Artist Mikekoubou, originally from Germany, resides in Athens, Greece. Working for a publishing house, illustrating educational books for children, and freelancing, Mike is living his dream come true.
Mike shares insights on the importance of practicing every day and doing what you love because you love it.
Read on to find out more about Mike Koubou and to be inspired by his positivity.
"...create things first for yourself and not for making money of that! Money is just a way that people can show their appreciation to your work!"
Where is home?
I don’t know exactly where home is! Currently I’m located somewhere in planet earth among my beloved ones!
What is your weapon of choice?
Pencil is my first choice! Frequently, I begin with pencil and continue with other materials like watercolour, ink or digital!
Please describe your work in 7 words or less
If you weren’t making art, what do you think you would you be doing now?
I can’t imagine myself doing something different! So I would cry! :-)
What is your dream project?
Fortunately I already have a dream job! I’m working for a publishing house and illustrate educational books for children! At the same time, I work as a freelancer on different awesome projects! How good is that? How lucky am I?
"Exercise every day and don't be disappointed with the first fail! I can't still call myself a completed artist, I'm still not satisfied with myself, so I continue to practice every day to be better!"
Please share the story behind your favorite artwork on Redbubble.
Its difficult to choose my favourite one! I can clearly say which artwork was the most appreciated and made me continue creating and uploading on Redbubble! I’m referring to ”The Gentleman becomes a Hipster”.
What’s been the hardest lesson you’ve learned while creating a successful illustration career? What advice would you love to have told yourself five or ten years ago?
I would prefer to attempt in a Art School to develop my skills in parallel to my University, where I studied Architecture! But it’s never too late! Otherwise I don’t regret for most of my choices in my life until now!
What artwork are you excited to work on next?
Actually I’m working on a project right now that I’m excited for! Because that combines different creative fields like Graphic Design, Video and Photography!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?
”Create your own style”
The hardest part is to find and follow a unique style that feels expressing!
I just love to experiment and use different kind of styles and materials! I have not exactly determine my style yet but I’m in a search for it!
What advice would you give to artists starting out?
Exercise every day and don’t be disappointed with the first fail! I can’t still call myself a completed artist, I’m still not satisfied with myself, so I continue to practice every day to be better! Another important advice is to create things first for yourself and not for making money of that! Money is just a way that people can show their appreciation to your work! Last but not least, love what you do!