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Steffen Kraft, also known as ICONEO, is back with even more thought-provoking and captivating illustrations. His work often touches on important social and environmental issues, as well as inviting people to reflect on themselves and the world around them.

"In my illustrations, I primarily show things that concern me. I always hope that others will also deal with this topic or recognize themselves so that a connection can arise between me and the viewers," the artist told Bored Panda

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so true! Sometimes when you make a move, it looks boring and insignificant to others but it is a heart stopping moment of panic for you.

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Bored Panda reached out to Kraft to learn more about his creative process and himself. In one of his interviews, the artist mentioned that due to the overabundance of images and impressions, we lose the ability to reflect on ourselves and see the world from a different point of view. So, we asked him why he believes self-reflection is important and if this is what he aims to achieve with his illustrations. "I am often overwhelmed by the flood of images on social media. The dangerous thing is that I don't notice it when I scroll," the artist shared. "At some point, I realized that I actually wanted to do something completely different. And all of these images that are now in my head first have to be processed and classified, mostly unconsciously of course. As a result, I sometimes lack space in my head for self-reflection because there is too much other stuff flying around.

When I self-reflect, I try to recognize my own wishes and needs or to classify my actions in the social environment. When I calm down and reflect, I sometimes recognize connections that I hadn't seen before. Either in a private environment or globally. This process is extremely important for coming up with ideas for my illustrations."

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is called "diffusion of responsibility", it's a basic feature of human psychology. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese

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"Viewers can use my illustrations as a mirror to reflect on their own experiences, emotions, and beliefs. Engaging with art can encourage individuals to slow down, contemplate, and see the world through the eyes of the artist, prompting a shift in perspective."

The most challenging part of the creative process for Kraft is trying to develop a consistent style that suits him. "For me, it's often a balancing act between two things: on the one hand I want a consistent style, on the other hand, I want it to be varied and surprising."

On the flip side, the best part for Kraft is when he finds a good idea, starts sketching it out and sees that everything clicks. "Then I get into a flow, get impatient and want to get it done as quickly as possible. This impatience sounds a bit negative, but it is a good motivation."

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I consider the time of my life when I stopped doing this a major beneficial and pivotal time.

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We asked Kraft what makes him passionate about doing creative work, and what he would want other people to take away from his illustrations. "The passion comes from being able to create and represent something that I have previously imagined," he replied. "You can now do this with AI, but for me, ideas often arise during the drawing process. In contrast to AI, where the results are often random products, when I create things myself I can determine and decide everything. This creates this great flow state for me that I don't find in AI. Creating illustrations is also a mixture of self-therapy and meditation. I can process things here that I would otherwise have trouble finding words for. When I create, I focus on one thing, start it and finish it. And in the end, I created something, as if from nothing, it has something magical.

There is no specific group of people that I am trying to reach. But I often reduce and simplify my illustrations so that everyone can understand them. At the same time, I try to make sure that my illustrations show cultural diversity."

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me, too. Always be kind to Siri and/or Alexa, too. Not from fear but just as a reflection of true character.

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At the moment, Kraft works with analog printing processes, such as linocut printing and screen printing. "Especially with the advent of AI, I feel the need to do something real, something handmade. My next big project is to publish a children's book and a book about my art." So, stay tuned for more exciting chapters in Kraft's artistic journey!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never too old (unless it's physically unsafe)! I'm 41 and JUST learning to enjoy roller-coasters! And I'm gonna re-learn how to Rollerblade next year :D

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so. But it is my favorite side-effect of gravity.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Retirement confronted me rather unexpectedly - my focus had been solely on my work. However now, as sit in my den (with no daily responsibilities) dabbling in the many aspects of life I had previously thought unimportant is... rather time consuming! Can't believe how quickly the days pass...

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Happy Feet (or The Pebble and the Penguin)...both are fantastic movies. 🐧 💖

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We often take lessons from nature. Mother Nature is the penultimate designer and engineer.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's what WE'RE thinking -- sadly, likely to never cross their minds...

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The perfection in my life was compensating for imperfections...

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We always remember the negativity.. especially when it throws it back at us. Time after time. Just let me leave the trash behind!!!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unpack bonus: the physics of a bed-of-nails and, as an enabler to inspiration -- hmm non sequitur, my show's on, maybe later...

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