Workbook Cover

wbThe kind people at Workbook decided they wanted my work on the wrap around cover of their Spring Directory. I think it’s so cool. The design inside and out is really really nice. Thanks!

SILA!

Last post reminds me that the illustration ‘Future of Copyright’ was also selected a winner by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles. Unfortunately it wasn’t on the walls of the gallery because the framed artwork arrived heavily damaged in LA.

Computer Arts Illustration Annual

copyI’m always happy when someone advocates for the profession of illustration, I love the profession. I think illustration can contribute so much not only in terms of selling a product or illuminating a magazine. It can really help to get your message across, to engage people, to evoke a emotional or intellectual reaction, establish a visual identity and so on. So I was happy that Computer Arts contacted me with the news they would publish an illustration Annual nad asked if they could feature som of my work. By all means! Thank you so much! The series for das Deutsches Schauspielhaus was published as well as the ‘Future of Copyright’ done for Slow Management. Btw you can get your copy here, it’s nice!

spipIf only I had my way with words…. I would describe what I feel looking at this picture. I would find a better substitute for ‘proud’. Proud sounds to much like you think you’re good, you have accomplished something. It would be something more like a silent joy, afraid someone would come along and take it from you. Feeling blessed. Fortunate.
Last year I was invited by Johnny Bekaert for a group show tributing the famous comicbook character Spirou/Robbedoes who turned 75. Each illustrator was asked to contribute a fake bookcover.
I was both thrilled and terrified. The artist who made Spirou famous, Andre Franquin, is my hero, one of the reasons I wanted to become an artist myself. Especially his series of Gaston and Idées Noires are beyond comparison. One of the most vivid childhood memories I have, I must have been 8 yrs old or so, was the, for me devastating, dissapointment he did not show up at a comicbook fair for a signing session as he was suffering from depressions.
Anyway, trying to make a tribute would be nothing less then a blasphemy. I ended up with this image where Spip the squirrel, Spirou’s sidekick is taking over spirou’s identity. Not without coincidence my daughters, especially the oldest, happens to be fans of Spip.
About a month ago the publisher of the Spirou books, Dupuis, contacted me because they wanted to use my work, and some other works from the exhibition, for T-shirts for their employers to wear on a publishers convention. The honor! Part of the deal was they would make two in my daughters’ sizes.
So in this picture some of my favorite and most important things come together. This picture shows for a large part who I am. But I’m not half the illustrator nor half father I would like to be. So much to learn, so proud is not the right word. But I’m carefully glowing inside. I’m one lucky bastard

Acknowledgements for the 3×3 Cover

I posted before on the incredible honour to be featured in 3×3 magazine, on contemporary illustration. Charles Hively, publisher surprised me twice this year with the news that the cover was voted in the juried competitons of Applied Arts Annual and HOW’s International Design Awards. Oh and was chosen for American Illustration as well. Three times hurray! Oh and also a piece for DSH was also chosen for American Illustration!

 

Communication Arts

agencyWhile in New York for the opening of the SOI Show I received the wonderful news that the poster I did for the Agency Group was selected a winner in Communication Arts Illustration Annual! Art Director Mark Kingsley came up with the idea of designing the roster for this client as a poster designed twice a year by a different illustrator. I guess I was the third or fout=rth to do this and it’s starting to become a realy nice series. Proud to be in the good company of illustrator like Melinda Beck, Noah Woods and David Plunkert

Art Directors Club

adc I Guess I nailed it…

So exciting to receive both a Silver and a Bronze Award from the Art Directors Club Germany for the theatre poster series for Das Deutsches Schauspielhaus. The awards are, as you can see, nails. What shall I built next?!

Society of Illustrators

It’s been so long since I updated my nFingersews section…It’s hard to still call it ‘news’. Anyway, let’s try to catch up. In february 2013 I had the pleasure to return to NYC for the opening show at the Society of Illustrators. I was lucky enough to get in the show with three pieces. In editorial the illustration “Fingers Crossed’ for Bunker Hill Community College (funny recently I watched ‘Good Will Hunting’ for he first time, this College features in that movie) and two posters from the series for Das Deutsches Schauspielhaus in advertising. Always an heartfelt honor to be included in this show with so many talented artists!

Gold Award at Eurobest

DSH_AIDA_IMGThe series of posters for Das Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg received the Gold Award for the illustrations and the Bronze Award for the design at the Eurobest Festival ( ‘The European Festival of Creativity, Launched in 1988, Eurobest is Europe’s leading annual awards competition for creative excellence’) ! Congrats to the client and many thanks to the ad agency THJNK and off course A.D. Patricia Wetzel. A selection of the illustrations can be seen here.

Cover illustration for 3×3 magazine

3x3COVER_IMGProud to announce that my work is honored with a feature article in the upcoming issue of 3×3 Magazine. The article is written by Klaas Verplancke, photographs taken by John Vane. Thanks Klaas en John! Also I was trusted to provide the cover on the theme ‘conceptual illustration’
Other featured illustrators are Harry Campbell (interviewed by Tim O’Brien) and Beppe Giacobbe (interviewed by Valeria Petrone)
Many many thanks to editor and design director Charles Hively!
Issue 22, is already up for preorder here: http://shop.3x3mag.com/collections/back-issues/products/3×3-issue-22-pre-order I’ll be posting some more on this when I receive my copies