Category Archives: Character

Statement | Why Masks and Mask Mandates still Matter

Illustration einer kleinen Demonstration in der städtischen Nachbarschaft für die Maskenpflicht in öffentlichen Räumen wie Nah- und Fernverkehr, Arztpraxen, Behörden, Grundversorgung, Einzelhandel, Schule und Arbeitsplatz – mit Schildern, die zum Schutz der Vulnerablen, Risikopersonen und Kindern um das Tragen von Masken bitten, von Iris Luckhaus

The German Infektionsschutzgesetz (Infection Protection Act) was amended March 20, 2022. In addition to other measures, the mask requirement in public spaces is no longer applicable. Here I would like to explain why I don’t think this is right, and why it is important to continue to wear a mask in public spaces, even if it’s not mandatory.

Art Print (Special Birth Gift) | Foxy goes Hiking

Illustration of a hiking little fox cub with a backpack in the autumnal New England mountains with purple skies, accompanied by a pair of Northern Cardinala, a Black-capped Chickadee, an American Robin, a Sparrow, a Downy Woodpecker, a pair of Tufted Titmousea, an Eastern Bluebird, a Goldfinch, a Baltimore Oriole, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a family of Mallard Ducks and four Ducklings, a White-footed Deer-mouse, a Flying Squirrel, a Garden Snail, a Northern Green Frog, a Spotted Salamander, a Painted Turtle, a Virginia Opossum, a Hedgehog (as the project started with the "hedgehog hike", the hedgehog became sort of our unicorn :)), two Groundhogs or Woodchucks, a Chipmunk, a Red Squirrel, a Striped Skunk, two Cottontail Rabbits, two Red Admirals, a Tailed Blue, a Clouded Sulphur, a Monarch Butterfly, a Least Weasel, an American Pine Marten, a River Otter, two Fly Amanitas, and a Common Raccoon, by Iris Luckhaus.

Little Foxy was one of my favorite projects this year! It all started with a friend enquiring me to draw a special art print for the birth of a friends’ daughter, and it involved extensive research (like, snooping the new mother’s blog for likes and interests :)), finding a new style (I’ve never drawn anthropomorphic animals before, and it was more fun than expected!), figuring out that New England’s wildlife is surprisingly different from European wildlife (American robins are actually thrushs!) and, somehow, drawing so many of these animals that they got their own wall chart!

Fresh Feature | Fashionistas at Creative Finder

Retro-Modezeichnungen von Iris Luckhaus im Stil der Sixties mit Beehive, kleinen Kleidchen und großen Sonnenbrillen

I am happy to see that my fashionistas are featured by The Creative Finder on Twitter and on their landing page!

Published | Secretary for TU Berlin

Sekretärin für eine Einladungskarte der TU Berlin – Alle Fäden in der Hand! Tippst Du noch oder managst Du schon?

I reworked my secretary for an invitation card by Technische Universität Berlin. The slogan for a seminar program for administration staff, “All threads in hand!”, is “Are you still typing, or are you managing already?”.

Drafts for a Bulgarian Fairy Tale

Illustration zu The Little Girl and the Winter Whirlwinds mit Bulgarischen Trachten von Iris Luckhaus

For a client who doesn’t want to be mentioned, I’ve made some drafts to illustrate the Bulgarian fairy tale “The little Girl and the Winter Whirlwinds”. The project evolved in a different direction, but those drafts have led me to a new style – so I’d like to show them, even though they are unfinished and I most likely won’t finish them properly.

Summer cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

DIY-Anziehpuppe "Gerti geht baden" für den Sommer

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti geht baden” (Gerti goes swimming) by Charlie & Paulchen – and some of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking, so I thought it would be nice to show them here and recommend those bloggers!

Summer for Dressup Doll »Gerti geht baden«

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti geht baden im Sommer mit Badeanzug, Badetasche, Bikini, Sonnenbrille und Peeptoes

Gerti, the DIY dressup doll I designed, styled and illustrated as stamps and dies for the online shop Charlie & Paulchen, just got her third set of clothes and accessories for the summer! The fresh set is called »Gerti geht baden« (Gerti takes a bath), and it contains everything you need for a lovely day full of fun by the sea or by the lake!

Cards and Tags with our Santa Stamps and Dies

DIY Stempel und Stanzen zum Basteln von Karten und Geschenkanhängern mit Nikolaus, Weihnachtsmann und Santa

Via Instagram, I discovered cards and gift tags which bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Nikolausbande” by Charlie & Paulchen – and those are so amazing and full of stunning ideas that I really have to show them here!

Santa Card Crafting Set of Dies and Stamps

DIY Stempel und Stanzen zum Basteln von Karten und Geschenkanhängern mit Nikolaus, Weihnachtsmann und Santa

For Charlie & Paulchen, I already designed, styled and illustrated Gerti, the craftable dressup doll, and some seasonal outfits for her – and now, there are three cute little Santas for christmas cards and gift tags following! This gang of Santas is also produced as stamps and dies, which can be used on their own or in combination with each other.

Winter cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

Gerti feiert Weihnachten

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti feiert Weihnachten” (Gerti celebrates Christmas) by Charlie & Paulchen – and many of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking at them, and that I really have to show them here!

Winter for Dressup Doll “Gerti feiert Weihnachten”

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti im Winter mit Schlitten, Schlittschuhen und Eichhörnchen, Engel, Flügeln und Geschenken zur Weihnacht

Gerti, the DIY dressup doll I designed, styled and illustrated as stamps and dies for the online shop Charlie & Paulchen, just got new clothes and accessories for the winter! The fresh set is called “Gerti feiert Weihnachten” (Gerti celebrates Christmas) and contains elements of winter, snow sports and christmas, so Gerti is ready for many winter joys!

Fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

The most amazing fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti geht Gassi” (Gerti walks the dog) by Charlie & Paulchen – and many of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking at them, and that I really have to show them here!

Now Available | DIY-Dressup Doll “Gerti geht Gassi”

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti geht Gassi im Herbst

For Charlie & Paulchen, an online shop for finest German stamps and dies, I designed the DIY dressup doll Gerti, as well as some seasonal outfits for her! With stamps, dies and various materials, Gerti can be crafted onto cards. 

Fresh Feature on The Creative Finder

Zeichnung von Mädchen und Giraffe als Freundinnen in der Savanne für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

“Feminine illustrations by Iris Luckhaus on The Creative Finder [TCF on Twitter, 11.9.2017] – Thank you!

