Office tale of Mark Gmehling, artist and illustrator

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Who are you :
Mark Gmehling

Your current job :
Artist and illustrator

In which city are you located?
Dortmund/ Germany

A word to define what kind of worker you are :
I don’t perceive what I do as „work“,
more like a dramatic love affair with all it suncompromisingness.

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
First of all pencil and paper. I use the adobe suite and Maxon C4d to execute my sketches.

What does your office space look like?
Its the loft above of my flat. A lot of desks, books, paint/supplies and nearly controlled chaos

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
Funk, Hiphop and electro with groove. I love the beastie boys a lot

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
I wish I could answer that to myself. Based on the experience I got
I learned that you can’t force it. Good things become better with the time needed
to reach the point close to perfection we all designers and artists aim for.
Having a few days abroad doing nothing helps a lot but it is not possible every time.

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
Do exhibitions- the set date of an announced exhibition is the best motivation.

You're better than your colleagues to :
Being a workaholic- which is something I’m not really proud of.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
Just do what you truly love without questioning yourself,
be true to yourself

What is your best tip for saving time ?
Thinking and sketching and planning and sketching again before executing

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
I’m an early bird, but I’m afraid I got no routine, every day is different.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
I’m afraid my car.

US inquiries go to Mark Gmehling exhibition "NU WERKS" on display till March 26th.

portrait : Todo Terreno