Let me introduce you to the Berlin-based illustrator Elisabeth Moch. She has given her time to answer our questions, so it’s with pleasure that we show you her work…

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Hi Elisabeth, how are you ?
Hello Ligature, I am excellent, you are meeting me here in the evening sunshine on a farm house outside Berlin, I have been drawing here for a couple of days, going back to the city tomorrow.

Tell us more about you. Who are you ?
I am a German illustrator based in Berlin.

What’s your background and approach to illustration? When did you start ?
Pretty late, after university. I didn’t do any illustration during my studies, because it was too annoying being criticized by the professors all the time. They really didn’t like what I did. So I first got in touch with illustration after my graduation in 2007, when I moved to Stockholm and worked as an assistant for some heroes of mine, Stina Persson, Cecilia Carlstedt and Sara Singh. There I learned that those angry cat drawings and watercolor dreams of Britpop singers could actually be turned into a “real job” and then I started.

What project has given you the most satisfaction ?
Anything that involves many laughs and bad taste, mostly projects I’ve done for friends. Like the fashion show drawings of our favorite celebrities I did for Vier5. Or still the pinup series of naked indie musicians I did for Fanzine #1. Also trying new drawing techniques like the landscape watercolors for The Weekender or Chinese ink drawings of Beyoncé’s performance of “Smash into me”.

How do you describe your creative process?
Following to do-lists and staying concentrated while drawing by listening to Wagner and Fleetwood Mac a lot. No work on weekends.

What inspires and influences you ?
I find inspiration in traveling really far away to deserts and reefs as well as in reading an old diary from 2001. The biggest influences have always been paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites, Carl Larsson, Paul Gauguin and music lyrics.

Is there any designer / artist / illustrator /…, you appreciate a lot?
Yes: Katharina Poblotzki, Mathias Ringgenberg, Kirstin Weppner, and Aleksandar Todorovic.

What books (or magazines..) are on your bedside table?
Bohumil Hrabal and Theodor Fontane, the German magazine Dummy and my diary.

Some projects to come ?
Finally draw that live portrait of Kirsten Dunst….Kirsten, if you read this… ok byeee.

Do you have any final advice for our readers?
Don’t listen to too much sad music!

Thank you !

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>   elisabethmoch.com

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Interview : Dennis Moya, August 2012 // all the pictures and illustrations are © Elisabeth Moch.

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