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Meet: Cloudy Thurstag

Hello everybody! We still hope you are liking our little interviews. I would just like to mention how happy we are to have so many talented people answer our questions. As some of you might have noticed we like to keep the same questions for each artist. This way we can really see the differences between each creators and how there is not one way to being successful. Everyone is different.  

We also love to keep them short and sweet. Some sort of speed dating with as many creators as possible. We hope to soon start interviewing all kinds of artists; photographers, tattoo artists, illustrators etc.  Now on to this week, we are interviewing a talented illustrator from Berlin. Meet Claudia behind Cloudy Thurstag. We are in love with her use of colours and relate so much to the drawings she creates. There’s something that just pulls you into her art which makes it so special.

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I’m Cloudy Thurstag aka Claudia – an illustrator and art director from Berlin.

How did you start illustrating?

I was always drawing and I knew from an early age that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I have always been an art lover so in order to incorporate it into daily life I decided to study design back in 2007. This was the first step of doing what I love.

What inspires you the most?

I take inspiration from daily life, really but when it comes to the illustration style I am highly influenced by old vintage illustration and advertising also children’s art (all these colors). Other artistic influences are music and film such as films of Wes Anderson, Woody Allen or David lynch and music from Radiohead, White Stripes, Arcade Fire. Photography from everyday life.

How would you describe your creative process?

It could happen any moment that an idea or an inspiration comes my way. I either take photos or sketch the rough idea into my sketchbook. When the idea is put down I sometimes develop that idea further, if I think it’s missing anything. From there I take the sketch to my computer( Mac) or iPad. Then comes the tricky part: Choosing the right colours so everything is harmonic and supports the idea. This can take a couple of hours 🙂 When the layout, position and colour are worked out I transfer everything over to Photoshop and start adding shades and details.

At the very end I add textures to the different bits of the illustration. Lights and low lights for the scene are going to be added at the very end.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

Keep on doing what feels right to you and don’t follow what other people expect from you. Stay true to yourself and have fun! As soon as it becomes a must, put down the pen and do something else. Go out, meet friends and only get back when you feel it being fun again. Don’t let it be a drag 🙂

What are your three favourite Instagrammers?

Hmm tricky… there are so many!

I like @ninacosford, @mrtomfroese and @lisacongdon

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We hope you liked this interview. If you would like to support her and buy some of her illustrations, make sure to visit her Etsy shop! Also, if you want to read more interviews with amazing creators, go check out our Discover the Creators section.

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