Samstag, 31. Dezember 2011

Yeti in Paris

Sadly I didn't make it to Paris to visit the Pictoplasma exhibition... but my little yeti did.
So nice to be a small part of this excellent character madness as the books, conferences and screenings are a major inspiration to me for ..oi :) ... over 10 years now. Would have loved to see the other 499 missing-link-creatures but I cross my fingers and hope they make it to the next Berlin conference in April.

Well, and as the end of 2011 is near: happy new year and 'guten Rutsch'!

..approx. ^ here

© pictures > Pictoplasma

Samstag, 24. Dezember 2011

Happy Holidays

'Hui' - just wrapped up the last presents...
I am a bit short of breath now but sincerely
wish you a Merry Christmas and relaxing, joyful holidays!

Donnerstag, 8. Dezember 2011

beer can design challenge

Threadless is doing a challenge with finch's beer for their 6% ABV IPA brew.
Mmmmmmm... beer...
This time I spotted it early so I had time to make not one but three (OoO) designs,
all to the same 'selfmade' theme: a strong finch for threadless.
Today is the LAST day of voting so I'd be grateful if you lovely people find the time to head over there to score/comment/like... these
and for any kind of feedback of course.

Here we go:

submitted tiger design and some sketches... changed a bit..

and snake...

... and elephant

Donnerstag, 3. November 2011





These 'fingerprints' came from an idea I had a while ago for ipad/iphone cases and skin designs.

The index finger is the hero of this little series as he takes the lead when navigating on a touch screen. He gets accompanied and cheered on by his fellow fingertips.

I uploaded it now on society6 — the only thing that bugs me a little is that the design gets misplaced on the iphone case but fits on the skin -'cause u only upload it once for both skin and case..but well, hope I'll find a way to fix this. (uff.) Here how they should look like...

Mittwoch, 12. Oktober 2011

sloth's cover shoot

In February the sloth I made for Klaus got the attention of documentary filmmaker Sonja Heiss, who wanted a picture of it for the cover of her book "Das Glück geht aus", in a particular setting in L.A. -as she was staying there, being a stipendiary of the Villa Aurora. I had to check with its current owner Klaus but as we all were convinced that it was in good hands, the furry thing then got picked up in Ludwigsburg, driven to Berlin to be then flown to L.A. and all the way back again.

So the slow thing got around a lot after all :)

The book got released last week and is now available for purchase. Go get it!

I just read the very first two chapters/stories and honestly, if I wouldn't have a deadline hanging over my head I would not put it down.

Sonja Heiss, "Das Glück geht aus",

Bloomsbury Verlag Berlin 2011

Freitag, 30. September 2011

character dealing with dust-mite-allergy

Two Illustrations for a kids' website from Stallergenes, a biopharmaceutical company, that informs about dust-mite-allergy. - The mites and the teddybear were already done and designed and I had to include them in the drawing.
Had a lot of fun working on this and hope the kids will like it.

suffering from the symptoms

happy and able to live with its allergy

allergy sufferers

Sketches for a character that shows the symptoms of a dust-mite-allergy but gets along just fine with the mites after learning about how to live with them and is meant for the 'kids' corner' of a biopharmaceutical companies website.

I was looking for an animal with no hairs so there wouldn't be a confusion with fleas or e.g. cats allergy and the cat would be allergic to him/herself... (well, would be fun too, though... or its only allergic to its sibling or parents... when turning thirteen... anyways, I'm rambling ..)
And the mites are too creepy as big like this :) in the final version it hugs a teddybear full of mites.

Samstag, 24. September 2011

KP - early character sketches

some early, rough character sketches for the Illustration project

I did for the learning system 'KnowldegePulse' (see below).

The idea here was to show the un-informed people, that do not use or know the learning software, suffer from high pressure, work stress and insecurity so they keep their heads down and loose a few feet (well, legs…).

...still like the faces and simple shapes a lot...

Dienstag, 20. September 2011

Illustrations for a learning system II

some more Illustrations for the KnowledgePulse project
server connection and mobile

Illustrations for a learning system

Knowledge Pulse is a software program developed and provided by Research Studios Austria, designed for companies and organizations to make the learning, training and administration process of knowledge acquisition more simple and more effective. Learning becomes easier for individuals by means of repetition, breaking down the learning content into small units and learning cards and using a push and pull system. KnowldegePulse tracks the users learning progress, gives reports and stats and provides simple content generation. (More info here.)

I was asked to do Illustrations for web and print that bring the benefits of KnowledgePulse across and liven up the content.

Here are some sketches and Illustrations of the project:

sketches for a positiv, well-informed character, using KnowledgePulse
and a negative, insecure and clueless one, who doesn't

sketch for showing the progress, employee gets better and more secure
(-not used)

sketches for the 'KP' people

negativ, stressed and positiv, confident trainer-character and sketches for female version

Illustration showing how usually traditional learning material gets forgotten

over-worked employee with little time for learning

learning step by step

push and pull system

easy administration


after - redesign for the icons
at the last one I tried to make it clearer and bring out the logo more

illustrated Forgetting Curve after Ebbinghaus