“Fun is good for your stomach”
-Moominmamma from the Moomins
Illustration for Psykologi.
“Fun is good for your stomach”
-Moominmamma from the Moomins
Illustration for Psykologi.
Illustration for The Intercept for an article by Sam Biddle titled "For owners of Amazon's ring security cameras, strangers may have been watching too". Unencrypted surveillance footage has been transmitted to the Ukraine, to be tagged. Art direction by Soohee Cho.
This is an illustration I made before Christmas for DIE ZEIT. The article was about the field of theological research. The Vatican has a right to veto people advancing their career in theological faculties, if applicants have researched and written about subjects that the church is not comfortable with.
Art direction by Ludwig Ander-Donath.
The blog of Finland’s illustrators association Kuvittajat ry, has published an article about our drawing event at Tampere Supercross in the beginning of November. I wrote about this previously here. You can see there also the drawings of the other three illustrators. The article is in Finnish, but here is a link to a Google translated English version.
The participants Riina Helinä, Pirita Tolvanen, Jani Ikonen and me talk about our experiences while drawing on location. This is a way to record what we have learned, and to keep things in mind for the next possible event, and maybe also as a glimpse for people who might be interested to join next time.
I think it was a very worthwhile experience, and I would be happy to to something like this again in the future. If you are interested, and are located in Finland or can arrange to come here , you can contact me directly and I will make sure to inform you about future events.
I made this illustration about the movie “Roma” by Alfonso Cuarón for Entertainment Weekly. It was published on December 7th.
The film, which is filmed entirely in black and white, follows Cleo a housekeeper in a wealthy family in early 1970s Mexico City. Cuarón is able to show the big picture in small details. In the same way a detail reflects something beyond itself, individual lives are a reflection of a larger shared historical experience. Even the menial and mundane tasks of Cleo, the housekeeper – and by extension all of us – constitute the very fabric (!) of our communities and cities.
A first sketch and a refined sketch below.
Art direction by Erica Bonkowski.
"In spite of all the horrors of the past … I believe in you.”
–Nelly Sachs in her acceptance speech for the 1965 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade
O die Schornsteine / O the Chimneys
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then without my flesh I shall see God. – JOB
O the chimneys
On the artfully contrived habitations of death,
As Israel's flesh floated in smoke
Through the air -
A star, there, received it, a blackened, a
Chimney-sweep star -
Or, could it be, sunbeam?
O the chimneys!
Jeremiah and Job, their dust, their release -
Who contrived you, who built, stone on stone,
For fugitives, this path of smoke?
O the habitations
Of death, so lovingly made ready for
The master of the house, the guest turned host -
O you fingers,
Laying down the threshold
Like a blade to sever death from life -
O you chimneys,
O you fingers, And Israel's flesh floating in smoke though the air!
From In the Habitations of Death, 1947
I drew today’s Google Doodle that can be seen on the Google website in Sweden, Germany, the US, Israel, Bulgaria, the UK and Ireland.
The occasion for the doodle is the 127th birthday of German-Swedish poet, playwright and Nobel laureate Nelly Sachs. She escaped with her mother in one of the last planes from Berlin, one week before she was scheduled to report to a concentration camp.
For years Nelly Sachs lived with her mother in a small apartment in Stockholm supporting herself with translations, working on her poetry in the night.
The horrors Nelly Sachs experienced during the persecution in Nazi Germany and its aftermath are an ever-present theme in her work.
On her 75th birthday on December 10th, 1966 Nelly Sachs received the Nobel prize in literature together with Samuel Joseph Agnon.
More about the Google Doodle here:
I made this illustration for The New Republic for an article titled “Unchecked Power - How monopolies have flourished—and undermined democracy by Ganesh Sitaraman”.
The drawing is based on a classic caricature by Horace Taylor from 1911, in which John D. Rockefeller examines the White House, after the verdicts in the antitrust trial against his Standard Oil company - himself having become a giant much bigger than the government that tries to reign him in.
This is the modern version of that.
The article can be read here. Thanks to art director Siung Tjia.
I was asked to contribute three drawings to ZEIT Verbrechen, a special supplement of DIE ZEIT, with a focus on crime.
