Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Off the Hook


“Don’t start your story with a strong hook!” This advice from a fiction writer and editor called for a cover  illustration that I created for The Writer magazine

The author explains why a popular but worn-out line of advice won’t reel in your readers, despite what you’ve been told, while my artwork plays with the idea of a fisherman reeling in a book on the end of the line that is too big for him to handle.


Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Look What I Got!


In this expansive four-page feature for Süddeutsche Zeitung, I created half a dozen whimsical-style illustrations for a special on derivatives. I decided to stick to black and dark blue for the artwork that includes an info-graphic design explaining what derivatives are. >MORE


Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Unsung Heroes


These are some of my latest mixed-media installments that I created for Psychologie Heute, Germany’s leading psychology magazine. The article was on heroic behavior in times of egalitarianism.


Thursday, May 26th, 2011



Here’s another multilayered illustration that I created for Süddeutsche Zeitung was for their SZ-Vinothek wine supplement. I again used warm colors and an intricate design for the piece. >MORE

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Call for Duty


Whew, just finished my judging duties for this year’s 3×3 Magazine Illustration Competition! Professional artists worldwide were invited to participate in the competition which assembles the best work of 2011 in an illustration annual that is mailed out to more than 6,000 art directors and art buyers in the US.

The jury consisted of Jason Treat, DD, The Atlantic; DJ Stout, Pentagram; Mark Reddy, AD, BBH, UK; Haika Hinze, AD, Die Zeit, Germany; Emiliano Ponzi, Illustrator, Italy; Andrea Innocent, Illustrator, Australia; Andrew Bannecker, Illustrator, USA; and yours truly.

It was fun seeing all that great work that is out there, thousands of fascinating samples from our wonderful and mysterious profession. Good luck to all participants!

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Neat Dreams


Here’s an art I did for Psychologie Heute magazine, Germany’s largest psychology-related monthly. It was created on the topic of cleaning up a messie’s life.

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Artwork for Career Guide

These are some of the whimscial illustrations I created for a career guide published by Munich’s University of Technology (my alma mater, incidentally). It offers careers advice to all students, doctoral candidates and alumni of Technische Universität München.


Dealing with topics from developing career strategies to surviving assessment centers, it provides valuable insider knowledge from companies and alumni from home and abroad.






Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Best of DIE ZEIT Wissen


The German newspaper DIE ZEIT publishes a weekly full page dedicated to science topics. My design on the history of psychotherapy got published in Christoph Drösser’s book Wissen in Bildern (Illustrated Science) which assembles the best infographics published in DIE ZEIT within the past two years.




Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Chosen by American Illustration 30


Four whimsical-style illustrations of mine have been chosen by American Illustration 30. After getting chosen for the Society of Illustrator’s 2011  annual book, this is the second time that my calendar has brought me luck.

The illustrations were taken from a self-published calendar of mine. Labelled “The Well-Tempered Year,” the calendar contains 13 full-sized whimsical illustrations with titles that are mocking famous novels (”The BOLD MEN and the Sea”, “Brave BLUE World”, “Howard’s FRIEND” etc.).

The works were among only 185 images from over 7,000 submitted to receive at least two votes from the jury and are therefore eligible to appear permanently on the American Illustration website.

My chosen images accompany the collection of all winning illustrations representing the best images from 2010. American Illustration is the industry’s flagship in sorting out the top of the crop in the world of illustration, showcasing art from promising newcomers and seasoned artist alike. The focus is on artistic work as opposed to mere commercial pieces.


Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Cross Country

This animated collage-style illustration for Süddeutsche Zeitung illustrates the topic of cross-country energy distribution, and employs geometrical cut-out shapes dealing with forms of energy and distribution networks. > MORE




Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Quiet up there!


Here is some mixed-media art that I have come up with for Psychologie Heute, Germany’s leading psychology magazine. The article was on minds that cannot stop pondering.



Friday, March 18th, 2011

Two-Page Cover Spread for Novum Design Magazine


I have been invited to create a two-page cover spread for novum: World of Graphic Design magazine, Germany’s oldest graphic arts publication. I employed a mixed-media style to create a city scene that’s abundant with wild animals.

The double cover spread was printed on heavy brown art paper that uses white coating to highlight specific elements. As a result, the art looks quite three-dimensional and almost as if it was assembled by hand – really cool ;-)



Monday, February 28th, 2011

Feature in novum Magazine

A feature about me has been published in novum: World of Graphic Design magazine, Germany’s oldest graphic arts publication that was founded in 1924. >MORE

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Cadavre exquis

In my latest assignment for Süddeutsche Zeitung, I have composed a cadavre exquis for the career section that runs across a major part of the page.

This formerly surrealist concept works with folded pages; the top parts showing the head of a person or animal, the middle parts the torso, and the bottom parts the legs.

My “exquisite corpse” shown below was designed in a slightly three-dimensional fashion. It consists of a cowboy, a crocodile, a gorilla, a robot, a little boy, a tree, a skirt, and a fish.



Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Event Calendar Design for Spring

The latest event guide for the German Trade Union (DGB) in Munich is out. I created both the jacket design and the inside illustrations. The postcard-sized brochure lists the many seminars and workshops and lectures and events and whatnot that the DGB provides for Munich this coming fall.

I chose a silhouette style for this one that was inspired by the golden era of scherenschnitte. The booklet is a huge success currently, I hear.