For the semester task I gave the students a briefing and they were to design the characters and the set. The basic summed up story was: Alien bad guy hires natives to work for him harvesting their own habitat with vacuum cleaners. The bad guy is producing DNA diamants out it for his own profit. Until THAT day where they realize the exploitation and break out in revolt.


This picture I drew to show how I might handle it using reference on every step and most importantly to never loose the fun about it. If you don't enjoy it how will you ever convince the client to love it.





These are design sketches of a knife thrower from last year.
The final design in the game changed completely so I am safe to
post this.


There are Ulrike & Hans Twardokus in Germany collecting what they call Pig-togramms. Little pig drawings from artists. They also asked me already last year to do one but I didn't find the time. On the weekend I finally did it. So here it comes.

This is a pencil sketch I did on friday for a fan of the Ria Lightclan Chronicles comics. I drew right into the volume 3 preview booklet.






















An illustration of a sleeping minister which I had to do this evening for a magazin.
I also attached the really ugly and quick idea sketch which I used to get the customers approval to finalize the illustration.






This was an exercise from  last year with the students on staging, interaction and putting a character in an existing perspective environment. An image of Clint Eastwood's Empty Chair Speech was the "stage".


 This was my take on it.

This is what a student did.
Just a loose friday eve fun drawing. Don't know what he is up to really :)



I made a cover for a children's reading book with stories about courage. Its going to come out next year but is already beeing promoted on the publishers homepage: "Mutgeschichten"




 This was one of my first idea sketches for the courage toppic. I mapped it on a book to show how it could look. But it was them too funny :)


Today I had to work on a female lion tamer. This drawing I made as a little research.  Since the final design will probably be completely different I can post this.






The other day I gave the students a quick warm up task to redesign He-man for 5 year old girls using the cuteness pattern given by Preston Blair. While the students were busy I gave it a quick go as well. One of the students postet her cute litte He-man here.

 






There is the oversized version of  the comic "Ria- Lightclan Chronicles- Volume 2" available with a little extra inside. A sketchbook with loads of production drawings from all people who worked on it. Here is the cover of the sketchbook with one of my drawings.
On the weekend i did a little Comic strip. My goal was not to work longer than one day on it. Thats why i just didnt add any color in the end.
The "Yps" Magazin is a german comic magazin with gimmicks for kids since the 70's. They are calling for new comic artists and new content and made a little competition out of it. So I gave it a try .

Translations:
Yps macht Stars - Yps makes Stars

30 Jahre später - 30 years later

Wir sind verloren, wenn wir doch einen Ausweg wüssten - We are lost. if we only knew a way out


Last year I was working at Bitteschön.Tv in Berlin and Studio Rakete in Hamburg as an animator on "The Congress", Ari Folman's new movie. All in all I worked 9 month on the movie. I really enjoyed working on it. The team was a lot of  fun!

This a little fun sketch from last week. I know: pretty long chain on the nunchucks. But hey, its just a sketch.
These are some of the animations i did on the side for Sandnes Media since january this year. Fun projects to work on.
A little alien sketch I drew really quick just for fun.

An illustration for a magazin the other day. Not really worth translating.
First one is the idea sketch to sell it and second one the final.






The other day we were cleaning out old drawings at Stenarts and I came across old production drawings I did for the character design of  the film "Little Big Panda" (they later decided to give the whole thing to Harald Siepermann because they needed a bigger name on it).


In december I did some storyboards for a 3d kids TV series.
Here are some shortened extracts of it. I had to do 20 shots per day each shot still consisting of several panels.
So the drawings had to be really quick sketches :)





















This is an image i drew for someones birthday 2 years ago. Please dont click this image if you are easily accused by sexual images  :)




These are some chibi jelly fish designs I recently
 made for the Stenarts product "The Light Littlies"


 I  just found on a back up drive the illustration folder from our short movie back in 2007. You can see how we took CG backgrounds and drew the characters on top. Here I drew Willi the Bacteria Shepherd giving his little bacterias swim lessons in the potato soup. The background work is 3d done by Daniel Büttner. I really still like this Illustration because its so joyful. 



This drawing I started last year in december when I had a bit of time but I never took the time to color it. Until today. It was just a fun thing.  The only purpose was to show it to a kids book publisher to see if I could get a foot in the door.





















And this is the Work in Progress:








In november I was working for the Trickfilmlounge here in Berlin. The job was to animate an Illustration by  Atelier Mamei und Kircheis. Really nice drawing but I looked at it kind of shocked because it was more than 100 characters which had to run around and in the end run in formation so that it reads "Frohes Fest" (mery Christmas). So I asked a friend of mine Tom Drexl to help me out on this because the deadline was kind of crazy!  The image is  the Masterplan i did to have the starting position and end positions of all Santas so that there will be no suprise of mixed up levels or clashing santas. Just a really quick plan where I only cut out the Santas and shifted them around. We figured out a lot of cheats to get the characters over from their starting position to the endposition without having too much work with boring walk cycles. We spent about 8 days on it.We did all this in TV paint. The snow I did in After Effects.  It was much fun in the end.... well and stress too. Since it all had to be in color right away.  :) 



A couple weeks ago there was a 3 days Job, where I had to quickly animate the Wummel. A little mouse in a TV spot. 4 shots ,colored + ground shadows+ things that fly out of the box. The deadline was crazy but i managed to get it done in time with limited animation and no sleep :)


Last month I did a little pitch. Some colleague probably underbid my estimate of costs so I didn't get the job. But this is what I made as a styleframe.  Its is supposed to be a certain german jobless celeb waiting for a call in his sommer residence in L.A. .



 These are scanned drawings of my first character I animated on the Illusionist after I proved myself with animating secondary animations like shoe laces, hoses and kables :) There was not really a design for the character only some drawings from the animatic.

In preparation for St.Nicholas day. Maybe its also my temporary mood I expressed ;)


We made at Bitteschön a little TV Spot for Pombär (Chips)
I worked on the design of the baer. It had to be close to the design on the package but less stiff and better animatable in traditional 2d, so I tried to give it more volume:








I animated one shot. We called it the Chickenwalk. It had to match the energy of the girl to the left. They shot the life action first and we had to match the bear to it. Here is the rough animation of my shot:



Here is the final TV spot: