Till Hafenbrak

Till Hafenbrak

Till Hafenbrak

Till Hafenbrak

Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS illustrations from Till Hafenbrak, a Berlin-based illustrator. His simple, two-dimensional work is brought alive by limited though vibrant color choices (not unlike screen printing); and I can totally see his illustrations transformed into infographics and animation. See his portfolio for more of his work – which includes various other styles.

Is there room for reinterpretation?

I got a an email the other day, asking if I was a little angry at seeing nails painted in my Pikaland avatar colors over at Pinterest (see that little image above the image of the nails).

I was a little amused and surprised — am I supposed to be angry at people for using my colors? Heck no. They aren’t “MY” colors. I certainly didn’t invent them, and I didn’t invent scalloped patterns; I’m pretty sure the big guy up there has copyrights on that! I can see how people think of me instantly when they see this though – lots of people have told me how happy and cheery it looks – and truth be told, I’m not angry at all. In fact, it just makes me incredibly proud to see that people identify with the colors with the Pikaland avatar (I’m looking at you Jen!), and by golly, I’d love to see nails like that around more.

Perhaps we can apply this ethos to our work as illustrators and artists as well? Will you be open enough to allow other people to take upon what you’ve did before and allow room for reinterpretation? Before you shake your head and vehemently say no, let me ask you this — how many of your own ideas are really originals? In many ways, we’ve been influenced in some ways by others. Do we bother to credit each and everything that crosses our path? Should it matter? Have you done unto others?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

P.S: Also, do have a listen to Johanna Blakely’s TED talk about the fashion industry and copycats. Here’s hoping your week is off to an inspiring start!