Tagged: germany
  1. 4

    Jun 2015

    Christoph Niemann

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    Christoph Niemann is an award-winning illustrator, artist, and author. Born in Waiblingen, Germany in 1970, he studied Graphic Design at the State Academy of Fine Art in Stuttgart, between 1991 and 1997. After completing his studies, Niemann moved to New York and began his career as an illustrator.

    In 2010 he was bestowed the honor of being inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall Of Fame. The only club that can boast Paul Rand, Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, Andy Warhol and Jim Henson as members.

    So, how did Christoph Niemann get his name included among such greats in less than 15 years?

    Well, his path has been an expensive one, which has seen his work go from strength to strength both personally and commercially. It has seen him work with esteemed publications such as The New Yorker, Time, Wired, The New York Times Magazine. As well as leading corporate clients include Google, Amtrak, Herman Miller and The Museum of Modern Art.

    Niemann is habitually starting projects and in July 2008 he started writing and illustrating Abstract Sunday (previously known as the whimsical Abstract City) as part of the New York Times blog. A personal series in which he explores New York, pop culture, food, music and family life. Using a cross-section of media, from the tradition to the not so traditional, such as Lego, napkins, and leaves. The visual and often abstract series was (and still is) hugely popular putting Christoph Niemann’s name on everyone’s lips. In 2012 Abrams Books compiled sixteen chapters of the blog into highly praised Abstract City.

    Abstract City is one of his many books and projects. More recently Niemann released an interactive picture book for iPad and iPhone called Petting Zoo. Where, quite simply you get to swipe and tap 21 hand-drawn animals in the most amusing, adorable and soothing way.

    For Niemann, concept and visuals go hand-in-hand, he never compromises on either one and is always taking a different approach to best convey the narrative or message. He often plays with our preconceptions and pokes fun at the status quo. Unafraid to be politically contentious nor unashamedly straightforward. The strength of Niemann’s work lies in its clarity and its ability to instantly connect with the viewer. No matter how simple his illustrations sometimes appear, they always invite the viewer to look again.

  2. 19

    Dec 2014

    Laura Müller

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    Laura Müller aka Laumii is a comic artist and illustrator from Berlin, Germany. She has contributed to Undo’s Mega Man Tribute, and Subway to Sally Storybook. Ms Müller is the artist of Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits. Written by Vera Greentea, the first two volumes were funded by Kickstarter and the third volume is live on Kickstarter now.

    The vibrant and very cute illustrations of Laura Müller have a very lively quality to them. Though her style tends to lean towards manga, a western animation influence is very visible. Mr Müller has a varied colouring technique, all very strong, but I think her watercolours and her digital paintings are perticularly pleasing.

    You can find more of Laura Müller’s work on DeviantArt and tumblr.

  3. 12

    Feb 2014

    Wilhelm M. Busch (1908 – 1987)

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    William Martin Busch was born in Breslau, Germany. His father was a painter and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. During Mr. Busch’s professional life he jumped from decorative painter to press illustrator, freelancing as artist, then sharing his wisdom as a teacher. Not least, amidst it all, illustrating over 300 books. Duly earning recognition and the distinguished Edwin Scharff Prize.

    Mr. Busch’s style ranges from meticulous and realistic renders, to loose and speedy sketches. Of which his entire gamut is equally enchanting. Personally, I am besotted by Mr. Busch’s more relaxed linework. He could capture the essence and gesture of a moment at a level that is rarely achieved.

    There are a couple of great websites that feature a ton of Wilhelm M. Busch’s work, head to Hans Bacher’s blog and Deja View.

  4. 8

    Aug 2013

    Sheree Domingo

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    Sheree is currently studying Illustration and Comic Art at the Achool of Art and Design Kassel, Germany. Her blog has a huge amount of work, especially comics. I love her alternative ‘indie’ style, which is quite abstract and loose. I really hope to see her work in my favourite comic shop, Gosh in London, one day soon. She seems the sort to be unconstrained by our ‘set rules’ of how to create comics, and I believe it’s people like her who will break the mould and do incredibly exciting things with the medium.

  5. 9

    Jul 2013

    André Smatik Ljosai

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    Today on The Lounge we have super talent André Smatik Ljosai aka Smatik. Art direction, illustration, motion graphics and graphic design are amongst his skill set, with many of the world’s biggest brands flocking to his creativity. He is also a trained lithographer and scallywag graffiti artist. He lives and works in Denmark, with clients including Aljazeera, Audi, Coca-Cola, Gilette, Haribo and Virgin Airlines.

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