Anselm M. Hirschhäuser

As a little boy Anselm Magnus Hirschhäuser churned out comics and flip books by the dozen. His classmates where happy to appear in them, his teachers not so much. Much to the chagrin of his parents Anselm only got top marks in art.

As a teenager he swapped pencils for spray cans and roamed through the night with his friends. They took care of the writing, Anselm took care of figures and landscapes. Constantly looking over his shoulder became exhausting and he only sprayed on canvas. The spray can started to become too rough and Anselm switched back to pencil. He moved to Berlin to study Visual Communication. He wanted to become a graphic designer, work for an agency and design creative advertising – but the pencil just wouldn’t let go. His professor Nanne Meyer also played a major role in him becoming a draughtsman.

Anselm likes working to a commission – maybe that’s why he wanted to be a graphic designer. He does not see himself as an artist. He does self-initiated personal projects as well but is happiest when working to a brief. He likes to translate a feeling, he says: „I read between the lines and create images to strengthen the text. It takes instinct. It’s not just about drawing but about thinking as well!“

Art exhibitons are a great source of inspiration for Anselm M. Hirschhäuser. He enjoys looking at the Old Masters. He is also inspired by talking to his friends, most of whom are artists, and the images by Horst Janssen.

Anselm is primarily an analogue draughtsman. Quills, inks, brushes and broken cocktail sticks are his favourite tools besides watercolours and water-soluble graphite and colour pencils. nehmlich ein analoger Zeichner. Feder, Tusche, Pinsel und abgebrochene Schaschlikstäbchen sind seine Tools, außerdem Aquarellfarben, Graphit-Aquarell und wasserlösliche Buntstifte. And he has just rediscovered his old lino-print set.

His most important tool are still pencil and good paper, of course! Only when creating GIF-animations he will draw on his tablet.

Anselm has a passion for wining and dining culture – perhaps because he worked as a barkeeper for a long time. But he doesn’t like to commit himself to one thing only, there is always something new that piques his interest. He enjoys illustrating short stories and reports, which is challenging but sadly not very profitable.

Anselm’s approach is simple: Think first, draw later. He loves receiving a briefing while travelling on the underground. This forces him to think first, before getting anything down on paper. He makes a lot of notes before he starts drawing. That’s how he approaches the topic. Then he continues thinking with his pencil and in sketches. Pencil on paper or on an envelope – depending on what’s available on his drawing desk. Only then he will start to finalize the drawing, which ususally happens quite quickly. – “I’m quite sure in my strokes.” – If he’s satisfied with the result, the drawing gets put on the scanner and digitized.

One of his favourite projects are his (very) grumpy self-portraits. He used them in his application to Kombinatrotweiss and we fell in love! He fittingly named the series after an eighties German Pop song: „Ich möchte ein Eisbär sein.“ – „I want to be a polar bear“. It started a few years ago and is an ongoing project. Horst Janssen once said: „Draw yourself, then god will draw you.“ –

As a little boy Anselm Magnus Hirschhäuser churned out comics and flip books by the dozen. His classmates where happy to appear in them, his teachers not so much. Much to the chagrin of his parents Anselm only got top marks in art.

As a teenager he swapped pencils for...

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