Thursday, January 20th, 2011

World Market Leaders

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

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Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Wishful Thinking

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Süddeutsche Zeitung has published a double-page feature on happiness and luck that features a large opening illustration of mine, as well as a handful of smaller-sized icons. >more

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Top: Butterfly Girl
Below: Soccer Ball Bear

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Friday, January 7th, 2011

Illustrators 53 Opening Reception

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.

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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



Friday, December 17th, 2010

Happy Loners

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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.

>MORE PSYCHOLOGY

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TOP: Cocktail Party + Close-up View
BELOW: Noisy People with Megaphones

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TOP: Diver Underwater
BELOW: Inner View

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Packaging Mania

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



Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Energetic!

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A bunch of mixed-media illustrations on renewable energy has been published by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest daily newspaper. The spreads look really cool, and I am very happy about them :-)

>MORE COLLAGE

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TOP: Opening Illustration
BELOW: Wind Energy

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TOP: Solar Energy
BELOW: Energy from Water

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Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Don’t you just love this card from 1909?



Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Calendar for Book Lovers

+++ UPDATE +++ I’ve just been notified that the calendar has been selected to appear in the Society of Illustrator’s Illustrators 53 exhibit and annual book. +++ The work will be exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration in New York from January 5 through January 22, 2011. +++ Yee-haw! +++

A new calendar of mine has just returned from the printer’s. I called it The Well-Tempered Year, and it contains 13 whimsical illustrations that I created especially for this calendar, with titles that are mocking famous novels (”The BOLD MEN and the Sea”, “Brave BLUE World”, “Howard’s FRIEND” etc.).

The calendar is valid for all years to come. If you care to shop for Christmas, here’s the link. The price is 14$ for Europe and 20$ for elsewhere (includes shipping).

Some of the motifs are available as postcards also.

BELOW: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young SNOWman

TOP: Of Mice and ZEN
BOTTOM: Howard’s FRIEND

TOP: Breakfast at EPIPHANY’s
BOTTOM: Brave BLUE World

TOP: The BOLD MEN and the Sea
BOTTOM: In the Heat of the LIGHT

TOP: Call of the MILD
BELOW: Finnegan’s LAKE
BOTTOM: MORE and Peace



Thursday, November 4th, 2010

But How you’ve Grown, Son!

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These two images have been created for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest nation-wide published daily paper. They illustrate the topic of (gulp!) financial derivatives and warrants (”Derivate & Zertifikate”), and employ rather unusual imagery.

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Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

The World’s a Stage

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All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

(1)

At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.

(2)

And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.

(3)

And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow.

(4)

Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth.

(5)

And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part.

(6)

The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound.

(7)

Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

- From William Shakespeare’s As You Like It (1623)

>MORE COLLAGE



Monday, October 25th, 2010

The Delicate World of Lotte Gützlaff

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I already retain two works from German silhouette cutwork artist, Lotte Gützlaff, and have  just acquired three more of her “Scherenschnitte” artworks that I am showcasing here. Aren’t they simply wonderful? How she manages to use her scissors in such articulate detail is completely beyond me. True pieces of art.

Unfortunately, there is very little that I have managed to track down about Lotte Gützlaff. Apparently, she worked in Berlin in the 1920’s and 30’s, and counts as one of the most prolific silhouette artists from that era.

>Read more about the art of shair-en-shnit-ay at Antique Trader.

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TOP: Aschenputtel (Cinderella)
BELOW: Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen/
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(When God wishes to show true favor to someone,
he sends him out into the wide world)

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Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Vicked Vacuum Cleaner Craze

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Here’s a quirky mixed-media image that was created for DAS MAGAZIN, a cute little (well, not so little) cultural magazine from Germany, and one of the few East-German publications that managed the transition after the Wall came down. The artwork illustrates a short story about a vacuum cleaner in Berlin gone crazy. Wicked pissah!

>MORE COLLAGE



Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The Weary Traveler

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Here’s an editorial art about a traveler in Berlin, written from the viewpoint of an American study-abroad student. Turns out that no matter where you go and whatever you’ve been hoping to find (including finding yourself changed), you will always stay who you are. I thought the reflection of the traveler in the mirror inside the suitcase captures that concept quite well.

>MORE SPOT ART | >MORE TRAVEL



Thursday, September 30th, 2010

A is for Animal

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This is some of my latest mixed-media animal artwork showing an elephant, a lion, and a crocodile. Go, pets, go.

>MORE COLLAGE ART | >MORE ANIMALS

TOP: E is for Elephant (using a photo from my mom’s as a kid for the hare, and part of a shopping list from my grandmother’s for the elephant’s ear)
BELOW: L is for Lion
BOTTOM: C is for Crocodile

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Wall Street Fallout

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Here’s (yet another) image in mixed-media style on the ailing economy.