Featured Illustrator

Sebastian Schwamm

March 2018

We had a quick chat with freelance illustrator and all-around fun guy, Sebastian Schwamm about tractors, stealing ideas from little kids (hehe), and his time at NEON Magazine

What are some of your earliest creative memories and what lead you into design?

The answer to both questions is: "Drawing weird tractors for my grandfather.“

Where did you study and what were some of your first jobs?

I’ve studied Communication Design at the Hochschule München in Munich.

During my studies I’ve started working as an illustrator for several magazines – especially for NEON Magazine.

I did an internship at the NEON graphic department and after that Jonas Natterer who was the art director at that time hired me regularly for freelancing work which was pretty awesome!

NEON was so to say the 'door opener' for me.

Are you involved in any mentoring/teaching/workshops and if and how it shapes your practice?

I really love holding workshops for kids! I’ve done it several times the last years and nearly everytime was a blast!

Teaching different creative techniques to kids or developing comic characters with them is really a lot of fun!

Some of them have such a fertile imagination which is pretty entertaining and also very inspiring!

Haha – that’s where I get my ideas from – I steal them from lil' children!

What have been some of your biggest disasters and how have you learnt from it?

Concerning work: Always do backups! You can guess what the the disaster was ;)

What career advice would you give your 16yr old self?

Don’t be so fucking scared – it’s gonna work!

2017 for you in a sentence.

After some start-up difficulties (in every sense of the word – I broke my leg on New Year’s Eve 2016) it went out really really well!

Website: sebastianschwamm.com

Instagram: @sebastian_schwamm

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