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Ulli Lust

Ulli Lust Ulli Lust was born in 1967 in Vienna and completed her schooling at Gymnasium Hollabrunn. In 1995, she started her studies at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. Her debut, the autobiographical graphic novel "Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life", has been translated into several languages. It has received the Prix Révélation awarded by the Angouleme International Comics Festival, the Ignatz Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among others. Her graphic novel adaptation "Flughunde" was published in 2013 and her graphic memoir "How I Tried to be a Good Person" in 2017. Since 2013, she has been teaching illustration and comic art at the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts.


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The difference between travel photography and travel drawing...
"... lies in timing. In the case of a photograph, I need to press the shutter at the right moment, a quick look is enough. To draw a picture, I need to observe very carefully, need to capture the form in its entirety, with all the details in one go. Drawing requires you to be particularly focused in your observations, to sink into a meditative state, and to maintain this over a long period of time."

When I draw...
"... I feel strong."

On my ‘travels’, I have been inspired by...
"... the drawings of Olaf Gulbransson and other artists who worked for ‘Simplicissimus’, the legendary German satirical magazine. I do not distinguish between drawings of travel experiences and observations of daily life. Inquisitive eyes are a prerequisite for boosting our powers of perception – while travelling and in everyday life. A problem while travelling is that you don’t have a drafting table and nor do you have the privacy required. My best works have not been spontaneous, produced in the excitement of the events, but later, while sitting quietly at the drawing board and after expeditious planning."

I would still like to visit...
"... a part of the world where people live in a matrilineal culture. For example, the Minangkabau in Sumatra, the Mosuo in China, the Khasi or Garo in north-east India. And make a reportage drawing."

My reading for my next trip includes...
"... Big Sur by Henry Miller. To coincide with the publication of the English edition of ‘How I Tried to be a Good Person’, I have to go to the San Diego Comi-Con, following which we will travel to Big Sur for a couple of days. I would like to see the giant redwoods in America."

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