Thursday, August 30th, 2012
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.
Monday, July 30th, 2012
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?)
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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
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.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
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)
Saturday, July 21st, 2012
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.
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Here’s a cover art I made for The Writer magazine. It shows a guy climbing up a mountain of letters.
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Sunday, June 24th, 2012
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.
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
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
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.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
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.)
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Monday, June 4th, 2012
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.
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
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.
Friday, May 25th, 2012
A special audio book edition of Liebe – ein unordentliches Gefühl (Love: An Unruly Emotion) has recently been released by Random House.
The printed edition was a major bestseller in Germany. Richard David Precht, Germany’s bestselling nonfiction author (Wer bin ich, und wenn ja, wie viele? – Who am I: And if So, How Many?), elaborates on the topic of love from a multitude of backgrounds in history, biology, neuroscience, and philosophy.
My cover design employs a similar style which I created for Who am I?, employing bold type and a whimsical illustration.
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Sunday, May 6th, 2012
This illustration got published today in Welt am Sonntag, a newspaper from Germany. It also appeared in a slightly modified version in Welt Kompakt, a tabloid digest by the same name.
It was on support and custody issues, and assembles a number of icons involving failed love, breaking up, lonely children, moving out, and paying dues.
>MORE FAMILY ART
Monday, April 30th, 2012
Full moons are real sleep killers for me. Here’s a devilish illustration on that topic I made for a psychology publication.
“Moon!” you cry suddenly,
-Ted Hughes, Full Moon and Little Frieda