Today I wanted to show you a little panel from the comic book Bran I worked on for the past months together with writer Flora Grimaldi.
Flora asked me at the beginning if I wanted to make a book with her and I have to admit I hesitated then. I was never very confident with my comics. I did a few short ones and a lot of people told me they liked them, but still I was very unsure if they were any good. (I never felt like this about my illustrations…) Even though I still was very selfconscious and basically freaking out about it all, I decided to say yes to Flora.
When I started working on the book, it was hard sometimes to not always think to myself, „that’s probably not good enough“ or „other people are better than you are“(the last one is most definitely true). But that will always be the case and why go through all the trouble thinking that all the time. It only makes you miserable and stops you from trying new things and evolve.
So now I look at all the positive : I learned so much new things, got hopefully better at it and had a lot of fun working together with wonderful people.
So thanks to you, Nicolas and Flora, and thanks to everyone who decides to take a look on the finished comic in January (only in french unfortunately)!
And thank you so much to Steven who helped me to think more positively. You’re the best!
The lovely Gloria already posted some of my drawings of the Light Grey Art Lab Iceland Residency in her recap yesterday. I’m not good expressing things, so I don’t even try to put the experience into words. I just say that I met so many wonderful people, was amazed by the incredible landscape and got super motivated to draw and create. So thank you so much to all the people involved, especially Lindsay, Jenny and Chris!
Some words to the drawings: we were driving around in two cars so I spent most of the driving time drawing this little thumbnails of landscapes we drove by. My friends Martin and Sebastian do this alot on train rides and I got inspired by them to sketch on moving vehicles too.
The watercolor sketches were painted from mind, after we came back from our long day trips. I simply wanted to remember all those beautiful color combinations that I saw on the road.
The little two portraits are of Colin and Gloria, that I’ve drawn quickly on the first or second day.
I didn’t feel so good yesterday, so I decided to take the day off from working on my comic and draw something quick for fun.
Finally something I can show from last year! I drew these illustrations for the May/June issue of American Girl.
They were for a story about two girls having a falling out over e-mail while they are both away from home over the summer. One of the girls goes to a leadership camp called “Girls take charge”and the other one goes camping with her family.
There were more illustrations in the story, but I only show the first page (the free space above the characters was for the type) and some of the smaller illustrations here.
It was a very lovely experience working with the guys from American Girl! Many thanks to AD Dan Nordskog!
Thinking about making this dress…
Featured Artist: Interview with Maike Plenzke
YouTheDesigner has the amazing opportunity to interview freelance illustrator, Maike Plenzke.
Hey guys, here is an interview, if you’re into this kind of stuff.
It might also explain a tiny bit, why there aren’t so many illustrations on this blog lately. (Short answer: no time, no time!)
I just drew the clothes/sewing pattern by Deer and Doe… right now I work too much so I’m not able to create meaningful illustrations after I’m done for the day. It’s just some mindless drawing for now.
First of all: Happy New Year everybody!
The past year this blog was a bit quiet, as I worked a lot, made some illustrations for exhibitions and started a bigger project. The last one will keep me busy until at least june 2014, but I hope to be able to post some sketches and work from 2013 during the first half of the year to give you something to look at.
The above painting is a portrait commission from june 2013 for a father, who wrote me if I could draw his wife and little girl with their cats.He gave me a lot of freedom to draw what I think (he mentioned that his wife loved gardening) and even more time to do it, so I had a lot of fun and it was a pleasure to work on it.
Thanks again by the way to all the people who started following this blog over time. The number of followers at the side of my dashboard is mindblowing!
Noelle Stevenson mentioned on her blog that Inprnt is offering $10 shipping on all international orders this weekend. As I have a print shop there as well I thought I mention this here too, so some of you who might have been put off by the normally high shipping costs have the chance to save some money. There are a lot of other awesome artists (including Noelle) so do some browsing if you like to.