Samstag, 29. Dezember 2012

IF - New

Let's see what is in store for us in 2013. Hoping for the best I have wrapped it in gold.

I had a very hard time with some new paper I used for this drawing. Eventually wanting to draw on high quality paper, I bought some at the local art supplier. They refused to sell single sheets to try it out. Unfortunately it turned out to be slippery and grainy at the same time. While slipping off its awful surface, I couldn't get the drawing as smooth as I normally work. Well, I certainly won't take it again. Which leaves me with 99 pages of very expensive waste paper, unless I find some other purpose for it.

Wish you all a happy, healthy and eventful New Year.

Samstag, 22. Dezember 2012

IF - Glow

The entry for this weeks topic 'glow' is also part of my current Advents Calendar.

It shows the four candles for the four Sundays before Christmas. While looking for inspiration for this illustration I found several Advent wreaths with three purple candles (Did you know that purple opposite to violet is a non-spectral colour together with grey?) and one in pink. Becoming curious whether there is a purpose behind this colour scheme, I deciced to look it up in Wikipedia. And there actually is no topic you cannot learn anything new about. In this case I found out that the lithurgic colour for the time of Advent is purple. As the third Sunday is called 'Gaudete' (rejoice) the candle for this day is pink, considered to be a happier shade of purple.

For me one of the best things in illustration (apart from inventing and drawing) is looking up on issues and discovering so many interesting news even about the most ordinary topics.

Have a wonderful Christmas time!

Freitag, 21. Dezember 2012

IF - Snow

Finally here comes my last entry for 'snow'. Of course it's also part of my Advents Calendar.

As you can see, the ilustrations have simplified, with the nearly realistic snow cristal, the partly realistic snowman (though this hardly shows after scanning) and this almost abstract rendering of a for tree. Which one do you like best?

Wish you all a wonderful Christmas time.

Dienstag, 18. Dezember 2012

IF - Snow

Here is yet another one of the Postcards for my Advents Calendar. It illustrates 'Leise reiselt der Schnee'.

Sonntag, 16. Dezember 2012

IF - Snow

For the current topic 'snow' you can see the most recent entry of this year's advent's calendar on my homepage.

It 's such a nice coincidence (though pretty obvious, too, considering the season) that I wanted to do this illustration for the old German Christmas song ' Schneeflöckchen, Weißröckchen'. The calendar presents different old German Christmas Songs every day with the lyrics underlying the illustration.

Unfortunately all snow we had last week melted away, with no prospects for snow on Christmas either. Let's hope for the weather forcast to be wrong and enjoy a white Christmas.