More than meets the eye

Con­cep­tual il­lus­tra­tor Stephan Sch­mitz on mak­ing the mean mean­ing­ful

Computer Arts - - Culture - @schmitz_il­lus­tra­tion

An award-win­ning il­lus­tra­tor liv­ing in Zurich, Stephan Sch­mitz's work has been de­scribed as “a plain, off­beat style that's in­dif­fer­ent to de­tail,” by de­sign web­site It's Nice That and “clever, in­trigu­ing… a vis­ual play with mean­ing and ex­pec­ta­tion," by Lon­don-based il­lus­tra­tor Philip Den­nis. A stu­dent of the Lucerne School of Art and De­sign, he iden­ti­fies him­self as a sto­ry­teller first and fore­most. “I like to play with view­ing habits, con­fuse a bit, or sur­prise the viewer. My best work is where I give the viewer that ‘aha' ef­fect," he says.

In­sta­gram has proved a use­ful plat­form for Sch­mitz to share his thought-pro­vok­ing im­ages. “I got signed to my Lon­don agency Folio us­ing it. It means art di­rec­tors get a reg­u­lar up­date of new work and projects come in through In­sta­gram some­times. It's a great tool to see all the new stuff from so many great il­lus­tra­tors out there.” See more: www.stephan-sch­mitz.ch/

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