Happy Birthday Harald Siepermann!! (60)

Happy Birthday Harald!!

Today, June 10, marks the 60th birthday of Harald Siepermann. Sadly Harald passed away at the age of 50, and for 10 years now we’ve missed out on Harald’s creative talent and great characters that remained in his pencil. Thoughts today go out to Harald’s family and friends.

Harald Siepermann

 

Let’s commemorate how much fantastic artwork Harald created during his life time. Below are a series of designs by Harald Siepermann of his most famous creation, Alfred J. Kwak. These are pencil/ink illustrations and were made for a children book that was published in the Netherlands and Germany in 2004, called Afspraak is Afspraak / Abgemacht ist Abgemacht [freely translated A Deal is A Deal].

Harald Siepermann

Today, February 16, it has been nine years since Harald Siepermann passed away at the age of 50. Harald has always been a leading figure in the world of animation as a character designer. Also before his passing he was still very active with new and exciting projects. It remains a shock and a big loss that such a talent has passed away so young. Thoughts go out to Harald’s family and friends that were close to him.

The picture below is of Harald when he was in his early twenties:

Harald Siepermann

During these years – when Harald was still a student at the Folkwang University in Essen – he actively maintained a sketchbook. Below are a series of illustrations taken from his sketchbook:

Happy Birthday Harald Siepermann!! (59)

Today Harald Siepermann would have turned 59!

A day to celebrate his talent and to be thankful for his creative work that he did for the world of animation. If Harald were still alive today, no doubt that he would still be on the frontline of the animation industry and delivering creative and innovative designs that would make us all laugh.

Thoughts go out to Harald’s family and friends that lived close to him.

Harald Siepermann in 1988

 

Harald Siepermann

Today, on February 16, it has been 8 years since Harald Siepermann passed away. He died in 2013 after a battle with cancer at the age of 50. Thoughts go to Harald’s family, his friends and former colleagues.

Harald Siepermann in his early twenties

The picture above is from circa 1983, when Harald was in his early twenties. 1983 turned out to be a pinnacle year where he met Hans Bacher, a teacher at the Folkwang University, where Harald was a student Graphic Design. Hans Bacher became instrumental in developing Harald’s artistic talents and help channeling his career path.

In that same year Harald Siepermann met Dutch artist Herman van Veen. Siepermann was a big fan of the famous singer, and finally met his idol after one of his concerts on March 1, 1983. Van Veen had a children theater show called Alfred J. Kwak. In late 1985 Harald Siepermann and Hans Bacher started with the development of the comic book for the character. It brought a complete new dimension to Alfred J. Kwak and eventually became Harald’s most famous creation.

If Harald would still be alive today, no doubt that he would still continue with the adventures of Alfred J. Kwak.

Harald Siepermann and Alfred J. Kwak

Happy Birthday Harald Siepermann!! (58)

Today you would have turned 58. Sadly you passed away too early, at the age of 50. I can’t help to wonder what beautiful designs and projects would have come from your pencil if you were still at the front line in the world of animation. However, the immense amount of work you have left behind remains an inspiration for other artists and aspiring character designers.

My thoughts go out to Harald’s family, friends, and former colleagues who miss him every day.

Happy Birthday Harald Siepermann!!

Harald Siepermann

Harald Siepermann behind his working desk drawing Alfred J. Kwak

Today, February 16, it has been 7 years since Harald Siepermann passed away.

Harald Siepermanm has left his marks in the animation industry, and was considered one of the most gifted character designers. Sadly his life fell short and the world has been deprived from this amazing talent, and missed out on many interesting characters and projects the could have come from his pencil.

Thoughts go out to Harald’s family, his friends and former colleagues.

Below are a series of portfolio designs that Harald Siepermann compiled during the mid-2000’s.

Harald Siepermann

Today it’s been 6 years since Harald Siepermann passed away at the age of 50 after a battle with cancer.

Harald is still dearly missed by family, friends and colleagues. Many people who worked with Harald described him as one of the greatest character designers and an incredible kind and humble human being. While Harald Siepermann left us with an immense legacy of wonderful artwork, his passing remains an incredible lost for the world of animation.

Harald Siepermann in his studio in Hamburg © The Harald Siepermann Archive

Harald Siepermann

Today it’s been 5 years ago that character designer Harald Siepermann passed away. He is still very much missed by friends, family, and former colleagues and students. During Harald Siepermann’s 30 years active career in the film industry he worked for big companies such as Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg’s Amblimation, DreamWorks and EA Games. His most famous creation is the design of the character Alfred J. Kwak. Through this website the Harald Siepermann Archive wants to share his beautiful artwork with the world and to give aspiring character designers and fans of animation an insight of Harald Siepermann’s work.

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