Category Archives: Lifestyle

Art Prints | Identification Chart for Garden Birds

Identification chart, infographic or learning poster to identify European Songbirds or Garden Birds such as Blackbird / Merle, Blackcap / Blackjack, Blackstart, Blue Tit / Nun, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, City / Street Dove, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Crested Tit, Cuckoo, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Firecrest, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Golden Oriole, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grosbeak / Hawfinch, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kingfisher, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet / Flax Finch, Long-Tailed Tit, Magpie, Marsh Tit, Marsh Warbler, Nightingale, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, Redstart, Reed Bunting, Robin, Serin Finch, Skylark, Song Thrush / Mavis, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Swallow, Swift / Martlet, Tree Creeper, Tree Sparrow / Field Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Willow Warbler and Yellowhammer / Yellow Bunting, from the families of Sparrows, Tits, Woodpeckers, Finches, Jays, Buntings, Warblers, Thrushes, Treecreepers, Larks, Flycatchers, Redstarts and Pigeons, by iris Luckhaus

After publishing my Songbirds last year, I now lovingly revised all birds to make them even more distinctive! The new version is now available as a poster in German and English from Posterlounge (also eBay!) and printed on cards, mugs, bags, shirts, pillows, towels, blankets, cases, stickers and other products from Redbubble and Søciety6.

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 In addition to other measures, the mask requirement in public spaces is no longer applicable.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.

Frohe Weihnachten, Merry Christmas et Joyeux Noël!

Zeichnung von einem Mädchen, das zur Feier von Winter, Weihnacht, Advent, Silvester und Neujahr mit Kaffee, Tee, Pralinen und Amsel im winterlich verschneiten Wald gemütlich auf einer Parkbank sitzt und Geschenke wie Meisenringe, Äpfeln und Vogelfutter und Glücksklee für die Tiere des Waldes wie Reh, Fuchs, Waschbär, Dachs, Marder, Wiesel, Eichhörnchen, Siebenschläfer, Maus, Murmeltier, Salamander, Frosch, Falke, Eichelhäher, Elster, Taube, Grünspecht, Nachtigall, Rotkehlchen, Kohlmeise, Haubenmeise, Stieglitz, Gimpel, Rotschwanz, Buchfink, Sperling und Zaunkönig, mitgebracht hat – für Lily Lux von Iris Luckhaus

We’d like to wish you very lovely, candle-lit and heartwarming holidays (and a merry Christmas, or whatever you may be celebrating!), and all the best for a truly happy, healthy and wonderful new year Twothousandtwentytwo!

Available | Discounts at Redbubble and Søciety6

Bedruckte Produkte mit Illustrationen, Schautafeln, Weihnachten, Infografiken und Mustern von Iris Luckhaus

My shops at Søciety6 [US] and RedBubble [EU/US], which I recently updated with new illustrations and infographics and which in addition to art prints, posters and cards also sell printed products like curtains, pillows, blankets, carpets, bed linen, mugs, trays, boards, wrapping paper, notebooks, stickers, jigsaw puzzles, magnets, cases, bags, shirts and a whole lot of other things, offer fabulous discounts again! On Redbubble, it is 20% to 60% with the code »WHYWAIT« until November 11th, and Søciety6 also offers 35% to 50% (without code) on a wide range of articles this week.

Fresh Feature | Day & Night Shifts at Creative Finder

Illustrationen von Iris Luckhaus zu Arbeitszeiten bei Tag und Nacht, die eine Frau fröhlich und traurig bei der Arbeit im Büro am Mac zeigen

There is something very strange in opening a newsletter and seeing your own illustration there, but after a moment of awkwardness, I’m very happy that my day and night shift illustration is featured by The Creative Finder today!

Art Prints | Identification Chart with Songbirds

Identification chart, infographic or learning poster to identify European Songbirds or Garden Birds such as Blackbird / Merle, Blackcap / Blackjack, Blackstart, Blue Tit / Nun, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, City / Street Dove, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Crested Tit, Cuckoo, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Firecrest, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Golden Oriole, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grosbeak / Hawfinch, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kingfisher, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet / Flax Finch, Long-Tailed Tit, Magpie, Marsh Tit, Marsh Warbler, Nightingale, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, Redstart, Reed Bunting, Robin, Serin Finch, Skylark, Song Thrush / Mavis, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Swallow, Swift / Martlet, Tree Creeper, Tree Sparrow / Field Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Willow Warbler and Yellowhammer / Yellow Bunting, from the families of Sparrows, Tits, Woodpeckers, Finches, Jays, Buntings, Warblers, Thrushes, Treecreepers, Larks, Flycatchers, Redstarts and Pigeons, by iris Luckhaus

I’ve been working on my European Songbirds wall chart for several years, every now and then. It takes some effort to not just copy a photo, but to create a generalized cross-section from countless images – but that is exactly what helps with the identification! In addition to posters, notebooks, postcards and mugs as pictured above, there are bags, shirts, pillows, scarves, blankets, covers, stickers and many other products available on Redbubble and Søciety6 now.

