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  • Storytime Part 01

    hey

    A few days ago I cleaned up my workspace and found a quick sketch that I totally forgot about. I was thinking about this sketch for a while and came up with the idea to build a little story around it. For me it was quite hard to think about a story that makes sense, is exciting and entertaining. So i talked with my friend and my mom about it. Then the next day was all about the writing. Very slowly and with a lot of breaks i managed to write the story in one day. It turned out as a little christmas story. So my plan is to draw every other day and post the artworks immediately after finishing and post it with a part of the story on my blog until christmas. I already started a little storyboard that isn’t finished yet. Until now I have 11 sketches and I think in the end there will be about 15 to 18 artworks. I hope I can manage to draw all the pages until christmas since there are only two weeks left. When I think more about this schedule I have to draw at least every other day two or more drawings a day. Planning is the key but I think it is very do-able because the format isn’t too big and i have a very clear vision of each drawing. Said enough, here is Maus storytime part 01.

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    Tonight a family celebration will take place at the family’s Maus, to which they have invited a few friends. Early in the morning it snowed for the first time this winter. However, Maus had promised to help his mommy in the preparations for the Christmas party and wants to keep this promise, of course, and will have to do without playing in the snow, building a snowman or an adventure today.

    Heute Abend soll bei Familie Maus eine Weihnachtsfeier stattfinden, zu der sie ein paar Freunde eingeladen haben. Früh morgens hat es das erste Mal diesen Winter geschneit.
    Maus hatte seiner Mama jedoch versprochen bei den Vorbereitungen für die Weihnachtsfeier zu helfen und will dieses versprechen selbstverständlich einhalten und muss zumindest für heute darauf verzichten raus gehen um im Schnee zu spielen, einen Schneemann zu bauen und Abenteuer zu erleben.

    Best,
    Anja

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  • Maus Prints

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    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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