Monday, December 5th, 2011
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
Here’s another wine illustration that I created forÂ Süddeutsche Zeitung last weekend.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
I have created my first tableware design for Ritzenhoff – a coffee mug in the My Darling series.
Ritzenhoff is a leading producer of tableware and glassware in Germany, turning around over 30 million items a year. I first crossed their path back in the early Nineties when they brought designers’ collections on the market, and artists like James Rizzi and Philippe Petit-Roulet supplied unique designs for beverage products.
Today, some 300 designers from across the globe are contributing for Ritzenhoff. Needless to say, I am truly happy to have my own mug with the company now.
My design shows the faces of a man and a woman, intertwined in a pretty complex setup using bright colors, and suggesting love, summer, travel, food, nature, and fun. The cylinder-shaped packaging design shows the man’s torso as he is floating. >MORE
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Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
This is my latest artwork for today’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper for an article on wine. It shows a woman holding a glass of wine that has a thermometer sticking out to measure the temperature amidst a Tuscany landscape setting and assembled wine accessories.
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
These are some of the illustrations I created for today’s Süddeutsche Zeitung special on natural heating resources. I went for mixed-media collages for this one. >MORE
TOP: Geothermal Heat
BELOW: Natural Gas Balloons
BOTTOM: Heat from Air
Sunday, October 16th, 2011
Here’s my latest piece for today’s Welt am Sonntag Sunday newspaper, illustrating the two worlds that people living alone vs. people engaged in a relationship find themselves in. (I managed to incorporate my mom and my grandma into this image, which is always a treat.)
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
This mixed-media artwork was created for an article on mobbing that was published in today’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper from Berlin. It shows a young woman in the center who finds herself getting ostracized and mocked by her peers.
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Edited by members of the feature-page section ofÂ Süddeutsche Zeitung, this is a collection of humorous novels of all-time favorite pieces of literature that are dealing with humorous topics – from whimsical and satirical to morbid and bizarre to wry and wicked to just plain funny.
The collection of 20 books assembles many timeless classics written by authors that include Woody Allen, Fay Weldon, Heinrich Böll, Robert Gernhardt, Tom Robbins, T.C. Boyle, Roald Dahl, Peter Ustinov, and P.G. Wodehouse.
I have created the whimsical cover illustrations for all books in the collection. >MORE
Monday, September 19th, 2011
Here’s another multilayered illustration that I created for Süddeutsche Zeitung for their SZ-Vinothek wine supplement. I again used warm colors and an intricate design for the piece. >MORE
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
This multilayered illustration was created for Süddeutsche Zeitung on the topic of sustainable energy. It’s pretty intricate, but you can spot a lighthouse, trees, the sea, a kite, wind generators, a power plant, the sun, and the like. >MORE
Monday, August 22nd, 2011
The Welt am Sonntag, a Sunday newspaper from Germany, has published some whimsical art of mine for a science infographic illustration on the dangers of drawing deseases in hospitals. The images appeared in their special “Titelthema” (main topic) section. Axel Springer is Europe’s largest publisher.
Sunday, July 24th, 2011
Photo above: At the book signing table. Counter clockwise from lower right: Oliver Weiss (Germany), Jiri Sliva (Czechia), Pol Leurs, Francois Didier (both Luxemburg), Klaus Pitter, Gerhard Gepp (both Austria), Florian Doru Crihana (Romania), Zygmunt Januszweski (Poland), Walter Hanel (Germany), and Riber Hansson (Sweden) (Photo (c) Karin Prignitz, Neue WestfÃ¤lische).
This weekend was dedicated to an art show that took place in Oerlinghausen, a charming little town not far from Bielefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia that is celebrating its 975th birthday this year.
Curated by Gisela and Dieter Burkamp, legendary creators of art and cartoon exhibitions of all shapes and sizes, the Internationales Karikaturistentreffen (International Cartoon Exhibit) invited selected cartoonists from Germany and abroad to exhibit some of their work on the topic of Heimat (homeland/motherland). To be sure, the Burkamp’s world of cartoons isn’t about funny pictures, but about artistic graphic renditions instead.