Packaging | Drafts for Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus

Illustrationen von Lutki und Fährmann für Verpackungen von Bio-Snacks aus Kürbiskernen von Spreenat Naschgarten aus dem Spreewald

In March, I made some drafts for the packagings of Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus and Spreewälder Fährmanns-Snack, which are being produced by the organic trademark Spreenat (Naschgarten) from local pumpkin seeds, nettle salt (Fährmanns-Snack) and beet sugar (Lutki-Schmaus), and traded locally, with a small booklet about Spreewald.

Character Design | Lutki for Spreewälder Naschgarten

Illustrationen von Lutki und Fährmann für Verpackungen von Bio-Snacks aus Kürbiskernen von Spreenat Naschgarten aus dem Spreewald

Part of the packaging design for Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus and Fährmanns-Snack, which I drafted for organic trademark Spreenat (Naschgarten) in March, was the character design for Lutki, a friendly (but usually invisible) dwarfish legendary figure from Spreewald. The Lutki-Schmaus is composed of local pumpkin seeds and beet sugar.

Feature | Wortschätzchen im VAG Facetten Magazin

Wortschätzchen im VAG Facetten Magazin

»Warum fahren wir eigentlich gerne „ins Blaue“? Wieso hat unser Chef gelegentlich „eine Meise“? Und weshalb feiern wir auch mal „bis in die Puppen“? (…) Illustriert wurde das Buch von Iris Luckhaus mit liebevollen Grafiken im Sixties-Stil. Ein Grund mehr, sich nicht nur in die deutsche Sprache zu verlieben, sondern auch in dieses Buch.«

Just Published | »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!«

Umschlagmotiv für Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache im Duden Verlag von Rita Mielke mit Illustrationen im Sixties-Stil von Iris Luckhaus

I’m happy to announce that Rita Mielke’s book »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!« (»You have the word, darling!«) with 100 stories around the German language, which I recently illustrated for Duden Verlag, is finally available in bookstores!! Also, my specimens have arrived, and they look – and smell! – absolutely awesome!

Feature | »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!«

Wortschätzchen bei Fräulein Nullzwo

We’re delighted to see the first picture of the book »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! – 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache«, which I discovered today at Fräulein Nullpunktzwo. Thank you very much for the tag, Susanne!

Fresh Feature | Wortschätzchen as Coroflot Staff Pick

Illustration von Iris Luckhaus zu Macke, Meise, Nicht alle Tassen im Schrank oder Schraube locker für das Buch Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen von Rita Milke im Duden Verlag

»Each of the five projects featured below shows a strong clarity of vision and an ability to transform that vision into a fully fleshed out design. Every one of these designers have demonstrated their high level of skill and pure creativity here – two things we love to see. (…) The retro style illustrations that are well researched and carry the style through to the smallest detail. Expressive and fun vector illustrations that pop make this an engaging project even if you don’t speak the language.«Coroflot Blog about Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! by Iris Luckhaus

First Preview | »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!«

Illustration für Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache im Duden Verlag von Iris Luckhaus

I am pleased to finally anounce a book I illustrated for Duden Verlag, a publisher which is famous for its dictionary of the German language, the »Duden«, as the predominant resource for German orthography, but also publishes other books with language-related topics. For Rita Mielke’s »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!« (»You have the word, darling!«), which tells 100 exciting and often surprising stories around the German language in a smart, warm and humorous way, I worked in a new, bichrome and simplified style, to resemble book illustrations of the Sixties.

Preview | Wortschätzchen for Duden Verlag

Vorschau für Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache im Duden Verlag

The spring preview by Duden Verlag is online – and I am very much looking forward to soon announce a truly great, informative and exciting book I illustrated a couple of months ago!

Mimi Fiedler’s “Balkantherapie” | Character & Styling

Character Design und Styling für Mimi Fiedler im Buch Balkantherapie von Iris Luckhaus

Those were my first designs for character, clothes and styling for the book “Brauchstu ma keine Doktor, brauchstu nur diese Buch! – Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben” by the wonderful Mimi Fiedler, which I illustrated almost a year ago for MVG Verlag. In the book and on the cover, Mimi wears mostly the fourth outfit (striped shirt, hotpants and suspenders), and in one of the small vignettes, the blouse from the third outfit.

Marija for “Balkantherapie” | Character & Styling

Character Design und Styling für Mimi Fiedlers Mutter Marija im Buch Balkantherapie

Those were my first designs for character, clothes and styling for the book “Brauchstu ma keine Doktor, brauchstu nur diese Buch! – Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben” by the wonderful Mimi Fiedler, which I illustrated almost a year ago for MVG Verlag. In the book and on the cover, Mimi’s mother and advisor Marija wears the fourth outfit, a tight red dress with simple polka dots.

Super Heroine for Barbara Magazin | Drafts

Illustration der Superheldin Barbararella für Barbara Magazin von Iris Luckhaus

I’m working on some confidential projects right now, which I’m not supposed to show (yet). Meanwhile, I’m sharing some Making Of for older work – like this first draft for super heroine Barbararella, which I designed and illustrated last year for an (unpublished) column in Gruner und Jahr’s “Barbara” magazine by Barbara Schöneberger.

Emmy & Patty Postcards for EmpaTrain

Zeichnung von Mädchen und Giraffe als Freundinnen in der Savanne für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

Emmy und Patty, which I drew a couple of years ago for a breakfast board for EmpaTrain, are now – slightly reformatted – available as postcards as well! The giraffe, in its role as a symbolic animal for empathy, twas supposed to be a central element in this illustration, and how “Empathy means understanding each other without words”.

Super Heroine for Barbara Magazin | Character

Character Design für die Superheldin Barbararella für Barbara Magazin

With a little delay, here are my character design sketches for super heroine Barbararella, which I designed and illustrated last year for an (unpublished) column in Gruner und Jahr’s “Barbara” magazine by Barbara Schöneberger. My designs are based on the real person’s style as well as certain typical elements of super heroines.

EmpaTrain | Welcome to the Empathy Lab

Illustration von einem Empathie-Labor, wo Chemikerin und Chemiker in einem Labor mit Reagenzgläsern und Laborkolben, einem Wolfsskelett und Infografik zu Mimikresonanz, Vulkan und Giraffe die Formel für Empathie finden, für EmpaTrain

After drawing the Emmy und Patty breakfast board for EmpaTrain (specialist for non-violent communication and mediation), I now illustrated the second board for them, which shows an empathy lab – with lab scientists as well as the multitude of substances, facilities and materials you might need to brew empathy on a laboratory bench. This time, my illustration will not only become a breakfast board, but also be printed on postcards and posters, and it will not only be used for advertising their services, but also as a descriptive educational material in seminars!

