Monday, August 14, 2017

The Kraftpaper series, 3


Continuing the kraftpaper drawings, here are numbers nine to twelve. I'm running out of patterned papers I like ;) and out of ideas. But you know how it is - once you make it past the blockade, ideas will start pouring back in, probably when I'm done with the sixteenth drawing, and they will all sound better and more interesting than the ones I so far...

All thumbs. In German, you don't cross fingers, but press your thumbs. More can never hurt.
Firmly rooted. Self-explanatory.
Keep you mouth shut. You have to "hold your mouth" in German.
Viola. Injured eyes aren't black but blue in German, and are also called a "Veilchen".


Weiter geht's mit der Kraftpaper-Serie, hier sind Nummer Neun bis Zwölf. Allmählich gehen mir die hübschen Muster aus ;) und die Ideen. Aber man kennt das ja - ist die Blockade erst überwunden, fallen einem all die Ideen ein die man gern vorher schon gehabt hätte...

Daumendrücken. So hab ich's mir als Kind immer gedacht. Mehr Daumen können ja wohl kaum schaden.
Fest verwurzelt. Selbsterklärend.
Halt den Mund. Uh, sind mir die "Mundhalten"-Witze über.
Veilchen. Stiefmütterchen sind Veilchen - wusste ich noch gar nicht.

Friday, August 11, 2017

10 000 Miles by BlackMagicWolf Productions


And another KS campaign just launched which I took part in. BlackMagicWolf Productions' "10000 Miles" comic book tells the story of two brothers building a digging machine to make it all the way to China, using the shortcut through the Earth. I provided imagery for the campaign, not the book itself. See more here:


Und noch eine Kickstarterkampagne ist gerade angelaufen an der ich mitgearbeitet habe; "10000 Miles" von BlackMagicWolf Productions ist ein Comic über zwei Brüder, die eine Grabmaschine bauen um damit nach China zu kommen - durch die Abkürzung, schnurstracks durch die Erde. Ich habe Bilder für die Kampagne geliefert, nicht für das Buch selbst. Lest mehr hier:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Captain Firebeard and the Bay of Crows


... is a visual novel by Sapphire Dragon Productions, a pirate comdey with cool minigames, I'm told. I provided the backgrounds for the story, and they have now launched their Kickstarter campaign:
Go take a look, and find more of their games on steam


Dieses Visual Novel hat jetzt seine Kickstarter-Kampagne begonnen. Produzent Sapphire Dragon Productions hat sich damit eine Piratenkomödie ausgedacht, die wie ich höre auch noch coole Minigames enthält. Falls Ihr nicht so gerne auf Englisch spielt, werden als weitere Finanzierungsziele auch zusätzliche Sprachen angeboten, also sagt auch allen Euren Freunden Bescheid :) Die Kampagne gibt es hier: und Ihr könnte bisher erschienene Spiele von Sapphire Dragon auf Steam finden:

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Kraftpaper series

I like the name Kraftpaper. It's apparently a joke of the English word craft, with K, but there's also a thing called Kraftpapier, a sturdy brown paper not unlike the one to wrap parcels in. I bought a block of this funny paper and use it for drawing of phrase puns and surreal subjects because I've recently been sketching a lot of them. Here are the first four.
All are 30,5cm square, wallpaint and inks.

Shed your skin. The German expression "aus der Haut fahren", bursting out of one's skin, means to be so angry one practically changes one's personality.
Hearty. Self-explanatory. Although I did have to make it a zombie instead of the skeleton I drew intially, because the skin between index fingre and thumb is integral to the heart shape.
Earmark. The German expression "hinter die Ohren schreiben", to write something down behind one's ears, means to make damn sure to never again forget something. It's said to people, they don't say it about themselves.
Psst. Self-explanatory.

