Martin Schlierkamp

Martin Schlierkamp

Cologne, NRW, Germany

About Martin Schlierkamp

I'm a freelance illustrator and designer from Cologne, Germany. I have a passion for painting and for producing traditional, original art. My preferred technique is a blend of airbrush, acrylics and colored pencils on gessoed hardboard panel.


I studied graphic design at the (then) Fachhochschule Düsseldorf, Germany, with a strong focus on illustration and traditional black and white photography. I majored as Diplom-Designer in 2000. While I studied I took part in several cartoon animation projects as a set and character designer. After finishing design school I worked for two years as 2D and 3D artist in PC game development. Since 2002 I've been working freelance for various design agencies, animation studios, book and comic publishers, game developers and private customers and collectors.


I'm one of the founders of the Cologne-based "Illustratoren Festival", an event that celebrates the many styles and techniques of illustration, traditional and digital. Since 2012 the "ILLU" is held every two years and features the work of more than 50 illustrators from the Nordrhein-Westfalen area in Germany.


I regularly take part in exhibitions, both group shows and solo shows. My artwork has been on display in multiple comic book related art shows at the "Cöln Comic Haus" in Cologne. With the "Lokalkunst Köln" organisation I held several solo shows in different locales in Cologne. Since 2017 my artwork is shown in various group art shows at the Creature Features gallery in Burbank, California.