Graphic Designer, Fictional Character Creator
1934 – 2009
Who was Heinz Edelmann?
Heinz Edelmann was a German illustrator and designer. He was born in Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia, into the Czech-German family of Wilhelm and Josefa Edelmann. He was well known as an illustrator in Europe, but is probably most famous for his art direction and character designs for the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine.
Edelmann studied printmaking at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1953 to 1958. He began his career as a freelance illustrator and designer for theatre posters and advertising in Germany. Between 1961–1969 he was a regular illustrator and cover designer for the internationally renowned youth magazine twen. During 1967–1968, he worked on Yellow Submarine. Between 1968–1970 he was a partner in a small animation company in London, but his desire at the time to work on more feature films was not realised. In 1970 Edelmann moved to Amsterdam and designed book jackets and posters for plays and films. His last use of the style of Yellow Submarine was in illustrating a book, Andromedar SR1, about a voyage to Mars. He also designed the cover for a German edition of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and illustrated the Kenneth Grahame children's book The Wind in the Willows.
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