Fritzi Stuke

After receiving her diploma for communication design from the University of Applied Sciences Münster, Fritzi Stuke worked as an art director for various agencies in Hamburg. Since 2015 she has been working as a freelance illustrator and art director. Her work is characterized by mayinly vector-based illustrations, but the designer loves to work with brush and fineliner as well. Her colleagues call her style „bittersweet“ – playful without being too cute.

Fritzi Stuke likes to put her ideas straight onto the computer with her Wacom tablet and Adobe Illustrator, which might be a remnant from her advertising days: The designer, who’s given name is actually Johanna Friederike Geeske Stuke, was „held up from starting her professional illustration business“ by the need to earn money in advertising agencies after her studies. Nowadays she has clearly recognized that her future lies with vector illustration. – “It is definitely my style. I can react superfast to the desires of my clients. I automatically consider what my illustration will be used for, the requirements and the context.” – To get an even better feel for image sections, Fritzi sometimes creates her own layouts to feed the image into – another remnant from her graphic design days.

Fritzi Stuke’s sketchbook is her brain. She cultivates her distinctive look with fine linework that sometimes exudes a certain severity, sometimes breaks up the image with squiggly lines or – not set as exact outlines – brings a three-dimensionality and dynamic to her illustrations.

Her works are often inpired by the pictures she paints with acrylic on the back of big pieces of cardboard. – „My kind of recycling and a nice way to continue the story of a worn-out cardboard box.“ – But the realisation of the image always happens exclusively at the computer – vectors are Fritzi Stuke’s passion! In her “living vectors“ she brings the here and now to life, digitally. – „With different layers and a conscious use of inaccuracies I introduce tension and movement into the images.“

Standing still is never an option for Fritzi Stuke, and she is currently learning new animation techniques – because the moving image is not just a trend, it is the future!

After receiving her diploma for communication design from the University of Applied Sciences Münster, Fritzi Stuke worked as an art director for various agencies in Hamburg. Since 2015 she has been working as a freelance illustrator and art director. Her work is characterized by mayinly vector-based illustrations, but the designer...

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