Thursday, October 11th, 2012

A Writer’s Demons

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This is my latest cover art for The Writer magazine. It is on a writer’s demons. >MORE WHIMSICAL



Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Jacket Design for Eskimo Limon 9

I have created the jacket design and the cover illustration for Sarah Diehl’s novel Eskimo Limon 9. Published by Atrium, it shows a German forest against the backdrop of a starry night sky.

Diehl’s first novel tells the story of a Jewish family from Israel who is moving to a small provincial town in Germany where everybody is well-meaning and trying hard to be as politically correct as possible.

The book title refers to the American Pie style Israeli cult film from the 1980’s which led to a series of sequels. It also lends to the whimsical culture clash setting described in the story that reveals that Germans seem to know all about the holocaust, but nothing about Jews. >MORE



Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Who am I, and How Many?

Richard David Precht’s bestselling book on philosophy has just been released in a paperback edition.

I have created the cover illustration and signature jacket design for Wer bin ich, und wenn ja, wie viele? (Who am I, and if so, How Many?)

Precht’s book has sold more than 1.3 million copies to date in Germany alone. >MORE



Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Leaving Home

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The latest issue of Das Magazin has just come out. I have created the cover art on the topic of “kids leaving home,” showing a young guy on a motorcycle who is escaping from his parents’s home inside a snow glass.

The monthly Das Magazin is one of the few publications surviving the transition from East Germany after the unification.

>MORE WHIMSICAL



Monday, July 30th, 2012

My First Artwork Ever Published

I got featured in the latest issue of Eltern, a parenting magazine from Germany (Gruner+Jahr publishers). Eltern was actually the first magazine to ever publish a work of mine. This was back in the late seventies when I was only ten years of age.

Eltern launched a contest at the time to sketch our holiday plans. The contest won me one out of three cash prizes from 2,144 entries. The 100 DM award for my entry that showed me riding the bike with my dad bought my school class an excursion day to Lake Chiemsee near Munich.

Decades later, I created my second illustration for Eltern, this time around as a professional illustrator. I illustrated a piece about a little girl’s pasta diet (see below). (It does look a little different than my first piece, doesn’t it?)

>READ THE PORTRAIT



Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Olympia!

This collage piece was made for today’s Süddeutsche Zeitung to illustrate a supplement on the upcoming Olympic Games in London commencing later this week

The five Olympic rings make for the shape of a lion, with a variety of athetes doing their thing in and around those rings.

>MORE COLLAGE



Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Stroller Moms Gone Berserk

This book from Kösel Verlag (Random House) gives an account of today’s defective mothers who seem inapt to properly raise their children, fighting fierce combats over whose child is the best (and deserves the best, for that matter).

The authors share delightful insight into a bizarre world of its own, the world of combatant mothers who compete to know what is best for their offspring every step of the way, and who are willing to fight as many battles with one another as it takes to serve their cause.

I have created the book’s jacket design, incorporating the silhouette drawing of a mother pushing a tank-shaped buggy. I have also conjured up a number of interior illustrations for the individual chapters.

Christine Koller & Claudia Ries: Vorsicht, Zickenzone!
- Kleine und große Biestigkeiten unter Müttern
(Babies First! Stroller Moms Gone Berserk)

>MORE BOOKS



Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Here’s a full-size spread I did for Süddeutsche Zeitung’s “Wochenende” (weekend) edition for an article that pleads to appreciate mistakes made on construction sites. I designed a large scaffolding full of little workers doing everything wrong they possibly can.

>MORE WHIMSICAL



Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Climbing Up

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Here’s a cover art I made for The Writer magazine. It shows a guy climbing up a mountain of letters.

>MORE BOOK ILLOS



Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Don’t Get Stressed Out

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This set of illustrations was published in today’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper in an article entitled “Kein Problem mit Datenstress” (”Don’t Get Stressed Out from Digital Data”). The double spread was on “digital stress,” and accompanied an interview with German Secretary of Family Affairs, Kristina Schröder.

The images show how differently people are handling large amounts of data c0ming in from the Internet, cell phones, and the media. I employed mixed-media for the art.

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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Greek Wine

This is my summer 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 and an interior illustration on Greek wine for this edition. >MORE



Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Let’s Talk Politics

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These pieces were created for today’s Welt am Sonntag double-spread special on a variety of political agendas ranging from finance and taxes to family, education, energy, and foreign affairs.

>MORE WHIMSICAL

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Focus on India

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This image of Ganesha appeared on the cover of a publication on a topic focussing on India.

Ganesha is a popular figure in Indian art. I have incorporated some of Ganesha’s most common iconographic elements. He has the head of an elephant, a big belly, and four arms, and he holds an axe and a noose. (Oh, and for reasons that elude me, he always keeps a mouse close by.)

>MORE ETHNIC | >MORE MIXED-MEDIA



Monday, June 4th, 2012

Traffic Trouble

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I made this bunch for a three-page Welt am Sonntag feature on mobility and traffic. I went for a whimsical touch that resorts to using more areas of color than outlines.

It was huge fun turning around stuff like bikers, car drivers, subway trains, trucks, policemen, pedestrians walking their dogs, and a hedgehog on a surfboard.

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Fixing the Sugar Fix

This is my latest book jacket cover design for Random House - a guide on fixing the sugar fix. In Martina Fontana’s Voll auf Zucker! – Wie Sie die Sucht nach Süßem überwinden (Sugar Junkie: How to Beat the Urge), the author discusses measures to counteract the urge to consume sugar, and advocates a healthier lifestyle.  Fixing the sugar fix, she argues, is a matter of mind, not body.

My cover illustration shows a giant lollipop that looks very much like a signalling disk. I have also created a few cartoon-style interior illustrations for the book that show a “sugar devil” in a variety of suggestive settings.