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  • Week #04 2018

    Last week I was preparing a lot for my newest project. I wrote about it in the last blog post, but that idea is getting clearer every day. I plan on making a collection of illustrations and drawings i created in 2017 as a booklet/zine. I already picked the artworks i like the most and put them in the right order to make it look coherent and nice. For now it already has 48 pages including the front and back cover. The Booklet will definitely also be my first kickstarter project because of the obvious reasons. I still have to do a bit of layout for the cover and also have to write a text about “the artist” which i think is always a very difficult part. Who likes to write about themselves anyways? What would you like to know about me or read about me, what is the most interesting thing for you to read? maybe i can include a little FAQ as well? We (my boyfriend, who helps me a lot, and me) also had many ideas for possible rewards we want to offer and i think they are really great and fair. This may not sound like a lot to do but i spent almost the whole week with preparing this idea, layouting and organizing the order of the Artworks, thinking of rewards, looking for a printer/print shop, calculating and so on.
    Between all of this i didn’t find much time to draw a lot of new stuff but just a little bit at the end of the days to calm down and do at least something productive i can hold in my hands. Last week I told you about some sketches i made and i started to draw the first artworks which will end in another project i guess. One lettering Illustration is done and i started another drawing which isn’t coloured yet. Since i don’t know if i can finish this project right in time i dont’t want to tell too much about it, and also the kickstarter project is more important right now.
    Yes, these few sentences basically already tell you almost everything about my week.

    On Friday we went for a coffee to a bar. We usually don’t go out that often but i thought it would be nice to go out and see something different than always stay at home and stare at our screens. I actually planned to draw in public and make some quick studies of people and things. The Coffee shop we first wanted to go was closed because of vacation and then we decided to go to another bar we knew. But there were quite a lot of people and i began to feel a bit uncomfortable and we chose to sit on the lower floor where no other tables were taken. Until we decided to leave again 2 hours later there weren’t many people, so there simply wasn’t a lot to watch and draw. But we had a nice time anyways with ginger ale and some fries and i think we should make this a regular thing. Back when i was preparing my portfolios for university 10 or more years ago i always went outside to draw stills, plants, landscapes and i even went to the zoo to draw animals in action. Practising, drawing, and sketching outside is anyways really important and a thing i should do more often. I really can’t wait for the weather to be nice again.

    Also on friday I tried to make a cake for a friends Birthday on saturday. “tried” because i already bought all the ingredients for the cake but i couldnt find my cake tin anywhere because i forgot it at another friends. I decided to make the reciepe anyways and put the dough in a cupcake tin. Lesson learned. A caked recipe is not really suitable for cupcake tins. At least the crumbs tasted very good. The dough stuck to the tin very well and there was no way to get it out in one piece although i put some margarine in the tin before adding the dough. But it was also really depressing bringing the whole cupcake tin to the party and giving the guests not a perfectly formed cupcake but just some sad looking crumbs because you destroy everything by getting the thing out of the tin. What’s the best way to deal with this stuation anyways? Bring the crumbs or bring nothing at all?
    My excersising was great this week. Everyday I spent 1,5 hous running on the spot with my wii fit program. At first the scale was pretty generous with me and went down a few numbers, but at the end of the week I saw the same nummers again that i saw a few weeks ago which was very depressing and unmotivating because a wasn’t eating out of my plan or even too much. I will have to figure out what was wrong that week and maybe i will have to start to write down again what i eat and also the amount of what i eat to get it right again and not to lose the rest of my motivation to lose more weight. My app says i burned 4125 calories by walking with a total of 101761 steps and a distance of 73,26 kilometres. Compared to the week before i definitely burned more calories, sadly i didn’t track what i ate to compare. But there is no difference on the scale.

