Seven Ages of a Creative: Christoph Niemann | MCU Times

Seven Ages of a Creative: Christoph Niemann

For this special project, we talk to 12 creatives and designers aged 19 to 87 about their experiences in the creative industry, their hopes and dreams, the changes they have witnessed during their careers so far, and what further developments , they hope can come in the future. Here we talk to illustrator Christoph Niemann, 50

“There was a moment of doubt when I was maybe 12 or 13 where I thought it might be too crazy, and therefore I briefly considered architecture,” says illustrator, designer and artist Christoph Niemann. “But then I asked my dad about it when he was a civil engineer. He told me I was going to make models, and I realized I was too impatient for that, so after two weeks of exploring, I came back to knowing I had to do something about drawing. “

Niemann is one of the most prominent figures in illustration, his pictures regularly adorn the front pages and pages of the New Yorker, Wired, National Geographic and New York Times. The author of many books, he has garnered both praise and respect with his witty works, known for their simplicity and humor, and his ability to play with visual expectations.

The first whispers in Niemann’s career began in the late 90’s after he applied for several internships in New York while studying at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. His first was with Paul Davis, the acclaimed illustrator and graphic artist who had worked at Push Pin Studios. The other was at Pentagram, working with Paula Scher. “Of course, it’s like going to Mount Olympus for graphic design,” Niemann recalls. “Landing an internship was the biggest break one could hope for.”

Top: Humboldthain II, 2021; Top: Portrait of Matthew Priestly. All photos © Christoph Niemann, 2021
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