I was very happy to get this job, because I have been listening to the podcast of ZEIT Verbrechen, for a while. In the podcast veteran crime reporter and deputy editor-in-chief of DIE ZEIT Sabine Rückert talks about cases she has reported on in the past. Often she has interviewed police and criminals involved in the cases and has been to the trials. All in all you get an eerily fascinating look at the underbelly of the old and the new German ‘Bundesrepublik’. The podcast (in German) can be found here.
The latest issue of ZEIT Verbrechen has been published in late November, it can be ordered here (unfortunately only in German).
With the magazine still so fresh, I though I will for now only show some sketches I made for the three large format drawings that are featured in it. I will publish the finalized drawings later on.
Not many updates lately. It is not because I have not worked, rather the opposite. I try to catch up a bit and post some of the recent drawings I made in the following days.
A start is this portrait of Arnold Schönberg, inventor of twelve-tone music, for Engelsloge.
Fun fact: Apparently Schönberg suffered from a fear of the number 13 (Triskaidekaphobia).
On Friday and Saturday I was drawing at Tampere Supercross . Drawing there was an event I organized for the Tampere illustrators club. Three other brave illustrators joined me and took up this challenge. Maybe we will publish a selection of their work too in some form soon. For now here are the results of my work.
I made these two illustrations for Wirtschaftswoche in the beginning of October. The article was about a trend in human resources departments of companies to classify their employees in different personality categories. The information might then also be used to combine teams according to the strengths and weaknesses of their members.
Art direction by Claudia Immig.
I made this illustration for Monday’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung for an article about the differences in European and American stocks. Art direction by Verena Tempelmann.
I made this illustration for this week’s DIE ZEIT. The article is another piece to the so called Cum Ex / Cum Cum -scandal, in which banks scammed billions in taxes from several European states.
Very simplified: investors and banks claimed tax back payments from the state twice or more times for stock transactions, or transactions that did not even happen.
The article explores the origins of the practice at Morgan Stanley and how it spread throughout the financial world.
Art direction by Nico Baldauf. Thank you.
From the Kuvittajat ry newsletter:
Vihdoinkin päästään mukaan suoraan toimintaan!
Nimittäin, Kuvittaja-klubi Tampere tarjoaa mahdollisuuden vierailuun Tampere Supercrosss & Offroad Expossa marraskuun 9.-10. päivä 2018 Tampereen messu- ja urheilukeskuksessa. Mukaan mahtuu viisi kuvittajaa ja heille sisäänpääsy tapahtumaan on ilmainen. Tämä on erinomainen tilaisuus päästä työskentelemään paikanpäällä ja ehkäpä sinulle hieman arjestasi poikkeavan aiheen äärellä.
Tilaisuutta on mahdollista dokumentoida millä tahansa sinulle sopivalla välineellä. Paineita ei tarvitse ottaa, sillä voit pitää työt itselläsi, mutta olisi mukavaa, jos jotain tuotoksiasi voisi jakaa Kuvittaja-klubin ja Tampere Supercross kanavien kautta. On myös mahdollista, että kuvista järjestetään jokin pieni näyttely tapahtuman jälkeen, mutta sitä voimme sitten yhdessä tuumata.
Jos haluat mukaan tai sinulla on kysymyksiä, ota yhteyttä Daniel Stolleen: email@example.com
In short: there is a chance for five illustrators to visit the Supercross & Offroad Expo in Tampere, Finland on 9th and 10th of November. The idea is to make drawings on location of the event. If you are interested to join, please contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today I was a guest at the Hämeenkyrö daycare. We drew African animals.
Olin tänään vieraana Hämeenkyrön Kirkonkylän päiväkodissa. Piirsimme Afrikan eläimiä.
I made this illustration for Wirtschaftswoche about CEO fraud - when your boss calls and tells you to make a money transfer, but it turns out it wasn’t your boss.
I wrote a column for the October issue of Computer Arts Magazine from the UK. These two guys right here (two Koh-I-Noor 1561 copying pencils from the 1980s), feature in the story. I talk about how and why I started drawing, and why the simple tools like colored pencils and paper are still relevant today.
Correction: It is actually published in the November issue.
Another quite technical subject, illustrated for Wirtschaftswoche. Companies are engaging in buying back stock from their shareholders in order to maintain or raise their market value. This practice is inefficient and possibly harmful to the company, when the same money could be used to invest into the comany and create ‘natural’ added value to the business.