Franz Vohwinkel

Franz Vohwinkel ( born 1964 in Munich) is a German graphic artist who has illustrated more than 200 different board and card games and has enjoyed success as fantasy and science fiction illustrator.


After an internship at a photo lab Franz Vohwinkel began an apprenticeship as a photographer in Dachau, which, however, he dropped out after 18 months. Then graduated Vohwinkel an internship in a Munich-based advertising company, culminating as a layout in a three-year employment. Since it was not a study in Bavaria without school possible Vohwinkel studied from 1985 Communications Design in Darmstadt in 1990 and received his diploma.

During his studies he learned the game designer Klaus Teuber know and created in 1991 his first board game illustration for Teubers Drunter & Drüber. The Hans moved in luck board game was nominated in the same year for the game of the year. 1992 moved Vohwinkel back to Munich, where he worked as a freelance graphic designer. After his success with Drunter & Drüber he illustrated numerous other board and card games, besides also role-playing games such as the German edition of 2003's orc! . He got by Wizards of the Coast in 1996 as the only German the opportunity to graphics for the trading card game Magic: The Gathering and create BattleTech. With his wife Imelda, he now lives in Seattle, in the northwestern U.S. state of Washington.

Vohwinkel received the 2008 Kurd - Laßwitz Award for Best graphic for the cover picture of Tristopolis and 2010 for the cover picture of the Kingdom of the Skies.

2009 honored him with Klaus Teuber annually for The Settlers of Catan - The Card Game issued special card.