1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
I am Max Guther, an illustrator and designer based in Berlin, Germany. I knew that I wanted to work in a creative field for a long time, during my studies I became more and more certain of working as an illustrator although I’m also still much curious about graphic design, art and architecture. Studying in Mainz with a slightly more occupationally-oriented education and in Offenbach with an artistic approach, the mixture helped me to develop myself and find my personal balance of work.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I create 3d illustrations with the focus on both interior and exterior design but also on the minute details of everyday life, trying to capture a larger truth about human behavior and their surrounding. I am obsessed with the isometric perspective which allows me to give a wider scope of a scene and leading the viewer up to an all-seeing vantage point.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
Necessarily the computer and 3d but I enjoy doing pencil sketches by hand
4. What is your artistic process like?
Besides working as a freelance illustrator where working on a tight deadline is a usual certainty, I really enjoy working on personal projects with time to think, develop and to play around. The idea for these projects might come to mind any time or any place, mostly at nights when I try to fall asleep.
When I start to work on a new project I read a lot about the subject, after struggling with the sense and necessity of this certain issue, I do various sketches by hand before I start to create the illustration in 3d.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I take a lot of inspiration from daily life, I’m influenced by people around me, things that I see but also a lot from movies and books, which offer interesting approaches how to transfer different subjects and atmospheres. I really like the aesthetic of old computer games and I’m enthused by all kinds of static especially isometric drawings.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
I grew up in a home where everyone worked within the creative field and when I was a child we always went to all kinds of museums and exhibitions. This actually never changed and experiencing art is still leisure on the one hand and profession on the other.
7. Where did you study?
Graphic Design at University of Applied Sciences in Mainz and Offenbach School of Design
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Actually, there is no aim where to be in 5 years, I still want to enjoy what I’m doing, develop my style and myself. I like working in different fields and for different clients, let it be self-initiated, editorial or advertising, the diversity is brilliant and this is what I want to keep.
9. What about in ten?
I still want to enjoy what I’m doing!
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
There is not the one achievement I guess. I want to express myself, sure but I also want to catch people’s eyes, inspire them in a good or in a bad way and especially make them think about a certain subject.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
At the moment it’s Risotto but it changes approximately every two days
12. Favourite book?
The White Book
13. Favourite genre of music?
14. What are your hobbies?
Cooking, Ping-Pong, Netflix
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Probably an archaeologist, I don’t know why exactly but I like to work accurately.