Friday, July 28, 2017

More tiny paintings

I have new scissors for decorative cuts and tried them on my A6 papers - some had to be fixed with nail scissors (is that what you call those tiny scissors for your fingernails?) because they're tricky to align when one cut isn't enough for a side.
Done with ink pens, watercolour pencils, chalk, and charcoal; papers are Fabriano Tiziano (greys and beige) cut to A6 size, Hahnemühle mould-made watercolour paper (white) 8×10,5cm, and a 3×4cm snippet of thick paper I had left from somewhere for the curly-haired woman.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Genius Loci: Mindsmith - Progression

A portrait of a Genius Loci character, or rather, profession: a mindsmith. I also created a GIF progression, so you can see how I made him (I believe it's a him - I'm honestly not sure, raganaj aren't dimorphous). You can find the article about these powerful psychologists in the Genius Loci blog, Starmaker's Gaze:

Friday, July 14, 2017

Growing Artist, acrylics and inks

A painting I did for the sake of trying out a new painting surface, canvas board, which worked fairly well; I'm still undecided though if I like texture of that magnitude, as it makes sharp lines hard to achieve. The painting based on a drawing from last year where I already painted this on the cover of a sketchbook. A series of WIPs is available on Patreon:
"Growing Artist" or "Wachsender Künstler", acrylics and inks on canvas board, 30×40cm.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Repurposed playing cards

Is there anything more useless than an incomplete set of playing cards? We have several. When primed with white paint however, they give a decent tiny canvas (I also tried using a cheap gold paint that needed to be appplied VERY generously to be opaque); the drawings are done in ink pens, pencil, gold pen, and acrylic paint. They are also nice to colour with printer inks that make wonderfully surprising patterns

Friday, June 30, 2017

"Das Schwarze Auge" Art Dump - Nostria

The once-great city Nostria, capital of the kingdom of the same name, and its backstreet that only give the faint impression of former glory. For a regional expansion of the Dark Eye.
Die einst große Stadt Nostria, Hauptstadt des gleichnamigen Königreichs, und seine Gassen, die heute nur einen schwachen Abglanz der früheren Glorie. Für einen Regionalband für das Schwarze Auge.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LANified Calgary Expo badges

These are two of the badge designs I did for the LANified group for their appearance at this year's Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. The backside were used for all badges, and here's also the staff badges (here with BloodyIron's handle). Furthermore, there were designs for the single tournaments; the expo had a Tron theme this year which we fully embraced.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Prints on

The largest print I had brought to NordCon was A3. People actually asked for bigger, which was great, and my clients' wishes are my command. Large-scale prints are now available at my shop, while I build my webshop into my site I can't promise an opening date just yet, but in the meantime let me know if there's anything you want me to add. Right now, the plan is to offer prints of various sizes, at the very least: postcards (because I love them) and wall posters (because they're cool). Signed prints will also be available. The webshop will be the premier place to sell originals - if you'd like to own an original you've seen, maybe on deviantArt or at a convention, let me know via email at, which is also where you can direct any other inquiries and suggestions about prints and originals.

[Artikel auf Deutsch]

Drucke auf

Die größten Drucke die ich zum NordCon mitgebracht hatte waren A3. Ich wurde nach größeren Drucken gefragt, was toll war, und weil der Wunsch meiner Kunden mein Befehl ist, gibt es jetzt großformatige Drucke in meinem Shop auf, , während ich einen Webshop in meine Webseite integriere. Ich kann noch kein Eröffnungsdatum versprechen, aber bis es soweit ist, lasst mich unbedingt wissen wenn es etwas gibt das Ihr Euch wünscht. Es wird auf jeden Fall Postkarten geben (weil ich die liebe) und Poster (weil sie cool sind), und signierte Drucke. Der Webshop wird der erste Ort sein, an dem Originale zu haben sein werden - wenn Ihr Euch jetzt schon für ein Werk interessiert, das Ihr vielleicht auf deviantArt oder auf einer Veranstaltung gesehen habt, schreibt mir gern unter , was auch die Adresse ist wenn Ihr Wünsche, Fragen oder Anmerkungen zu Drucken und Originalen habt.

