March was the month when I started doing something I wanted to try for a long time: working from a coworking space. This was possible now thanks to my Surface. My new office (in a super duper beautiful campus and just a five minutes bike ride from home): Coworking 0711
Another thing that I wanted to start learning, for years, was playing chess. The app chess. com is my new evening fave.
Well, on those evenings where I was not watching my last favourite series: "Big Little Lies" Well played, beautiful scenery and such a nerve wracking plot.
When I grow up, I will by the book "Gruau" by Joëlle Chariau. Until I save the 400 Euro, I take it from the library. If you like fashion, illustration or just amazingly beautiful drawings: get it. He is the best of all masters and this book is a jewel.
And because it makes it possible that I can enjoy such a book, one of my month's faves is the Stuttgart City Library. I was sad as they moved from the centre of Stuttgart to a new, not so developed yet and very commercial area. But the building is (especially inside) beautiful and full of light.
Another book I took there: "Fashion Illustrator" by Bethan Morris. It gives you a very bride overview in different approaches and techniques and includes interviews with "first league" illustrators and very useful step-by-step examples of how they build their illustrations.
And then, once I got immersed in the world of fashion and enjoyed watching the Gruau's images that celebrate luxury, I read the book "Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion" by Tansy E. Hoskins, which analyses and criticises the monstrosities of this industry: in the economics, the human rights, the environment... The whole craziness we are stuck in. Very easy to read, lots of information and even an attempt to offer a solution. Although that part disappointed me because, sincerely, I don't see how we can get there. But who can see the future?
This month I have been touring around South Germany: drawing fashion sketches live for the label Riani. This is something I had done before for other clients, in Stuttgart and Berlin. This time the trip took me to the luxury store houses Baltz in Bochum and Reischmann in Ulm and to the Riani store in Schorndorf, so far. During these sessions...Read More
After one month working with a Surface4 as my only computer I would like to share my impressions with you, just in case you are also an illustrator who is thinking of going for such a mobile solution. Or you already got your Surface and are struggling with some adjustments to use Photoshop with it.Read More
These are really great news: I had the honour and pleasure to collaborate on the book "Sketchits! Faces & Fashion" by bestseller illustrator Christopher Hart. It is a book full of fashion and beauty figures as colour silhouettes where you can use your imagination and sharpen your drawing skills by adding the line work.Read More
Yes, a little late: Middle of March and I am coming with my favourites of February. But I had so much to do recently, not even the weekends were free. And I don't want to lose this habit, it is a joy to be aware of the things that I like and make my life easier or more interesting. So, here they are:Read More
If you read this blog regularly you might know that Bristol is my favourite paper quality. And then you also probably know that I have a special relationship with...Read More