"This illustration was for the gardening book section and I just loved the idea of the polar bear planting ice flowers at the North Pole." Nicholas Blechman, art director; The New York Times Book Review, client.
"Memories of a civil war haunt the refugee and are like distant stage settings to his new life in the USA." Nicholas Blechman, art director; The New York Times Book Review, client.
"The Will and The Power, evil twins. Personal piece."
"The cover story was about specific character types often found in short stories: bold, exaggerated and sometimes shady ones are emerging from the typewriter." Roger Browning, art director; The Guardian, client.
"What are your files doing when you aren't watching? Ever wanted to find a paper you were sure that you archived it properly?" Cori Canady, art director; Common Grounds Magazine, client.
"A very fun project about the fact that it's never too late to learn to do ANYTHING!" Tim Gough, art director; Philly Magazine, client.
"For a story about the secret wife of Louis XIV. When looking at the original painting, I wondered who else could hide in his giant coat." Nicholas Blechman, art director; The New York Times Book Review, client.
"Topsy Turvy, a fun project for the London-based Nobrow Magazine. It shows an upside-down world and fairly dystopian scenery." Alex Spiro, art director; Nobrow Magazine, client.
Duration: About five years.
Staff: Although I work basically by myself, I love to discuss my work with colleagues and friends at my studio.
Education: I studied illustration at the University of Arts Berlin and a year at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain.
Cultural Influences: My work has developed out of a printmaking process. From George Grosz to Raymond Pettibon, from woodcuts and screenprints to papercuts, from popular vintage graphics to comic books, I’m really interested in different visual languages and I’m always looking out for something new and interesting.
Environment: My studio is right at Rosenthaler Platz, in the heart of Berlin Mitte District, right above the Bongout Gallery. I share the place with other illustrators, visual artists...and my collection of books.
Philosophy: Be enthusiastic about what you do.