[Article in English]

Monday, June 19, 2017

Tara, a guinea pig's portrait

While I had spent all my time drawing for clients at HeinzCoin in March, at NordCon last weekend I barely sat down. But what I did manage is this portrait of the guinea pig Tara. It was done from a reference photo her owner had brought, because Tara couldn't make it to the con herself.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

"Das Schwarze Auge" Art Dump - Pilkammruine

The ruins of the old Rondra temple and fort of Pilkamm. A chapter opener for the multi-part adventure "Theaterritter".
Die Ruine der alten rondrageweihten Tempelburg Pilkamm. Ein Kapitelstarter für das mehrteilige Abenteuer "Theaterritter".

Monday, June 12, 2017

Break with Charcoal

Charcoal has been my favourite medium for many months now. These are some of the drawings I did recently, all done on 43×61 cm paper, from reference. Some animals are more fun than others - warthogs are awesome. There are also walkthroughs in my sketchbook thread on

Thursday, June 8, 2017


A small painting with waterbased Winsor & Newton oil paints I recently acquired. I found them delightful to use in tandem with acrylics, but wanted to use them on their own. So I primed a piece of wood board I had lying around (with wall paint), and went to find out about the differences between ivory black and lamp black (lamp is bluish), and zinc and titanium white (I was told zinc white dries faster, which seems to be true). Then, when I had varnished the piece (with Liquitex acrylics varnish. I wasn't sure if that would work at all - it seems to, but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed), I noticed a bristle in the almost dry varnish, tried to pick it out, and peeled off half the painting. Panic! After I calmed down again, I sanded that area and repainted it. Then varnished it again. I still know where the blasted thing was, but hopefully it's not a glaring mistake anymore.

"Das Schwarze Auge" Art Dump - Seenland

Another illustration for the Siebenwindküste regional expansion for the Dark Eye. Some seclusive castles in the lake region can only be reach via bridges.
Eine weitere Illustration für den Regionalband Siebenwindküste für das Schwarze Auge. Einige abgelegene Burgen können nur über Brücken erreicht werden.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Das Schwarze Auge" Art Dump - Windhagberge

The stormy shores of the Seven Wind's Coast, complete with westwind dragon (which was done with help from Art Director Nadine Schäkel).
Die stürmischen Strände der Siebenwindküste, komplett mit Westwinddrachen (bei dem ich Hilfe von Art Director Nadine Schäkel hatte).

Monday, June 5, 2017

"Das Schwarze Auge" Art Dump - Monastery

A monastery where the adventurers research about astronomy, from the adventure "Niobaras Vermächtnis" for the Dark Eye. I was told it's pretty remote, so I make it look like people don't get out much.
Ein Kloster in dem die Abenteurer sich mit Astronomie beschäftigen, aus dem DSA-Abenteuer "Niobaras Vermächtnis". Es soll sehr abgelegen sein, also habe ich es aussehen lassen als ob die Leute hier nicht oft rauskommen.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

"Das Schwarze Auge" Art Dump - Hohenwacht

Hohenwacht monastery, from "Niobaras Vermächtnis", an adventure for the Dark Eye. I gave it a positive feeling, although I don't know what happens there (I haven't played the adventure yet).
Kloster Hohenwacht, für das DSA-Abenteuer "Niobaras Vermächtnis". Ich habe ihm einen positiven Eindruck gegeben, obwohl ich nicht weiß was dort passiert (ich habe das Abenteuer noch nicht gespielt).

Sunday, April 30, 2017

"Das Schwarze Auge" Art Dump - Neersand

Another chapter start image, showing the trading city Neersand high up north.
Ein weiterer Kapitelstarter, der die Handelsstad Neersand hoch im Norden zeigt.

Friday, April 28, 2017

"Das Schwarze Auge" Art Dump - Muhrsape

The infamous bog called Muhrsape has a lot of meaning to me as a player, as my characters had many adventures there - around Havena's gruesome prison for capital punishments, the witches, will-o'-wisps, and undead roaming it...
Der berüchtigte Sumpf Muhrsape bedeutet mir als Spieler viel, weil meine Charaktere dort viele Abenteur erlebt haben - um Havenas grauenvolles Gefängnis für Schwerverbrecher, mit den Hexen, Irrlichtern und Untoten die hier hausen...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Rhoeneoak - Principium Streets

An illustration for the Rhoenoek novel world of John Enitsu, with a GIF progression.