Jacqueline Shanice Ludwig

Popular media shows the events of the American Revolutionary War, its protagonists and their consequences, from the perspective of the American patriot. But what about the British? Were they really the bad enemies that movies and media make them out to be?

In her 160-page comic book VANTAGE, Jacqueline Ludwig offers the reader both sides of the coin. By experiencing the eventful year 1777 through the eyes of the British and the American respectively, the reader gets to know both the good and bad decisions as well as the battles these opponents had to fight and the fates they had to suffer.

Jacqueline Shanice Ludwig

Born in 2001, I've been drawing ever since I was able to hold a pen and art has really shaped my life. I create semi-realistic Illustrations (and comics) with strong atmospheres. In my works I like to play around with different color-schemes to create authentic sceneries with specific moods. My focus lies on detail-orientated sceneries and hidden elements to deepen the meaning in my drawings.
What I love about what I do is the fact that we are able to create worlds that one would not be able to capture with a camera.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I see myself working for a Game studio or a Movie studio in the US. Each day working from 8AM to 8PM and creating Illustrations, Storyboards and Concepts.

What is a good design for you?

To me a good design is a convincing design. A good design is an inspirational design. And a good design is a challenging design.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

The most challenging part was (and at times still is) coping with my own expectations and setting my goals with the given time frame in mind. I tend to realise rather big projects and in the end I'm disappointed with myself and my abilities, so this was by far the most challenging. But during covid times is was definitely working from home and getting motivated in the home office, as I am someone who needs to get up everyday and travel to work, sit in a lecture hall/ office etc. and work in the given time frame. So having this loose kind of setting was rather challenging.

Who or what inspires you?

I find inspiration in the expression of the fantastic with a technical skill that makes even the most surrealistic themes seem realistic to the viewer. Artists with a high technical skill and vast knowledge in portraying any material or object in a realistic style encourage me to work on my art daily.

How do you approach a new project?

I usually brainstorm a lot and pretty fast in the beginning of a new project, doing a lot of research on the topic. Afterwards I usually center in on one or two ideas and from there on I work straightforward until it's completion. Yes it's simple but effective.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Work hard everyday and try out everything that is offered to you: Workshops, Events, Project Weeks. I mean you pay enough every month; get your money's worth... and experience is the most important thing you can get.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

During my studies I learned a lot about myself, my style and who I want to become. I found my attention shifting from comics to animation and storyboard and finally to game illustrations and Splash Art. My studies encouraged me to work daily on my skillset and try out different things which ultimately helped me shape my style and find my niche in the art world.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Since I can remember I have always held a pencil in my hand to draw. The study program Illustration offered me multiple ways to express myself and find my own language in art.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

The student service. No really they never answered on urgent mails and even if you called or went in person it took ages for them to do something.
And the tuition fee....

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

I'm probably gonna sit at home next to my parents and drink a glass of water.... Covid style graduation.

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1 comments in total

Jacqueline Shanice Ludwig 2022-01-28 18:52:44

Hi the artist here. There was an error and my supervisor is not Maike Mia Höhne but Prof. Hans Baltzer from the Illustration Department. Don't know what went wrong there.

Margarita Nikolajeva