Part of the fun in these Philipp Banken illustrations is in deciphering all the various things he’s rendered in his compositions, which feature wildlife entangled with flora and human beings. Careful examination of any image will astonish you as you discover random details you overlooked that suddenly morph into snail shells or even a hidden snake. The amount of detail Banken puts into his work is astronomical.
Philipp Banken currently resides in Trier, Germany, where he works as an illustrator. Many of his creations have a bleak atmosphere and those with good eyes can usually spot a representation of death looming somewhere amidst his drawings. His preference for rendering on brown backgrounds gives his work an organic and archaic feel, though his technical ability obviously exceeds that of artists from centuries past.