A late summer invitation.

It’s been some time since I made new illustrations. So I was quite happy, having a good reason to pick that up again, when a colleague of mine asked me to design invitations for her late summer party. And that’s how it turned out to be:

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Superman.

Another new illustration – this time no hero or at least no one in special. I started this year in black and white and thought I would stay with it for some time now. The latest experiment with “real”, not Photoshop-created colour, didn’t satisfy me that much but somehow I couldn’t stop thinking about it and one day I had a very strong feeling that I should give felt pens a try. So here is the outcome and I have to say I’m really pleased with it. This way colour really works for me – what do you think?

Heroes III

My third hero in row is Mr. Michael Stipe. I talked about him and R.E.M. already at length on this blog, so there’s not much for me left to say. Somehow I never really came to know much about Stipe, although he always was in my life somehow. It was not until the last couple of weeks that I started to read a lot about him and the band and trying to understand more about all this. A strange thing somehow, to be able to call somebody your hero without knowing much about him. But somehow that worked out quite well – maybe it was more about what his music and his appearance triggered in me, than what his lifestyle would have told me. A different kind of hero, but nonetheless my hero.

Heroes II

As promised, my next hero banned on paper in black and white. As I mention, quite frequently, on this blog, I’m a very big Beatles fan and my biggest hero ever must and will be Mr. John Winston Lennon. I was close to an obsession I guess, when I was around 13, 14 years old and he was a very important figure to me during my adolesence. And my fascination and engagement with all things Lennon never really stopped. Now, when I think about him, he feels more like a family member or a close friend which I don’t get to see anymore but have so many fond memories about. It’s a strange thing, how you kind of get to know a person, without ever actually meeting him. But of course, in the end, you can’t really get close to your hero, how could you. You get close to a version you fabricate in your head. A version that let’s you get closer to yourself maybe. And that may be a good thing, I guess.

Everybody needs some heroes.

I’m working on a new illustration series at the moment, which will feature all of the musicians, writers, artists, etc. that influenced me a lot and accompanied me through my life so far. This idea came to me about a year ago and I’m thinking about it now for some time. And I really love it. First of all I enjoy thinking about my so-called “heroes” and deciding which one really means enough to me to make it into this project. And second it’s great to dig deep and re-experience what they represent in my life and to try to put all this in the drawing. There’s more to come soon…

But first – it’s the infamous Mr. Liam Gallagher. Oasis were such an important band for me growing up and their music never lost its magic for me. I don’t think even a month had gone by since I was about 13 or 14 that I’ve not heard their music. You could argue now – why Liam? Why not Noel? He’s the mastermind behind all the albums and hits and Liam is just the naughty show-off that knows to sing. And yes, you’re absolutely right. But for me it always was Liam – eventhough I’m quite sure I wouldn’t like him, if he was just a guy I would meet in real life. As singer on the stage and from this certain distance he always fascinated me a lot. He’s that bad boy with that great voice and that attitude that kind of helped me through adolescence. Most of the time I was quite a good girl but his wildness helped me to step out more and speak up. And I cherish that very much, because I think everybody needs a wild and rude side, even though you wouldn’t act on it most of the time – you can enjoy it a lot in that bad boy on stage.

Strong.

I reached the middle of my Moleskine drawing book! And this is, how it looks like (click to enlarge):

Letter A

As promised I’m finally back with some fine projects! “Letter A” is a collection of drawings and pictures of my trip to Amsterdam last month. It was my first time there and I really LOVED it there! Just take a week and don’t plan anything special – just take a walk ’round town, and you’ll have the best time!

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Letter A – A Photoproject:


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