Dienstag, 10. Januar 2012
Samstag, 7. Januar 2012
"Just a deck of cards and a jug of wine... "(Hank Wiliams- Lost Highway)
Freitag, 6. Januar 2012
I imagined him as a trickster, daredevil and gambler who tried to play with the gods and failed. It is told that he could see the future but did it anyway. He did want to give the power to the humans even when it would also bring them grief and evil too.
I designed playing cards with Zeus, Prometheus and Pandora. Each can be identified by their attribute. Zeus, the god of thunder and king of the gods. Prometheus with the fire and the eagle and Pandora with her box.
You can find more information on the theatre event here:
The pictures didn't come out of the production though. I went by my first association and an line in a Hank Willams song that reminded me of a guy who wents into misery with his eyes wide open.
Donnerstag, 5. Januar 2012
Roald Dahl is one of my favourite authors. He is known for his childrens books but made some rather adult novels too.(nudge nudge) The main thing about his work is a sense of humor that makes him quite unique to me. It's almost black humor but innocent at the same time. Also he really knowns how to tell a story from the perspective of a child but without getting naive or cute. The world is full of dangers even for children too. At the age of eight he was caned by the headmaster of his school for putting a frog into one of the Jars of the local sweet shop. If you read his books the stories often are about a threat like this but in the end the children can outwit the cruel tormentors.Later he was a pilot for the RAF in Africa during the Second World War.
I tried to make both sides of him visible in my portait. He looks like a midcentury gentlemen with his suit, whiskey and cigarette but also has a boyish look (maybe because of the big head?)
Now take one of his books and enjoy!
Dienstag, 3. Januar 2012
Sketch for the villain in "Die Groszstadt" ...an evil ice cream selling clown. Maybe it is a clichée since John Wayne Gayce but I am sure the fear for clowns was known long before him. Archetypes work better for fairytales because they don't need long explainations. It's the same with horrormovies. Once they try to explain they are getting dull and boring.
Montag, 2. Januar 2012
(Hansel and Gretel in the big city)
Excerpt from illustration project at the university, 2010, during the lectureship of Lars Henkel. We had to come up with a new setting for the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. So in the story we don't have bread crumbs, a wood or a witch. Not even a oven I did choose an early 1930s city and an evil icecream selling clown as the witch.