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Born and raised in Essen, Germany, to parents who are sailing enthusiasts, I spent my summers mostly underwater in the Adriatic sea off of Croatia. Although I didn´t inherit my parents’ passion for wind and boats (or my mother’s green thumb), the fascination I gained for the stunning colors and the endless forms in the underwater world is still my greatest source of inspiration.
As a child, I wanted to paint houses when I grew up. While the basic idea remained the same, it luckily became a bit more refined, and I chose to study fashion design and illustration at the University of Applied Sciences (better known as "Armgartstrasse")
Following my thesis, I won a scholarship for free artistic development from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), which allowed me to complete a post-graduate study in multimedia at the Tracor Arts School in Barcelona—and to realize my dream of living in the Mediterranean.
After I co-founded a multimedia agency, I first worked for five years in the fields of screen design and 2D animation before deciding to focus my energy on book illustrations.
Since 2000, I have enjoyed working as a freelance illustrator. I won the 1st prize of RAIMA Illustration Competition in Barcelona in 2001, have published several children's books—some of which have been translated into up to six languages—and have illustrated a great number of school books. 

Jani Lunablau

In search of interesting techniques for my illustrations, I discovered my great passion for manual printing techniques and worked intensively with etching, linocut and screen printing.

Nowadays I mainly use linocut for my illustrations, which also allows me to make small limited editions of artist books myself.


Because of my fascination with moving pictures, I have been using pop-up techniques and paper engineering for several years. Together with the artist and architect Roberta Bridda we founded the collective Doublebrain. We develop our own products and offer creative workshops for all ages on the topics of pop-up, kirigami, tactile books, artist books, bookbinding, embossing, transfer, cyanotype ... and we are constantly expanding our catalogue.
Our audience ranges from small children, families, adults, professional illustrators and designers, educators and lecturers to seniors.


Companies and publishers can hire us to develop pop-ups, paper and book objects.
Among other things, we were in charge of the paper-engineering for a Coca-Cola spot and developed a pop-up stage set for a theater company.


Any challenge is welcome!


Jani Lunablau, Barcelona, March 2019