Super Heroine for Barbara Magazin | Styling

Styling für Superheldin Barbararella für Barbara Magazin von Iris Luckhaus

With a little delay, here are my styling sketches for super heroine Barbararella, which I designed and illustrated last year for an (unpublished) column in Gruner und Jahr’s “Barbara” magazine by Barbara Schöneberger. My designs are based on the real person’s style as well as certain typical elements of super heroines.

Super-Heroine Barbararella for Barbara Magazine

Zeichnung von Barbara Schöneberger als Superheldin Barbararella für eine Kolumne im Barbara-Magazin von Iris Luckhaus

For Gruner und Jahr’s develepment of Barbara Schöneberger’s magazine “Barbara”, I designed and illustrated the super-heroine “Barbararella”. The picture above illustrates a column in which Barbara punishes a guy she catched peeing while standing, while her superhero collegue in the background is already waiting for their coffeebreak… Unfortunately, the series got never published, but it was great fun to draw. Thank you very much, Judith!

Fresh Feature | “Portfolio of the Day” on Designtaxi

Zeichnung von Iris Luckhaus mit Mädchen und einer Giraffe als Freundinnen in der afrikanischen Savanne, für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

And how very awesome to discover a few days later that Emmy und Patty (my breakfast board for EmpaTrain) had been featured in the Designtaxi Newsletter as “Portfolio of the Day”!

Fresh Feature | Fashionistas at Creative Finder

Retro-Modezeichnungen von Iris Luckhaus im Stil der Sixties mit Beehive, kleinen Kleidchen und großen Sonnenbrillen

How nice to see that my retro fashionistas are featured on The Creative Finder‘s frontpage!

Release | Mimi Fiedler’s “Balkantherapie”

Umschlag für das Buch Brauchsu keine Doktor, brauchsu nur diese Buch – Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben von Mimi Fiedler im MVG Verlag

Today I received my – beautifully printed! – voucher specimens, and tomorrow the »Balkantherapie« by the great actress, musician and author Mimi Fiedler will be released and available in bookstores!

Mimi Fiedler | Balkantherapie | Audiobook

Mimi Fiedler bei der Hörbuchproduktion für die Balkantherapie

Lovely Mimi Fiedler is in the Jingle Jungle Studio in Zürich right now, reading her »Balkantherapie« for the audiobook (release: Nov 9th, 2015) – and she posted some beautiful photos (© Olivia Burkhart) of this on Facebook, which she kindly allowed me to share. I am so much looking forward to listen to the book read by her!

Mimi Fiedler | Balkantherapie | Sports with Guy

Zeichnung der Sportübung Kniebeuge vom männlichen Pinup, Sportlehrer und Matrosen Guy für Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben von Mimi Fiedler

May I introduce you to Monsieur Guy le Sailör? I developped and illustrated the guy for the Mimi Fiedler’s awesome »Balkantherapie«, and in the books he presents some physical exercises (and a little more)!

Mimi Fiedler | Balkantherapie | Vignettes

Vignetten für die Balkantherapie von Mimi Fiedler

For Mimi Fiedler’s book »Balkantherapie«, I illustrated the cover, some highly detailed pages, several physical exercises and also plenty of vignettes, of which I’d like to show a selection here.

Preview | Mimi Fiedler’s “Balkantherapie”

Illustration mit Mimi Fiedler und ihrer Mutter Marija in We-Can-Do-It-Pose für den Umschlag des Buchs Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben von Iris Luckhaus

I just finished numerous illustrations for the book »Balkantherapie« by the charming, smart, incredibly funny and simply great actress, singer, photographer and author Mimi Fiedler, which I’ve enthusiastically been drawing the past couple of weeks, as commissioned by the Münchner Verlagsgesellschaft.

Lillesang – Das Geheimnis der dunklen Nixe

Fotos von den Vignetten im Lillesang Buch

I am very happy about my fresh specimens of Lillesang – Das Geheimnis der dunklen Nixe (Nina Blazon, CBT Verlag), because the book turned out to be really, really awesome! Everyhing about it is really super nice: the print, the colours, the paper, the smell and the format! And how much I like the book itself, I already mentioned before.

Youth Book | “Lillesang” by Nina Blazon

Scrapbook-Illustration von Iris Luckhaus mit Meerjungfrau, Fischen und Freundinnen für das Vorsatzblatt des Buchs Lillesang – Das Geheimnis der dunklen Nixe von Nina Blazon

For the editor CBJ/Random House, I have illustrated some very detailed end papers and lots of vignettes for “Lillesang” by Nina Blazon, a youth book for girls from age 10 – and a really beautiful and exciting mermaid story.

Art Print for the Home Office | Secretary

Retro-Illustrationen von Iris Luckhaus mit einer Sekretärin, die sich an ihrem Schreibtisch schüchtern hinter Papieren versteckt und fröhlich telefoniert

In between illustration about classic office work I cleaned, coloured and furnished lately – and somehow it all of a sudden became a series!

Art Print | Fashion Drawing | Little Dresses

Retro-Modezeichnungen von Iris Luckhaus im Stil der Sixties mit Beehive, kleinen Kleidchen und großen Sonnenbrillen

Little series of little dresses, inspired by a pile of old fashion magazines.

Character Design for Tiny Lily II

Characterdesign und Styling der Outdoorkleidung von einem schlecht gelaunten Mädchen für das Buch Tiny Lily

Reworked character designs that might actually become a children’s book someday.

Exhibition | Goethe Institut Märchenwelten

Handzeichnung mit Ölkreide zum Märchen Sterntaler der Gebrüder Grimm

The touring exhibition “Märchenwelten” by the Goethe Institutes, which contains three of my Fairytale Girls, is still travellling the world – current dates and places can be found here – and the list is quite impressive!

Youth Book | Diary of a Vampire Girl

Characterdesign von Vampirmädchen Violetta beim Trinken von Blut bei Mitternacht für ein unheimliches Jugendbuch

Some small illustrations for a book about the incredibly complicated life of a vampire girl.

Questionnaire for Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

Zeichnung von einer Familie, einem Paar mit Kindern zum Ausmalen für einen Fragebogen der Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

I just finished three more illustrations for the Wuppertaler Stadsparkasse! This time, the little house I illustrated a couple of months ago as a foldable model (and descriptional aid on renovating or refurbishing a house for the consultants) was supposed to be shown as part of a questionaire for personal financing concepts. Plus the Schmidt family, that lives in the house, and a money bag as a symbol for their own funds.

