german illustration 1.4

24 11 2018

© STERNchen

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black friday…

23 11 2018

just noticed – it’s BLACK FRIDAY today, the freaking shopping go crazy day! in case you still have room in your shopping carts, a reminder – my book VISION – COMPOSITION AND COLOR FOR FILM  is available. here is the amazon link





german illustration 1.3

23 11 2018

© STERNchen





german illustration 1.2

22 11 2018

© STERNchen





german illustration 1.1

21 11 2018

© STERNchen





german illustration 1.0

20 11 2018

over the last close to 60 years I was able to put together a huge collection of movies, books and magazines. most about the themes film, animation, illustration photography and classic art. whenever I moved to another part in the world I had to reduce the masses of boxes with that collection. that resulted in throwing a lot away and cutting most of the magazines into pieces. especially from the early fifties and sixties I have only cutout-illustrations and photographs left. 

since there is no publication about that period of time in illustration this cutout archives is priceless and I look at it as a treasure. even as a little boy I was fascinated by that art and it probably was one of the reasons why I became an illustrator as well.

I don’t think I will have the oportunity to publish a book with all these treasures, but I can make them available to whoever is interested here on my blog. 

in most cases I have the names of these illustrators, but I don’t know anything about them. it is nearly impossible to find some more information through the internet. please be so kind and let me know if you know more about one of them.

nearly all these children novel illustrations were published within the german weekly magazine STERN, where a smaller 8 page children edition STERNchen was included. even WILHELM M.BUSCH contributed illustrations for that ‘mini’-magazine. my favorite artist at that time was DIETER LANGE, he started in 1955 probably right after his artschool to illustrate for the magazine, and he continued until the eighties with illustrations for adult novel series.

here are a few covers of that ‘mini’ magazine…

the following illustrations were all created by DIETER LANGE in the early sixties…

see also my earlier post STERNchen

all images © STERNchen + Dieter Lange





dinosaur lunch

5 09 2018

this is a repost from one of my earliest blogs in 2003 –
during the mid-eighties I had a chance to attend two of the so called ‘dinosaur lunches’. some of the disney old-timers met in a restaurant in toluca lake, as far as I remember it was ‘alphonse’s’. it was a great honour, you could only join if you knew one of the participants. andreas deja arranged that. I never forget that event, because I had a chance to meet one of my biggest idols, KEN ANDERSON. in the photo on the right. on the front-left is COLIN CAMPBELL, one of the top disney layout artists. maybe someone can help me to identify the other attendees. sorry, I forgot over the years…

I got an answer from MARCELO VIGNALI, who I worked with for many years at disney…

…I used to attend the Dinosaur lunch too. As a matter of fact, I think I saw you there on a few occasions along with Andreas Deja. Anyway, a friend of mine got me in and I went for six months or more. Maybe it was closer to a year .. anyway –

The gentleman sitting next to Colin Campbell is Bill Anderson. “The Disney Legend Bill Anderson.” You can IMDB his name to pull up his film credits. If I’m not mistaken, he did Old Yeller and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. The other gentleman seated next to him is Clem Hall … I’m not exactly sure if he worked on the Disney animated films, but I know he was a professional illustrator before coming to Disney. He and Colin had giant mural like oil paintings on display at EPCOT’s American Adventure. Clem also had his own illustration company during the 60s where he did a lot of the auto ads for GM. I would imagine he came in for EPCOT. And the other gentleman is Ren Wicks … he was 82 in that picture if you can believe it! He looked and acted like a man in his late sixties. He was also an illustrator, and perhaps the best illustrator Disney ever got their hands on. He did work for Colliers and Saturday Evening Post during the golden age of illustration. Around the time the picture was taken, he was not only working, he had just completed an illustration for a postage stamp for the US government and was bragging about it. He was a lot of fun, sharp as a tack, and very friendly. Ren was the comedian of the group.
marcelo vignali