: mr_binstagram.
How do you prepare your work for production?
My work is drawn on high quality drawing paper, and I use archival ink. So this helps a lot that my drawings get a high and long-lasting quality. For my prints, I let them scan in fine art quality in a very high resolution. Afterwards I double check in Adobe Photoshop if there are any marks and sometimes I intensify the contrast. For my prints I checked out a lot of companies some years ago and since I found “The print space” I stick with them because the quality is amazing. I always use the german etching paper.
What is your favorite piece of work in your portfolio? Why did you make it?
I got a few pieces that I will keep forever. I think they just talk very strong to my heart and often I achieved a new level with them. I tried out something new and it worked out, or its just something that touches my heart very close. But all of my drawings are my babies! 😀
When you worked hard on a project but you received negative feedback from your client. What did you do?
As I said before critique can help you to flow over in new dimensions. I always listen in detail and try to think about it from another perspective. Then I try to make it better. As long as I need to make my client smile.