Category Archives: Work

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 In addition to other measures, the mask requirement in public spaces is no longer applicable.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

DIY Instructions | Hybrid Mask Frame for Sewing or Stapling

Hybrid cloth frame, brace or fitter for respirators such as FFP2, FFP3, N95, KN95, medical, surgical or procedure masks, with reverse nose pleat for glasses wearers, channels with ear loops and head ties for a a gapless, fogfree and slipfree fit by Iris Luckhaus, to no-sew make or staple yourself with instructions, pattern and template

After the Hybrid Pleated Mask, Hybrid Custom Masks and the Hybrid Boxy Mask, I created a Hybrid Mask Frame – as an alternative for all those who cannot breathe well with Double Masks, yet don’t find a gaplessly fitting, slip-free respirator or surgical mask. Due to a reverse pleat, this Mask Frame fits perfectly – even without nose wire!

DIY Tutorial | Hybrid Boxy Mask Pictorial

Optimized, best, gapless, fog free and stay in place Luckhaus Hybrid Boxy Space Mask like 3D, Origami, Japanese or Octagon, cloth mask, face mask or face covering to sew or make with instructions, cutting pattern and templates, gapless and no fog for glasses wearers, non-slip and breathable thanks to a reverse fold or nose pleat, with nose piece or nose wire, pleats, filter opening and side channels or casings for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

In addition to the illustrated instructions for sewing my brand new, not only gaplessly and slip-free fitting, but also very spacious Hybrid Boxy Mask, I have now created a highly detailed step-by-step picture tutorial for beginners!

DIY Instructions | Sewing a Hybrid Boxy Mask

Optimized, best, gapless, fog free and stay in place Luckhaus Hybrid Boxy Space Mask like 3D, Origami, Japanese or Octagon, cloth mask, face mask or face covering to sew or make with instructions, cutting pattern and templates, gapless and no fog for glasses wearers, non-slip and breathable thanks to a reverse fold or nose pleat, with nose piece or nose wire, pleats, filter opening and side channels or casings for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

Now that I’ve gone through all the possibilities to customize my original Hybrid Mask for a wide range of face shapes, needs and preferences, I finally created a new cloth mask pattern with an open chin dart (or twisted pleat). Similar to 3D, Boxy, Origami, Japanese or Octagon shapes, which form a square box, the Hybrid Boxy Mask forms a triangular box which does not touch the mouth or nosetip and offers plenty of space for breathing, speaking or singing.

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!

DIY Tutorial | Filter Frames for Cloth Masks

Tutorial for the Luckhaus Hybrid Pleated Mask with Filter Frames

Some maskers insert disposable filter materials (e.g. Filti) between the inner and outer layers of reusable cloth masks. For this reason, my Hybrid Mask has a filter opening! This offers the advantage of combining decent fit (through mask pattern) and filter efficiency (through disposable filters), but the disadvantage that filters are often complicated to insert, rarely cover the whole surface and easily slip. For me and my family, double masking, i.e. wearing FFP2 / KN95, surgical or self-stapled, same-pattern filter masks underneath, seems like a better option. Lately though, a lovely mask maker mentioned how complicated double masking is for kids, and I finally had an idea: Filter frames!

DIY Instructions | Customized Hybrid Face Masks

ptimierte Hybrid-Maske, Behelfsmaske, Alltagsmaske, Stoffmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum selber Nähen nach Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone, passt lückenlos und rutscht nicht dank Rückwärtsfalte für Brillenträger, Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrgummis oder Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published my pattern for sewing the Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits gapless (even without nosepiece!) and reliably stays in place, I’ve been asked about adjustments for special shapes and needs. In this post, I introduce a selection of these customized Hybrid patterns, and every now and then (last March 8th, 2021), I add new ones!

Tips & Tricks | Mask Tying Techniques Infographic

Infographics about mask tying techniques, showing by the example of the hybrid cloth or fabric mask or face covering pattern several ways to fasten a community mask, cloth mask or fabric face mask with ear straps, elastics or head ties and knots, pony beards or cord stoppers and bun or ponytail, by Iris Luckhaus

If you take a closer look, there are so many ways to attach a face mask to your ears or head! After looking into masks in great detail over the past couple of weeks and having all these little sketches for mask tying techniques on my desk, I finally drew an infographic that shows all the different ways to tie a cloth mask with ear bands or head ties.

