Boat Trip II

Here is the former sketch in its watercolor version. It didn´t turn out as nice as I wanted it to be, that´s why I´m a little disappointed. I can´t even tell what it is that´s disturbing me. Maybe the colors, I often mess up the colors. But it could also have to do with the paper. Last time I used the cheapest paper I own. It has this nice structure that keeps the colors from melting completely into each other, and it stays longer wet. This time I used a very smooth paper which is drying quite quickly… Anyway, over all I´m happy with it.


Boat Trip

Here´s a little pencil sketch for my next watercolor painting. I found a new, very inspiring website with weekly art challenges: Illustration Friday. Check it out, it´s really fun! You can also find a lot of free art classes there as far as I see. This weeks topic is “shoe”, so here´s a little shoeboat.


I painted this one after a sketch I posted before. It´s watercolor, and the whites are gouache I added in the end. I´m really happy with this painting because it turned out exactly the way I planned it – which is not always the case. I guess every watercolor artist knows what I´m talking about… 😉

Happy Easter or…

… as the Greek say, “Happy Resurrection” (I learned that over at Gerda Kazakou). I like that even better, because it says what Easter is really about. When I hear “Happy Easter” or, as the Germans say, “Frohe Ostern”, I rather think of bunnies and chocolate eggs than of the resurrection of Christ…

Anyway, I made this little spring still life in watercolor for Easter.

Bear Family

Today is my dads birthday and I made him a watercolor painting with collage elements and a tiny bit of colored pencil. Stars and moon are painted / splattered with gouache. Again I tried to get nice structures into the backgrounds, using not too much water and working the watercolor with an almost dry brush, or using my little water spray bottle. Still a lot to learn with these background structures, but it´s fun!

I made two versions of it in Photoshop after scanning it. One is not far from the original. The other one got blue, as I wanted it to look more like “night”. I think I like the colors in the almost-original better, but the blue one has this dreamy atmosphere. Hm…

Sterntaler | Starmoney Watercolor

Well, I can´t really believe what happened…

The last 3 days I was trying to get this watercolor painting together, sometimes it was so frustrating that I made the digital illustrations of it I already posted. I thought the watercolor will be for the waste basket, but I couldn’t give it up because there was so much work in it already. Then, yesterday, I heard an interview with a very successful illustrator on the radio, her name is Britta Teckentrup. I had to look her work up on the internet – you probably understand 😉. And I´m so happy I have discovered her! Studying her work has helped so much in finishing this painting. I thought that it´s full of mistakes, the background and the trees not being as smooth as I wanted them to be. Teckentrup “taught” me that backgrounds don´t have to be smooth, they can look great with structure. Suddenly all my “mistakes” turned to structure, and I even added more “mistakes”. It was really fun! And I must say: I like this handmade watercolor better than the digital pictures of it. Who would have thought that this might happen…?

The watercolor is scanned and photoshopped in color. I made a warmer and a colder variation.

Now I´m happy and nothing will disturb this wonderful Sunday anymore. 🌞

Digital Illustration: Sterntaler | Starmoney

Still not done with my watercolor. I´m not even sure if I want to finish it, because I don´t really like the way it seems to turn out. Anyway, I will give it one more try tomorrow, maybe I can fix it somehow.

Meanwhile I made a digital illustration of “Sterntaler”. First in Adobe Illustrator, then in Photoshop. I like it, but I´m not completely happy with it. Can´t even tell, why.

Sketch: Foxride

The watercolor of Sterntaler / Starmoney is not finished yet. During its drying times I made this little sketch of a girl riding on a fox.