Elfriedes AKA Lilly Friedeberg is a Düsseldorf based illustrator and graphic designer. We fell head over heels in love with her absolutely cute and eye-pleasing designs! Born in a village and grew up in a small town, she participates in a few group shows and held her first solo exhibition in 2013 in Berlin. Check out our Q&A below.
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE SUPERHERO AND WHY?
It’s either Catwoman or Sailor Moon… I like the dark melancholic touch of Catwoman and the hairs and all the glitter from Sailor Moon :) Definitely would love to see them in a collaboration!
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
First I collect ideas, then (sometimes in the middle of the night) I write down what I want to sketch next. Sometimes I have an image, sometimes a word in my mind like “Alien Pony” or “smoking Furby.” I collect these ideas and then I start sketching. After the sketch I normally do two versions of the final drawing. It helps me to avoid mistakes and find the best shape and details for the final illustration. At the moment i love to draw with Copic Markers. They have great candy colours! :)
WHAT ARE YOUR ARTISTIC GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?
To collaborate more with other artists and brands, and to be able to travel and explore more. Also that I won’t lose the motivation in hard times and keep pushing my illustrations!
YOUR FAVOURITE PASTIME?
Besides sketching I love collecting toys and weird, lovely things I find in flea markets and in for example, asian supermarkets. You can see some of my
collections on instagram!
ANY STYLE ICONS?
Gemma Shiel. Her work and her label was one of the reasons I wanted to become a designer and illustrator :) I constantly have been following the development of Lazy Oaf over the past few years. It’s so amazing.
WHAT’S YOUR LIFE MOTTO?
“The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up” -Timothy Mouse, Dumbo.