DIY Tutorial | Hybrid Cloth Mask Pictorial

Optimized, gapless, fog free and stay in place hybrid mask, makeshift mask, cloth mask, face mask or face covering for glasses, DIY self-sewing with instructions, pattern and template on fabric with nose wire or nose piece, filter opening and drawstring channel for ears loops and head ties by Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published pattern and instructions for my Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits gapless yet roomy and reliably stays in place, I’ve been asked about making a detail tutorial for beginners and visual learners, but as a video needs at least 2-3 quiet days and a picture tutorial was possible to just make inbetween, I decided to go with that for now!

DIY Instructions | Sewing a Hybrid Cloth Mask

Optimized hybrid cloth mask, fabric mask, mouth-nose mask, face mask or face covering, gapless and fog-free for glasses, to sew DIY with instructions, pattern and template with nose piece or nose wire, filter opening and drawstring channel for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

For my own production, I optimized the pattern and manufacture of the cloth mask, to make it fit gapless and fog-free around nose, cheeks and chin and reliably stay in place, so it doesn’t slide up the eyes or down the nose. Individual parts such as wire, filter and ties are very easy to replace, plus the mask is quick and simple to sew, wash and iron.

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?

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?”.

Published | Forester Tools in Waldstück Magazine

Werkzeuge des Forstwirts und wie Du sie erkennst mit Form, Zeichnung und Habitus von Axt, Fällheber, Farbband, Freischneider, Heppe, Hohlspaten, Keil, Kluppe, Kombischlüssel, Maßband, Motorsäge, Rundfeile, Spalthammer, Sprühdose und Tablet PC im Waldstück-Magazin der Niedersächsischen Landesforste

Today, I was very happy to receive my fresh specimens of the spring issue of »Waldstück«, the awesome free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforsten! For another kid’s poster inside the magazine, I illustrated the 15 most important forester tools. My graphics are accompanied by small photos of usage and some very interesting information.

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!

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.

EmpaTrain | Details from the Empathy Lab

Postkarte mit Retro Infografik Die einfühlsame Giraffe für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

EmpaTrain was so fond of the information graphics in the background of my Empathy Lab that they wanted to have extra postcards from the retro wall chart “The Empathic Giraffe” and the poster “Dance on the Volcano”.

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!

Published | Fresh Postcards for Artflakes

Klappkarten von Iris Luckhaus bei Artflakes

At Artflakes, some of my girls – Rosenrot, the picnic girls, my virtual scretary and the curious fairytale girls – are available now as greetings cards and small-size art prints!

Available | Fresh Art Prints via Posterlounge!

Posterserien von Iris Luckhaus bei der Posterlounge

After a really long time, I uploaded fresh illustrations for posters and art prints to the Posterlounge: Flora im Walde, the Rosenrot girl, the famous picnicerettes, my virtual secretary (named Antonie Seidensiefer), my Seestück series and the curious Märchenmädchen in Paris! – And maybe there’s going to be more printed products soon?

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”.

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!

Bullshit Bingo “Canteen” and “Flat Share” for AOK

Grafik und Retro-Illustrationen für ein Bullshit-Bingo zum Thema Kantine für die AOK-Magazine onJOB und onUNI

I designed two pages of Bullshit Bingo for the AOK magazines onJOB and onUNI, for the topics canteen (onJOB) and flat share (onUNI). That was great fun, and I’d like to thank Dani from their agency WDV for the really nice collaboration! <!–more

Grafik und Retro-Illustrationen für ein Bullshit-Bingo zum Thema Kantine für die AOK-Magazine onJOB und onUNI

Bullshit-Bingo zur Kantine für onJOB

Grafik und Retro-Illustrationen für ein Bullshit-Bingo zum Thema Kantine für die AOK-Magazine onJOB und onUNI

Bullshit-Bingo zur WG für onUNI

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!

