Another one

This is the second illustration I will submit.
It´s the brothers soul which returns in the form
of a dove (or crow/chicken hybrid mutant in this case)
to tell his brother he is waiting for him in the other world.

I just kept the colour scheme from the first one,
which fits this one quite nicely, too, since they will
be shown both in one frame at our exhibition.


Bröderna Lejonhjärta

This week is completely dedicated to our
next big exhibition. This time around it´s the
celebration of the 100th birthday of the swedish author Astrid
Lindgren. Now I don´t know about other countries,
but Lindgren is easily the most well-known childrens
book author in Germany (and I assume in Sweden or
Skandinavia as well).

I picked the story "The Brothers Lionheart", and
if you haven´t read it, it´s about a sick little boy that
is about to die soon, and his older brother is soothing him
by telling him that they will meet in a far away land
after his death. But then their house catches fire,
and his brother saves him by putting him on his shoulders
and jumping out of the window which kills him but saves
his little brother.

Now that his brother died before him, he finds himself
alone and miserable. He also feels that he deserved to die
instead of his more popular, healthy and attractive brother who
saved him. But after one night, he suddenly finds himself standing
in front of a porch, free from his sickness, and joining his brother
who has been waiting for him in the world after death, the world
he kept telling his weak little brother to take away his fear of death.

It´s a very moving story, and I was a bit
concerned to not be able to put out material that is
appropriately sensitive. But I guess it worked somehow.
I am doing another one this week, so that´s two for our
exhibition, and three more to submit to the Bologna
Childrens Book expo in fall.



Just too lazy to post, not too lazy to draw.

PS. Still no post about Jeanettes package.
But it´s coming!


Hey Ho, Let´s Go


Also: Jeannette sent me a very nice
package with an assload of drawings, and containing
a bonus original drawing by Liz "Tofusquirrel" Siegel.
Now I am in the possession of an EXCLUSIVE
UNPUBLISHED DRAWING! Of course, I want to
dissect the package in all it´s little details, and with
photos, but I am a bit sick of sitting in front of my Mac
right now, so I´ll save that for later. Please, dear
reader(s), look forward to it!



Another palm-sized drawing.


Illustration Friday: Emergency

Click to enlarge ...please?

This is a pretty bad emergency - for
the stuffed animal.


Elaborato in Olanda

I haven´t been feeling so good in the last
weeks, and now that I feel better with each day
I am trying to get back into my work routine, and, more
specifically, posting a lot more again. The picture above is
a concept sketch for the painting I am trying to do
since, uh, maybe half a year? Also, I get the feeling that
a lot of my bad feeling lately had something to do with
not focussing on things like drawing enough, but instead
just letting whole days slip by without much effort.

But on the good side, the weather has been really great during
the last days, it´s been pretty much raining every day during
most of the summer here. I´ve been out in several places
to draw with a friend of mine, and by motivating her I am
also motivating myself in the process. Everything good
somehow comes back to you, as generic as this sounds.
Oh, and Bobby Chiu (whose videos I´ve been writing a lot
about already) commented on my work! Hurray!

(The title of this post means "Brewed in Holland" in,
uh, some other language. No, it´s not latin.)


Portrait swap!

Jeannnetttte and I made a little portrait swap,
which gave me the chance to realize my failings at
realistically portraiting people. Instead, I made some
sort of woman-like head with bunny ears (she requested
being a bunny). And look how nice I look in her version!
Although I wouldn´t say "Vanna make out?", but rather
"Vvannah machen aus?". Because this is how german
people speak. Our language is mostly like
"Rrrap! Halten sie an! makken
lebensraum sie blond virtschaftswunder!"

This clearly is Jeannette. You can
tell because she has her name written on her chest!

More to come soon. I´ve been out of the loop
a bit because the sun is finally shining which makes
great days sitting on the balcony.