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.

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Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Bureau-Crazy!

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.

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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.

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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.

>MORE BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS



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.

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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.

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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.

>MORE ON 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.

>MORE COLLAGE



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.

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Friday, October 4th, 2013

Monotasking


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!

>MORE INFO

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


Friday, September 27th, 2013

The Psychology of Personal Space

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In his book on everyday psychology from Rowohlt publishers, journalist Walter Schmidt unravels quirky mysteries surrounding personal space.

Personal space is an area with invisible boundaries that surrounds us, a protective buffer zone that allows one to maintain a sense of privacy and to control the amount of stimulation one receives during interaction with another person.

The author discusses popular examples of personal space, ranging from finding a parking spot and talking to strangers at a party, up to sharing space in the elevator; and he concludes that many features of human behavior are dating back to the stone age.

I have provided several dozen interior cartoon-style illustrations that are visualizing some of the examples mentioned in the book. I employed brushed ink for the artwork.

Walter Schmidt: Warum Männer nicht nebeneinander pinkeln wollen – Rätsel der räumlichen Psychologie (Mind the Gap: The Mystery of Buffer Zones)
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Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Electoral Districts

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These mixed-media pieces illustrate today’s Welt am Sonntag feature on the upcoming federal election in Germany. They visualize specific landmarks from various politicians’ electoral districts, from conservative CDU’s Angela Merkel’s Stralsund (the Ozenaneum aquarium) to socialist SPD’s Sigmar Gabriel’s Wolfenbüttel (Herzog August Library) and liberal FDP’s Rainer Brüderle’s Mainz (carneval).

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From Top: Carneval Duncecap; Jumping Shark; Gotha Lovers (Gothaer Liebespaar); Heavy Book