Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Heinz Edelmann, the artist responsible for creating the graphic design of Yellow Submarine, died Tuesday in Stuttgart, Germany. No cause of death was given. Many assumed that Edelmann drew from personal experience in creating the psychedelia that informed his work on the Beatles film, as well as the many German book covers and other artistic endeavors he produced during his lifetime. But Edelmann always denied the charge. "I had never taken any drugs," the artist said in a 2004 interview with the British magazine Design Week. "I'm a conservative, working-class person who sticks to booze . . . so I just knew about the psychedelic experience. . . . I guessed what it was." Edelmann also served as a professor at the State Academy of Art and Design until 1999.

Related: Heinz Edelmann’s Los Angeles Times obituary.