___ During the last couple of months I occupied myself intensively with the opera ‘Manon Lescaut’ by Giacomo Puccini. Together with five other illustrators I made a graphic novel which will be published by none other than The Berliner Philharmoniker. Each one of us illustrated another part of the book. Besides me Asuka Grün, Marina Friedrich and Magdalena Kaszuba had the pleasure of drawing the different acts. In addition Jens Cornils drew parts of Puccinis biography and Laura Edelbacher made a beautiful poster which simultaneously works as a jacket for the book. I illustrated act two.
Editorial design by Laura Edelbacher and Alexandra Kardinar.
___ When my brother and I were younger our parents used to tell us that the ‘Nachtgiger’ is going to eat us, if we would stay outside after it got dark. Like the Bogeyman it is a mythical creature used by adults or older children to frighten children into good behavior…
___ It once again was a total pleasure to work for Business Punk. This is one of the two illustrations I made dealing with the subject of fights which happen at your workplace. We found some animals which represent different types of ‘office enemies’ and put together a jungle scene.
___ When moving from one place to another, while having to pack moving boxes I each time find myself sitting on the floor, looking at old photos and other memory stuff, wondering how time can pass by so quickly… When moving from Nuremberg to Hamburg last year I found this notebook in a memory box. I was seven years old when I made this ‘comic’ and obviously I already liked drawing and making up stories with animals involved…
___ Awesome things happened, and I didn’t even share the news! I had some pretty stressful weeks with a lot of work, but now I catch up on it.
In august I participated in this contest from Adobe and Dance (RED) save lives. I submitted my work and forgot almost instantly about it and didn’t think one second about the possibility to win this… But in the last week of september (RED) sent me an email telling me I’m the winner and that I need to get everything organised to travel to New York City only one week later to design the Dance (RED) save lives 2 album cover with the legendary street artist Futura. I was completely overwhelmed, almost shocked but also happy and excited. So I spent an awesome week in NYC, met Futura and Steven Charny (on the pictures above you can see us in the Apple Store in SoHo. Steven interviewed me and Futura about our work and the collaboration) and I also made an appointment at the New York Times to meet two art directors for showing them my portfolio, which was a very nice experience… Thanks everybody who was involved, I had a great time.
___ Out now: The new issue of Business Punk. I made an illustration for an article about the decision wether you should leave your work-related comfort zone or stay in it. I had total creative freedom. It’s awesome and very satisfying to work for clients who trust you and who are confident that you come up with something that fits their needs.
___ I recently made 4 illustrations for mobil magazine. It’s a magazine which is on display in german trains. I had to come up with ideas for initial letter illustrations for each double page. The text is an extract of a crime novel by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir.