graphic design inspiration 2

25 03 2014

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hermann vogel

16 03 2014

I would like to introduce you to a german childrenbook illustrator that is not too well known today, HERMANN VOGEL, 1854 – 1921. he grew up in saxony and studied at the art academy in dresden. VOGEL’s illustrations are in the tradition of german ROMANTICISM, and their best known artists – LUDWIG RICHTER, MORITZ VON SCHWIND and CARL SPITZWEG. ALBERT HURTER introduced these artists and their illustration style to the disney studio and they influenced very much the look of the first animated feature films.

Hermann Vogel_musaeus 01
Hermann_Vogel-Cinderella-51
Hermann_Vogel-Mother_Hulda-51
Hermann_Vogel-The_Three_Little_Men_in_the_Wood
h.vogel H+G
HV1-1
HV14
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vogel.milde winter
VogelGrimm51

© hermann vogel





jiri trnka 7

14 03 2014

below some illustrations JIRI TRNKA created in 1958 for a children book with 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS stories. the black/white ones are masterful pen+ink drawings.

1 trnka  6992
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3 trnka 6993
4 trnka  6985
5 trnka  6990
6 trnka  6989
7 trnka  6988
8 trnka 6986
9 trnka 6987

© jiri trnka





Scheherazade

13 03 2014

scheherazade 5065 color 2





rainy day

23 02 2014

paris study rain





peder mørk mønsted’s travels

21 02 2014

this time I am posting some of PEDER MORK MONSTED’S paintings created during his frequent travels to switzerland and italy. born in 1859 in eastern denmark monsted had already studied with a landscape and portrait painter, before he moved at the age of 16 to copenhagen to attend the royal academy of art. in 1883 monsted went to paris where he worked with W.A.BOUGUEREAU, a year later he traveled to north africa and the following years he returned often to switzerland, southern france and italy. during WWI he stayed in norway and sweden, but in the 1920s and 1930s he returned to the mediterranean. monsted was a romantic artist who depicted the grandeur and monumental aspect of the landscape with a remakable eye for detail and color.

peder mork monsted 1928-6640
Peder_M_nsted_Springtime_at_Lac_L_man_in_Switzerland
Peder_Mønsted_-_Lac_Léman
Peder_Mork_Monsted_Woman_washing_clothes
Picture 259
The Ravello Coastline 1926
The Serenade 1907

© peder mørk mønsted





doodle 1.2

20 02 2014

doodle 214,





fun creations 4

11 02 2014

9wooden BG 216
10tiger AA 9122
8jojo E7712
7dino 227
6landscape pan A
5midnight 409 H
4opening dogs
3foliage test26
2interior A
1indian B626

© b i l d e r f a b r i k





peder mørk mønsted

26 01 2014

please go here to my earlier post from 8-2010 about PEDER MORK MONSTED for more information. below some more of his stunning landscapes

1monsted_ponte_campovasto
2Peder_M_nsted_View_of_Fredensborg_with_children_on_a_path_in_the_woods.n
3monsted 1885-6734 a view of anacapri
4By The River, Brondbyvester 1922
5monsted 1924-6543
6monsted 1921-6780
7monsted 1917-6757
8monsted 1903-6638
9a-sleigh-ride-through-a-winter-landscape-peder-monsted
10monsted 6619
11Peder_M_nsted_Town_scene_from_Innsbruck1909
12monsted 1898-6705

© peder mørk mønsted





die nibelungen

25 01 2014

the first film adaptation of the german epic poem DAS NIBELUNGENLIED from around 1.200 AD was done by legendary film director FRITZ LANG in two feature films – SIEGFRIED and DIE NIBELUNGEN, KRIEMHILD’S RACHE in the year 1924. only 90 years later I have started now visual development on an animated feature film project DIE NIBELUNGEN. HANNES RALL, who produced last year the animated short DAS KALTE HERZ, is writing the screenplay and will direct the film. financing for now comes from MFG film funding baden-wuerttemberg. we don’t have a finishing date yet but it might be a few years in production. I am excited to work on this epic project, it will be mostly traditional animation, the story is good and I can go visually wild, getting lost in the world of expressionistic painting. below some of my first designs.

1nibelungen
2nibelungen
3nibelungen
4nibelungen
5nibelungen

© hans bacher + hannes rall





la peau de chagrin 2

18 01 2014

my first post about this masterpice is from 2008, here now a lot more and better quality screen captures – LA PEAU DE CHAGRIN, ZAGREB FILM from 1960. script dragutin vunak and tomislav butorac, directed and designed by VLADIMIR KRISTL, animated by zlatko grgic, backgrounds by zvonimir loncaric.

la peau de chagrin 1
la peau de chagrin 2
la peau de chagrin 3
la peau de chagrin 4
la peau de chagrin 5
la peau de chagrin 6
la peau de chagrin 7

© zagreb film





ronald searle’s christmas carol

31 12 2013

for the last day of the year 2013 I want to show you some of my most favorite illustrations, RONALD SEARLE’S visual interpretation of CHARLES DICKENS’ – THE CHRISTMAS CAROL. searle illustrated this classic novel in 1960 and it was published by perpetua books, london. the way searle captures the mood of the story together with the english victorian period of time is I think unsurpassed by any other illustrator. his very special style, the way he mixes fat brushstrokes of black ink with a kind of nervous thin nib line, always fascinated me. but in these illustrations he adds a lot more, a very detailed world in the backgrounds beautifully colored in his very special watercolor style. this book is one of my treasures. have a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

searle dickens 15
searle dickens 16
searle dickens 18
searle dickens 19
searle dickens 20
searle dickens 21
searle dickens 22
searle dickens 23
searle dickens 24
searle dickens 25

© ronald searle / perpetua books





you are right

27 09 2013

birds 6a
birds 12a
birds 21a

if you believe these designs were from another axed disney animated film – you are right. more about it in the next post…

© disney enterprises, inc





down the drain

24 09 2013

fraidy 1

ANDREAS DEJA just posted his beautiful designs for the main characters on a project that was called FRAIDY CAT, and that was eventually shelved after the story had been systematically destroyed. when the story research group presented the rough 3 page treatment to me and aked me for my opinion, I thought first it was a continuation of 101 DALMATIANS. it was a charming crime story taking place in london of the sixties, a bit of HITCHCOCK’S ‘REAR WINDOW’ with animals. I told them it was the best treatment I read for a very long time and we should start immediately to develop it. what I did, andreas joined later. it was planned for CG, so I designed everything very stylized, a bit still remembering the look of another shelved project only a few months prior to that – WILD LIFE. the original author was apparently not good enough, another one was hired, and more followed – it went more and more down the drain. my interest followed, the charme was gone. well, I did not experience this for the first time – too bad. I still hear myself screaming in meetings, until I finally left. below some of my designs for the environment.

fraidy 2
fraidy 3
fraidy 5
fraidy 6
fraidy 7
fraidy 8
fraidy 9
friday 10
friday 11
fraidy 12

© disney enterprises, inc





robert cottingham

5 09 2013

ROBERT COTTINGHAM was born in 1935 in brooklyn. in the late sixties he was member of a group that became well known as the PHOTO-REALISTS, as a reaction against ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM. cottingham documented urban signage, especially colorful advertising billboards, with his camera and transferred the images into meticulous paintings and prints. I am fascinated by his work – see yourself, some of his artwork below

1.004 1973 Hot lithograph 53.3 x 53 cm
039 1991 Don't Walk metal relief print 23.8 x 51.1 cm
2.001 1975 Tattoo lithograph 86.4 x 86.4 cm
4.07 2009 An American Alphabet G lithograph 78.1 x 52.7 cm
5.022 1979 The Spot oil on canvas 81.3 x 81.3 cm
6.023 1985 Star lithograph 54.9 x 53.9 cm
7.056 1988 Barber Shop oil on canvas 81.3 x 81.3 cm
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9.3.000_1968_Ralph_s_II_Robert_Cottingham
10.041 1985 Rialto hand-coloured lithograph 45.7 x 45.7 cm
11.24a 1973 Fox lithograph 53.1 x 53.3 cm
12.052 1988 Santa Fe woodcut on paper 77.2 x 77.8 cm
13.059 1989 Blues aquatint on paper 25.7 x 45.7 cm
14.061 1989 Frankfurters-Hamburgers, from the Cottingham Suite lithograph 26.7 x 26.7 cm
15.063 1991 Nite woodcut on paper 127 x 92.7 cm
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17.118 2012 Empire IV oil on canvas 122 x 244 cm

