Unclogging the Drain

The kitchen sink in my dorm appartment has been clogging up for a while. The water would run off, but it was slow-going. Then, slower. And slower. Until yesterday, it was completely jammed. A sink full of greasy water and floating pieces of tiny lunch scraps. I confess, this is…

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Recycling Art Bag!
front side with pouch

Recycling Art Bag!

For the past few weeks, you could find a large quantity of plastic trash on the floor of my room. And it was not because I had been eating too much candy, it was because of an art project: I decided to do a bit of recycling and turn plastic…

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SCBWI-Conference!

On Friday morning at 8.30, I got on a bus in Heidelberg, bound towards Zürich. I spent the weekend at a conference for children's book authors and illustrators, the SCBWI Europolitan. SCBWI is the "Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators" and offers connection and opportunities to grow in your…

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The Beginning fo Progress!
The Israelites at Mount Sinai

The Beginning fo Progress!

Adam and EveThe call of MosesThe Israelites at Mount Sinai When you have a large commission, it can become overwhelming to think about. But now, about 14h in, I can start to see some progress. A long way to go, but an encouraging place to be!

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Concept Art for a Commission!

I got a big commission for an illustration project. I have until September to finish it: The commission is to create (lots of!) illustrations for an educational website. They should be simple, fun, and able to show different characters in a standard style. I have done some concept art on…

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Pineapple Juice: A Shortstory

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I was brainstorming for new story ideas. One of them was the word "pineapple juice". I just liked the sound of it and thought it would make a great title. So, a few weeks later, this is what came out of it: A…

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Milestone: A full Dummy Book!

"Somehow something is Missing!": I have been working on this children's book project for 3 months. And in the last 3 days, I was working almost all day on the last illustrations. The result: a book you can look at from start to finish. It's what you call a "dummy…

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Illustration Progress: Racing!

I've been occupied with classes for the past few weeks. But today I got to make some progress on my children's book "Somehow Something is Missing!". This is the rough sketch of panel 4. I wish you all a great day and a fresh start for this week!

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When you can’t help but laugh…

I have been taking a course in counselor's training as part of my studies in theology. The journey is rewarding, but requires lots of emotional energy and is potentially nerve-wracking. The sessions can get intense and stir up deep emotions. And in between sessions you have time to process all…

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Illustrations: a Zoo and a Racecar!

I finally got finished with the 3rd illustration panel for my book "Somehow Something is Missing!". This was some experimentation as far as textures go, but I can say that I am happy with this image for now.And I started work on the 4th panel. This is the layout drawing.…

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Illustrations Work in Progress

Here's a new illustration in the making. It's past the sketching stage and I'm just starting to fill in color. Some of the underlying layouts are also still visible. I am having some challenges with the textures. But I have some beautiful, fun, cheerful picture books at hand to look…

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Illustration, Take 5

I am working on my picture book "Somehow Something is Missing!". Part of the challenge is to find a consistent style that works with the characters and story. I have done several attempts. I think this is version 5 at this point. But I am starting to like the direction…

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