Look at the Birds…

I found a stash of old cardboard in the basement the other day. I will be painting 6 illustrations of a creation cycle, so I figured that I could use the cardboard as a sketch base. I drew a bunch of fish, portraits and flying birds of different kinds. I am also currently writing a … Continue reading Look at the Birds…

Illustrations Sketches!

I have a commission for a set of creation-themed illustrations. Since I have a rough idea what the layout and style will be, I have started doing some more detailed study sketches of animals. After all, what creation is complete without animals? (Sorry for the poor image quality, the lighting was not that great when … Continue reading Illustrations Sketches!

Starting 2018 with… Creation!

Happy belated New Year everyone! I don't know if new year's resolutions are a thing for you, but if you haven't broken your resolution yet, congratulations! :) I don't do resolutions, but I do set goals. And one of those goals is to complete new art work that serves a good purpose. Despite my health … Continue reading Starting 2018 with… Creation!

Gourds and Kings

I am on vacation and am relaxing a little. But to prepare for a new season of art and studying, I am also taking some online drawing classes. You can always learn something new. I also found a gourd that we had in our guest room. My parents grew it last summer and dried it, … Continue reading Gourds and Kings

The Illustrations are done!

I will start school on Monday again. I had several open projects to finish and am glad that they are coming together. One of the major projects was an illustration commission which consists of 10 images. And it's done! :) It took a lot of planning and work, but I am glad for the results. … Continue reading The Illustrations are done!

A Train, a Letter, and a Strange Building

The illustrations are coming along and these are the updates. Three more illustrations to go for this project!

Meeting other Artists!

Today I went to a critique group for children's book authors/illustrators in Stuttgart for the first time. I had connected to them via facebook and was excited for the day ahead. I had bought the train ticket, made sure I was at the station early and that I had everything ready. But things don't go … Continue reading Meeting other Artists!

Illustration Progress!

I am working on a project about a girl in Vietnam. She's the girl in the green shirt, and the current illustration shows her family pictures. I am simultaneously trying to finish up the illustrations for my story "When you get Yourself a Dinosaur". My goal is to finish them by April 10th, because there … Continue reading Illustration Progress!

Back Home: Work, and a Lesson in Gratitude

It's Spring Break, so I'm visiting my parents for 3 weeks. I'm staying in the new guest room (which used to be my room) and I have my own little desk to work at. Since I need to do some illustration work, the desk is fully occupied by my graphic tablet and the laptop. My … Continue reading Back Home: Work, and a Lesson in Gratitude

First Illustration on the new Cintiq!

I got a comission for 10 illustrations and have the priviledge of using my new graphic tablet for the job. I am getting used to the cintiq and can say that I really enjoy it so far. Here's the first illustration, showing the main character's family in Hanoi, Vietnam. I'm really excited about this project … Continue reading First Illustration on the new Cintiq!

A New Graphic Tablet: Tool or Toy…

I got a new Grapfic Tablet as a late Christmas present, and just set it up yesterday! It's a Wacom Cintiq 22 HD, huge, and amazing! Even if these tablets are quite pricy (My parents graciously paid half of the price, I pay the rest), I can say it's worth the money. Before this tablet … Continue reading A New Graphic Tablet: Tool or Toy…

A little bit of Art in Church…

I started my studies in theology a couple of weeks ago. The classes are really interesting and I already have some great new friends. But I also am keeping up the art side of things, even if I'd like to do more. Here are some updates: The Kasperle mask turned out very well, so now … Continue reading A little bit of Art in Church…

Some Sketches for “Chasing Chickens”

I started sketching for my story "Chasing Chickens", getting some ideas in for the main characters. The chickens are loose! But why, what do they want, and how do you get them back to the farm? After chasing the chickens all over town, it turns out they're on strike! When the farmer promises better treats, … Continue reading Some Sketches for “Chasing Chickens”

Possibly my last “real life”-Illustration!

This is a picture of an illustration I got done yesterday. I had it hanging on my drawing board for almost 2 months, but yesterday I decided to force myself to finish it. It's part of my book "When you get Yourself a Dinosaur" and is done as a paper collage with acrylics, markers and chalk. … Continue reading Possibly my last “real life”-Illustration!

Ready to go!

I got my manuscript ready to send to 10 different publishers by mail and another 3 online.  Each of the envelopes includes a query letter (a formal way to ask them to take a look), a short biography, the manuscript, in some cases a German translation and several copies of the illustrations and sketches. The … Continue reading Ready to go!