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 [email protected] Mark Gmehling exhibition "NU WERKS" on display till March 26th.

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