MICHELLE CLAESSON EISMANN is an ILLUSTRATOR from Stockholm, Sweden.
How did you start working with illustrations?
I never had good grades in art when I was a kid but I was always drawing things. I couldn’t really concentrate in school if I wasn’t drawing what the teachers was talking about. All my papers and tests had funny doodles in the corners.
After school I lived in Paris for a while and found a book with old illustrations of paper art and started to cut out everything I found. I got into college where everybody was doing graphic design with straight lines. There was no doodles. I couldn’t manage to do the straight lines and kept on cutting stuff.
My first big assignment was for a magazine, every week for 3 years. I got really good at working and coming up with ideas fast.
What do you love most about your work, what kind of projects you enjoy the most?
I think the best part is that there is no right or wrong.
I am happy that people appreciate my work and I get to work with different clients.
I like projects when the art director has a crazy idea and gives me a flipped out pitch.
that gives me the chance to “flip out” with my work as well.
Which projects have been the most meaningful to you?
I did visuals for Acne studios. It also needed to fit into all the windows of Acne studios worldwide.
I had to make faces for the mannequins by using only the Acne bags and create wrapping papers with 3D-detalis, each one handmade.
It was like an illustration factory.
If you could pick any client, who would you want to work with?
I have been doing visuals for some music artist to be projected live in the concerts.
It would be fun to do all of the visual for a music artist with the music video, cover, visuals, clothes etc.
So if Grimes or Beyonce is interested, they just need to give me call !
What is your favorite color?
Copper! I can buy anything in that color. I like the mix of colors like gold and pastel.
How do you work?
I have a studio located in an old milk store. It has one big window and people often think it is a store and just walk in.
They get really confused when they find all the paper cut outs of arms and legs everywhere.
I usually go there and look through my old books where I have folders with good arms, legs and materials.
I listen to music, often the same song over and over again. It can not be fun to share a studio with me.
I try not to think about what I do and just keep on working. If something looks awful, I just to start over.