About me and my work

I'm a German from the town of Meerbusch, born in Dublin. Even as a child I wanted to leave the land of my birth and came as a cultural refugee to Germany in 1977 - more of which in a planned graphic novel. After studying as a graphic designer I broke off my further studies at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin to work in advertising. Having worked some years as a designer and art director in Ireland, England and Germany, I became self-employed as a commercial artist in 1983. Since then I have been successfully occupied internationally in this field. Many German school children will know my work from the English school books published by Klett and Cornelsen with my illustrations.




From my early years I knew that I wanted to be a commercial artist. After all, many of the greatest art in history has been commissioned work. The valuable experience I have gained (and continue to gain) working in the commercial world feed into my pictures. When you spend your childhood beneath grey Irish rain clouds you are capable, as few others are, of appreciating the sun of the South. Light inspires my work. However, painting - and in particular, illustration - do not figure prominently in the current fashion codex of art. I see potential here. Beyond popular themes such as provocation, moralising or tabu-breaching I am involved in playing with light, the subtle dynamics of composition, the subliminal effects of structured colour and, if I may use the "b"-word, Beauty. 

Exklusivität & Lieferzeit

Die abgebildeten Kunstarbeiten sind keine Massenware. Die Kunstdrucke werden individuell nach Bestellung gefertigt. Für Sie als Kunde bedeutet das einerseits eine gewisse Exklusivität. Dafür müssen Sie mit einer Lieferzeit von bis zu 10 Tagen rechnen.

Pflegetipps & Aufhängung

Die von mir gelieferten Kunstdrucke auf Leinwand brauchen selbsverständlich nicht mehr eingerahmt zu werden. Sie werden bei der Herstellung mit einem Firnislack versehen und haben eine Lichtechtheits-garantie von 100 Jahren. Sie konnen bedenkenlos von Zeit zu Zeit mit einem Staubtuch gewischt werden. Es ist dennoch nicht empfehlenswert, ein Bild - aus welchem Material auch immer - in direktem Sonnenlicht aufzuhängen.

Auch interessant

Nach 30 Jahren als Werbeillustrator habe ich ein PDF zum bisherigen Verlauf erstellt:


Website Link

Beispiele meiner Illustrationsarbeit für die Werbung und das Verlagswesen:

Storyboards & Illustration David Norman

Exclusivity & Delivery

The works pictured here are not mass productions. Each art print is individually created to order. For you as a customer that brings a degree of exclusivity. However, it also means that production and delivery can take up to 10 days.

Care and hanging

My art prints on canvas need not be framed. They are varnish-coated and the colours are guaranteed non-fading for 100 years. From time to time they can be wiped lightly with a dust cloth. However, it is not advisable to hang any picture - whatever the material - in direct sunlight.

Also of interest

To mark 30 years as a freelance advertising illustrator I created a PDF with an overview of my work so far (in German):


 Website Link

Websites with my work for advertising and publishing: 

Storyboards & Illustration David Norman