Is there an artistic goal you are pursuing?
To be immortally rich, and disgustingly famous. (laughs)
Do you have an artistic role model?
The first things that come to mind are the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Aubrey Beardsley and George Grosz, whose great admirers I am. I still find Lautrec's and Grosz's precise character studies, and Beardsley's black-and-white compositions, incredibly inspiring.
Are you very critical of your work?
During our new stage show, "An Enigmatic Shimmer. Berlin of the 20s in a poetic amusement show", which we just developed in the run-up to my new book project, this self-critical voice is constantly haunting my mind. In other respects, too, I have quite perfectionist standards for my works. Whereby that is always also a question of evaluation - sometimes the dilettantish can be just right. The art is to strike the fine line between control and looseness.
Where do you find inspiration?
A lot in books, archives, with other artists and especially through conversations and activities with colleagues, friends and especially with my wife Christine.
You also teach at the University of Applied Sciences Münster and the Academy Regensburg. What appeals to you about teaching?
The role of the smart-ass authority. (grins)
What motif would you like to draw?
The Borussia Dortmund team and Barack Obama.
Can you imagine working with other artists?
I am a group person. I need the hustle and bustle and the company of others for inspiration and shared fun. In recent years, a small tribe of colleagues, including artists, illustrators, and musicians, has come together where we consult with each other and with whom I collaborate at times. A few years ago, as I said, Studio Nippoldt emerged from this, a project of my sister, my life partner and me, in which we carry out design commissions together in addition to our respective individual artistic work. For stage performances, I've teamed up with the Just Jazz Trio.
Do you prefer to work freely or according to commissions?
As always, it's the mixture that counts. I actually work permanently on self-initiated, longer-term and sometimes lengthy projects, such as my books or the development of matching stage performances (readings, live drawing acts, concert image shows, etc.). In between, I'm also happy about a clear, simple, quick to complete job. Preferably, of course, one that still gives me all the freedom and has no time pressure.
What art hangs in your apartment?
Mainly the drawings of my children.
Do you plan your motifs or do you leave them to chance?
They all go back to very extensive research work. But as always when searching, I also discover pictures and stories by chance, which I then gratefully take up.
Are there any future projects you might already tell us about?
My next big book project will be about the night in Berlin in the 20s, the center of Europe at that time, a scapegoat and melting pot of people, stories and cultural explosions.