© robert cottingham

I wanna thank BILL PECKMAN for introducing me to the artist and
POUL WEBB for his fantastic BLOG





expressionism in film

3 09 2013

EXPRESSIONISM comes from latin – EXPRESSIO, the ‘expression’. before WWI it was a development in style that was mainly aimed against naturalism and impressionism. expressionism became the ART of ENHANCED EXPRESSION.

1calig poster

the characteristics of expressionism in film were painted- instead of built-sets, as well as distorted perspectives and high contrast in lights and darks. inspired by paintings and some theatre experiments like MAX REINHARDT at the deutsches theater in berlin, a few directors tried to come up with similar solutions for film after WWI. grotesque phantastic worlds were shown as a mirror of psychic nightmares. budgets in german and austrian films were not comparable to hollywood, and alone for that reason, the producers tried to compensate the missing technology and expensive set-designs in different ways. the art in those days was willing to experiment everywhere, what was leading in film as well to radikal new solutions.

2Original sketch for a scene in The Cabinet of Dr Caligari from Lotte Eisner
6calig big 2
3.1921-Werner-Krauss-Conrad-Veidt-Cabinet-of-Dr-Caligari-bhs443a
4cabinett of caligari comp

famous examples are robert wiene’s DAS KABINETT DES DR.CALIGARI 1919, friedrich wilhelm murnau’s NOSFERATU 1921, paul wegener’s DER GOLEM 1920, karl grune’s DIE STRASSE 1923, fritz lang’s DR.MABUSE DER SPIELER 1922, and georg wilhelm pabst’s DIE FREUDLOSE GASSE 1925. the expressionist silent film featured very prominent actors, like GRETA GARBO, CONRADT VEIDT, POLA NEGRI, FRITZ KORTNER, ASTA NIELSEN and WERNER KRAUSS and became a major style influence in international film in its time.
later especially two film genres were influenced by german expressionistic film – HORROR FILM and FILM NOIR.

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7calig.comp 2
8calig comp 3
9the others 1
10the others 2





wilhelm m.busch 35

2 09 2013

WILHELM M.BUSCH was before WWII and after the war in the early fifties a PRESSE-ZEICHNER, a drawing artist hired by a newspaper to cover events with drawings where no photographs were available. today you still have one job like that left, the courtroom illustrator.
the first 2 illustrations are an example for that, the next is from his time as a soldier in 1944, a pen+ink drawing. the following 2 are from 1972 and 1979.
someone asked about his technique, well – he probably did some rough outline sketch in pencil or light ballpointpen and drew right on top of that in ink. his final illustration is so loose that I can’t imagine he traced a very elaborate sketch. in some cases you can still see the sketchy lines of his rough. the classroom drawing was just ‘written’ down like that without any sketch, I am sure. I have a lot more to come form work catalogues where the reproduction quality is much better.

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2busch4541

© wilhelm m.busch





beauty of art 5

1 09 2013

beauty of art 5





two for tea

13 08 2013

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

DAAN JIPPES did this limited edition poster around 1981 in connection with the publication of his comic strip album TWEE VOOR THEE. daan is a master in the art of visual storytelling, he created numerous covers and stories for the dutch DISNEY comic magazine, spent some years at disney publications in L.A. and from around 1989 at disney animated feature film. we worked together for many years, at disney and amblimation. he is an incredible artists, can draw like ‘hell’ and is a good friend.

© daan jippes





t.s.sullivant

12 08 2013

Minolta DSC

one of the rare SULLIVANT illustrations in color. from the nancy beiman collection, thank you nancy

© t.s.sullivant








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