Jonas Kalmbach

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
The object was to go to Berlin for research and then do a graphic report about Berlin music history. I wanted to make a project about electronic music and found out about a former existing club, called 'Zodiac Free Arts Lab', where an electronic genre, called 'Krautrock' was invented in 1968. I interviewed three people who all had connections to the 'Zodiac'. The result was a zine with 44 pages.

How was the illustration used:
The magazines were sold in a small edition.

How did you make this work:
I used a toothbrush and made stencils to scatter ink on paper. Later I translated this technique into digital (for portraits and posters). The lines are drawn with charcoal. This technique seemed right to me, because I thought it fit the cosmic themes of the music. The magazine was printed in 3 colors with a Risograph, which works similar to silk-screen, each color printed individually.

Commissioner Company :
HAW Hamburg

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Jonas Kalmbach is an illustrator and animator from Freiburg, Germany. He studied illustration at HAW Hamburg university and graduated in 2018 with a focus on scientific illustration. After completing an animation film together with journalists for his bachelor project, he subsequently started his master degree in editorial illustration at HAW Hamburg. He is currently working and living in Hamburg, Germany.