Frohe Weihnachten, Merry Christmas et Joyeux Noël!

Zeichnung von einem Mädchen, das zur Feier von Winter, Weihnacht, Advent, Silvester und Neujahr im winterlich verschneiten Wald Yoga in Baumpose turnt und Geschenke wie Meisenringe, Äpfeln und Vogelfutter und Glücksklee für die Tiere des Waldes wie Eichhörnchen, Füchse, Rehe, Rotkehlchen, Kohlmeise, Stieglitz, Gimpel und Amsel mitgebracht hat, während Waschbär, Dachs und Marder einen Meisenknödel vom Schlitten stehlen, für Lily Lux von Iris Luckhaus

We’d like to wish you very lovely, candle-lit and heartwarming holidays (and a merry Christmas, or whatever you may be celebrating!), and all the best for a truly happy, healthy and wonderful new year Twothousandtwentyone!

Available | Products via Søciety6 and Redbubble

Bedruckte Produkte mit Illustrationen, Schautafeln, Weihnachten, Infografiken und Mustern von Iris Luckhaus

I have recently equipped my shops at Søciety6 [US] and RedBubble [EU + US] with fresh illustrations, field guides, infographics, patterns and some winter specials – and I was amazed at all the new products there! In addition to prints, posters and postcards, there are now also printed furniture, curtains, pillows, blankets, carpets, bed linen, shower curtains, bath mats, coffee mugs, water bottles, trays, boards, wrapping paper, notebooks, stickers, magnets, cases, skins, bags, picnic blankets, shirts and much more – and some of them now with my designs!

In the meantime, longing for everyday life

Profilbild mit Selbstbildnis der Illustratorin Iris Luckhaus bei der Arbeit in ihrem Büro in Wuppertal

Do you know these moments, when you stumble over last years’ pictures or some souvenir from your last vacations and all of a sudden, there is this incredible longing for some real, true everyday life, just as we knew it?

Art Print | Vampiress Carmilla

Vampirmädchen Carmilla beim Abendspaziergang über die Brücken von Paris, mit Fledermäusen und Regenhimmel, von Iris Luckhaus

This is Carmilla, who has been a vampiress for countless years (her unsuspecting friend used to say she has such an “old-fashioned face”…), walking through her quiet city rather early today, as the evening is so stormy and wonderfully gloomy… Carmilla is now available as an art print via Posterlounge! Happy Halloween! :)

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?”.

Personal Work | Lola at the Beach

Lola am Strand, von Iris Luckhaus

With the series Lola macht Urlaub, I experiment with new techniques, patterns and colours between other projects. Inspired by almost summerish days, I tried to picture the slothy happiness of a warm, sunny afternoon by the sea.

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!

Personal Work | Lola in the Café

Poster Lola im Cafe, von Iris Luckhaus

With the series Lola macht Urlaub (Lola is on vacation), I experiment with new techniques, patterns and colours inbetween other projects. Inspired by late winter, I tried to catch a summer evening in a French café here.

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. 

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!

Art Prints | Vampire Girl Carmilla

Vampirmädchen Carmilla beim Abendspaziergang über die Brücken von Paris, mit Fledermäusen und Regenhimmel, von Iris Luckhaus

I enjoy my inbetween drawings so much right now that I’d really like to steal time for them more frequently! – This is Carmilla, who became a vampiress long ago (her unsuspecting friend used to say she has such an “old-fashioned face”), walking through the city rather early, as the evening is so stormy, rainy and wonderfully gloomy.

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.

Art Print | Amy and May in Retro-Paris

Retroparis Illustration eines Mädchens beim Spaziergang mit ihrem kleinen Hund durch Paris

I really like those bichrome book illustrations from the Sixties, and for a long time, I wanted to try out how that style might work with my girls. Today, as the weather is nice, I long for Paris, and I’m waiting for some client feedback, I’ve drawn Amy (who likes to call herself “Aimée” in Paris), all dressed up for a walking her little dog, May, in the city.

Art Print in Screen Print Styles | Swimming Pool

Sommerliche Illustration eines Mädchens im Bikini auf einer Luftmatratze im Pool

While I’m working on confidential projects which I can’t share here, I’d like to show some in-between personal work. Here are further tests with bichrome vacation motives, which I’d really like to print myself someday.

