Dieter Braun caught our eye with his celebratory depiction of the 2012 games but we were happy to find his use of form and structure also put to good work exploring his love of the natural world. His Olympic illustration has little hints of humour tucked in amongst sport and the use of clean simple shapes, which are also used to describe the animal characterised in his work.
The natural shapes of the carious creatures are broken down into strong, graphic components making his work clear and impacting. He tells us more about the process he goes through to create these images.
Most of my work is digital. After sketching, I usually start with a vector programm like Freehand or Illustrator. The vectors are still in grayscale. I use to open the file in Photoshop and add colours and textures. But lately, I often return to pencil and watercolour drawings, which I compose on the computer afterwards.
My main clients are magazines and newspapers, but I also try to focus more on books. I just published my 3rd book of a children’s book series called ‘Nukka & Isi’ about a little Inuit girl and her best friends, a polar fox who discover the world.
Dieter Braun, 2012