Set in the spectacular art exhibition hall, the recently refurbished old Jewish synagogue, the show was a spectacular success, with an estimated 300 visitors attending the opening show alone. It was wonderful to meet old friends again, and to make new ones. Thank you, Gisela, Dieter, and the wicked Kunstverein Oerlinghausen for generating this unique event that will stay in our hearts for always.
All the works from the exhibition were assembled in this lavishly designed book from Kerber Verlag: “Dieter Burkamp, a long-time former journalist for the Neue Westfälische newspaper, has managed to pull together the crème de la crème of the world of graphic cartoons. The artists include Walter Hanel, Gerhard Gepp, Jiri Silva, and Pepsch Gottscheber, alongside with Oliver Weiss, Lex Drewinski, and Florian Doru Crihana.” (Stefan Brams, Neue Westfälische)
At the Book Signing Table
One of my all-time favorite artists, Jiri Sliva from Prague, signing away (Gerhard Gepp and Pol Leurs are in the back).
Zygmunt Januszweski, Florian Doru Crihana, Gerhard Gepp, Klaus Pitter, and Pol Leurs are busy signing the book accompanying the exhibition. Zygmunt and Gerhard are also long-time favorite artists of mine. (Yes, this is my pen in the front, taking a break.)
The People Behind the Works
(Almost) all of us: Dieter Burkamp, Gerhard Gepp, Walter Hanel, Jiri Sliva, Florian Doru Crihana, Riber Hansson, Zygmunt Januszweski, Oliver Weiss, Branko Najhold, Klaus Pitter, Francois Didier, and Pol Leurs.
Wall with a view (Dieter Burkamp in the back).
Swedish artist Riber Hansson talking to curator Dieter Burkamp.
Curator Gisela Burkamp (Gerhard Gepp in the back)
I am Legend: Seasoned political cartoonist, Walter Hanel. (We were all shopping for hand-brewn bitters at the local pharmacy here. It worked wonders, allegedly.)
Me & Zygmunt Januszweski, all smiles.
Riber & Eva Hansson (Sweden)
Klaus Pitter (Austria)
Artist Fred Schierenbeck on the site of one of his giant wooden “chainsaw massacre” sculptures.
Me & Pol Leurs from Luxemburg.
Romanian artist Florian Doru Crihana, as WDR television is capturing some footage.
A Glance at the Exhibition
Gerhard Gepp worked his magic on the cover image for the exhibition poster.
The synagogue was crammed, and everybody wanted to get books signed. I felt like a rock star.
Doris & Francois Didier and Gaby Leurs, all from Luxemburg, in front of my painting (turning their backs, of course).
One of Mariusz Stawarski’s wonderful paintings.
Walter Hanel’s entry.
Striking work, as always – Polish poster artist Lex Drewinski’s entries.
One of Klaus Pitter’s works.
Jiri Sliva, exhibiting an air of skepticism.
Some more pictures from the exhibit.
The Opening Ceremony
Ute Schäfer, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Secretary of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports (yes, all that), delivering a passionate speech.
Gisela Burkamp in her cunning introduction of the show.
They seated me behind Frau Schäfer (Gisela Burkamp is in the back).
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
My Business Diary (Campus Verlag) carries business people through their days by means of challenges that encourage to leave trodden paths and take on routes not taken before.
With a linen wrap, round edges and slightly cream-colored paper, the book looks decidely stunning. I have created the overall design and a great many illustrations in vector graphic style. >more
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
Entitled, Corporate Madhouse (Unternehmen Wahnsinn by Theresia Volk), my jacket cover for a new book by Kösel Verlag (Random House) shows a shark gone crazy.
I provided both the cover art and the jacket design for the book that discusses the frenzy in today’s enterprises where psychopaths are making the rules, and where calls for restructuring the company, motivational rhetoric and endless meetings abound. >more
Friday, June 24th, 2011
This my latest book for Sanssouci (Hanser Verlag) suggests doodling as an instant remedy to quit smoking – by keeping you busy sketching away.
The book (Lass stecken – Kritzeln statt Qualmen, which loosely translates to “Just Quit – Don’t Smoke, Doodle”) applies doodling to smoking-related topics and invites the reader to use his skills on completing unfinished drawings, colorizing images, filling in missing pieces, etc. – just the sort of thing that a doodler does for a living.
Warning – may be hazardous to your smoking habits. >more