Friday, February 18th, 2011

The Invisible Gorilla Walking

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.

Saturday, February 12th, 2011



Here’s a mixed-media illustration of mine on the topic of ubiquitous healthcare that was created for a publication from a large health insurance company.


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







Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Wishful Thinking


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



Top: Butterfly Girl
Below: Soccer Ball Bear


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.


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


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.



TOP: Cocktail Party + Close-up View


TOP: Diver Underwater
BELOW: Inner View


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



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 :-)





TOP: Opening Illustration
BELOW: Wind Energy



TOP: Solar Energy
BELOW: Energy from Water



Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


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

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!


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.



Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

The World’s a Stage


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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)


Monday, October 25th, 2010

The Delicate World of Lotte Gützlaff


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.




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



Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Vicked Vacuum Cleaner Craze


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!


Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The Weary Traveler


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.