Tiny People in Paris | Anna & Max | Anniversary III

Zeichnung eines alten Pärchens mit Dackel, das bei einem Spaziergang durch Paris die Quais der Seine entdeckt und dort ein altes Herz in der Rinde einer Birke wiederfindet, von Iris Luckhaus

Anna and Max are spending their 50th anniversary in the city of love. Together with dachshund Waldemar, they take a very long walk to visit many beautiful (and well-known) places. – This little drawn story has been rearranged and edited from my unpublished Hide-and-Seek Paris book for children and grownups.

Tiny People in Paris | Anna & Max | Anniversary II

Zeichnung eines alten Pärchens mit Dackel, das bei einem Spaziergang durch Paris Café im Jardin du Luxembourg seinen Hochzeitstag mit einer kleinen Torte feiert und von einem Rosenverkäufer verfolgt wird

Anna and Max are spending their 50th anniversary in the city of love. Together with dachshund Waldemar, they take a very long walk to visit many beautiful (and well-known) places. – This little drawn story has been rearranged and edited from my unpublished Hide-and-Seek Paris book for children and grownups.

Tiny People in Paris | Anna & Max | Anniversary

Zeichnung eines alten Pärchens mit Dackel, das in einem roten VW Käfer Auto durch Paris fährt und den Eiffelturm und Invalides sieht, von Iris Luckhaus

Anna and Max are spending their 50th anniversary in the city of love. Together with dachshund Waldemar, they take a very long walk to visit many beautiful (and well-known) places. – This little drawn story has been rearranged and edited from my unpublished Hide-and-Seek Paris book for children and grownups.

Available | Printed Products via Søciety6

Produkte von Iris Luckhaus auf Søciety6

I’ve had so much fun with my posters for the Posterlounge earlier this week that I also renewed my shop at Søciety6 right away – besides artprints, you can also buy my girls on greeting cards, coffee mugs, throw pillows, tote bags, sleeves, cases and skins now – and some of them even fitted on duvet covers and shower curtains! 

Book Cover | The Honourable Consultant

Coverillustration mit Kaufmann und Unternehmensberater, die sich auf einer Brücke vor der Hamburger Speicherstadt die Hände schütteln, für die BWL-Masterarbeit Der ehrbare Unternehmensberater von Julia Astrid Riemenschneider

For Julia Astrid Riemenschneider, I recently designed and illustrated the cover of her master thesis “Der Ehrbare Unternehmensberater – Eine kritische Auseinandersetzung zur Kongruenz des Leitbildes des Ehrbaren Kaufmanns mit dem Geschäftsmodell der Unternehmensberatung”.

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 | 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.

Tiny People in Paris | Lily & Polly | Shopping I

Zeichnung von zwei Freundinnen und Touristinnen, die in einer rosa Patisserie in Paris ganz beglückt und aufgeregt Macarons probieren

Lila and Polly are going shopping together and just discovered some lovely macarons in a Rosalie’s little pâtisserie. Soon, they will explore more place (= to be continued). – This little drawn story has been rearranged and edited from my unpublished Hide-and-Seek Paris book for children and grownups.

Stadtsparkasse | Mastercard for Uni Wuppertal

Perspektivische Schwarzweiß Zeichnung der Gebäude der Uni Wuppertal, BUGH, am Grifflenberg, für die MasterCard der Stadtsparkasse für die Mitarbeiter der Uni

This is the mastercard I illustrated, as commissioned by the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal, with the main buildings of the Bergisch University (BUGH) and which will soon be available to students and staff in ten different colour schemes. In the pictures you can see several mock-ups with all colours, imprints, embossings and chip.

Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal | Grifflenberg

Perspektivische Schwarzweiß Zeichnung der Gebäude der Uni Wuppertal, BUGH, am Grifflenberg, für die MasterCard der Stadtsparkasse für die Mitarbeiter der Uni

Once again, I’ve been drawing for the Wuppertaler Stadtsparkasse, this time a black-and-white view of the buildings of the University of Wuppertal (BUGH) on Grifflenberg. My illustration will soon be printed in ten different colour schemes on the front of a special mastercard for students and staff of the university.  For this project, I had to work very different from my usual process – not only without outlines, but also without people, details or colours, but precisely after a photograph, with correct perspectives – and it actually was a challenge, but a lot of fun as well!

Sommerferien

Illustration von Iris Luckhaus mit Freundinnen, die im Sommer Urlaub am Meer machen und unterwegs zum Picknick am Strand sind

Art Print in Screen Print Style | Panorama

Siebdruck in rot-türkis von einer Zeichnung eines Pinup Mädchens im gepunkteten Höschen am Fenster zur Stadt Paris im Sommer, von Iris Luckhaus

I had a little time in between and tried some new styles with old poses. It’s so much fun to work a little rougher and with only two colours! And to think about making my own screen prints.

