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Paul Borchers is a New Zealand-born, Dutch illustrator based in San Francisco working with the world’s leading brands and creating his own comic book series @flyingmaucat! I got to visit his studio and immerse myself in his animated world!

I go way back with Paul, we have been in the same friendship circles for close to 15 years, and it’s always a blast to see what your mates are working on in the intimacy of their studio.

What is something that I would be surprised to find in your space?
You wouldn't find too much work on paper or canvas anymore. I'm doing most of my work on the Cintiq these days.

Describe your ideal workspace in three words…
Laboratory, library, gallery.

Does the space you work in have an interesting story?
It was build in the 1890's and it survived the 1906 earthquake. My landlord rebuilt the garage into a a gallery called anälog. It's a space for upcoming artists and  non commercial art installations.

Do you work and live in the same space, if so how does that affect your work?
I have everything I need close to me and have gotten used to this routine. It only affects my work if I let it.

How would you describe your neighborhood?
The Mission is a very vibrant latino neighbourhood and there is always stuff happening, good and bad. I love going to this coffee place called Grand and I meet a lot of creative and interesting people there and I go to Pyramid records a lot down 24th. Those are my social spots otherwise it gets too solitary. There is also the Gray Area which is a venue showing a lot of interesting experimental electronic art and music. There is a great variety of food and culture in this neighbourhood.

What themes do you pursue in your work?
Anxiety, Consciousness, Futurism.

What can you see outside your windows?
I look out on the corner of 24th and Capp street. There is this Latino bakery on the corner I look out on and sometimes they have a rock band playing there. Whenever there is a parade like 'Day of the Dead" or a classic car parade on 24th, we get a great view. There is also a lot of mentally ill and homeless people here that I see hanging out. The homeless crisis here is pretty depressing.
Describe a real life mundane situation that inspires you!
When I look at animals like birds searching for food in the morning or a cat sitting in the sun, I start imagining stories around them.

What is your dream project?
Producing the Flying Mau Cat animation.

Favourite song/band while working?
I can't really give a straight answer because I listen to a lot of music. I'll give you a top 5 of records I played most last year. 1.Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano - Serenitem. 2. Cornelius - Mellow Waves. 3. The Exaltics - II Worlds 4. Yusef Lateef - Eastern Sounds. 5. Siriusmo - comic

What's the best advice you've been given and from whom?
"Maybe you should draw a cat wearing those wings"  -Jo Kang 2011

What’s The one practice that has changed your life the most?
Making music has always transformed me. Like meditation it's a tool for me to silence my mind, I also meditate which keeps me focused and makes room in my mind for good ideas to surface. Making music is just a more active way to get rid of all the noise in my head.

What mindset/mood do you make your best art/work?
That feeling when you get back from a long relaxed holiday. Sometimes I wake up with that feeling!

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