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…

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!

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

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.

Update | Guten Tag, WordPress!

Profilbild am Mac

00:21 a.m. // This is my very first post in the new WordPress format, and I’ll see if I can get my beautiful Fontface fonts up and running here… and the whole thing nicely integrated with my site (where the Fontface embedding already works)… a real challenge.

Update | Fresh Profile Pictures

Profilbild in voller Breite

I’ve planned this illustration* for years, but whenever I wanted to work on it, something came between after about 10 minutes… but today she’s ready to welcome you on my site. Enjoy the details!

Lily Lux’ Wunderbare Welt #26 | Stealing Time

Zeichnung von einem Mädchen bei der Prokrastination zuhause, die sich statt aufzuräumen Zeit stiehlt und gemütlich im Sessel ein Buch liest, für Lily Lux von Iris Luckhaus

“Lily loves stealing time.”

Lily Lux’ Wunderbare Welt #12 | Night Work

Zeichnung

“Lily loves her work. And if it is too much, she just makes the best of it.”

Anthology | IO-Sketchbook “Meine Welt”

Handgezeichnetes Selbstportrait Heimat von Iris Luckhaus bei der Arbeit im Büro in Wuppertal im IO-Skizzenbuch Meine Welt

My first all-handmade original drawing since 2004, for the sketchbook ‘Meine Welt’ (my world) by Illustratoren-Organisation. It was great, great fun and I had a hilarious weekend with the book… even though it was really heartbreaking to say goodbye and send it over to its next stop!

Update | Website and fresh illustrations!

Arbeitsplatz für Lucky Lily

Cover “Vergleichen lohnt sich” for Ärztepost

Ärztepost Magazin vom PVS Verband mit Coverillustration Vergleichen lohnt sich mit einem schicken Paar, das in einem Schaufenster Therapieformen – Praxis, MVZ und Klinik – als kleine Ärzte vergleicht

I just finished a Cover Illustration for the (Magazin der privatärztlichen Verrechnungsstellen, Ed.: PVS Verband) about ‘Medicine Brands (Branding in Healthcare)’. Thank you very much for the nice collaboration to Martin Schulz from FGS Kommunikation Berlin!

Making Of Coverillustration for Ärztepost

Schwarzweißversion für Making of Coverillustration für Ärztepost
Coverillustration für Ärztepost

Commission: Cover Illustration for ‘Ärztepost’ about ‘Branding in Healthcare’, Client: PVS Verband c/o FGS Kommunikation.

Penthouse Crime Story # 6 | Schwarze Hoffnung

Penthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Schwarze Hoffnung mit Detektiv, Pferderennen, Pferden, Jockeys, Ställen und Liebhabern von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part Six: “Schwarze Hoffnung”

Penthouse Crime Story #5 | Im Abseits

Penthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Im Abseits mit Detektiv, Fußballern, Mädchen, Pinups, Wasserbetten und Jaguar von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part Five: “Im Abseits”

Penthouse Crime Story #4 | Katamaran

Penthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Katamaran mit Detektiv, Segelboot, Yacht, Crew und Models im Bikini von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part Four: “Katamaran”

Penthouse Crime Story #3 | Das Cello

Penthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Das Cello mit Detektiv, Liebhabern, Jaguar, Damen, Bett, Cello und Violine von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part Three: “Das Cello”

Penthouse Crime Story #2 | Tod im Pool

enthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Ricos Tod mit Detektiv, Pinups, Models, Whirlpool und Party von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part Two: “Tod im Pool”

Penthouse Crime Story #1 | Ricos Tod

Penthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Ricos Tod mit Detektiv, Jaguar, Party, Pistole und fiesen Typen von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part one: “Ricos Tod”

Preview | Crime Story for Penthouse Magazine

Vorschau auf Krimi für Penthouse

Coming soon in Penthouse Magazine: Mystery Stories by Jagomir Krohm, illustrated by me!

Category Archives: Work

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.