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!

Kleine Leute in Paris | Souvenirs

Verkäuferin mit Mops in ihrem Souvenirstand mit Postkarten, Postern, Reiseführern, T-Shirts, Taschen, Hüten und Sonnenbrillen von Paris

I decided to refuse the Hide-and-Seek book about Paris, mainly because (a) big top views of a rather flat place do not work well in my twodimensional “dollhouse” perspectives (if Paris had more hills and stairs, it might actually have worked!), and (b) drawing a whole city which really exists makes me want to illustrate absolutely every detail I discovered there – but unfortunately, this would take several years. Besides, I realised that there are illustrators whose whole style is a much better fit for such a project – and that I don’t have to be able to draw everything.

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.

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.

Tiny People in Paris | Merry Go Round

Zeichnung von einem Karussell mit Pferdchen aus Holz am Montmarte in Paris

Right now, I’m working on a wonderful project for the Wimmelbuchverlag, for which I am drawing very different from my usual style. Here in the blog, I’d like to share some little scenes and excerpts every now and then.

Home Studio | Dayshifts and Nightshifts

Illustrationen von Iris Luckhaus zu Arbeitszeiten bei Tag und Nacht, die eine Frau fröhlich und traurig bei der Arbeit im Büro am Mac zeigen

This is what happens when you wait for a client’s final corrections and time is running…

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.

Cristabelles for Schock Material Brochure

Ausschnitt aus der Illustration von drei Freundinnen im Café, die Cupcakes essen, Kaffee trinken und fröhlich Gossip verbreiten, für eine Materialbroschüre der Firma Schock

Illustrations for a material brochure by Schock, a producer of granite sinks. My briefing was to contrast two different material lines by using the idea and mood behind them. So, this is my design for the younger, more trendy and astonishingly colourful Cristalite series: Three friends take a break from shopping, chat, drink coffee and eat pastel coloured cupackes in a street café.

Foldable House for Stadtsparkasse | Details II

Details aus dem Papphaus für die Stadtsparkasse

Illustrations and detail views of the refurbished half of the collapsible little cardboard house I illustrated for the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal:

Foldable House for Stadtsparkasse | Details I

Ausschnitt vom Kinderzimmer mit Regenrinne in der unrenovierten Häfte des faltbaren Modell eines Hauses aus Pappe als Erklärhilfe für die Bausparer der Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

Illustrations and detail views of the unrefurbished half of the collapsible little cardboard house I illustrated for the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal:

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.

A foldable little house for the Stadtsparkasse

Faltbares Modell eines Hauses aus Pappe mit einer renovierten und einer unrenovierten Hälfte als Erklärhilfe für die Bausparer der Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal von Iris Luckhaus

I just finished illustrating the outside of a collapsible cardboard house (ca. 20 x 20 cm) for the Wuppertaler Stadsparkasse. This little house will be used to describe renovations and refurbishings of an old house, and why those make sense. It has an old, unrefurbished side and another that is all new and shiny, fully refurbished, and both contain typical details.

Preview | Illustrating Facades

Bausatz für das Häuschen aus Pappe für die Bausparer der Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

I’m working on an exciting new project… to be continued!

Bettgeschichten + Personal | A little Backstage Break

Zeichnung eines pausierenden Mädchens, das spät abends bequem im Sessel liegt, aus einer Herztasse trinkt und die Füße hochlegt, von Iris Luckhaus

Little in between illustration that somehow happened while I worked on the Bettgeschichten spread and which I cleaned, coloured and furnished now. Her name is Loulou, by the way, and she really needed a break. Maybe this will become a series?

Update | Reinventing oneself | Tiny Scribbles

Kleine Skizze eines Paares
Kleine Skizze einer Sekretärin

Isn’t it wonderful to reinvent oneself sometimes? I started developping characters that are much simpler than I’d usually draw them and better at playing in little scenes and I am having a lot of fun with that… to be continued!

Tiny People in Paris | Sunday Excursion

Zeichnung von einem schicken Paar, das auf einem Vespa Motorroller mit Radio und Baguette einen Ausflug durch Paris unternimmt und dabei am Eiffelturm und Invalides vorbeikommt, von Iris Luckhaus

Right now, I am working on a wonderful and very challenging project for the Wimmelbuchverlag, for which I am drawing very different from my usual style and that will probably be released as a Hide and Seek book next year. Until then, I’d like to show little scenes and excerpts every now and then – and this is where it starts!

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)!

Bettgeschichten | Posing for the Neighbour

Making of Nachbarin für die Bettgeschichten Anthologie

I’d like to show you another example of my work process – the development of the “Neighbour” I illustrated for the anthology “Bettgeschichten” (Zwerchfell Verlag).

