Beards, Bears and Bikes – Illustrator and Designer, Liz Bean
Elisa Bohne, better known as Liz Bean is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin. Active since 2011 her designs often capture the emotions of people and are influenced by the many diverse cultures living peacefully together in the city. “My sketches were horrible back then but I had always been asking myself what I want to do and what I want to achieve with life. I came to the decision that art is what makes me happy and helps me out when I am in different moods.”
“Our world is changing so fast that I just wanted to spend more time on the things that make me happy. Drawing has always been my own kind of channel for being free and realising who I really am.”
Inspired as well by her own life and feelings, Elisa describes the process of creating art in a metaphorical manor, “Stairs. Sometimes you go up, sometimes you go down. Sometimes you’re at a point of no up or down and you need to find a way to go.” Struggling in the past, “not being is a sunny place with a lot of insane shit going on,” the art acted as a release for Elisa to say, “Right. I’m going up the stairs.” It allowed for feelings, emotions, problems and thoughts to come to light and to be addressed. “I draw what I‘m thinking and whats going on inside of me and what I love.”
Berlin is a city that’s packed full of incredible art whether it be exhibition based or street art there is inspiration to be found throughout every corner of the city. “The first time I was in Berlin I saw all of these fabulous works of art and questioned myself, Are you really good enough? Can you keep up with that? But then I had to realise the fact that I was doing what I love and I was giving my everything to it and through that, I was more than good enough in my own eyes.” As well as being inspired and pushed by the capital city, Liz draws enthisiasm from her favourite artists, Roa, Nychos, LowBros, Craola, JBAK and Karl Addison. “They are all individual people with individual art. That’s what I love about them.”
You can’t just be lazy if you want to make your dreams come true.
Like many of us pursuing creative passions, we often have to work soulless jobs to ensure we have a place to live and keep with the monthly payments on our MacBooks. “It’s very hard to go to the office everyday and do your regular job to then come home and find the motivation to get an illustration done. Sometimes it’s very hard to find the drive to finish a project, but the dream of becoming a full time artist is what drives me to sit through the night and get the work done. You can’t just be lazy if you want to make your dreams come true.”
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