Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Let There be Wine

I’ve been chosen as this year’s artist for Süddeutsche Zeitung’s three-monthly SZ-Vinothek wine supplement. I created the cover art and an interior illustration for the spring edition shown above that was published today. >MORE



Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The Untold Story of Gene-ius

A new book on genetics that I have created the jacket design for has been published today by Herbig Verlag.

Entitled GENius, this book provides a cunning overview of the field of genetics, from pea plants to drosophila fruit flies to the famous Dolly sheep, and up to man, and the decoding of his genome.

Written by Ernst Peter Fischer, a professor for science history who has authored a variety of books already, GENius gives an account of the fast and furious success story of modern genetics, and sheds insight into the masterminds behind the science.

I have created the jacket cover illustration displaying a number of brightly colored sheep. >MORE

Ernst Peter Fischer: GENial! Was Klonschaf Dolly den Erbsen verdankt – Ein Streifzug durch die Genetik
(By George, it’s GENius: Exploring Genetics)


Monday, March 19th, 2012

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

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The Bologna Children’s Book Fair has opened this morning. I have a number of mixed-media illustrations on exhibit at the SCBWI stand (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).


>MORE COLLAGE | >MORE CHILDREN’S ART | >MORE ANIMALS


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The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. In Bologna authors, illustrators, literary agents, licensors and licensees, packagers, distributors, printers, booksellers, and librarians meet to sell and buy copyright, find the very best of children’s publishing and multimedia production, generate and gather new contacts while strengthening professional relationships, discover new business opportunities, discuss and debate the latest sector trends.

TOP: “Flying Objects” Collage Art
BELOW: My Portfolio Sheet (download PDF file here)
BOTTOM: Collage Art Involving Animals and a Medical Nightmare

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Saturday, March 17th, 2012

What’s My Name?

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This image was created for Psychologie Heute magazine to illustrate an article on amnesia.



Friday, February 24th, 2012

A Graphic Novel on Guilt

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I have illustrated a little graphic novel for Random House in ten black and white images.

The novel is on guilt, and tells the story of a thief who steals a purse, gets caught, imprisoned, paroled and released, and finds a way to make up for his crime. It was fun using only black and white silhouettes for the images.

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Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Doodle Book on Lovesickness

The second in my little series of doodle books has just been published by Carl Hanser Verlag.

Following its predecessor, Lass stecken: Kritzeln statt Qualmen (Don’t Smoke, Doodle), this book is targeted at those among us who are currently at a stage of grief over a lost love.

Clever and funny, Lass los: Kritzeln statt Klammern (Don’t Grieve, Doodle) helps readers to overcome their sorrow by doodling away, and challenging them to work their magic on completing unfinished drawings, colorizing images, filling in missing pieces, etc. – anything really that distracts from mourning. >MORE




Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Upside of Irrationality

Why can large bonuses make CEOs less productive? How can confusing directions actually help us? Why is revenge so important to us? Why is there such a big difference between what we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy?

In Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we’re with, and more.

An illustration of mine was used for the cover of the German paperback edition (Wer denken will, muss fühlen – Die heimliche Macht der Unvernunft, Knaur Verlag). It shows a little guy carrying a sun balloon. >MORE



Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

New Art Brochures Are Out

My latest art brochures are ready for download (I also had them printed)!

Oliver’s Year is actually more of a magazine highlighting some of my goings-on from 2011, while the two other smaller-size brochures are showing some of my work in whimsical style and in mixed-media collage style.

Click on an image to access the PDF file. Grab’em while they’re hot! >MORE BROCHURES

TOP: Oliver’s Year 2012
BELOW: Whimsical Artwork from 2011/12
BOTTOM: Mixed-Media Artwork from 2011/12



Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Fly, Fly Away

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The topic was “jump-start your story,” and this is what I have come up with for the cover of The Writer magazine – a hang glider consisting of manuscript leaves which are starting to float through the air.



Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Handlettering for The New Yorker Cartoon Book

In On the Money: The Economy in Cartoons, fans can revel in over 350 of The New Yorker’s best cartoons on the theme of money, culled from the past 80+ years.

I designed the hand lettering for the German edition for selected cartoons that needed their headlines, captions, and bylines to be translated directly on the embedded images (The New Yorker: Die besten Wirtschaftscartoons 1925 – 2009).

While it felt a little awkward to be editing the works of fellow cartoonists, I attempted to replicate the various lettering styles used for the original versions, trying hard to make this look as generic and seamless as possible.

The collection is edited by The New Yorker’s cartoon editor, Robert Mankoff, and includes an introduction by Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers. >MORE

Clockwise from top left: Wonderful cartoons from greats like Jon Agee, Sidney Harris, Richard Decker, Roz Chast, Lee Lorenz (and Roz Chast again). (Copyright of the original cartoons (c) The New Yorker and the respective artists.)


Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Free Willy

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These are a few of the images I made for Psychologie Heute to illustrate the topic of will power.

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TOP: Thinking Jogger
BELOW: So Many Thoughts, So Little Space


Friday, January 6th, 2012

I Tee, You Tee, We All Tee

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This is an artwork I created on the the topic of information technology. The idea was to have a monumental “IT,” set in an idyllic landscape, which is maintained by lots of little people.

Some of the people are looking at plans, replacing chunks of the monument, painting parts of the monument, rewiring plugs in its side, adding “whistles and bows” to suggest new software, calculating costs, placing orders on the phone, thinking far ahead, etc.



Friday, December 16th, 2011

Mind Control

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Check out this illo that I made on mind control for Psychologie Heute. It shows a bunch of people that are interconnected through head wires.



Monday, December 5th, 2011

Coping with Death

This a book out of the ordinary. On 80 pages, the author gives an unsparing and heartbreaking account of his illness of terminal cancer, his fading strength over time, and, eventually, his willingness to accept the fact that he will soon die.

Wolfgang Bergmann was a psychologist and family scientist who died in May of 2011 at the age of 67 after a year-long battle with bone cancer. In his lifetime, he headed the Institute for Child Psychology and Learning Therapy in Hanover, and he also authored nonfiction books with much success.

Shortly before his death, the author asked the publisher to find an artist who could come up with Japanese-style images to be used inside the book, or log rather.

This called for non-figurative drawings, brushed with Indian ink. This was the first time that I created abstract illustrations for a book, and also one of the rare occasions where I would actually work with real ink and paper, as opposed to the digital world that I usually work in these days.

Needless to say, I was a little reluctant, and also intimidated by the emotional topic that was offered to my by the publisher shortly after Wolfgang Bergmann passed away. I ended up creating a variety of thick brush stroke images that were scattered in the book where deemed suitable.

For the jacket cover of the small book published byKösel (Random House), I chose a dark linen coating, and a small sheet of paper attached to the linen that contained the title. >MORE



Monday, November 28th, 2011

Wine, Women and Song

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Here’s another wine illustration that I created for Süddeutsche Zeitung last weekend.