Foldable House for Stadtsparkasse | The Schmidts

Familie Schmidt als Bewohner der der renovierten Häfte des faltbaren Modell eines Hauses aus Pappe als Erklärhilfe für die Bausparer der Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

May I introduce you? This is the Schmidt family – who is living in the collapsible cardboard house I just illustrated for the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal.

Release | Breakfast Boards for EmpaTrain

Frühstücksbrettchen mit einer Zeichnung von Mädchen und Giraffe als Freundinnen in der Savanne und einem Giraffenmuster auf der Rückseite für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

I just received my specimens of the breakfast boards I designed for EmpaTrain this spring– and they are beautiful! They will be available for purchase online later on – as soon as I know more, I’ll post the links.

Homestaging | First Scenes

Vektorillustrationen von Frauen, die als Handwerkerinnen Wohnungen einrichten und streichen, für Homestaging Buch

Several page designs for a book project on a furnishing subject – the characters were meant to look like some real specialists, lead the reader through the book and describe things in a graphic way.

Homestaging | Character Design

Characterdesign mit Vektorillustrationen von Frauen, die als Handwerkerinnen Wohnungen renovieren, für Homestaging

Several character designs for a book project on a furnishing subject – the characters were meant to look like some real specialists, lead the reader through the book and describe things in a graphic way.

Characterdesign mit Vektorillustrationen von Frauen, die als Handwerkerinnen Wohnungen renovieren und anstreichen, für Homestaging

Release | “52 Aces Reloaded” by Zeixs

Herzdame (Queen of Hearts) Spielkarte im 52 Aces Reloaded Pokerdeck für Zeixs im Set auf dem Tisch

Here they are, the “52 Aces Reloaded” poker decks by Zeixs – Books for Designers I illustrated the Queen of Hearts for a few months ago – and if you’re lucky, they’re still available! The last time I checked, there were only 92 pieces of the beautiful limited edition left, so better hurry up if you’d like to play with these cards (or hang them on your wall)!

Breakfast Board for EmpaTrain

Zeichnung von Iris Luckhaus mit Mädchen und einer Giraffe als Freundinnen in der afrikanischen Savanne, für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

I just finished this breakfast board design for EmpaTrain, a German company that specialized in nonviolent communication and mediation and is mostly based on empathy. As a symbol for empathy, the giraffe was supposed to be center of this design. Subtitle: “Empathy means understanding each other without words”.

EmpaTrain | Aren’t giraffes just awesome?

Skizzen und Zeichnungen von Giraffen für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

Some very different sketches for an absolutely wonderful new project I just started… giraffes. Aren’t they the most amazing creatures?

Anthology | “The Neighbour” for “Bettgeschichten”

Teil der Zeichnung eines Pinups, das aufreizend am Fenster für den Nachbarn posiert, für die Comic Anthologie Bettgeschichten

I’ve drawn another special page: the “Neighbour” for the erotic anthology “Bettgeschichten – Comics für Erwachsene”! The book will be published by Zwerchfell Verlag, right in time for the Comicsalon Erlangen in June and was edited and supervised by Naomi Fearn and Reinhard Kleist.

Collage mit Scan | Lola

Zeichnung und Collage in Sepia und Rosé von einem Pinup Mädchen, das in Unterwäsche am Fenster eines Hotels in Paris steht, von Iris Luckhaus

Another rework of an old illustration, this time with softer sepia-coloured lines.

Exhibition | Goethe Institut Märchenwelten

Handzeichnung mit Ölkreide zum Märchen Sterntaler der Gebrüder Grimm

I just discovered the website for the touring exhibiton “Märchenwelten” about the fairy tales by the brothers Grimm, which is travelling the world thank to the Goethe Institutes, in four copies – and it contains three of my Fairy Tale Girls. On their website, you can not only look at the exhibition, you can as well find the current dates and places to see it yourself! (Link)

Homestaging | First Sketches

Zeichnung von einem Mädchen mit Zeitungshut, Latzhose und Farbrolle beim Renovieren und Anstreichen der Wände ihrer Wohnung für Homestaging

Several design for an (unpublished) book project with a furnishing topic.

Fairy Tale Girls | Curiosity

Vektorillustration für ein Märchen mit zwei Mädchen, Freundinnen wie Prinzessinnen, im Ballkleid, die voller Neugier hinter einen roten Vorhang spähen und Paris erblicken, von Iris Luckhaus

Next to some awesome new projects I am not supposed to talk about yet, I started experimenting with new styles again last month, very different from my usual, very time consuming outlines. So, this is the new version of an old fairytale page I meant to rework for ages.

Anthology | Queen of Hearts for 52 Aces Reloaded

Zeichnung der Herzdame (Queen of Hearts) Spielkarte für das 52 Aces Reloaded Pokerdeck für Zeixs von Iris Luckhaus

It’s a great pleasure for me to introduce you to my Queen of Hearts! I illustrated and designed this card for the amazing “52 Aces Reloaded” poker deck by Zeixs – Books for Designers which will be published later this year. I look very much forward to that! Right now, Zeixs are showing a preview of the cards on Facebook, and it’s exciting to see this fantastic deck grow with different styles.

Fresh Feature | Lily Lux is visiting Sven Elch

Lily Lux Passbildserie aus dem Fotoautomaten mit Paketen und Päckchen aus der Post für Weihnachten und einer wilden Party von Rehen, Winkekatzen, Nikoläusen, Weihnachtsmännern, Schneemännern und Rotkehlchen mit Weihnachtskugeln, Lametta, Tassen vom Weihnachtsmarkt, Tannengrün, Girlanden, Zimtsternen und Glühwein für Sven Elch und die Firma Santa and Sons im Blog der Illustrie

We felt honoured to be invited to take part in the Illustrie’s advent calendar projekt, and we are very happy about our own star on their “Walk of Art & Fame”!!!

The advent calendar project is all about the awesome Mr. Sven Elch, employee of the “Santa & Sons” company, and his very special adventures in the advent season… the Illustrie made a hilarious advent calendar app for iPhone und iPad from this.

In our contribution, we show what happens when Mr. Elch personally takes care of the blog’s guests… Thank you very much Stew and Timo for a very pleasant game of visual ping pong!

Lily Lux Online | Winterwinker Banner

At Lily Lux‘, we now have a new waving, twinkling, charming lucky cat for the winter which you are welcome to use as a banner for your site or your blog.

Lily Lux Winter und Weihnachten Banner zur Werbung mit winkender und zwinkernder Winkekatze, Nikolaus, Rotkehlchen und Schnee mit Tannenwald

Code, instructions and some more Lily Lux banners you’ll find on her networks page, and some more pre-christmas gifts and games can be found here.

