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.
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
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 ;-)
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.
For the German edition of The Invisible Gorilla (Piper Verlag), I created a fun little flip book animation that shows a walking gorilla. The animation is placed at the bottom of the pages.
If a gorilla walked out into the middle of a basketball pitch, you’d notice it. Wouldn’t you? The Invisible Gorilla is a fascinating look at the unbelievable, yet routine tricks that your brain plays on you.
Christopher F. Chabris and Daniel J. Simons won the 2004 Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology for Gorillas in Our Midst. Chabris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Union College in New York.
In another assignment for Süddeutsche Zeitung, I have created a number of illustrations on world market leaders. The four-page extra features interviews with market leaders in a variety of different branches.
I came up with a large splash illo in collage style and a bunch of circle-shaped icons that visualize the various branches (wind turbines, toys, etc.). I also designed colorful silkscreen print emulations of the enterpreneurs that got interviewed. >more
Tonight is the opening reception for the Illustrators 53 Sequential and Uncommissioned Categories at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators.
My The Well-Tempered Year calendar got selected for the show and annual. Too bad I can’t be there – but those of you who go, hope you’ll have loads of fun.
Thanks to the jury, Monika Aichele, Nicholas Blechman, Leo Espinosa, Tomer Hanuka, Aviva Michaelov, Francoise Mouly, George Pratt, Graham Roumieu, and Mark Stamaty – and congrats to the winners in that category, Asaf Hanuka, Nora Krug, Philippe Petit-Roulet, Brian Rea, and Matt Rota! >more
These are my mixed-media illustrations that I created for Psychologie Heute, Germany’s leading psychology magazine. The article was on introspection and analysed the phenomenon of people that tend to separate themselves from the crowds – not because they are shy but because they choose to stay alone.
I have created a great variety of packaging designs for empty tin boxes that (blush) have turned out almost too cool to bear :-) (And they feel good, too!)
The designs come in different shapes and sizes – for coffee, tea, sugar, flour, rice, pasta, cookies, bread, cereal, pet food, toys, gifts and bottles.
Each box design uses geometrical shapes for the background, and hand-drawn illustrations that visualize its content. The boxes are currently being sold in selected toom stores, a retail chain and a division of REWE, Germany’s second largest food retailer. >more
TOP: Tin Coffee Box with Lid BELOW: Square Tin Tea Box
TOP: Square Sugar Tin Box BELOW: Rectangular Flour Tin Box
TOP: Rectangular Cereal Tin Box with Lid BELOW: Round Pasta Tin Box
TOP: Heart-shaped Tin Gift Box BELOW: Small Gift Tin Box Cube
TOP: Round Cookie Tin Box with Window BELOW: Bottle Tin Box BOTTOM: XL Rectangular Pet Food Tin Box
I am an illustrator, a cartoonist, and a designer. I work for a great many international clients from North America, Asia, and Europe. My clients include Random House, The Christian Science Monitor, Kiplinger, Ritzenhoff, Rowohlt, DIE ZEIT, The Writer, Prospect Magazine, New Scientist, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Natur, F.A.Z., Haymarket, Deutsche Bank, Welt am Sonntag, DER SPIEGEL, dtv, Lübbe, Psychologie Heute, and the Munich Oktoberfest.