Jan Siemen sees illustration as a hobby, a side project to his graphic service company Sons of Ipanema.
Influenced by cartoons and old surreal paintings, Jan Siemen plays with light and shadow to create an atmosphere.
Inspired by the everyday, Jan often plays with perspective and visual puns in his work. Throughout there are instances that make the viewer look twice, with diving boards being used the opposite way, a giant origami dog on a lead and people climbing over a keyboard. In terms of Jan’s creative process he often notes down and scribbles out his ideas as a starting point.
Though he mostly creates illustrations for fun, when working on briefs and commissions, Jan enjoys the challenge of working with a direction in mind and a “finish line to cross”. He’s careful to keep his own style in check though, and hopes to convey “all the emotions you can have” depending on the illustration.
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