Category Archives: Character

Statement | Why Masks and Mask Mandates still Matter

Illustration einer kleinen Demonstration in der städtischen Nachbarschaft für die Maskenpflicht in öffentlichen Räumen wie Nah- und Fernverkehr, Arztpraxen, Behörden, Grundversorgung, Einzelhandel, Schule und Arbeitsplatz – mit Schildern, die zum Schutz der Vulnerablen, Risikopersonen und Kindern um das Tragen von Masken bitten, von Iris Luckhaus

The German Infektionsschutzgesetz (Infection Protection Act) was amended March 20, 2022. In addition to other measures, the mask requirement in public spaces is no longer applicable. Here I would like to explain why I don’t think this is right, and why it is important to continue to wear a mask in public spaces, even if it’s not mandatory.

Art Print (Special Birth Gift) | Foxy goes Hiking

Illustration of a hiking little fox cub with a backpack in the autumnal New England mountains with purple skies, accompanied by a pair of Northern Cardinala, a Black-capped Chickadee, an American Robin, a Sparrow, a Downy Woodpecker, a pair of Tufted Titmousea, an Eastern Bluebird, a Goldfinch, a Baltimore Oriole, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a family of Mallard Ducks and four Ducklings, a White-footed Deer-mouse, a Flying Squirrel, a Garden Snail, a Northern Green Frog, a Spotted Salamander, a Painted Turtle, a Virginia Opossum, a Hedgehog (as the project started with the "hedgehog hike", the hedgehog became sort of our unicorn :)), two Groundhogs or Woodchucks, a Chipmunk, a Red Squirrel, a Striped Skunk, two Cottontail Rabbits, two Red Admirals, a Tailed Blue, a Clouded Sulphur, a Monarch Butterfly, a Least Weasel, an American Pine Marten, a River Otter, two Fly Amanitas, and a Common Raccoon, by Iris Luckhaus.

Little Foxy was one of my favorite projects this year! It all started with a friend enquiring me to draw a special art print for the birth of a friends’ daughter, and it involved extensive research (like, snooping the new mother’s blog for likes and interests :)), finding a new style (I’ve never drawn anthropomorphic animals before, and it was more fun than expected!), figuring out that New England’s wildlife is surprisingly different from European wildlife (American robins are actually thrushs!) and, somehow, drawing so many of these animals that they got their own wall chart!

Fresh Feature | Fashionistas at Creative Finder

Retro-Modezeichnungen von Iris Luckhaus im Stil der Sixties mit Beehive, kleinen Kleidchen und großen Sonnenbrillen

I am happy to see that my fashionistas are featured by The Creative Finder on Twitter and on their landing page!

Published | Secretary for TU Berlin

Sekretärin für eine Einladungskarte der TU Berlin – Alle Fäden in der Hand! Tippst Du noch oder managst Du schon?

I reworked my secretary for an invitation card by Technische Universität Berlin. The slogan for a seminar program for administration staff, “All threads in hand!”, is “Are you still typing, or are you managing already?”.

Drafts for a Bulgarian Fairy Tale

Illustration zu The Little Girl and the Winter Whirlwinds mit Bulgarischen Trachten von Iris Luckhaus

For a client who doesn’t want to be mentioned, I’ve made some drafts to illustrate the Bulgarian fairy tale “The little Girl and the Winter Whirlwinds”. The project evolved in a different direction, but those drafts have led me to a new style – so I’d like to show them, even though they are unfinished and I most likely won’t finish them properly.

Summer cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

DIY-Anziehpuppe "Gerti geht baden" für den Sommer

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti geht baden” (Gerti goes swimming) by Charlie & Paulchen – and some of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking, so I thought it would be nice to show them here and recommend those bloggers!

Summer for Dressup Doll »Gerti geht baden«

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti geht baden im Sommer mit Badeanzug, Badetasche, Bikini, Sonnenbrille und Peeptoes

Gerti, the DIY dressup doll I designed, styled and illustrated as stamps and dies for the online shop Charlie & Paulchen, just got her third set of clothes and accessories for the summer! The fresh set is called »Gerti geht baden« (Gerti takes a bath), and it contains everything you need for a lovely day full of fun by the sea or by the lake!

Cards and Tags with our Santa Stamps and Dies

DIY Stempel und Stanzen zum Basteln von Karten und Geschenkanhängern mit Nikolaus, Weihnachtsmann und Santa

Via Instagram, I discovered cards and gift tags which bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Nikolausbande” by Charlie & Paulchen – and those are so amazing and full of stunning ideas that I really have to show them here!

Santa Card Crafting Set of Dies and Stamps

DIY Stempel und Stanzen zum Basteln von Karten und Geschenkanhängern mit Nikolaus, Weihnachtsmann und Santa

For Charlie & Paulchen, I already designed, styled and illustrated Gerti, the craftable dressup doll, and some seasonal outfits for her – and now, there are three cute little Santas for christmas cards and gift tags following! This gang of Santas is also produced as stamps and dies, which can be used on their own or in combination with each other.

Winter cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

Gerti feiert Weihnachten

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti feiert Weihnachten” (Gerti celebrates Christmas) by Charlie & Paulchen – and many of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking at them, and that I really have to show them here!

Winter for Dressup Doll “Gerti feiert Weihnachten”

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti im Winter mit Schlitten, Schlittschuhen und Eichhörnchen, Engel, Flügeln und Geschenken zur Weihnacht

Gerti, the DIY dressup doll I designed, styled and illustrated as stamps and dies for the online shop Charlie & Paulchen, just got new clothes and accessories for the winter! The fresh set is called “Gerti feiert Weihnachten” (Gerti celebrates Christmas) and contains elements of winter, snow sports and christmas, so Gerti is ready for many winter joys!

Fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

The most amazing fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti geht Gassi” (Gerti walks the dog) by Charlie & Paulchen – and many of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking at them, and that I really have to show them here!

Now Available | DIY-Dressup Doll “Gerti geht Gassi”

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti geht Gassi im Herbst

For Charlie & Paulchen, an online shop for finest German stamps and dies, I designed the DIY dressup doll Gerti, as well as some seasonal outfits for her! With stamps, dies and various materials, Gerti can be crafted onto cards. 

Fresh Feature on The Creative Finder

Zeichnung von Mädchen und Giraffe als Freundinnen in der Savanne für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

“Feminine illustrations by Iris Luckhaus on The Creative Finder [TCF on Twitter, 11.9.2017] – Thank you!