DIY Instructions | Hybrid Mask Frame for Sewing or Stapling

Hybrid cloth frame, brace or fitter for respirators such as FFP2, FFP3, N95, KN95, medical, surgical or procedure masks, with reverse nose pleat for glasses wearers, channels with ear loops and head ties for a a gapless, fogfree and slipfree fit by Iris Luckhaus, to no-sew make or staple yourself with instructions, pattern and template

After the Hybrid Pleated Mask, Hybrid Custom Masks and the Hybrid Boxy Mask, I created a Hybrid Mask Frame – as an alternative for all those who cannot breathe well with Double Masks, yet don’t find a gaplessly fitting, slip-free respirator or surgical mask. Due to a reverse pleat, this Mask Frame fits perfectly – even without nose wire!

DIY Tutorial | Hybrid Boxy Mask Pictorial

Optimized, best, gapless, fog free and stay in place Luckhaus Hybrid Boxy Space Mask like 3D, Origami, Japanese or Octagon, cloth mask, face mask or face covering to sew or make with instructions, cutting pattern and templates, gapless and no fog for glasses wearers, non-slip and breathable thanks to a reverse fold or nose pleat, with nose piece or nose wire, pleats, filter opening and side channels or casings for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

In addition to the illustrated instructions for sewing my brand new, not only gaplessly and slip-free fitting, but also very spacious Hybrid Boxy Mask, I have now created a highly detailed step-by-step picture tutorial for beginners!

DIY Instructions | Sewing a Hybrid Boxy Mask

Optimized, best, gapless, fog free and stay in place Luckhaus Hybrid Boxy Space Mask like 3D, Origami, Japanese or Octagon, cloth mask, face mask or face covering to sew or make with instructions, cutting pattern and templates, gapless and no fog for glasses wearers, non-slip and breathable thanks to a reverse fold or nose pleat, with nose piece or nose wire, pleats, filter opening and side channels or casings for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

Now that I’ve gone through all the possibilities to customize my original Hybrid Mask for a wide range of face shapes, needs and preferences, I finally created a new cloth mask pattern with an open chin dart (or twisted pleat). Similar to 3D, Boxy, Origami, Japanese or Octagon shapes, which form a square box, the Hybrid Boxy Mask forms a triangular box which does not touch the mouth or nosetip and offers plenty of space for breathing, speaking or singing.

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!

DIY Tutorial | Filter Frames for Cloth Masks

Tutorial for the Luckhaus Hybrid Pleated Mask with Filter Frames

Some maskers insert disposable filter materials (e.g. Filti) between the inner and outer layers of reusable cloth masks. For this reason, my Hybrid Mask has a filter opening! This offers the advantage of combining decent fit (through mask pattern) and filter efficiency (through disposable filters), but the disadvantage that filters are often complicated to insert, rarely cover the whole surface and easily slip. For me and my family, double masking, i.e. wearing FFP2 / KN95, surgical or self-stapled, same-pattern filter masks underneath, seems like a better option. Lately though, a lovely mask maker mentioned how complicated double masking is for kids, and I finally had an idea: Filter frames!

DIY Instructions | Customized Hybrid Face Masks

ptimierte Hybrid-Maske, Behelfsmaske, Alltagsmaske, Stoffmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum selber Nähen nach Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone, passt lückenlos und rutscht nicht dank Rückwärtsfalte für Brillenträger, Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrgummis oder Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published my pattern for sewing the Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits gapless (even without nosepiece!) and reliably stays in place, I’ve been asked about adjustments for special shapes and needs. In this post, I introduce a selection of these customized Hybrid patterns, and every now and then (last March 8th, 2021), I add new ones!

Tips & Tricks | Mask Tying Techniques Infographic

Infographics about mask tying techniques, showing by the example of the hybrid cloth or fabric mask or face covering pattern several ways to fasten a community mask, cloth mask or fabric face mask with ear straps, elastics or head ties and knots, pony beards or cord stoppers and bun or ponytail, by Iris Luckhaus

If you take a closer look, there are so many ways to attach a face mask to your ears or head! After looking into masks in great detail over the past couple of weeks and having all these little sketches for mask tying techniques on my desk, I finally drew an infographic that shows all the different ways to tie a cloth mask with ear bands or head ties.

