Navigating the storm with the chaotic illustrations of Lukas Weidinger

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After studying graphic design in Vienna, Lukas focused on illustration studies in Leipzig, Strasbourg and the German city of Halle. The influence of these places is obvious. ” The scenes [in my work] are inspired by my surroundings and everyday life in the strong windstorms of the East German plains,” he explains. “Weather surrounds us all the time and sometimes dominates our mood and what we do.” But it was only after becoming truly aware of the wind that he realized its role in the rhythms of daily life. “The wind in particular is very present, and yet invisible,” he says. “That’s why I focused on windstorms for a while.” He became engrossed in the challenge of “attempting to represent the invisible force of wind and solid matter enveloped by the endless stream of air that seems to come from nowhere”.

Interestingly, Lukas chose to keep the mistakes and ink stains in some of the final compositions. “Mistakes lead to improvisation, and sometimes the result is even better than expected,” he says. “Sometimes you are surprised by the improvisation.” In this case, he says, “The dripping ink stains from my old Rotring Micronorm pen work well as a compositional element in this series, like floating objects blown away by the wind.”

An ever curious surveyor, Lukas is eager to explore the effects of other unusual weather phenomena like torrential rains and heat waves. But this interest also sits alongside well-founded concerns about the negative trajectory of climate degradation. For now at least, Lukas is happy to navigate the storm with his pen and paper.

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