Artist Feature: Jan Wischermann

Trusting the Process: A Creative Journey

In the world of creativity and artistry, where imagination knows no bounds, trusting the process is often the key to unlocking one’s full potential. Meet Jan Wischermann, a seasoned High-End Beauty/Hair, Fashion & Commercial Retouch Artist with over two decades of experience in the creative industry. But the path to success was far from conventional, filled with unexpected twists and a relentless pursuit of passion.

From Inline Hockey to Creative Manipulation

Jan began his journey at the age of 17, fueled by a passion for Inline Hockey and a desire to bring his team also into an ice hockey computer game he played with his friends. He vividly remembers the thrill of the game and the camaraderie of his teammates. However, there was a limitation – the game allowed only names to be added, leaving little room for creativity.

Determined to elevate the experience for his team, Jan decided to take matters into his own hands. With a curious mind and a willingness to explore, he delved into the intricacies of manipulating image files. Hours turned into days as he meticulously crafted unique board advertisements, jerseys, and logos on the ice. What started as a hobby became a revelation – the power of creative problem-solving.

The Art of Creative Problem-Solving

Three years later, faced with his Abitur exams, Jan found himself in a familiar spot – a daunting challenge that demanded creativity. As someone known for designing ingenious cheat sheets, he contemplated what he could use for this grand finale.

One day, as he looked at a plain plastic water bottle, he had a eureka moment. Removing the label, he scanned it, manipulated the text, printed it, and seamlessly glued it back to the bottle. It was a masterstroke of creative problem-solving. No one suspected a thing, and Jan aced his exams.

This experience taught him a valuable lesson – creativity knows no bounds, and with determination, one can overcome any obstacle.

A Wacom Tablet Changes Everything

In 2002, Jan’s journey led him to an advertising agency in Düsseldorf, where he encountered his first Wacom Intuos tablet. It was a pivotal moment. The clunky mouse was left behind as he embraced the precision and fluidity of the digital canvas. The tablet became an extension of his creativity, allowing him to bring his artistic visions to life with unparalleled precision.

Jan Wischermann in his studio working with the new Wacom One
Jan Wischermann in his studio working with the new Wacom One Medium

Mentors, Passion, and Specialization

The turning point in Jan’s career came when he crossed paths with a mentor, Robin Preston, a former Wacom evangelist from London living in the same German city as Jan back then. Robin introduced Jan to the world of professional high-end retouching, opening a new dimension in his creative journey.

Inspired and determined to excel, Jan embarked on a quest for knowledge. He sought out and hired excellent Photoshop mentors from around the globe, engaging in intensive Skype sessions. Step by step, he honed his skills, mastering the art of retouching and post-production.

A Journey into the Creative Industry

By 2011, Jan made a momentous decision to follow his passion and specialize in retouching as his official profession. Armed with his honed skills and a network in Düsseldorf’s creative scene, it didn’t take long before he landed his first high-end gigs in the advertising world.

Jan found his true calling in the meticulous craft of hair and beauty retouching, working with international brands like Henkel and collaborating closely with renowned beauty and fashion photographers. His work graced the pages of iconic magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, TUSH and Numero.

Giving Back to the Creative Family

Beyond personal success, Jan is deeply committed to giving back to the creative family that nurtured his growth. He passionately educates aspiring retouching artists, sharing his knowledge through various channels. His YouTube channel offers high-end retouching education, and his international podcast “Creative Industry Radio” provides a platform for creative individuals to share their wisdom and inspire others.

Conclusion

As Jan reflects on his journey, he recalls the day he first touched a Wacom tablet and dreamt of supporting his family through his art. His story is a testament to the power of trusting the process, pursuing passion relentlessly, and finding success by putting in the hours.

In your creative journey, remember these words: “Keep putting the hours in,” as once spoken by his mentor, Robin. Embrace the ride, trust your process, and believe in your artistry. Your creative journey is unique, and the path may be unconventional, but with perseverance, you can achieve remarkable heights.

May your own creative endeavors be filled with success, fulfillment, and boundless creativity.

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