Archives

Welcome to the archives. Here are all the past blog posts for you to browse through.

Art And Life Lessons From Leonardo Da Vinci

I usually don’t review books on this blog. But sometimes I come across books that deeply move me and that I want to share. The biography of Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson is a book that not only tells you more about an artist’s life and work, but also is a...

My Sketchbook in May 2019

May was a productive month for me sketchbook-wise, as I spent a lot of time outside nature journaling. A part of my adventures found its way into my new class about drawing ideas for spring, and the rest shows how many things are in nature right now to enjoy: birds,...

My Favorite Watercolor Mixes Right Now

I’m always experimenting and trying out new mixes with my watercolors. I do have a few favorites right now that’d I’d like to show today. Mixing watercolor is always an exciting thing, you never quite know what the result will be, and there are differences even when...

Nature Journaling – Drawing Ideas For Spring

Spring is in full bloom over here now and I've taken the opportunity and created a new class around nature journaling in spring! We'll go for a hike together and take a look at different creative techniques for nature journaling now that nature is waking up again and...

How To Make Sketching A Regular Habit

Drawing and painting in a sketchbook on a daily basis is a deeply relaxing, meditative thing to do, and it builds creativity and imagination. My art practice changed a lot when I truly embraced my sketchbook for what it was and started nature journaling, my art got...

My Sketchbook In April 2019

Another month has passed and it’s my time to look at what happened in my nature journal in that time. Spring is finally here and everything is coming to life in an amazing speed. There is so much fresh green growing everywhere suddenly, after the long winter months....

Why I Love Nature Journaling With Watercolors

There are lots of ways to keep a nature journal, some prefer pencil only while others like using colored pencils or ink. I keep coming back to watercolors. This might be because I’ve been painting in watercolor for a few years now, but even apart from that I find that...

How To Draw Birds – 5 Tips For Better Bird Drawings

Since I’m focusing on how to draw birds in my upcoming free online workshop, I wanted to take a look at five quick tips for better bird drawings today. Study Bird Anatomy If you want to draw a convincing bird, you need to understand what lies beneath the surface. When...

A Free Online Sketchbook Workshop: Sketchbook Revival

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be part of an inspiring online workshop series coming up later this month. The event is called Sketchbook Revival (hosted by the wonderful Karen Abend), it’ll be running between April 22 through May 4 2019, and the best part about it is...

My Sketchbook In March 2019

It’s time for reflecting another month of nature journaling. March is the time of the year around here where you can feel that nature is awakening slowly from its winter hibernation. The first few leaves and blossoms are coming out, and the birds are getting active...

My Sketchbook in February 2019

February was another month where I focused on drawing birds, there’s not much happening here aside from that and the last breaths of winter. We ventured out for a few small trips however, one of them to the Hoher Meißner region south of where we live, and this was a...

How To Get Started With A New Sketchbook

Do you want to know a secret? I used to be afraid of sketchbooks. I was a perfectionist, and was afraid of making mistakes in my sketchbook, which would of course be ruined by a bad drawing. I preferred to work on loose paper. I’m sure many of you know this...

Common European Birds – An Ongoing Painting Project

One thing I’ve been working more on in the last few months is drawing and painting birds. I always felt strangely fascinated by birds, and in recent months I have started to paint them. I was particularly interested in what species are common and rare here in Germany...

My Sketchbook in January 2019

It’s time for my monthly sketchbook review. January has been a relatively quiet time for me with lots of work done from home, or close to home. Winter is here and it has simply been too cold to spend a lot of time drawing outside. But I went on a few beautiful hikes...

Drawing Ideas For The Winter Months

Starting or keeping a nature journal in the winter months may seem counterintuitive, because when you look outside it seems there’s not much there. There is happening less outside and that can be less distracting, and when you focus, you can notice that there still is...

Nature Journaling Ideas For Winter – New Class

It’s finally winter here in Germany and every day I’m trying out new ways to stay creative with my nature journal. I know I’ve written a blog post about with lots of ideas for drawing in winter, and this week I’m happy to announce that I’ve published a new Skillshare...

My Nature Journal In December

In my post today I want to share some of the sketches in my nature journal from December. I’ve been very focused on drawing birds and practicing getting down bird anatomy, so my nature journal tends to be full of them. My sketches are a mixture of live observed birds...

Getting Started With Nature Journaling: Choosing a Sketchbook (Part 1)

In this 3-part series, I want to show you how to get started with your nature journal on a practical level. You don’t need a lot of materials, if you’ve made any kind of art before, you probably have already all of the supplies. Part 1: Choosing a Sketchbook Choosing...

Starting new habits

In the last few weeks, I’ve thought a lot about habits. I used to write a lot for this blog, but in the last year it didn’t really find a place in my schedule. I made a book, moved, learned a lot about illustration, started to publish new creative classes online...

Painting a vase with flowers in gouache

I’ve had some busy weeks, but I’ve been wanting to make new videos. Here’s a short speed painting video where I show how to paint simple flowers in a vase using Gouache paint. It’s a lot of fun combining shapes and colors this way. Hope you enjoy the video! Click here...

New Skillshare class about food illustration out now!

I’m excited to announce that I have just released a new online course! This time you can watch over my shoulder and learn all about food illustration from me. The class is available on Skillshare now! Learn how I create a fresh and inviting food illustration with...

How to draw with a dip nib – tips & techniques | Painting in gouache

This week I have a video about drawing with the dip nib. Because you actually can not only do your lettering with these little steel nibs, they're also really great for drawing and my favorite tools. Bonus video: a speed painting of food in gouache just because it's...

They Draw And Travel: East Asia Book Cover

I’m very excited to say I got the chance to work with They Draw & Travel. I’ve been regularly illustrating maps for their site and for their latest book of illustrated maps, and I was asked to illustrate the cover too: They Draw And Travel: East Asia. The book is...