Theo Altenberg Paintings

Posted by Jon M

I’ve always been really passionate about painting and drawing, and when younger, these were disciplines I practiced quite often. Then (as with many of my generation and forward) the computer happened and the only “paint” I used was part of Microsoft’s software. Now after many years, I find myself wanting to return to those roots. This in part thanks to other designers that have inspired me to want to incorporate different mediums in to my work, such as Michael Cina for example, who in my opinion has proven that all of these disciplines can coexist within a designer and become part of a coherent (not that it has to be) body of work.

As I venture deeper in to the world of painting, I stumbled upon the beautiful work of German artist Theo Altenberg, which at first I actually thought was done by Cina himself (a comparison also noted by fellow design blog The Fox Is Black). His use of color is just amazing, and with so many details and textures, it is easy to find oneself getting lost in his pieces.

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Owen says:

May 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

These are amazing. The colours are mind boggling.

The textures certainly give me that Cina-like vibe, too.


andrew says:

May 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm

MS paint is boss. I always start with charcoal for to sketch an idea then get the paints in the mix. The computer is great and has many advantages over “free hand” painting, but, you lose the 100% natural effects. Paint thickening over time, accidental marks. Both are great practices.


milonmiya says:

May 18, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Painting is the art of creating pictures by applying color to a surface. Paintings can record events;
capture a likeness of a person, place, or object; tell stories; decorate walls; and illustrate texts.
Paintings can express emotions and ideas, or simply be enjoyed for their beauty.