Category Archives: Lifestyle

Art Prints | Identification Chart for Garden Birds

Identification chart, infographic or learning poster to identify European Songbirds or Garden Birds such as Blackbird / Merle, Blackcap / Blackjack, Blackstart, Blue Tit / Nun, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, City / Street Dove, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Crested Tit, Cuckoo, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Firecrest, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Golden Oriole, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grosbeak / Hawfinch, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kingfisher, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet / Flax Finch, Long-Tailed Tit, Magpie, Marsh Tit, Marsh Warbler, Nightingale, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, Redstart, Reed Bunting, Robin, Serin Finch, Skylark, Song Thrush / Mavis, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Swallow, Swift / Martlet, Tree Creeper, Tree Sparrow / Field Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Willow Warbler and Yellowhammer / Yellow Bunting, from the families of Sparrows, Tits, Woodpeckers, Finches, Jays, Buntings, Warblers, Thrushes, Treecreepers, Larks, Flycatchers, Redstarts and Pigeons, by iris Luckhaus

After publishing my Songbirds last year, I now lovingly revised all birds to make them even more distinctive! The new version is now available as a poster in German and English from Posterlounge (also eBay!) and printed on cards, mugs, bags, shirts, pillows, towels, blankets, cases, stickers and other products from Redbubble and Søciety6.

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.

Frohe Weihnachten, Merry Christmas et Joyeux Noël!

Zeichnung von einem Mädchen, das zur Feier von Winter, Weihnacht, Advent, Silvester und Neujahr mit Kaffee, Tee, Pralinen und Amsel im winterlich verschneiten Wald gemütlich auf einer Parkbank sitzt und Geschenke wie Meisenringe, Äpfeln und Vogelfutter und Glücksklee für die Tiere des Waldes wie Reh, Fuchs, Waschbär, Dachs, Marder, Wiesel, Eichhörnchen, Siebenschläfer, Maus, Murmeltier, Salamander, Frosch, Falke, Eichelhäher, Elster, Taube, Grünspecht, Nachtigall, Rotkehlchen, Kohlmeise, Haubenmeise, Stieglitz, Gimpel, Rotschwanz, Buchfink, Sperling und Zaunkönig, mitgebracht hat – für Lily Lux von Iris Luckhaus

We’d like to wish you very lovely, candle-lit and heartwarming holidays (and a merry Christmas, or whatever you may be celebrating!), and all the best for a truly happy, healthy and wonderful new year Twothousandtwentytwo!

Available | Discounts at Redbubble and Søciety6

Bedruckte Produkte mit Illustrationen, Schautafeln, Weihnachten, Infografiken und Mustern von Iris Luckhaus

My shops at Søciety6 [US] and RedBubble [EU/US], which I recently updated with new illustrations and infographics and which in addition to art prints, posters and cards also sell printed products like curtains, pillows, blankets, carpets, bed linen, mugs, trays, boards, wrapping paper, notebooks, stickers, jigsaw puzzles, magnets, cases, bags, shirts and a whole lot of other things, offer fabulous discounts again! On Redbubble, it is 20% to 60% with the code »WHYWAIT« until November 11th, and Søciety6 also offers 35% to 50% (without code) on a wide range of articles this week.

Fresh Feature | Day & Night Shifts at Creative Finder

Illustrationen von Iris Luckhaus zu Arbeitszeiten bei Tag und Nacht, die eine Frau fröhlich und traurig bei der Arbeit im Büro am Mac zeigen

There is something very strange in opening a newsletter and seeing your own illustration there, but after a moment of awkwardness, I’m very happy that my day and night shift illustration is featured by The Creative Finder today!

Art Prints | Identification Chart with Songbirds

Identification chart, infographic or learning poster to identify European Songbirds or Garden Birds such as Blackbird / Merle, Blackcap / Blackjack, Blackstart, Blue Tit / Nun, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, City / Street Dove, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Crested Tit, Cuckoo, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Firecrest, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Golden Oriole, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grosbeak / Hawfinch, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kingfisher, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet / Flax Finch, Long-Tailed Tit, Magpie, Marsh Tit, Marsh Warbler, Nightingale, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, Redstart, Reed Bunting, Robin, Serin Finch, Skylark, Song Thrush / Mavis, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Swallow, Swift / Martlet, Tree Creeper, Tree Sparrow / Field Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Willow Warbler and Yellowhammer / Yellow Bunting, from the families of Sparrows, Tits, Woodpeckers, Finches, Jays, Buntings, Warblers, Thrushes, Treecreepers, Larks, Flycatchers, Redstarts and Pigeons, by iris Luckhaus

I’ve been working on my European Songbirds wall chart for several years, every now and then. It takes some effort to not just copy a photo, but to create a generalized cross-section from countless images – but that is exactly what helps with the identification! In addition to posters, notebooks, postcards and mugs as pictured above, there are bags, shirts, pillows, scarves, blankets, covers, stickers and many other products available on Redbubble and Søciety6 now.

