Together with its answers, Lars asked me to re-read his interview as he tought his "english isn't the best, and I think there .... are many mistakes in the spelling " so that he was afraid "to be the idiot on the site ;-) ). I think I won't make many corrections, not only because my english is not really better than its, but, first of all because the quality of its work speaks by itself, Lars P.Krause is definitly not an idiot :) Wilkommen Deutchland on the blog.
Maybe nothing. If you find me drawing new projects I don't need music. I have enough noise in my head... But if you come during the printing of a poster you will hear music from the upcoming projects. The time during the printing job is the best for thinking about new posters.
Can you tell us more about yourself, who are you, where are you from, what do you do?
I'm a handsome graphic designer,a fast and fourios silkscreen printer, low-art collector and rocket tester in one person.
I'm not sure if I do one of these jobs really good, but I earn my money with these things. I live and work in Dresden, in the former GDR. The first time I noticed this scene was while looking at kozik posters in dresden record stores in the early 90s.
I don't know exactly when I started drawing. I cannot remember a time without drawing. The only fact I remember is the first time I printed drawings on a poster, this was in 1995.
Did you follow any course or did you improve by drawing in the margins of your schoolbooks?
Definitely. I followed every art or printing course I could get. And there is no white space in any of my schoolbooks.
Today are you living from your art, or do you do something else for a living ?
I teach art students in silkscreening. Sometimes I have jobs for normal graphic designs for the web, newspapers or advertising. These jobs are premium honored and helping paying my bills.
Not regularly. But our own, the flying revolverblatt, an old school r'n'r fanzine. But we don't publish this as
printed version anymore, there is only a blog left - but I think the best for this theme!
Where does your influence come from? Is there any artists/graphists you particularly like, what are your influences?
Oh there are many artists I like. And I'm influenced by the theme, for sure. But they are too many to count them. Some of my today's favorites are Julien Opie, Jay Ryan or Banksy - if this man exists. But I'M influenced from the nature, the daily news, or all the other things around me...
What are the principal steps in your work (from start to finish) ?
The first is the question if I have to do the job and why. There are some facts that make it easier - money maybe.
Or the inspiration comes from deep inside myself. Than I don't ask any longer.
Now I scribble some ideas or I start directly with painting or drawing with black, this is normally the outline.
I only use red or cyan for a better seperating after scanning it. Another way is doing the coloration on the computer.
Now I have to bring my work on a film - for lightning the screens. It's a little complicated, but anybody who knows how silkscreen works will understand it.
One of the biggest parts to do is the print. Every color separately, every sheet of paper. This can take days.
Finally I sign and number the good prints and cut them, make pictures for my web shop and send the wrapped posters to the band or venue.
All these steps are only for silkscreened gigposters. Also I don't want to make the same steps again and again. I change my working every time...
The computer is a better pencil but the computer cannot do your work.
And a good design needs the human touch. Normally I draw by hand and scan my work. On the computer I separate and bring the details to the place I want them to have. After doing this its the best result if you don't see the computer on the final work.
How long does it take you to do a poster?
My fastest work from the question to the show was 6 hours. For "Boren and the club of gore" in a location near Dresden.
The longest with drawing and printing a month. This was a poster for QOTSA in 2008. Normally I do a poster in 2 weeks.
You have a very distinctive style, are you doing only what you feel like or if tomorrow somebody asks you an oil painting with horses running out of water with a sunset backdrop, is it a problem or are you up for it ?
No problem. If I have enough freedom to complete the work with some bloody wolves and aggressive aliens. I love to design my own ideas. The most of these delivered ideas I don't do.
Oh God, there are too much to name. There where bands from all over. Some of them unknown, some big in business.
Some good, some not. But all of them I can listen without pain.
For which band would you love to work?
For all the bands whose music I love. Bob dylan would be great.
Do you choose the artists yourself?
Sometimes yes. Sometimes I ask the management if they need a cool gig poster...
But normally they ask and if they believe in my work and I like the music and the attitude I do the poster.
If you have the chance to make a pearl jam poster, that is a dream for every poster artist.
This band and the fans are that much poster interested, you will get a great feedback for your work.
The worst bands - I do not make poster for them. But once a time I saw a man on the merchant booth
from Pelican - he cut my posters in little pieces of paper to write the prices for t-shirts on it...
That was my last poster for this band.
I want to design every poster a little different to all my posters before. No poster looks like the other.
If everybody thinks: this is not a krause poster, thats the ideal poster for me.
Do you think you are part of a "Graphic Scene", if so who else ?
Yes I think so. And all the poster dudes from all over this crazy ball too. Thats not the best paid art, but the best scene.
A bit of self-promotion, take advantage of it, it's free, where can we see your work , on the web or in real life?
If you come to dresden, you can find my work everywhere. Vinyl shops, bars, streets...
But you can find it in some clubs in germany. The most people who by my art have it at home - near their vinyl collection, I think.
Every year I do poster shows in hamburg, flatstock in September, or Dresden, also in the end of September.
There you can find me and many others with the newest posters.
On the Internet : http://www.douze.de/
A new beatsteaks poster is on the table, and a design for a black keys poster is to do. Some more in the clouds...
What can we wish you for the future?
Health. R'n'r eats its own children.
Can you tell us a little bit about the german poster scene ?
The scene is growing. Slowly. There are some little studios in Berlin, hamburg, munich, dusseldorf....and more. It's a long way to get the bigger bands for your work- and every artist needs them to earn some money and pay the bills.
Also there are not that many collectors like in america. I know the other european artists have exactly the same problems, and some more.
I know it's very difficult to get a deal with French venues. They don't understand what we do, so they don't want it.
The only chance we have is to do what we do as long as we can.
They're looking at posters and are happy. They making music and posters to be happy. Not for business.
Some of them now have a business - but they didn't start with this idea. They have a normal job, and in the evening they make posters. Maybe Europeans have too much fear.
Thanks for answering my questions and see you soon on the website !!