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Stefan Glerum lives and works in Amsterdam. He also worked as an assistant to one of the country’s most celebrated comic artists, Joost Swarte. Stefan Glerum’s style is like a melting pot of illustration heritage. While its subconscious familiarity has universal appeal, his work is also a study point for those with knowledge of graphic design history. His work is inspired by early 20th Century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, which he combines with popular themes, executed in a style reminiscent of the clear line. His clients include such as Adidas, Bayerische Staatsoper and Obey Clothing just to mention a few.

Stefan Glerum – Weiner Twins Free Parking 2048

Stefan Glerum – Weiner Twins Free Parking 2048

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
STEFAN I’m an illustrator and graphic designer from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It’s important for me to have a handdrawn quality to what I make. I’m influenced by the clear line way of drawing, Japanese eighties animation, early 20th century avant garde art and psychedelic posters from the sixties. I love to draw sportscars and lonely young men in varsity jackets holding various types of firearms. 

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
STEFAN My latest travel has been to Swiss, close to Interlaken. It was a summer vacation together with family.

COB? For business or for holiday?
STEFAN Basicly relaxing combined with the occational walk/bike ride through the mountains to justify the consumption of a large amount of good sausages and cold beer.

COB? What will be your next destination?


Stefan Glerum – photography by Menno Mans

STEFAN The next destination I’ll be travelling to is London. I’m doing an exhibtion there at Kemistry gallery in February.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
STEFAN I don’t really draw inspiration out of travelling. I generally draw inspiration out of images, film or music. Or inspiration comes when I get asked for a project and I have to work with boundaries or guidelines. That usually triggers a process wanting to do something either funny or personal that pushes those boundaries a bit.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
STEFAN I like beef a lot. I’m pretty good at cooking a steak. But when a stewardess would ask me ‘chicken or beef’ I would go with chicken. Because I would prefer dry chicken over chewy beef if we’re talking airplane food.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
STEFAN -pen and paper. Because however fed up I am with drawing sometimes, It’s the thing I always come back to.
- An anatomy book. This would be an excellent opportunity to study some more on drawing stuff more anatomically correct.
- A drum sampler. I used to make music/beats a few years back but I never took the time again to revisit that hobby. This would be a perfect time.
- A cello and sheet music. On the music tip, I would eventually get bored with the drum sampler because you would have to work with sampled sounds that don’t give you the dynamic range of an actual instrument. I used to play the cello when I was young, but quit in my teens. I can remember how great it was to master a difficult piece of music.
-photo’s of my friends and family.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
STEFAN You should ask my friend Raymond Lemstra. He’s a terrific artist with exceptional technical skills. Once every while he makes something that makes me either want to quit, or push the envelope.  

COB? Thanks a lot Stefan!

Left: Stefan Glerum – Premierenplakat Frau ohne Schatten, right: Ow Snap

Left: Stefan Glerum – Premierenplakat Frau ohne Schatten, right: Ow Snap

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