We're very proud to bring you our latest Artist Submission with the über talented Berlin-based designer, illustrator, collage artist and all-round legend Pierre Schmidt.
We were fortunate to catch up the man himself to chat all things inspiration, influences, dream collaborators and what he does with his spare time off.
Having first delved into the arts of illustration at the tender age of fourteen, Schmidt has mastered his craft in his short but illustrious career, blending new & old techniques to create truly unique pieces of work.
Cutting, splicing, mixing & matching works both found and created, Schmidt weaves his pieces together with an effortless blend of originality that permeates throughout his canvas.
We love the vintage-like veneer that sits atop his pieces, and the incredible amount of detail and intricate line-work within each piece. The longer you look, the more you'll discover.
This one's not to be missed, we can assure you that.
When did you first get into illustration?
It must have been back when I was 14 or 15 years of age. That was the first time in my life when I had an internet connection of my own. I soon found some graphics websites and art boards where users were uploading their artworks.
I was pretty much baffled by what was actually possible with image editing programs such as Photoshop and wanted to try that out for myself. Thus, instead of starting out using analogue means such as pen and paper, I actually began working digitally.
What are some of your major influences?
Well, the internet, of course. It's an endless reservoir of all kinds of ideas, styles and experience. This gigantic mixture, the opportunity to explore something new everyday, is what fascinates me until this day.
Movies and music are a big inspiration as well. I named lots of my works after songs that moved me or actually influenced the working process on the specific piece.
Have those influences changed over time?
I think so. If I can find something new on the net, a new mixtape or new techniques that I can use in Photoshop, I am always open for that.
I fell in love with my Wacom Tablet two years back and have been working with that almost exclusively since then. With all the opportunities, everything that you can do with that thing, there is just so much more that I want to try out.
If you could collaborate with any artist right now, who would it be?
Bedel Geuse is another great collage artist whose works I really admire. Although I am more of a single-player kind of person, I could pretty much imagine working with him once.
After a long days work, I like to unwind by… doing sports, listening to music or watching movies/TV-series.
The last great book I read was... the last book in the three part Franz Kafka biography by Rainer Stach. It's a great read and especially insightful.
My top three films are… The Great Escape, Vertigo and Lost in Translation.
If I wasn’t doing this I’d be… doing a rather boring job as a graphics designer in some advertising agency