Packaging | Drafts for Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus

Illustrationen von Lutki und Fährmann für Verpackungen von Bio-Snacks aus Kürbiskernen von Spreenat Naschgarten aus dem Spreewald

In March, I made some drafts for the packagings of Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus and Spreewälder Fährmanns-Snack, which are being produced by the organic trademark Spreenat (Naschgarten) from local pumpkin seeds, nettle salt (Fährmanns-Snack) and beet sugar (Lutki-Schmaus), and traded locally, with a small booklet about Spreewald.

Character Design | Lutki for Spreewälder Naschgarten

Illustrationen von Lutki und Fährmann für Verpackungen von Bio-Snacks aus Kürbiskernen von Spreenat Naschgarten aus dem Spreewald

Part of the packaging design for Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus and Fährmanns-Snack, which I drafted for organic trademark Spreenat (Naschgarten) in March, was the character design for Lutki, a friendly (but usually invisible) dwarfish legendary figure from Spreewald. The Lutki-Schmaus is composed of local pumpkin seeds and beet sugar.

Feature | Wortschätzchen im VAG Facetten Magazin

Wortschätzchen im VAG Facetten Magazin

»Warum fahren wir eigentlich gerne „ins Blaue“? Wieso hat unser Chef gelegentlich „eine Meise“? Und weshalb feiern wir auch mal „bis in die Puppen“? (…) Illustriert wurde das Buch von Iris Luckhaus mit liebevollen Grafiken im Sixties-Stil. Ein Grund mehr, sich nicht nur in die deutsche Sprache zu verlieben, sondern auch in dieses Buch.«

Just Published | »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!«

Umschlagmotiv für Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache im Duden Verlag von Rita Mielke mit Illustrationen im Sixties-Stil von Iris Luckhaus

I’m happy to announce that Rita Mielke’s book »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!« (»You have the word, darling!«) with 100 stories around the German language, which I recently illustrated for Duden Verlag, is finally available in bookstores!! Also, my specimens have arrived, and they look – and smell! – absolutely awesome!

Feature | »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!«

Wortschätzchen bei Fräulein Nullzwo

We’re delighted to see the first picture of the book »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! – 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache«, which I discovered today at Fräulein Nullpunktzwo. Thank you very much for the tag, Susanne!

Fresh Feature | Wortschätzchen as Coroflot Staff Pick

Illustration von Iris Luckhaus zu Macke, Meise, Nicht alle Tassen im Schrank oder Schraube locker für das Buch Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen von Rita Milke im Duden Verlag

»Each of the five projects featured below shows a strong clarity of vision and an ability to transform that vision into a fully fleshed out design. Every one of these designers have demonstrated their high level of skill and pure creativity here – two things we love to see. (…) The retro style illustrations that are well researched and carry the style through to the smallest detail. Expressive and fun vector illustrations that pop make this an engaging project even if you don’t speak the language.«Coroflot Blog about Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! by Iris Luckhaus

First Preview | »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!«

Illustration für Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache im Duden Verlag von Iris Luckhaus

I am pleased to finally anounce a book I illustrated for Duden Verlag, a publisher which is famous for its dictionary of the German language, the »Duden«, as the predominant resource for German orthography, but also publishes other books with language-related topics. For Rita Mielke’s »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!« (»You have the word, darling!«), which tells 100 exciting and often surprising stories around the German language in a smart, warm and humorous way, I worked in a new, bichrome and simplified style, to resemble book illustrations of the Sixties.

Preview | Wortschätzchen for Duden Verlag

Vorschau für Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache im Duden Verlag

The spring preview by Duden Verlag is online – and I am very much looking forward to soon announce a truly great, informative and exciting book I illustrated a couple of months ago!

Mimi Fiedler’s “Balkantherapie” | Character & Styling

Character Design und Styling für Mimi Fiedler im Buch Balkantherapie von Iris Luckhaus

Those were my first designs for character, clothes and styling for the book “Brauchstu ma keine Doktor, brauchstu nur diese Buch! – Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben” by the wonderful Mimi Fiedler, which I illustrated almost a year ago for MVG Verlag. In the book and on the cover, Mimi wears mostly the fourth outfit (striped shirt, hotpants and suspenders), and in one of the small vignettes, the blouse from the third outfit.

Marija for “Balkantherapie” | Character & Styling

Character Design und Styling für Mimi Fiedlers Mutter Marija im Buch Balkantherapie

Those were my first designs for character, clothes and styling for the book “Brauchstu ma keine Doktor, brauchstu nur diese Buch! – Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben” by the wonderful Mimi Fiedler, which I illustrated almost a year ago for MVG Verlag. In the book and on the cover, Mimi’s mother and advisor Marija wears the fourth outfit, a tight red dress with simple polka dots.

Super Heroine for Barbara Magazin | Drafts

Illustration der Superheldin Barbararella für Barbara Magazin von Iris Luckhaus

I’m working on some confidential projects right now, which I’m not supposed to show (yet). Meanwhile, I’m sharing some Making Of for older work – like this first draft for super heroine Barbararella, which I designed and illustrated last year for an (unpublished) column in Gruner und Jahr’s “Barbara” magazine by Barbara Schöneberger.

Emmy & Patty Postcards for EmpaTrain

Zeichnung von Mädchen und Giraffe als Freundinnen in der Savanne für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

Emmy und Patty, which I drew a couple of years ago for a breakfast board for EmpaTrain, are now – slightly reformatted – available as postcards as well! The giraffe, in its role as a symbolic animal for empathy, twas supposed to be a central element in this illustration, and how “Empathy means understanding each other without words”.

Super Heroine for Barbara Magazin | Character

Character Design für die Superheldin Barbararella für Barbara Magazin

With a little delay, here are my character design sketches for super heroine Barbararella, which I designed and illustrated last year for an (unpublished) column in Gruner und Jahr’s “Barbara” magazine by Barbara Schöneberger. My designs are based on the real person’s style as well as certain typical elements of super heroines.

EmpaTrain | Welcome to the Empathy Lab

Illustration von einem Empathie-Labor, wo Chemikerin und Chemiker in einem Labor mit Reagenzgläsern und Laborkolben, einem Wolfsskelett und Infografik zu Mimikresonanz, Vulkan und Giraffe die Formel für Empathie finden, für EmpaTrain

After drawing the Emmy und Patty breakfast board for EmpaTrain (specialist for non-violent communication and mediation), I now illustrated the second board for them, which shows an empathy lab – with lab scientists as well as the multitude of substances, facilities and materials you might need to brew empathy on a laboratory bench. This time, my illustration will not only become a breakfast board, but also be printed on postcards and posters, and it will not only be used for advertising their services, but also as a descriptive educational material in seminars!

