Monday, January 26, 2015

Illustration for WallStreet Journal

I have a new illustration in today's WallStreet Journal, about Quasi Franchises. Here's the article

This new proposed direction for franchises supplies the infrastructure and backbone for the individual franchisees, while they can brand the place their own way and have much more independence. From the outside, it looks like a stand-alone business.

Here are some of the other sketches. The kitchen scene would have been fun but perhaps too complex for a small spot. I also liked the octopus franchise, but it was perhaps a bit negative.

The astronaut was a nice iconic solution that would be a lot of fun to draw. The biggest challenge was how much or how little detail to give to the astronaut's face.
Thanks so much to Art Directors Orlie Kraus and Sheryl Dermawan for the fun assignment. Always a pleasure.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Holidays

Wishing everyone very Happy Holidays and all the best in the new year!
Don't let the Yeti get you!

Edit: Sorry about the broken links, all fixed now!

Time also to look back– how was Your year??

For me, one of the highlights was the 30th Anniversary of the MFA Illustration program here at SVA, which was celebrated with a big exhibition and numerous events.

But even aside from that, this year had everything: Nice projects, some even from Germanycomics-festivals, motivated and talented students, visits from high dignitaries, books, books, books, and let's also not forget: WE won the World Cup!

Let's hope that 2015 will continue just the same way.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

SVA Illustration Summer Residency 2014

The SVA Illustration Summer Residencies are in full swing, and the first group of students is already done! The second group is starting now through August. It's a very international group from all corners of the earth, and it's always a huge pleasure to work with them.

Congrats to the June 2014 students!
The Illustration Residency is a one-month bootcamp in which students have illustration and visual storytelling classes, go to exhibitions, events and artists' studios, experience the cultural richness of New York City, and have a (hopefully) amazing time together.

The principal instructors are Viktor Koen, Anna Raff, Lisel Ashlock and me, plus guest lectures by the likes of Paul Buckley, Aaron Meshon and Marshall Arisman, for example.

In my Visual Storytelling class, the students create work on the spot
Setting up for the Open Studios
Open Studios / mini-exhibition at the end of the residency
For more info, check also last year's blog post about it, visit the SVA Website, follow the residency on twitter and facebook, or contact program coordinator Keren Moscovitch.

Monday, July 7, 2014

New York Times Sunday Business Cover

Had the pleasure of illustrating a cover and interior spot for the Sunday Business section of the New York Times. Art Director Minh Uong, with whom I've worked since his time at the Village Voice, asked me to do something sequential.

The story is about Shanesha Taylor, who was arrested for leaving her children in a car during an important job interview. It's written by Shaila Dewan and you can read it here.

The challenge with sequential editorial pieces is that the image is a bit fractured and cannot be as bold as one single image.

After a first round of sketches, we tried to increase the graphic impact by using one large panel and a few smaller ones.

As the project progressed, we rearranged the panels several times, till everybody was content with the flow of the story.

For the interior, we did a simple comic-strip of 3 images. For the cover, we used one large, loud image and and four smaller panels.

Thanks again to AD Minh Uong and the New York Times!

Friday, June 20, 2014

3x3 Illustration Annual

Yay, my piece depicting the German House in NY from last year's show at the Consulate General got into the 3x3 Illustration Annual!

Here is the full list of all the winners. Congrats to everybody, and many thanks to all the judges and 3x3!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pencil Factory Exhibition in London

The fine folks of Durch Uncle, an illustration agency with offices in London, New York and Tokyo, curated an exhibition of past and present members of The Pencil Factory studios, at the Pan Macmillan Artspace.

The photos of the space and show look amazing and I'm very glad to be part of it with so many talented individuals. Above is a photo of the image I submitted.

You can see most of the framed pieces on their website, and they also prepared a neat press release. Thanks again to Dutch Uncle and Leandro Castelao of making the contact!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Last-But-Not-Least LOLA And The Wild Chicken

The second book of the chapter book series Last-But-Not-Least LOLA, written by Christine Pakkala and published by Boyd Mills, is going to print soon! Amazon has already the listing here.

I've created close to a hundred illustrations for this book and just received the advance reader copy. It's so cool to see it come together. The ARC doesn't have all my illus in it, but it gives a nice preview of things to come and has the entire text, of course.

In this installment, a new girl joins the class which changes the dynamics between the main characters, and the big final is at a farm where they get chased by a big rooster and other animals.

Below are some of my favorites. Many thanks to Christine for her lovely story, and to Rebecca Davis and Robbin Gourley for working with me. Last-But-Not-Least Lola and the Wild Chicken is out this fall!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cover for 11 Freunde magazine

 A very exciting project I've worked on is no published and I can talk about it: I did the cover for the 150th issue of the German soccer magazine 11 Freunde. The cover story is about the current "super-coaches" in European soccer, and they were inspired by my BEHOLDER comics to draw them in an old-school Marvel way as comic heroes. I also did a few interior illustrations of more coaches.

After some sketching we actually ended up using a direct reference of a picture in Journey Into Misery 5, just replacing my "Mighty Protectors" with the aforementioned super-coaches. The final is printed with two spot-colors which will make the art-work pop nicely, and is also similar to the 2-3 color designs I create for my own comics covers. I can't wait to see it in person!

Thanks so much to Sabine Kornbrust and the entire editorial team of 11 Freunde for a dream project! Get your copy now!
Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Pablo Simeone for the interiors.

The original page from Journey Into Misery 5 that the cover was inspired by.