|(c) mehrdad zaeri esfahani|
when i took the abitur exam at heidelberg in 1992, i decided to draw pictures for the rest of my life. i began to work as a taxi driver and to line up many expositions with my own works. in 2001 i stopped working as a taxi driver and started freelancing as an artist. since then i work together with artists and story-tellers on the stage at (dance) theatres, musicals, readings and concerts. i accompany their performance with my drawings which become generated and then projected during the event. so the audience can attend the creation of pictures.
since 2008 i work as an illustrator. a year later i founded the group knopfkino with enno kalisch (actor and story-teller) and friedwart goebels (pianist). out of the moment storys are being improvised and told with visual, musical and spoken elements (look here or here).
momentarily i work on the following projects:
- calendar of strange commemoration days 2012: will be published by büchergilde gutenberg in may 2011
- men's duties – a declaration of love in 19 articles: fruit of the cooperation between me, students of book sciences at the university of mainz and the publishing house büchergilde – will be out in september 2011
- designing the cover and booklet of the CD „berggeflüster“, slow and melancholic jazz composed and performed by the trio gerdband (piano, drums, bass)
- in may and in autumn this year i will accompany the grupo sal on their tour in germany
|illustrations for the calendar of strange commemoration days 2012|
|das chinesische dekameron|
my inspiration mainly arises out of thousands of small drawings i have collected in my uncountable sketch books. i made these drawings whenever i had to wait in everyday life. for this reason i always carry a pencil and a sketch book.
when illustrating a book i always try not to be too close to the text. my drawings shall be an addition to the text. they shall also tell the story and hopefully become one with the text in the reader's mind. for example, illustrating a story about war by drawing an armor isn't exciting for me. drawing an abandoned baby carriage instead is better and it inspires the reader even more.
what i really appreciate as an illustrator is the high grade of communication and that i can reach so many people in their homes while drawing at my table at my home.
what i dislike as an illustrator is the typical situation that everyone knows who is working for a client: he already has got the pictures in his mind and wants the illustrator to draw them exactly like that. if the illustrator gives in, he's lost.
my daily routine:
- getting up early in the morning between 6 am and 7:30 am
- having breakfast, working at the drawing table: pencils, paper, sketch books, computer
- taking a walk
- watching a lot of films in the cinema or at home on DVD, often listening to music
- having my beloved wife around me during the day (as an photographer she has a similar way of life) meeting my parents, my brothers and sisters and their children
- listening to the radio (deutschlandfunk), no tv (otherwise I'd watch night and day arte)
- going to bed at around 11 pm
- no cigarettes (never before), no alcohol (never before), no other drugs, but music and „food for the eyes“