Thursday, June 5th, 2014

The Little Book of Talent

I recently created the illustrations for Daniel Coyle’s Little Book of Talent, a manual for building a faster brain and a better you. It is an easy-to-use handbook of scientifically proven, field-tested methods to improve skills—your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills—in sports, music, art, math, and business.

The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives.

Whether you’re age 10 or 100, whether you’re on the sports field or the stage, in the classroom or the corner office, this is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?”


Daniel Coyle: Talent to go: 52 Tipps für mehr Erfolg im Leben (The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Skills), Lübbe

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Joja Wendt in Berlin


Just discovered this poster in Berlin for a concert by Joja Wendt, a pianist who was discovered by Joe Cocker. I designed the stamp for the poster. The illustration of the grand piano is taken from Joja’s novel for children, “Der kleine Flügel” (Grand Piano Little: A Musical Fairy Tale; Kindler Verlag) which I illustrated as well.

The modern fairy tale tells of the dangerous adventures of a little grand piano who is setting out to combat the vicious organ king who reigns a magic tower that houses all the musical instruments.



Sunday, May 11th, 2014

My Latest Art Brochures

My latest illustration brochures have gotten printed. You can download digital copies (PDF) here:

1) Oliver’s Year: Illustration News from 2014

2) Some Enchanted Evening: Whimsical Illustrations 2014

3) The Best is yet to Come: Mixed-Media Collage Illustrations 2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Little Household Helper

I created a great many illustrations for a little household helper from Rowohlt publishers. In this book, celebrities are sharing their household secrets. The author, Bettina Tietjen, is a popular German TV talkshow host.

Bettina Tietjen: Schuheputzen mit Damenstrümpfen – Die besten Tipps für alle Lebenslagen (Handy Kitchen Wisdom: Celebs Sharing Their Household Secrets). Rowohlt 2014

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

The Trolley Problem

Here’s an illustration on the infamous Trolley Problem from the 1970’s that I made for today’s Welt am Sonntag. It describes the ethical dilemma faced by the train driver hurtling toward five track workers. A bystander can stop the train by throwing a fat man on the tracks who happens to be standing standing next to him.


Saturday, April 12th, 2014


This is my artwork for today’s feature on bureaucracy from Süddeutsche Zeitung. I had a full page to fill, part of which was also featured on the first page.

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Inventors and Imitators

This set of illustrations was created to illustrate an article for a Welt am Sonntag feature on stock market bubbles. I exemplified the various stages of invention, imitation, the evolving bubble, and its breaking into pieces by a little comic strip without words.


Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Art Show

Happy New Year all! Here’s a piece in a series of four that I made for a finance magazine. It illustratrates the “art” of the art dealing business.


Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

A Worldly Author

This is my latest piece for The Christian Science Monitor, illustrating an article about an author who runs a blog containing reviews of all books she has ever read from every country in the world.


Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Patient-Doctor Relationships

Here’s a piece I made for today’s Süddeutsche Zeitung for an article on doctor-patient relationships. The article suggests that traditional medicine where real people treat real patients is still superior to Internet-based knowledge. I went for a scherenschnitt papercutting technique emulating a tradition look and feel, and incorporating a variety of medical symbols.


Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Wine in Winter

This is my winter cover for Süddeutsche Zeitung’s three-monthly SZ-Vinothek wine supplement that got printed both in a tabloid newspaper format, and on a glossy wine brochure. I created the cover art for the winter edition that shows a warm Christmas interior setting against the backdrop of a winter landscape, snowman and all.


Monday, November 18th, 2013

Make a Dollar, Lose a Dollar

In a number of articles that were originally written for F.A.Z. newspaper (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), the authors of this book on the psychology of making and losing money (Lübbe Verlag) discuss typical mistakes that people make when dealing with investments.

We will spend money more readily when we have small bills at our disposal; we choose flatrates because we believe they’re a cheap alternative; and we tend to overestimate our capabilities when it comes to monetary issues.

Using whimsical line art, I created twenty full-size interior cartoon-style illustrations in two colors to accompany some of the topics described in the book.


Winand von Petersdorff & Patrick Bernau: Denkfehler, die uns Geld kosten – Warum wir immer das Falsche tun und andere sich ins Fäustchen lachen (Thinking Wrong: Why we Keep Messing up and Losing Money)

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Moving East

Here’s a rather pretty (I find) cover image I made showing middle-eastern rooftops.


Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Wine in Autumn

Here is my autumn cover for Süddeutsche Zeitung’s three-monthly SZ-Vinothek wine supplement that got printed both in a tabloid newspaper format, and on a glossy wine brochure. I created the cover art for the fall edition that shows two hands saluting their wine glasses amidst a fallsih landscape.


Friday, October 4th, 2013


A new book of mine has come out from adeo/Random House: Multitasking, the art of juggling many tasks at a time, is what we are all about in this day and age of the smartphone. Our daily lives are based on getting a multitude of things done more or less simultaneously, while being efficient at the same time.

Why this craze? In her book, Hanna Schott sets out on an experiment, trying to do without multitasking for a given period of time. Her log-like account on a daily basis analyses the whys and hows and what-fors of slowing down rather that speeding up, a process the author labels “monotasking.” She also reflects on the many obstacles on her way. – Less is indeed more. Or is it?

I created a great many whimsical-style interior illustrations for the book, and also came up with the overall design, including the jacket cover. Printed on thick, warm paper, the book looks absolutely stunning!


Hanna Schott & Oliver Weiss: Monotasking – Mein Abschied vom Allesaufeinmal-Wahn (Monotasking: Saying Good-bye to Everything at a Time)