Orlando Hoetzel works as an illustrator in Berlin. He studied communication design in Essen. During an Erasmus study visit to Paris, where he and fellow students published a self-produced fanzine with drawn stories, he decided to become an illustrator.
He then lived in Hamburg for seven years, interrupted by longer stays in Paris and Madrid.
Orlando has lived in Berlin since 2006, from where he draws for magazines and agencies around the world. A number of campaigns he has been involved in have won awards. In 2013, for example, the Federal Ministry of Education and Science's Parallax page, which is based on his illustrations, won the German annual multimedia competition.
Together with the author Verena Stegemann he has published four books. The last work of the two is "Captain Grigoleit's Rocket", a purring-berry-ish space story.
In addition to his main activity as a draftsman, he regularly teaches illustration at various design schools in Berlin.
Most recently, he has increasingly turned to the subjects of landscape, nature and the environment. In addition to a series of posters dedicated to parks and gardens, a reusable coffee mug was created in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn as part of the "Green Railway" campaign. For the Deutsche Bahn Foundation, he furnished the foundation room of the DB Museum in Nuremberg with illustrations and animations.
Orlando Hoetzel's influences are French-Belgian Ligne Claire comics, travel posters, magazine covers from the first half of the last century and Japanese woodblock prints. His favorite illustrator is Tomi Ungerer. He also plays drums and likes cats.
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