DIY Tutorial | Hybrid Cloth Mask Pictorial

Optimized, gapless, fog free and stay in place hybrid mask, makeshift mask, cloth mask, face mask or face covering for glasses, DIY self-sewing with instructions, pattern and template on fabric with nose wire or nose piece, filter opening and drawstring channel for ears loops and head ties by Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published pattern and instructions for my Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits gapless yet roomy and reliably stays in place, I’ve been asked about making a detail tutorial for beginners and visual learners, but as a video needs at least 2-3 quiet days and a picture tutorial was possible to just make inbetween, I decided to go with that for now!

DIY Instructions | Sewing a Hybrid Cloth Mask

Optimized hybrid cloth mask, fabric mask, mouth-nose mask, face mask or face covering, gapless and fog-free for glasses, to sew DIY with instructions, pattern and template with nose piece or nose wire, filter opening and drawstring channel for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

For my own production, I optimized the pattern and manufacture of the cloth mask, to make it fit gapless and fog-free around nose, cheeks and chin and reliably stay in place, so it doesn’t slide up the eyes or down the nose. Individual parts such as wire, filter and ties are very easy to replace, plus the mask is quick and simple to sew, wash and iron.

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?

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?”.

Published | Forester Tools in Waldstück Magazine

Werkzeuge des Forstwirts und wie Du sie erkennst mit Form, Zeichnung und Habitus von Axt, Fällheber, Farbband, Freischneider, Heppe, Hohlspaten, Keil, Kluppe, Kombischlüssel, Maßband, Motorsäge, Rundfeile, Spalthammer, Sprühdose und Tablet PC im Waldstück-Magazin der Niedersächsischen Landesforste

Today, I was very happy to receive my fresh specimens of the spring issue of »Waldstück«, the awesome free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforsten! For another kid’s poster inside the magazine, I illustrated the 15 most important forester tools. My graphics are accompanied by small photos of usage and some very interesting information.

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!

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.

EmpaTrain | Details from the Empathy Lab

Postkarte mit Retro Infografik Die einfühlsame Giraffe für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

EmpaTrain was so fond of the information graphics in the background of my Empathy Lab that they wanted to have extra postcards from the retro wall chart “The Empathic Giraffe” and the poster “Dance on the Volcano”.

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!

Published | Fresh Postcards for Artflakes

Klappkarten von Iris Luckhaus bei Artflakes

At Artflakes, some of my girls – Rosenrot, the picnic girls, my virtual scretary and the curious fairytale girls – are available now as greetings cards and small-size art prints!

Available | Fresh Art Prints via Posterlounge!

Posterserien von Iris Luckhaus bei der Posterlounge

After a really long time, I uploaded fresh illustrations for posters and art prints to the Posterlounge: Flora im Walde, the Rosenrot girl, the famous picnicerettes, my virtual secretary (named Antonie Seidensiefer), my Seestück series and the curious Märchenmädchen in Paris! – And maybe there’s going to be more printed products soon?

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”.

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!

Bullshit Bingo “Canteen” and “Flat Share” for AOK

Grafik und Retro-Illustrationen für ein Bullshit-Bingo zum Thema Kantine für die AOK-Magazine onJOB und onUNI

I designed two pages of Bullshit Bingo for the AOK magazines onJOB and onUNI, for the topics canteen (onJOB) and flat share (onUNI). That was great fun, and I’d like to thank Dani from their agency WDV for the really nice collaboration! <!–more

Grafik und Retro-Illustrationen für ein Bullshit-Bingo zum Thema Kantine für die AOK-Magazine onJOB und onUNI

Bullshit-Bingo zur Kantine für onJOB

Grafik und Retro-Illustrationen für ein Bullshit-Bingo zum Thema Kantine für die AOK-Magazine onJOB und onUNI

Bullshit-Bingo zur WG für onUNI

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!

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…

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!

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

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.

Update | Guten Tag, WordPress!

