My Work

I started my career as an art enthusiast when I was five years old.

As a teen I pursued classic animation which seems cool but is actually a pain in the … kinda boring to do, as it implies drawing the same thing over and over and over (24 “overs” per second) again. From 16 to 25 I worked as a graphic designer, a proofreader and a translator. I then became a web-designer for about five minutes until I decided that job could HTML itself. After a quick detour writing comics for characters that were not my own, I became a professional artist and illustrator.

Being a professional artist is like being a lame low-grade superhero.

Someone flashes the “art signal” and I rush in to save an innocent job from disappearing into limbo, seconds before it hits a fatal deadline or falls off the edges of a steep budget.

Pepe and Butterfly - Copyright © 2008 Petra Elster - All Rights Reserved

Then, after the job is safe and the line is dead, I go back to work.

See, work isn´t the thing I do out there in the world while I’m in costume; it’s what I do all by myself on the time that is generally thought of as free.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

As of 2019 I am working (almost) full time as an independent artist and writer.

Please refrain from hitting the “art signal” for every little thing.

Money is nice and everything, but I already have an i-Phone.

Artwork commissions and illustration jobs will be accepted only if they fit into my schedule and have intrinsic artistic value.

(That’s French for: I have to consider the job interesting and/or fun. Also “yesterday” is a song, not a deadline.)

: : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : :

: : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : :

To contact me please click here.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

(Pepe and Butterfly, the cat Copyright © Petra Elster – All rights reserved.)