Super Heroine for Barbara Magazin | Styling

Styling für Superheldin Barbararella für Barbara Magazin von Iris Luckhaus

With a little delay, here are my styling sketches for super heroine Barbararella, which I designed and illustrated last year for an (unpublished) column in Gruner und Jahr’s “Barbara” magazine by Barbara Schöneberger. My designs are based on the real person’s style as well as certain typical elements of super heroines.

Super-Heroine Barbararella for Barbara Magazine

Zeichnung von Barbara Schöneberger als Superheldin Barbararella für eine Kolumne im Barbara-Magazin von Iris Luckhaus

For Gruner und Jahr’s develepment of Barbara Schöneberger’s magazine “Barbara”, I designed and illustrated the super-heroine “Barbararella”. The picture above illustrates a column in which Barbara punishes a guy she catched peeing while standing, while her superhero collegue in the background is already waiting for their coffeebreak… Unfortunately, the series got never published, but it was great fun to draw. Thank you very much, Judith!

Fresh Feature | “Portfolio of the Day” on Designtaxi

Zeichnung von Iris Luckhaus mit Mädchen und einer Giraffe als Freundinnen in der afrikanischen Savanne, für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

And how very awesome to discover a few days later that Emmy und Patty (my breakfast board for EmpaTrain) had been featured in the Designtaxi Newsletter as “Portfolio of the Day”!

Fresh Feature | Fashionistas at Creative Finder

Retro-Modezeichnungen von Iris Luckhaus im Stil der Sixties mit Beehive, kleinen Kleidchen und großen Sonnenbrillen

How nice to see that my retro fashionistas are featured on The Creative Finder‘s frontpage!

Release | Mimi Fiedler’s “Balkantherapie”

Umschlag für das Buch Brauchsu keine Doktor, brauchsu nur diese Buch – Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben von Mimi Fiedler im MVG Verlag

Today I received my – beautifully printed! – voucher specimens, and tomorrow the »Balkantherapie« by the great actress, musician and author Mimi Fiedler will be released and available in bookstores!

Mimi Fiedler | Balkantherapie | Audiobook

Mimi Fiedler bei der Hörbuchproduktion für die Balkantherapie

Lovely Mimi Fiedler is in the Jingle Jungle Studio in Zürich right now, reading her »Balkantherapie« for the audiobook (release: Nov 9th, 2015) – and she posted some beautiful photos (© Olivia Burkhart) of this on Facebook, which she kindly allowed me to share. I am so much looking forward to listen to the book read by her!

Mimi Fiedler | Balkantherapie | Sports with Guy

Zeichnung der Sportübung Kniebeuge vom männlichen Pinup, Sportlehrer und Matrosen Guy für Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben von Mimi Fiedler

May I introduce you to Monsieur Guy le Sailör? I developped and illustrated the guy for the Mimi Fiedler’s awesome »Balkantherapie«, and in the books he presents some physical exercises (and a little more)!

Mimi Fiedler | Balkantherapie | Vignettes

Vignetten für die Balkantherapie von Mimi Fiedler

For Mimi Fiedler’s book »Balkantherapie«, I illustrated the cover, some highly detailed pages, several physical exercises and also plenty of vignettes, of which I’d like to show a selection here.

Preview | Mimi Fiedler’s “Balkantherapie”

Illustration mit Mimi Fiedler und ihrer Mutter Marija in We-Can-Do-It-Pose für den Umschlag des Buchs Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben von Iris Luckhaus

I just finished numerous illustrations for the book »Balkantherapie« by the charming, smart, incredibly funny and simply great actress, singer, photographer and author Mimi Fiedler, which I’ve enthusiastically been drawing the past couple of weeks, as commissioned by the Münchner Verlagsgesellschaft.

Lillesang – Das Geheimnis der dunklen Nixe

Fotos von den Vignetten im Lillesang Buch

I am very happy about my fresh specimens of Lillesang – Das Geheimnis der dunklen Nixe (Nina Blazon, CBT Verlag), because the book turned out to be really, really awesome! Everyhing about it is really super nice: the print, the colours, the paper, the smell and the format! And how much I like the book itself, I already mentioned before.

Youth Book | “Lillesang” by Nina Blazon

Scrapbook-Illustration von Iris Luckhaus mit Meerjungfrau, Fischen und Freundinnen für das Vorsatzblatt des Buchs Lillesang – Das Geheimnis der dunklen Nixe von Nina Blazon

For the editor CBJ/Random House, I have illustrated some very detailed end papers and lots of vignettes for “Lillesang” by Nina Blazon, a youth book for girls from age 10 – and a really beautiful and exciting mermaid story.

Art Print for the Home Office | Secretary

Retro-Illustrationen von Iris Luckhaus mit einer Sekretärin, die sich an ihrem Schreibtisch schüchtern hinter Papieren versteckt und fröhlich telefoniert

In between illustration about classic office work I cleaned, coloured and furnished lately – and somehow it all of a sudden became a series!

Art Print | Fashion Drawing | Little Dresses

Retro-Modezeichnungen von Iris Luckhaus im Stil der Sixties mit Beehive, kleinen Kleidchen und großen Sonnenbrillen

Little series of little dresses, inspired by a pile of old fashion magazines.

Character Design for Tiny Lily II

Characterdesign und Styling der Outdoorkleidung von einem schlecht gelaunten Mädchen für das Buch Tiny Lily

Reworked character designs that might actually become a children’s book someday.

Exhibition | Goethe Institut Märchenwelten

Handzeichnung mit Ölkreide zum Märchen Sterntaler der Gebrüder Grimm

The touring exhibition “Märchenwelten” by the Goethe Institutes, which contains three of my Fairytale Girls, is still travellling the world – current dates and places can be found here – and the list is quite impressive!

Youth Book | Diary of a Vampire Girl

Characterdesign von Vampirmädchen Violetta beim Trinken von Blut bei Mitternacht für ein unheimliches Jugendbuch

Some small illustrations for a book about the incredibly complicated life of a vampire girl.

Questionnaire for Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

Zeichnung von einer Familie, einem Paar mit Kindern zum Ausmalen für einen Fragebogen der Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

I just finished three more illustrations for the Wuppertaler Stadsparkasse! This time, the little house I illustrated a couple of months ago as a foldable model (and descriptional aid on renovating or refurbishing a house for the consultants) was supposed to be shown as part of a questionaire for personal financing concepts. Plus the Schmidt family, that lives in the house, and a money bag as a symbol for their own funds.

