About Bálooie

Exploring imagination

Bálooie – Illustration & Character Design

Hey! I am Bálooie

Lateral thinker, skateboard enthusiast & surfer

Currently living and working in Karlsruhe. I am a freelance illustrator and designer – and I love my job.

I develop projects for my clients of highly diverse branches on a conceptual basis in the fields of: illustration, character design, comic & cartoon, poster art, print and digital media, corporate design, art direction, editorial design, graphic design, web design (WordPress) and surf & skate art.

My illustration style reaches from comic to semi-realistic. It is crucial to me to create vibrant characters and to let illustrations tell their own story.


How I came to illustration

During my studies of architecture at HTWG Konstanz I learned to work conceptual, to deal with short deadlines, to improve myself through critics and to work with graphic programs. But then it all happened in a small surf shop at Zarautz where I discovered my love to illustration. A screaming blue hand on a book cover in the window display, which I only knew from t-shirts, caught my eye. When I was a child I loved to draw and trace Disney characters but I would never have imagined to draw for a living some day. But the accidental encounter with the book of Jim Phillips and his iconic skateboard graphics got me off the ground to illustration.

I am inspired by the works of Bill Watterson, Uderzo, Kevin Smith, Ed Roth, Rick Griffin, Drew Brophy, Pat Grant, Walt Disney and the artists of the École Marcinelle like André Franquin.

In my spare time I am currently developing the characters and the storyline for an own comic strip which will be released as a web comic. I even already gained an otter over to the starring role.


The magical ingredients

Of course, it depends on each project. Nowadays, I mostly develop an illustration project from the very first rough sketch to the final layout the digital way only with a graphic tablet. I use my pencils and my sketch book almost only for private projects.

After briefing and commissioning I start to research ideas, topics and references if necessary and make the first rough scribbles. Once it feels right I begin to translate the idea into an elaborate form, the next step is to set appropriate lights and colors. After correcting and approval I finalize the drawing as a pixel or vector graphic and send the required formats to the client.


A matter of the heart

In mid 2017 I decided to take on the artist name in memory of a beloved person. So, the name Bálooie is not an invention but a genuine Italian surname. I just changed the spelling a little bit to match my artistic needs. I don’t dodge behind it as you can find my real name on the legal notice page.

Mission Statement

Just a few more words

My attention to detail and a thorough conception are essential on each single project. I am always curious, I like to leave my comfort zone and I love the magic of drawings.

It is up to me to work out emotional and individual solutions which match the needs of my clients. And I support them to develop their vision and to narrate their story.

Well, whatever it is I am excited and I’m really looking forward to learn about your vision. Just drop me a few lines or give me a call.

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