Frohe Weihnachten, Merry Christmas et Joyeux Noël!

Zeichnung von einem Mädchen, das zur Feier von Winter, Weihnacht, Advent, Silvester und Neujahr im winterlich verschneiten Wald Yoga in Baumpose turnt und Geschenke wie Meisenringe, Äpfeln und Vogelfutter und Glücksklee für die Tiere des Waldes wie Eichhörnchen, Füchse, Rehe, Rotkehlchen, Kohlmeise, Stieglitz, Gimpel und Amsel mitgebracht hat, während Waschbär, Dachs und Marder einen Meisenknödel vom Schlitten stehlen, für Lily Lux von Iris Luckhaus

We’d like to wish you very lovely, candle-lit and heartwarming holidays (and a merry Christmas, or whatever you may be celebrating!), and all the best for a truly happy, healthy and wonderful new year Twothousandtwentyone!

Available | Products via Søciety6 and Redbubble

Bedruckte Produkte mit Illustrationen, Schautafeln, Weihnachten, Infografiken und Mustern von Iris Luckhaus

I have recently equipped my shops at Søciety6 [US] and RedBubble [EU + US] with fresh illustrations, field guides, infographics, patterns and some winter specials – and I was amazed at all the new products there! In addition to prints, posters and postcards, there are now also printed furniture, curtains, pillows, blankets, carpets, bed linen, shower curtains, bath mats, coffee mugs, water bottles, trays, boards, wrapping paper, notebooks, stickers, magnets, cases, skins, bags, picnic blankets, shirts and much more – and some of them now with my designs!

In the meantime, longing for everyday life

Profilbild mit Selbstbildnis der Illustratorin Iris Luckhaus bei der Arbeit in ihrem Büro in Wuppertal

Do you know these moments, when you stumble over last years’ pictures or some souvenir from your last vacations and all of a sudden, there is this incredible longing for some real, true everyday life, just as we knew it?

Art Print | Vampiress Carmilla

Vampirmädchen Carmilla beim Abendspaziergang über die Brücken von Paris, mit Fledermäusen und Regenhimmel, von Iris Luckhaus

This is Carmilla, who has been a vampiress for countless years (her unsuspecting friend used to say she has such an “old-fashioned face”…), walking through her quiet city rather early today, as the evening is so stormy and wonderfully gloomy… Carmilla is now available as an art print via Posterlounge! Happy Halloween! :)

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?”.

Personal Work | Lola at the Beach

Lola am Strand, von Iris Luckhaus

With the series Lola macht Urlaub, I experiment with new techniques, patterns and colours between other projects. Inspired by almost summerish days, I tried to picture the slothy happiness of a warm, sunny afternoon by the sea.

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!

Personal Work | Lola in the Café

Poster Lola im Cafe, von Iris Luckhaus

With the series Lola macht Urlaub (Lola is on vacation), I experiment with new techniques, patterns and colours inbetween other projects. Inspired by late winter, I tried to catch a summer evening in a French café here.

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. 

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!

Art Prints | Vampire Girl Carmilla

Vampirmädchen Carmilla beim Abendspaziergang über die Brücken von Paris, mit Fledermäusen und Regenhimmel, von Iris Luckhaus

I enjoy my inbetween drawings so much right now that I’d really like to steal time for them more frequently! – This is Carmilla, who became a vampiress long ago (her unsuspecting friend used to say she has such an “old-fashioned face”), walking through the city rather early, as the evening is so stormy, rainy and wonderfully gloomy.

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.

Art Print | Amy and May in Retro-Paris

Retroparis Illustration eines Mädchens beim Spaziergang mit ihrem kleinen Hund durch Paris

I really like those bichrome book illustrations from the Sixties, and for a long time, I wanted to try out how that style might work with my girls. Today, as the weather is nice, I long for Paris, and I’m waiting for some client feedback, I’ve drawn Amy (who likes to call herself “Aimée” in Paris), all dressed up for a walking her little dog, May, in the city.

Art Print in Screen Print Styles | Swimming Pool

Sommerliche Illustration eines Mädchens im Bikini auf einer Luftmatratze im Pool

While I’m working on confidential projects which I can’t share here, I’d like to show some in-between personal work. Here are further tests with bichrome vacation motives, which I’d really like to print myself someday.

