A quick word with ... illustrator Sandra Dieckmann

Question and answer with Sandra Dieckmann, illustrator and speaker and the 2013 Semi-Permanent conference

UK-based illustrator Sandra Dieckmann's enigmatic, animal-themed drawings have led to her working with clients such as Random House Publishing, Atomic Skis and Utne Reader, and her illustrations have also appeared on tour posters and magazine covers. Dieckmann will be speaking at the 2013 Semi-Permanent conference in Auckland.

My first job was... making pizzas for Pizza Blitz in my hometown in Germany at the age of 15.

And now the title on my business card is... Sandra Dieckmann Illustration & Design …  just that. 

Which really means... that I hope the image speaks for itself.

My day starts with... hitting the snooze button and sleeping ten minutes longer than intended, feeding my cat Little Crumb, [eating] some muesli and a short bike ride to my studio.

And ends with... the same but a hot meal instead – one would hope.

And in between, I ... draw and plan and dream and email too much.

My first artistic memory is... sitting next to my dad trying to draw a train in perspective and not managing to and throwing an apparently terrible tantrum.

If I wasn't doing this, I'd ... definitely be a vet or in the process of studying veterinary medicine.

I'm inspired by... everything that surrounds me. Direct inspiration are the obvious influences on the surface like other art, music and all we can hear and see. True inspiration I think is much more subconscious and in all that you connect meaning and feeling to and often also in your heritage.

I can't live without... my head, my hands and heart.

True 'style' is... doing whatever feels good and right for you.

My work in three words is... magical animalia folklore.

See Sandra Dieckmann's full portfolio on her website.