This site is dedicated to the love for graphic arts. For the most part, it contains free works in the field of vector based illustrations as well as drawings made with ink, ballpoint pens and stencils. Typographic illustrations are also a part of this selection that will grow as time goes by. The last part of my gallery shows selected client projects. Visitors who wish to see more projects realised for clients are kindly requested to download my portfolio or contact me.
Enjoy your trip through my cabinet of graphic arts and don't forget to pay a visit every once in a while to discover new works which will be added to this gallery continuously.
It’s always a pleasure to discover, to learn and to apply new techniques and features graphic design software producers provide day by day. Some of these features are that comfortable and entertaining to use that I hit CMD/CTRL + N just for the sake of creating new material by experimenting with them. The result is a hard drive packed with studies & experiments.
Some of these studies are presented in this gallery. Most of them are pure vector-based, the way I prefer to draw as vector applications make it possible to create shiny and crisp illustrations. Furthermore, the non-destructive workflow makes me experiment even more while keeping the work highly editable. What a lucky era for visual artists...
No matter how effective the workflow using digital techniques might be, no matter how much innovations are included in the updates, graphic artists should always have a bunch of traditional techniques in their arsenal taking them back to the real world where mistakes can not be undone by simply hitting CMD/CTRL + Z.
That's why traditional techniques force us to be mindful and to think ahead while creating or even before starting a new project. This mindset is also crucial to think more strategic when we get back into the digital realm. Besides, I love the smell of ink, graphite, rubber & Co and to touch the surface of the material I am about to turn into a piece of graphic art.
Typography is an important topic amongst graphic designers when it comes to micro typography and readability for a good reason. But it also can be used as a form of expression to deliver a specific idea. That means, typography can be transformed into illustration.
The third part of this gallery contains typographic illustrations or illustrative typography where the boundaries between these visual disciplines vanish. It is the Marshall Mc Luhan approach: “The medium is the message.” Some of them were created for t-shirt prints but most of them are studies, created just for the love for playful vector and vexel typography.
This project was realised in 2010 in collaboration with the Steinray Naturestone & Mosaic Design company. The task was to illustrate and design a mosaic artwork for 150 squaremeters sited on the front facade of the FC St. Pauli football stadium in Hamburg - Germany. The design consists of illustrations depicting the pirate image of the football club. The level where this mosaic design was placed, contains a kindergarden, a worldwide unique combination. I have chosen a more cartoonish approach for this reason. Three different naturestones representing the main colours of the football club where used. The portfolio for client projects contains more detailed photos of this project.
Although this project is not as spacious as the one above, it was still fun and challenging to execute. The cover art for ABAZA, a rap artist from Kassel - Germany was illustrated and designed in 2016. This project made it to this selection because it stands for a suitable example of research and development of illustration techniques which I have discovered on the internet, learned and applied directly to an ongoing project. The portfolio for client projects contains more detailed images of this project.
The funniest thing to draw are kids and the funniest thing to design are picture books for kids! I have to admit that I have discovered this simple fact fairly late in my career. Nonetheless, I have started to put more emphasis on realising projects like this Tupsi & Topsi picture book series written by Esma Akkaya. I can boldly say that creating crisp, sharp and shiny vector illustrations with clear shapes and popping colours for children's picture books is my new passion. The portfolio for client projects contains more detailed images of this project.