Interview with Mareike Engelke

Today as a guest in our virtual coffee party: Mareike Engelke, illustrator and communication designer from Duisburg, Germany – her drawings are now available in her ARTFLAKES-Shop.

Her drawings are crowded with tough guys and sailors as well as with dressed up shoppinggirls and bearded story tellers. In our little interview she told us where she draws her inspiration from and what kind of chocolate she likes best.

Why and when did you start making art ?
I have at all times had these passion to create something. When I was younger I felt early-ripened. That has ended by now. It became professional and more intensive with my studies of communication design.

What kind of art do you make?
I make illustrations, narrative pictures in the broadest sense that might be a bit odd as well.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
There is nothing better than brand new pens or nice paper (after a shopping spree in a stationery shop). Or the knowledge that there is nothing to do in the next 12 hours. Or having to do more important things. Taking a nap is useful as well sometimes. 🙂

What does your usual workday look like?
My week is split: Three days I work as a junior art director in an agency, three days I work on projects, mostly illustrations. I can choose between working at the studio ( or staying home, where I have my computer.

How do you spend a perfect sunday?
A Sunday is spend with my love. We are sitting next to each other at our desks working away oblivious of all around us. For example I am trying to draw a graphic novel, where I have absolutely no understanding of, and he is working on a software for secretly observing cats, where he knows a lot about. Then taking the bikes and getting lost a bit, discovering a kitschy café that has filter coffee and apple waffles with cream on its menu. Incidentally all friends are coming there as well with good news.

What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
Rittersport cacao and nuts

Show me your favourite artwork (from your own collection or another artist)
At the moment I’m in love with  Geschirr Tonale that is a tribute to artist Giorgio Morandi ist. Perfect in concept and aesthetics.

Whom should we interview next?
Lizzy Steward

If you could have coffee with a famous artist – dead or alive – whom would you choose?
I simply don’t know.

What is your philosophy of life?
“Who knows what it’s good for…”

Thank you, Mareike!