1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm Claudia, twenty-seven years old by now, was born and raised near Berlin in Germany.
Now living close to the Dutch border and working in IT-business. Said to be very goofy.
Being a proud mother of a six year old girl, living for my family and my collection.
I know, what I want and I'm going for it. Tomb Raider addict. But I also like Witchblade, Fathom and Danger Girl. Ian Nottingham ^^ .
I love making new friends on CAF! Already had people tapping my back at conventions and introducing themselves as "the one from CAF" (*waves at Max and Uwe*) or when people leave comments like "Hey, that is you??? I was standing next to you when this piece was done!" so I love this crazy community!
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
This question is really tough. I feel addicted to all my pieces.
I'm very, very proud on my Adam Hughes commission, but I think I'll stick with my Tomb Raider #11 page 04 by Billy Tan. The most impressive part about it, is the inking. I've NEVER seen such fine ink work on an art piece. And I mean it. The picture can't do it any justice at all. Besides that, I like the illustrated contradiction: Lara full of self-esteem, pointing her gun, but also showing a very female, almost frail face. Look at the eyes, lashes, lips, the lose hair streaks and the long braid - that's how I like her best. Most definitely one of the best pages Billy did on Tomb Raider and therefor my fave one.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
Well, I'm already collecting comics for seven or eight years now and I was always very fond of those remarked books, still am. The Original Art actually started after the German "Comic Action" convention in October 2006. One thing in advance: at this con you have to throw the dice and get a doublet to obtain a sketch by ANY artist. They are always allowed to sign stuff, but you can't walk up there and get a sketch. Silly, but that's how it works.
Well, a friend of mine "forced" me to queue with him for Phil Jimenez, because he wanted a double chance on the sketch. And we both were lucky enough to win one! Phil was amazingly nice, we chit-chatted a lot and after a while, he was sketching HIS very first Tomb Raider and my very own first dedicated con sketch. It felt gorgeous. After that convention I got home and started searching the web for original Tomb Raider art. And look at it now ^^
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
My wall-space at home is quite scarce, so I'm still trying to decide on which pieces to frame. But most likely, it'll be commissioned pieces. Until then I keep my artwork in presentation-cases.
I prefer those ring-binder-portfolios, since they're very practical. You can buy and add single protective sheets or remove them, e.g. when you plan to visit a convention and don't want to bring all the stuff. I store those flat on the cupboard and whenever I have to take them down, I'm impressed how heavy paper can be...
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
1) Michael Turner's Fathom Vol.1 #13 - pages 13/14 - the awesome Lara DSP
2) Peter Steigerwald - a semi-nude Lara commish and he already agreed -YAY!
3) Romano Molenaar - a classical one with mummies, exotic outfit - we're working on it ^^
4) Joe Jusko - a semi-nude Lara commish with "kitten" in B&W or pencils
5) Budd Root - "just" a Meriem
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