Tiny People in Paris | Anna & Max | Anniversary III

Zeichnung eines alten Pärchens mit Dackel, das bei einem Spaziergang durch Paris die Quais der Seine entdeckt und dort ein altes Herz in der Rinde einer Birke wiederfindet, von Iris Luckhaus

Anna and Max are spending their 50th anniversary in the city of love. Together with dachshund Waldemar, they take a very long walk to visit many beautiful (and well-known) places. – This little drawn story has been rearranged and edited from my unpublished Hide-and-Seek Paris book for children and grownups.

Tiny People in Paris | Anna & Max | Anniversary II

Zeichnung eines alten Pärchens mit Dackel, das bei einem Spaziergang durch Paris Café im Jardin du Luxembourg seinen Hochzeitstag mit einer kleinen Torte feiert und von einem Rosenverkäufer verfolgt wird

Anna and Max are spending their 50th anniversary in the city of love. Together with dachshund Waldemar, they take a very long walk to visit many beautiful (and well-known) places. – This little drawn story has been rearranged and edited from my unpublished Hide-and-Seek Paris book for children and grownups.

Tiny People in Paris | Anna & Max | Anniversary

Zeichnung eines alten Pärchens mit Dackel, das in einem roten VW Käfer Auto durch Paris fährt und den Eiffelturm und Invalides sieht, von Iris Luckhaus

Anna and Max are spending their 50th anniversary in the city of love. Together with dachshund Waldemar, they take a very long walk to visit many beautiful (and well-known) places. – This little drawn story has been rearranged and edited from my unpublished Hide-and-Seek Paris book for children and grownups.

Available | Printed Products via Søciety6

Produkte von Iris Luckhaus auf Søciety6

I’ve had so much fun with my posters for the Posterlounge earlier this week that I also renewed my shop at Søciety6 right away – besides artprints, you can also buy my girls on greeting cards, coffee mugs, throw pillows, tote bags, sleeves, cases and skins now – and some of them even fitted on duvet covers and shower curtains! 

Book Cover | The Honourable Consultant

Coverillustration mit Kaufmann und Unternehmensberater, die sich auf einer Brücke vor der Hamburger Speicherstadt die Hände schütteln, für die BWL-Masterarbeit Der ehrbare Unternehmensberater von Julia Astrid Riemenschneider

For Julia Astrid Riemenschneider, I recently designed and illustrated the cover of her master thesis “Der Ehrbare Unternehmensberater – Eine kritische Auseinandersetzung zur Kongruenz des Leitbildes des Ehrbaren Kaufmanns mit dem Geschäftsmodell der Unternehmensberatung”.

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 | 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.

Tiny People in Paris | Lily & Polly | Shopping I

Zeichnung von zwei Freundinnen und Touristinnen, die in einer rosa Patisserie in Paris ganz beglückt und aufgeregt Macarons probieren

Lila and Polly are going shopping together and just discovered some lovely macarons in a Rosalie’s little pâtisserie. Soon, they will explore more place (= to be continued). – This little drawn story has been rearranged and edited from my unpublished Hide-and-Seek Paris book for children and grownups.

Stadtsparkasse | Mastercard for Uni Wuppertal

Perspektivische Schwarzweiß Zeichnung der Gebäude der Uni Wuppertal, BUGH, am Grifflenberg, für die MasterCard der Stadtsparkasse für die Mitarbeiter der Uni

This is the mastercard I illustrated, as commissioned by the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal, with the main buildings of the Bergisch University (BUGH) and which will soon be available to students and staff in ten different colour schemes. In the pictures you can see several mock-ups with all colours, imprints, embossings and chip.

Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal | Grifflenberg

Perspektivische Schwarzweiß Zeichnung der Gebäude der Uni Wuppertal, BUGH, am Grifflenberg, für die MasterCard der Stadtsparkasse für die Mitarbeiter der Uni

Once again, I’ve been drawing for the Wuppertaler Stadtsparkasse, this time a black-and-white view of the buildings of the University of Wuppertal (BUGH) on Grifflenberg. My illustration will soon be printed in ten different colour schemes on the front of a special mastercard for students and staff of the university.  For this project, I had to work very different from my usual process – not only without outlines, but also without people, details or colours, but precisely after a photograph, with correct perspectives – and it actually was a challenge, but a lot of fun as well!

Sommerferien

Illustration von Iris Luckhaus mit Freundinnen, die im Sommer Urlaub am Meer machen und unterwegs zum Picknick am Strand sind

Art Print in Screen Print Style | Panorama

Siebdruck in rot-türkis von einer Zeichnung eines Pinup Mädchens im gepunkteten Höschen am Fenster zur Stadt Paris im Sommer, von Iris Luckhaus

I had a little time in between and tried some new styles with old poses. It’s so much fun to work a little rougher and with only two colours! And to think about making my own screen prints.