Profilbild am Mac

00:21 a.m. // This is my very first post in the new WordPress format, and I’ll see if I can get my beautiful Fontface fonts up and running here… and the whole thing nicely integrated with my site (where the Fontface embedding already works)… a real challenge.

Update | Fresh Profile Pictures

Profilbild in voller Breite

I’ve planned this illustration* for years, but whenever I wanted to work on it, something came between after about 10 minutes… but today she’s ready to welcome you on my site. Enjoy the details!

Lily Lux’ Wunderbare Welt #26 | Stealing Time

Zeichnung von einem Mädchen bei der Prokrastination zuhause, die sich statt aufzuräumen Zeit stiehlt und gemütlich im Sessel ein Buch liest, für Lily Lux von Iris Luckhaus

“Lily loves stealing time.”

Lily Lux’ Wunderbare Welt #12 | Night Work

Zeichnung

“Lily loves her work. And if it is too much, she just makes the best of it.”

Anthology | IO-Sketchbook “Meine Welt”

Handgezeichnetes Selbstportrait Heimat von Iris Luckhaus bei der Arbeit im Büro in Wuppertal im IO-Skizzenbuch Meine Welt

My first all-handmade original drawing since 2004, for the sketchbook ‘Meine Welt’ (my world) by Illustratoren-Organisation. It was great, great fun and I had a hilarious weekend with the book… even though it was really heartbreaking to say goodbye and send it over to its next stop!

Update | Website and fresh illustrations!

Arbeitsplatz für Lucky Lily

Cover “Vergleichen lohnt sich” for Ärztepost

Ärztepost Magazin vom PVS Verband mit Coverillustration Vergleichen lohnt sich mit einem schicken Paar, das in einem Schaufenster Therapieformen – Praxis, MVZ und Klinik – als kleine Ärzte vergleicht

I just finished a Cover Illustration for the (Magazin der privatärztlichen Verrechnungsstellen, Ed.: PVS Verband) about ‘Medicine Brands (Branding in Healthcare)’. Thank you very much for the nice collaboration to Martin Schulz from FGS Kommunikation Berlin!

Making Of Coverillustration for Ärztepost

Schwarzweißversion für Making of Coverillustration für Ärztepost
Coverillustration für Ärztepost

Commission: Cover Illustration for ‘Ärztepost’ about ‘Branding in Healthcare’, Client: PVS Verband c/o FGS Kommunikation.

Penthouse Crime Story # 6 | Schwarze Hoffnung

Penthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Schwarze Hoffnung mit Detektiv, Pferderennen, Pferden, Jockeys, Ställen und Liebhabern von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part Six: “Schwarze Hoffnung”

Penthouse Crime Story #5 | Im Abseits

Penthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Im Abseits mit Detektiv, Fußballern, Mädchen, Pinups, Wasserbetten und Jaguar von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part Five: “Im Abseits”

Penthouse Crime Story #4 | Katamaran

Penthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Katamaran mit Detektiv, Segelboot, Yacht, Crew und Models im Bikini von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part Four: “Katamaran”

Penthouse Crime Story #3 | Das Cello

Penthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Das Cello mit Detektiv, Liebhabern, Jaguar, Damen, Bett, Cello und Violine von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part Three: “Das Cello”

Penthouse Crime Story #2 | Tod im Pool

enthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Ricos Tod mit Detektiv, Pinups, Models, Whirlpool und Party von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part Two: “Tod im Pool”

Penthouse Crime Story #1 | Ricos Tod

Penthouse Magazin mit Illustrationen im Film Noir Comic Stil zur Krimi Geschichte Ricos Tod mit Detektiv, Jaguar, Party, Pistole und fiesen Typen von Jagomir Krohm

Now monthly in Penthouse Magazine: an exclusive mystery series by Jagomir Krohm about private investigator Jo Kant, illustrated by me. Part one: “Ricos Tod”

Preview | Crime Story for Penthouse Magazine

Vorschau auf Krimi für Penthouse

Coming soon in Penthouse Magazine: Mystery Stories by Jagomir Krohm, illustrated by me!