Foldable House for Stadtsparkasse | The Schmidts

Familie Schmidt als Bewohner der der renovierten Häfte des faltbaren Modell eines Hauses aus Pappe als Erklärhilfe für die Bausparer der Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

May I introduce you? This is the Schmidt family – who is living in the collapsible cardboard house I just illustrated for the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal.

Release | Breakfast Boards for EmpaTrain

Frühstücksbrettchen mit einer Zeichnung von Mädchen und Giraffe als Freundinnen in der Savanne und einem Giraffenmuster auf der Rückseite für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

I just received my specimens of the breakfast boards I designed for EmpaTrain this spring– and they are beautiful! They will be available for purchase online later on – as soon as I know more, I’ll post the links.

Homestaging | First Scenes

Vektorillustrationen von Frauen, die als Handwerkerinnen Wohnungen einrichten und streichen, für Homestaging Buch

Several page designs for a book project on a furnishing subject – the characters were meant to look like some real specialists, lead the reader through the book and describe things in a graphic way.

Homestaging | Character Design

Characterdesign mit Vektorillustrationen von Frauen, die als Handwerkerinnen Wohnungen renovieren, für Homestaging

Several character designs for a book project on a furnishing subject – the characters were meant to look like some real specialists, lead the reader through the book and describe things in a graphic way.

Characterdesign mit Vektorillustrationen von Frauen, die als Handwerkerinnen Wohnungen renovieren und anstreichen, für Homestaging

Release | “52 Aces Reloaded” by Zeixs

Herzdame (Queen of Hearts) Spielkarte im 52 Aces Reloaded Pokerdeck für Zeixs im Set auf dem Tisch

Here they are, the “52 Aces Reloaded” poker decks by Zeixs – Books for Designers I illustrated the Queen of Hearts for a few months ago – and if you’re lucky, they’re still available! The last time I checked, there were only 92 pieces of the beautiful limited edition left, so better hurry up if you’d like to play with these cards (or hang them on your wall)!

Breakfast Board for EmpaTrain

Zeichnung von Iris Luckhaus mit Mädchen und einer Giraffe als Freundinnen in der afrikanischen Savanne, für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

I just finished this breakfast board design for EmpaTrain, a German company that specialized in nonviolent communication and mediation and is mostly based on empathy. As a symbol for empathy, the giraffe was supposed to be center of this design. Subtitle: “Empathy means understanding each other without words”.

EmpaTrain | Aren’t giraffes just awesome?

Skizzen und Zeichnungen von Giraffen für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

Some very different sketches for an absolutely wonderful new project I just started… giraffes. Aren’t they the most amazing creatures?

Anthology | “The Neighbour” for “Bettgeschichten”

Teil der Zeichnung eines Pinups, das aufreizend am Fenster für den Nachbarn posiert, für die Comic Anthologie Bettgeschichten

I’ve drawn another special page: the “Neighbour” for the erotic anthology “Bettgeschichten – Comics für Erwachsene”! The book will be published by Zwerchfell Verlag, right in time for the Comicsalon Erlangen in June and was edited and supervised by Naomi Fearn and Reinhard Kleist.

Collage mit Scan | Lola

Zeichnung und Collage in Sepia und Rosé von einem Pinup Mädchen, das in Unterwäsche am Fenster eines Hotels in Paris steht, von Iris Luckhaus

Another rework of an old illustration, this time with softer sepia-coloured lines.

Exhibition | Goethe Institut Märchenwelten

Handzeichnung mit Ölkreide zum Märchen Sterntaler der Gebrüder Grimm

I just discovered the website for the touring exhibiton “Märchenwelten” about the fairy tales by the brothers Grimm, which is travelling the world thank to the Goethe Institutes, in four copies – and it contains three of my Fairy Tale Girls. On their website, you can not only look at the exhibition, you can as well find the current dates and places to see it yourself! (Link)

Homestaging | First Sketches

Zeichnung von einem Mädchen mit Zeitungshut, Latzhose und Farbrolle beim Renovieren und Anstreichen der Wände ihrer Wohnung für Homestaging

Several design for an (unpublished) book project with a furnishing topic.

Fairy Tale Girls | Curiosity

Vektorillustration für ein Märchen mit zwei Mädchen, Freundinnen wie Prinzessinnen, im Ballkleid, die voller Neugier hinter einen roten Vorhang spähen und Paris erblicken, von Iris Luckhaus

Next to some awesome new projects I am not supposed to talk about yet, I started experimenting with new styles again last month, very different from my usual, very time consuming outlines. So, this is the new version of an old fairytale page I meant to rework for ages.

Anthology | Queen of Hearts for 52 Aces Reloaded

Zeichnung der Herzdame (Queen of Hearts) Spielkarte für das 52 Aces Reloaded Pokerdeck für Zeixs von Iris Luckhaus

It’s a great pleasure for me to introduce you to my Queen of Hearts! I illustrated and designed this card for the amazing “52 Aces Reloaded” poker deck by Zeixs – Books for Designers which will be published later this year. I look very much forward to that! Right now, Zeixs are showing a preview of the cards on Facebook, and it’s exciting to see this fantastic deck grow with different styles.

Fresh Feature | Lily Lux is visiting Sven Elch

Lily Lux Passbildserie aus dem Fotoautomaten mit Paketen und Päckchen aus der Post für Weihnachten und einer wilden Party von Rehen, Winkekatzen, Nikoläusen, Weihnachtsmännern, Schneemännern und Rotkehlchen mit Weihnachtskugeln, Lametta, Tassen vom Weihnachtsmarkt, Tannengrün, Girlanden, Zimtsternen und Glühwein für Sven Elch und die Firma Santa and Sons im Blog der Illustrie

We felt honoured to be invited to take part in the Illustrie’s advent calendar projekt, and we are very happy about our own star on their “Walk of Art & Fame”!!!

The advent calendar project is all about the awesome Mr. Sven Elch, employee of the “Santa & Sons” company, and his very special adventures in the advent season… the Illustrie made a hilarious advent calendar app for iPhone und iPad from this.

In our contribution, we show what happens when Mr. Elch personally takes care of the blog’s guests… Thank you very much Stew and Timo for a very pleasant game of visual ping pong!

Lily Lux Online | Winterwinker Banner

At Lily Lux‘, we now have a new waving, twinkling, charming lucky cat for the winter which you are welcome to use as a banner for your site or your blog.

Lily Lux Winter und Weihnachten Banner zur Werbung mit winkender und zwinkernder Winkekatze, Nikolaus, Rotkehlchen und Schnee mit Tannenwald

Code, instructions and some more Lily Lux banners you’ll find on her networks page, and some more pre-christmas gifts and games can be found here.