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!

Kleine Leute in Paris | Souvenirs

Verkäuferin mit Mops in ihrem Souvenirstand mit Postkarten, Postern, Reiseführern, T-Shirts, Taschen, Hüten und Sonnenbrillen von Paris

I decided to refuse the Hide-and-Seek book about Paris, mainly because (a) big top views of a rather flat place do not work well in my twodimensional “dollhouse” perspectives (if Paris had more hills and stairs, it might actually have worked!), and (b) drawing a whole city which really exists makes me want to illustrate absolutely every detail I discovered there – but unfortunately, this would take several years. Besides, I realised that there are illustrators whose whole style is a much better fit for such a project – and that I don’t have to be able to draw everything.

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.

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.

Tiny People in Paris | Merry Go Round

Zeichnung von einem Karussell mit Pferdchen aus Holz am Montmarte in Paris

Right now, I’m working on a wonderful project for the Wimmelbuchverlag, for which I am drawing very different from my usual style. Here in the blog, I’d like to share some little scenes and excerpts every now and then.

Home Studio | Dayshifts and Nightshifts

Illustrationen von Iris Luckhaus zu Arbeitszeiten bei Tag und Nacht, die eine Frau fröhlich und traurig bei der Arbeit im Büro am Mac zeigen

This is what happens when you wait for a client’s final corrections and time is running…

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.

Cristabelles for Schock Material Brochure

Ausschnitt aus der Illustration von drei Freundinnen im Café, die Cupcakes essen, Kaffee trinken und fröhlich Gossip verbreiten, für eine Materialbroschüre der Firma Schock

Illustrations for a material brochure by Schock, a producer of granite sinks. My briefing was to contrast two different material lines by using the idea and mood behind them. So, this is my design for the younger, more trendy and astonishingly colourful Cristalite series: Three friends take a break from shopping, chat, drink coffee and eat pastel coloured cupackes in a street café.

Foldable House for Stadtsparkasse | Details II

Details aus dem Papphaus für die Stadtsparkasse

Illustrations and detail views of the refurbished half of the collapsible little cardboard house I illustrated for the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal:

Foldable House for Stadtsparkasse | Details I

Ausschnitt vom Kinderzimmer mit Regenrinne in der unrenovierten Häfte des faltbaren Modell eines Hauses aus Pappe als Erklärhilfe für die Bausparer der Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

Illustrations and detail views of the unrefurbished half of the collapsible little cardboard house I illustrated for the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal:

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.

A foldable little house for the Stadtsparkasse

Faltbares Modell eines Hauses aus Pappe mit einer renovierten und einer unrenovierten Hälfte als Erklärhilfe für die Bausparer der Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal von Iris Luckhaus

I just finished illustrating the outside of a collapsible cardboard house (ca. 20 x 20 cm) for the Wuppertaler Stadsparkasse. This little house will be used to describe renovations and refurbishings of an old house, and why those make sense. It has an old, unrefurbished side and another that is all new and shiny, fully refurbished, and both contain typical details.

Preview | Illustrating Facades

Bausatz für das Häuschen aus Pappe für die Bausparer der Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal

I’m working on an exciting new project… to be continued!

Bettgeschichten + Personal | A little Backstage Break

Zeichnung eines pausierenden Mädchens, das spät abends bequem im Sessel liegt, aus einer Herztasse trinkt und die Füße hochlegt, von Iris Luckhaus

Little in between illustration that somehow happened while I worked on the Bettgeschichten spread and which I cleaned, coloured and furnished now. Her name is Loulou, by the way, and she really needed a break. Maybe this will become a series?

Update | Reinventing oneself | Tiny Scribbles

Kleine Skizze eines Paares
Kleine Skizze einer Sekretärin

Isn’t it wonderful to reinvent oneself sometimes? I started developping characters that are much simpler than I’d usually draw them and better at playing in little scenes and I am having a lot of fun with that… to be continued!

Tiny People in Paris | Sunday Excursion

Zeichnung von einem schicken Paar, das auf einem Vespa Motorroller mit Radio und Baguette einen Ausflug durch Paris unternimmt und dabei am Eiffelturm und Invalides vorbeikommt, von Iris Luckhaus

Right now, I am working on a wonderful and very challenging project for the Wimmelbuchverlag, for which I am drawing very different from my usual style and that will probably be released as a Hide and Seek book next year. Until then, I’d like to show little scenes and excerpts every now and then – and this is where it starts!

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)!

Bettgeschichten | Posing for the Neighbour

Making of Nachbarin für die Bettgeschichten Anthologie

I’d like to show you another example of my work process – the development of the “Neighbour” I illustrated for the anthology “Bettgeschichten” (Zwerchfell Verlag).