Monday, December 10, 2012

pre-order PRIME artbook

Prime showcases a collection of CG artwork from around the global. The 5 books feature different artistic subjects, covering sci-fi, fantasy, cartoons, character and environments - all presented in one tidy slipcase. Besides my own contributions it contains some of the best-known pieces from all the CGCommunities. Pages can be previewed here

Now available for pre-order at

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Cloud Atlas

Last year the Wachowskis (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) teamed up to direct the 'unfilmable' Cloud Atlas. I was invited to do designs for locations and props for the film. Here is a selection of my favorite concepts:

Monday, October 01, 2012

summer ending

Too much black and white recently?
Here's some color just for good measure.

Monday, August 13, 2012

hot off the press

This image and many, many more can be found in our brand new book Nuthin' but Mech. Edited by blog founder Lorin Wood, it contains robot and mecha designs on 128 pages from leading artists in the game and film industry. Royalties from all contributors will be donated to Charity Water to provide drinkable water for developing nations.

Order your copy at, or designstudiopress

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

trailer released:

Cloud Atlas is maybe the most ambitious and unusual film I have ever worked on. Based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell it tells six interconnected stories through different genres spanning over a period of 1000 years. An epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future.

I was working mainly for futuristic scenarios way beyond science-fiction where everything lies in ruins again. ..there you go :-)
Above is a teaser pic of mine for the Satellite Center, as it appears in the trailer.  Another preview can be seen on George's website here →.

Cloud Atlas will hit theaters earlier than expected on October 26th.
Now here is the trailer with an epic lenght of six minutes. Enjoy. atlas

Friday, August 03, 2012

in the mail today...

"Excellence in Production Design Award"

Thanks to the Art Directors Guild for recognizing my work and name
I was successfully hiding from the end titles ;-)

This year, the Excellence in Production Design Award was granted to the Art Department of Hugo, headed by Dante Ferretti →
The Award is given once a year by the Art Directors Guild to out-
standing achievements in the categories of contemporary, period and fantasy films.

Buy the way, as an American labor union the ADG publishes news and infos from the film industry in the quarterly Perspective Magazine. It is available for free and can be downloaded from their website.→

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

ready to pre-order

Finally, the book we've been working on at Nuthin' but Mech was presented successfully at ComicCon San Diego and sold out within a few hours. It will be available again and worldwide released on August 15th, 2012. Save your copy now and pre-order at Design Studio Press or Amazon.

Nuthin' But Mech is the first installment of a series and will showcase various styles of mecha designs. Among the contributing designers are industry veterans such as Lorin WoodFeng Zhu, Greg Broadmore, Ian McQue, Jake Parker, Marc Gabbana, Neil Ross and Thom Tenery, to mention just a few.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

coming soon

Twilight star Kellan Lutz and Spencer Locke trying to cover up my concept illustration during a press presentation last week (...need to get bigger prints next time ;). The 3-D animated feature will be released in 2013.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


"...more commonly spelled "Cronus" or "Kronos", was the leader and the youngest of the first generation of Titans in Greek mythology. His symbol was that of a sickle. Cronus is often confused with Chronos, the personification of time..." -wikipedia

When we started concepting for Wrath of the Titans I thought of Kronos as a much more abstract creature than it happens to appear in the movie now. Later, when the script started evolving there was a need for a little more interaction between the titans and I guess that was the time when he got a proper set of hands and eyes. Here are some early sketches from summer 2010.

MPC spared no effort to bring the character to life. One of the texture artists even covered himself with mud, while the others blasted him with hair dryers to study the moving surface of volcano skin. CGSociety published an article about the making of Kronos with images throughout the different stages of the process.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hugo & Oscar

Hugo concept art

Here are more sketches for Hugo, following George Méliès through the streets of Paris. During my research I came across the films of French director René Clair and must have been so impressed that all my illustration ended up in black and white only. Strangely, everyone seemed to be okay with it.

Hugo concept art

Funny enough, it is a b/w silent movie that takes a well deserved win at the Oscars®. Hugo gets credit for the Best Achievement in Art Direction and is awarded for Excellence in Production Design by the Art Directors Guild.

Monday, January 23, 2012