Graphic Novels, studios with shop windows and Nando!


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Interview by Hugo Ross

Illustration by Nando Von Arb

Aug 11, 2019


VM: What is new?

NVA: My first graphic-novel just got published a few months back, I have been on a few comic-festivals and use every spare minute to promote it.

VM: What is it all about?

NVA: It's the story of my childhood and youth with a mom, three papas and two sisters. Unfortunately it's only out in German at the moment, but it'll be published next year in France too. We are searching for a publishing house who'd like to release it in English (so holla at me!). 

I'm very happy that It receives lots of positive feedback and won a couple awards, it really means a lot to me! The German Title is “Drei Väter” which could be translated to: ‘Three Fathers’, but an English Title is not defined yet. 

VM: Fingers crossed we get to read English!

NVA: Additionally I will be moving to Ghent, Belgium in a months time. I'm quite excited about that too! My wonderful girlfriend is also coming and we'll both do our masters there at LUCA School of Arts. Check out her work too:

VM: How do you seek inspiration for your incredible works? 

NVA: Thats hard to say… I get inspiration everywhere, it's not really something I seek out. It can be anything: stuff I find in a thrift shop, weird architecture, a character on the street, a piece in a museum, a post on Instagram, anything can and will do!

I do document stuff when I think it could be useful in the future, with simple sketches on my phone, photographs or notes, mostly digital. Normally I don't sketch to document ideas but to find them.

VM: What daily struggles do you have to overcome, working Freelance or on your own?

NVA: It's really hard for me to keep my private life and work separate, because they're often woven into each other. Some nights I dream about a current project or drawings keep reappearing in my head when I try to sleep. It can be really nerve-wrecking. Also I find it really hard to not fall into a routine. I sometimes have to really force myself to use a different technique or keep sketching out ideas. It's also hard to find the balance between being productive and still experiment or perfecting a piece. I find that exercising helps a lot, when I don't have time for that, it’s easy to get frustrated.

....Normally I don’t sketch to document ideas but to find them..........
— Nando Von Arb

VM: Are you particularly interested in any sub-cultures or genres and if so how do these play into your working practice?

It depends what you would call a sub-culture. I can't really say that i'm part of any particular culture by choice. I like boxing, video games and hip-hop, I wouldn't call myself a boxer, gamer or hip-hop-head though. This applies to all my hobbies and interests, I think...

VM: How do you overcome remedy writers/designers block?

NVA: I look at old sketches, do random stuff, watch YouTube or go on instagram...luckily with a timer for my Instagram, otherwise I think i'd be on there for too long! I exercise, box with my friends, go for a jog (when it's winter)...but sometimes you just have to accept it, go with the flow and don't force yourself to anything, because the outcome can be shitty if you do. (Force it)

VM: Talk us through your perfect working day.

NVA: Wake up after a big old sleep, shower, buy some breakfast, take my bicycle to the studio, eat breakfast, watch some YouTube, put on a playlist, check my emails, make a list with stuff to do…work, work, work…cross things from that list…work, work, work some more…eat lots of lunch with my studio-mate(s), coffee, work, turn up the music, work, work, finish and cross everything from the list, be happy with the state of the project, go to the toilet, leave the studio early enough to do something that provides a contrast to the studio-life, the fridge is full cause I went grocery shopping the day before, prepare dinner, eat with my girlfriend, relax and then repeat!

VM: Who is your dream client and why?

NVA:  There are lots of brands or institutions I would like to work with. But I have to say that my dream would be to be my own client. Having a nice studio with a shop-window, have an online-shop, write comic-books, do printmaking, work with other artists, do ceramics, pottery, murals, free drawing, art, and live off of my published books and the stuff I sell in the shops. Maybe do some freelance jobs and commissioned projects to have some reliable income. I think that's my goal.

VM: That sounds like a good plan! A shop and studio wrapped up into one! Thanks for taking the time to speak to us :-)



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