The idea for augmented reality came to me when I was meeting a friend and we were talking about technology in general and so I figured maybe this would be something cool to incorporate into my work. I started to browse around online and tried to see what I would need to learn in order to incorporate this into my murals, mostly just looking through YouTube and within a few hours I had developed a working app on my android phone. I was suprised that it was sort of easy. Its really cool because I love learning new skills and stepping out of my comfort zone and I think its important to me to push my boundaries every now and then. I like when there is struggle and you have to sit down and go through a lot of trial and error to get it to work, then there is that moment when it all comes together and works out. I really cherish those times.
The programs I use are Blender, Unity 3D with the Vuforia package and basic photo- and video editing software. Each of those have different workflows and different things you have to learn to get them to work. Basically I’m developing my own app everytime I animate a wall. I used this technique with a couple of my murals and on canvases for exhibitions. Its really exciting because you can discover new effects constantly
I don’t read much or browse much to keep the inspiration pure for myself, but the one book I always go back to every few months and crack open is Subway Art just because the vibe and spirit of it is amazing. As far as major players go, I don´t really follow many artists but I know there are a bunch of underrated artists. No one knows how this fame game really works, I guess.
Not really any special stories but a lot of special places. I haven’t had the chance to travel that much in the last 2 years since I just became a father but before that I was away from my native country Germany maybe 8 months of the year. I lived in India for about 2 years, and Indonesia for about a year too. Also travelling all over south-east asia. Lately I’ve been to a lot of festivals in China and Europe. I’ve had the pleasure to visit Japan and Taiwan. If you want to get culture-shocked, I suggest to go to India. For me it‘s still the craziest place to travel to.
If you want to hear more stories and see all the crazy spots I have painted abroad, you can check out my new book that is available through my shop here.