German technical illustrator Andreas Höher comes from the Rurh region of the country. It’s an area he loves because the people are plainspoken and - like his artwork – they’re known for being realistic and practical. “I like inventing working ‘stuff’ like machinery, cars, planes, ships, and so on,” he says.
Andreas is influenced by the photorealists of the 1960s, and photographers like Stephen Shore and Joachim Brohm. Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, designs by Norman Bel Geddes and the steampunk look have also inspired him. He loves wide-open spaces as opposed to big cities. He’s visited the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota and been to New Mexico, and he’d love to return one day.
After studying illustration at the Ruhrakademie in Schwerte, Andreas took a series of further training courses and learned how to use 3D software. He still enjoys taking further training and updating his skills.
Andreas is a fully digital illustrator and is a master of tools like Cinema 4D and Photoshop. Using them, he creates machines, scenes and entire worlds to use in his illustrations.
Whether he’s designing a robotic fish or putting the finishing touches to a complex car illustration, Andreas strives for hyper-realism. It’s part of his practical nature, and his engineering background shines through in many of his works. Filled with cogs, gears, levers and pulleys – there’s always a sense that his creations would actually work in the real world.