Instagram: @karo_oh
Website: www.karooh.com

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I’m german but grew up in a beautiful part of Austria called Salzkammergut. At the moment I call Graz my hometown. Graz is Austria’s second biggest city and has a lovely southern vibe. After university I worked as a motion designer and only in the beginning of 2017 started to get more into illustration. Since then I am trying to draw as often as possible. Now I am self-employed, offering illustration and animation to lovely clients all over the world.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I’m all about spreading good vibes so I like to use ‘happy’ colors and always limit my palette. Simplicity is a big factor of my work too – you probably won’t see one of my ladies in front of an extensive background. That’s another thing: I usually only draw women because that’s just what comes naturally to me.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

For drawing I prefer starting with good old pen and paper and then switch to my Wacom tablet + Photoshop. I’m playing with the idea of buying an iPad Pro because everybody is raving about Procreate and I have to admit it sounds pretty cool to be able to draw digitally while lying on the couch.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I write down a lot of ideas throughout the day or while reading books so that I always have a long list of concepts at hand. When I start drawing I simply choose whatever feels good that day. I usually listen to podcasts while creating an illustration or animation. This distracts me just enough to get me into that sweet spot where I am relaxed and the most creative. With my personal work I don’t want to force anything so I just go with the flow and see how it turns out.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

So many things. I draw a lot of inspiration from yoga and cool body movements but as well enjoy making small observations in everyday life and including these episodes in my illustrations. I also love listening to people tell their story or simply share a fun anecdote.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Art has always played a huge role in my life. From a young age on I was playing the guitar, singing and drawing little characters everywhere. I kind of neglected that side of me for some years while getting my Bachelors which had a huge focus on technology. I’m so happy that I took the turn back and spend so much time drawing and expressing myself now. It’s really cool to be able to share these things with people online.

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7. Where did you study?

I got my bachelor of science in Media-technology and -design in Hagenberg (basically a very small village with a lot of IT-people in it) and a Master of Arts in Media Design from the FH Joanneum in Graz.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I don’t really have my life planned out but having kids, living closer to nature and being able to still draw for a living would be pretty okay.

9. What about in ten?

Same thing + not caring about anyone’s opinion anymore because I’m old and cool.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

First of all I always want to make people smile or feel good. Something I would like to do more is speaking about topics that are really important to me. I have so much to say about the environment, feminism or politics and don’t really connect this side of me with my art because I was so keen on improving my style for the past two years. That’s definitely something I want to work on with future projects.

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Indian food – it’s the perfect mix of comforting and energizing and a good Dal works as breakfast, lunch and dinner (and midnight snack). Other than that I love everything that doesn’t involve harming animals and makes me feel good.

12. Favourite book?

Hard to choose but an all time favourite of mine is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince. It has the most lovely drawings and life lessons in it.

13. Favourite genre of music?

I don’t think I can set on one genre. But I do love everything from Air.

14. What are your hobbies?

Currently I really enjoy practicing handstands, dreaming about a vanlife future and spending time with people I love and in nature.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

I have always been interested in psychology so probably something in this field. I’m pretty happy with how everything turned out though. 🙂

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