Status: Work in fast progress, 170 x 240 mm, 240 pages approx.
These pics show a prototype dummy of some 180 pages intended to check out type, layout and general feel.
Content is centered around visual exploration of storytelling: Scenery and invention for film, book and non-client work. Just the things that lead up to the shiny, finished panels in the presentation. Since this is an „artist’s“ book, there will be some carefully worded insights in the art and the biz.
I spent the nights of fall and winter of 2017 walking the towns and fringes of the northern Ruhrgebiet and the Emscher valley.
There is an acuteness of hearing and a sense of something larger when visiting those drab and menial places at night. Things, animals and people restricted to the hours of darkness come out and start prowling. The daylight people can be reckoned as dead for a brief period and it really changes the game.
I collected quite a bit of impressions there and maybe it turns into something tangible. Something new is coming to those places and noone knows if it is to fear or to embrace.
I have started to collect impressions from my nightly ramblings. Most are sketches only, with the occasional dip into further possibilities. There are strange things about on the fringes of the town and I am not so sure if night is only a period of darkness caused by planetary rotation. Night is territory, a land of its own.
„Die Krone der Sterne“ by Kai Meyer has finally been published. I did the artwork, which involved inventions of spacecraft, uniforms and general outline of the baroque looks of the star kingdom of Tiamande. The book itself has a „starter“ of 6+ illustrated spreads, establishing the mood and scene and smoothing the more mundane bibliographic information like ISBN and the certified assurance that no real trees were harmed in the making of the book.