Hello and welcome back to Coaching for Geeks’ Creator of the Month for April 2019!
We interviewed: Jörn Meyer, artist and illustrator.
Hello! Who are you?
Hello Jörn! What do you create?
Artwork and illustrations, mostly from the fantasy and horror genre. I especially like to draw everything dark, eerie, macabre, and unsettling.
Why do you do it?
I always felt the drive to create something. Growing up in The Shire, Tristram, Ankh-Morpork and on Arrakis, I always knew I wanted to create worlds myself. Drawing is me trying to describe those amazing worlds that inhabit my head.
What kind of geek would you describe yourself as?
Oh, where to start. I’m an art geek for sure, I like programming, I read tons of books, I love video- and board games, I dabble in creative writing, and I go HARD on some DnD with my friends.
What is the geekiest thing you ever created?
I have a semi-finished draft for a pen-and-paper horror RPG called Fieberträume (Fevered Dreams). One of these days, I’ll have to start doing some illustrations for that one, too…
YES! We love a good tabletop RPG here at CfG HQ.
What is the geekiest thing you own?
It’s a toss-up between my Wyrmwood Dice Vault in zebrawood or my treasured Solaire of Astora amiibo.
Praise the sun! Who is your role model?
Noah Bradley for his breathtaking art and his drive to teach others, Peter Mohrbacher for his amazing world-building, Wil Wheaton for teaching me to talk about mental health to others, and Matthew Mercer, for re-teaching me how to tell a proper story.
Excellent choices and people who have done a lot for the geek community at large. What are your top 3 favourite facts about you?
I once ended up in the hospital because I played air guitar to Bohemian Rhapsody, I have a magnet implanted in my ring finger which allows me to sense electromagnetic fields, and I have an almost inexhaustible amount of motivation when I commit my mind to something.
You get one geeky wish, what is it?
The replicator from Star Trek, which would basically cover my basic needs on the Maslow Hierarchy, meaning I could spend my days drawing (and playing video games).
What’s your favourite thing about Coaching for Geeks?
The inclusiveness. I grew up during a time where being called a geek was still an insult, and I love that we have found a way to band together and help each other.
And most importantly of all… How do we find you and your work online?
My portfolio can be found at https://joern.art and my handle is @JoernDraws on all the major social networks.
Art prints: https://joern.art/shop