We're constantly looking for interesting artists on Instagram. We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday. Please meet Hamburg, Germany based illustrator Anton Hallmann.
What are you working on at the moment? Currently I am working on a double spread about sulphur and how it is used in products. I was not aware of the impact it has on our lives. It is difficult to show where sulphur is only used in the process of making a product without getting too much into an infographic or into something that is hard to understand if you don’t know much about chemical processes - like myself. The research was hard, especially the scientific words for certain processes.
What is your work process like? The first steps are always the same. If I have a text or a couple of notes, I work through them, while writing down key words. Then I do a couple of shallow researches on the topic to get a main overview. A couple of illustrations and other art as inspiration follows and then I meditate, meaning my subconscious mind processes the things I read. Normally I can release the pressure of doing a job and just play with the topic first. Sometimes an idea comes up, and if not I am at least relaxed and feel fresh to get deeper into the topic. I sketch quite roughly at first, then a bit more detailed for the client. As soon as I get the go for the sketch I do a colour palette and then I finish the Illustration in Illustrator.
Do you approach client work differently than personal work? Yes, I am definitely more focused when working for a client. Sometimes the act of "creating" and thinking about "what could I draw for myself" is a burden, so I do like getting a topic and a certain format - it is a base on which I feel safe. Although there could be the pressure of getting an idea. In this case my personal rescue tip is always to meditate, as I mentioned, or go for a walk. It helps me to take a step back.
Favourite work snack? Everything with chocolate. And lately I like to eat fruits, which I could share with my three bunnies.
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about? Currently my biggest project is a children’s book about exploring the world. It will give an overview of all the discoveries the likes of Magellan, Marco Polo etc made. The topic seemed so appealing to me, because of the variety of places I could draw and I was overwhelmed by the research - it is a lot of fun.
Follow Anton on Instagram and check out hisportfolio at http://cargocollective.com/antonhallmann