    All the best,
    Anja

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  • Landscape /// Garden Colour Me In

    hey

    Lately i got back into drawing some landscapes, plants and nature things. It is very calming to me and it was a great way to start the year slow and stressless. I like to combine the shapes and colours i already have in my collection and arrange them into something new. It is like meditating to me. Especially coloring them is very calming to me. And if it’s calming to me, I thought it might also have the same effect on other people. So just before i started to colour my drawing i made some shadows and scanned it for a black and white version for YOU to colour in. Just print it out! When you have an ink printer, it’s better to work with colored pencils because felt tips might smear with the print. If you have a laser printer you can actually colour it in with felt tip pens, markers and even watercolour. If you do not have a laser printer but want to use one of these it’s probably also cheap to get it printed in your local copy shop. I’d be very excited to see your colored version on twitter or instagram, let me know : )

    Here is the PDF Download Link

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  • Maus Prints

    hey

    Some of you who follow me on instagram know that i did a drawing challenge in june. Altough it was “just” an everyday doodling challenge i made little pencil illustrations in black and white. I decided to take the daily topics/words and combine it with my Maus character. All in all I really enjoyed the challenge even though i had some bad days when i couldn’t draw or wasn’t motivated enough. Altogether i managed to make 20 Illustrations in that month. For the moment i just scanned them and put the drawings just somewhere in the drawer i put all of my personal illustrations after i scanned them. Yet a few weeks later i thought it was a pity if the drawings were just forgotten somewhere so i thought i give it a try and work on them again. To not destroy the illustrations because i know i am not that good with colours and colouring i decided that i would colour them digitally. For that i used ArtRage that came with my tiny Wacom Bamboo One tablet. It’s quite nice for blending colours because with some settings and adjustments it behaves just like real paint on canvas and you can mix the colours really nice and smoothly. To use ArtRage for me is so much more easy as trying so hard in Photoshop where i have no clue what to do when it comes to painting and all the different functions and brushes. So i had the layer of the drawing and i just multiplied the other layers of paint together. For the colours i try to not use much darker shades than the pencil drawing to not mess with the contrasts. So far i only coloured my five favourites but in the end i will colour them all when i find enough time. I put the drawings together in a set of prints that are each 14,9×14,9m that you can now find in my Etsy Shop.

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  • Hello World, Again!

    hey

    This is it. This is a complete new start for the blog. This Year wasn’t the best so far. A lot happened and i had to take care of my health. 2016 started with bad and extreme pain in my back. For a few days i thought it was just another lumbago. I dealt with that several times and thought it would just go away if i waited long enough. I got worried, because the pain started to grow down my leg. I then went to doctors and specialists, they gave me some pain killers and said it would just go away by itself. After several months of taking painkillers, having physical therapy, MRTs, more appointment at doctors and people who were supposed to help me instead of telling me to wait, the pain got worse and worse. Since february i knew it was a disc prolapse. I really tried to do exercises to build some muscles, but the pain in my back and my right leg made me quit moving a lot. Since may i couldn’t sit anymore. Did I tell you that I didn’t feel ANY effect from the pain killers i took? By the time of june even going for groceries was horror. Once i even passed out from the pain. At the beginning of August it was bad enough to call the ambulance. I still couldn’t sit, I coulnd’t stand and walk anymore and I needed help to go to the bathroom, the only possible way to lay down was to lay on my belly. It was a huge overcoming for me to go to hospital because i didn’t think i was an emergency case. At long last the pain was bigger than my anxiety. When I arrived at the hospital they immediately decided that i need surgery. About 8 days later I could go home. Complete painless. I didn’t even take any pills since the day i was at home again. I can’t tell you how happy I was to put on my socks on my own again. I felt like a super hero. After being at home for 2 weeks I was sent to rehab. Now I am at home again, I can finally move, walk and sit again. Still I have to do some excersises to do to prevent new pain. I am looking forward to do a bit more for my health. I go for long walks every two to three days now. I am also including some stretching excersises while working on my desk. I am ready now to start work, print, draw and finally blog again.

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    Best, Anja