Monthly Archives: September 2013

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One Horse a Day – last day

Two weeks (10 work days) of one horse a day are over. Today is the last day of posting.
It was a good finger exercise!
I will miss the cute ponies and horses, but it wasn’t always easy to squeeze in a horse in regards to time.
I had to rein myself in and let go sooner than I normally do… Especially on the days I created the quickies I was very limited in time. The perfectionist in me would have had an easy time to just go on and on. Surprisingly I ended-up really liking the quickies!

Today’s result was a fairly fast shot as well.
Dolly and Cougar escaped from their pasture by running through the electric fencing. It was Dolly’s idea to try. Though Cougar wasn’t too sure about the project, he now is very pleased that they found a nice field of oats which resulted in their bellies being very happy!


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One Horse a Day – Day 9

Today’s horse is a little adventurer.
Luna likes to venture out of her stable at night to look at the moon.
Since the nights are getting colder and colder, her owners have decided to have her wear a coat. She is not quite sure what to think of it…


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One Horse a Day – Day 8

Another quicky.
Today somebody is taking a nice sand bath rolling around from one side to the other extensively!


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One Horse a Day – Day 7

Today’s horse is little Babe.


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One Horse a Day – Day 6

It’s Monday again. Time to post another horse!

I don’t know this particular pony. It showed-up while doing scribbles.
It looked eager to me, so I decided to give her a nice, young rider and to let them have fun out in the fields.


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One Horse a Day – Day 5

Today’s horses are Senta and Anka.
Senta and Anka were two Fjord Horses me and a couple of my friends rode when we were about 12 or 13. When one of the saddles broke, we switched to riding bareback through the fields and hills. We used no bridles either and there were no adults, just us children. I still have a scar from when Senta stepped on my leg after I had slipped off once in full speed… I didn’t tell any adult about the injury, as I feared never to be allowed on a horse again. Thinking of Senta and Anka and the wild adventures we had, I am really thankful for the level of freedom I was able to experience as a child.


And here are a couple of sketchbook pages from the last couple of days…



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One Horse a Day – Day 4

To get some inspirations, I went to Southlands, Vancouver’s horse-part of town this afternoon and drove around (it’s a biiig area). There were many horses and ponies on paddocks in between stables next to small cute old houses and huge, very posh looking ones. The trend seems to go towards the posh estates. They contain garages, stable buildings and main houses built in the same style and painted in a matching colour-scheme. They remind me a bit of Playmobile buildings – so perfect. Everything is so clean… Sadly I wasn’t able to find a single, simple pasture for me to just sit at the fence and sketch without being mistaken for a horse thief. I didn’t even take photos. But I saw this pony on one of the paddocks and drew him later from my memory…


After driving around for a bit, I went into a tack shop and bought some saddle soap.
Maybe I will polish my riding boots and see where this leads me.

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One Horse a Day – Day 3

I spent a lot of time in the horse stable when I was younger – a lot – and now I am having a really hard time coming up with different variations of the subject horse. I sketch, but they all look the same… I am also having trouble with the anatomy… I thought this would be so easy… If it is sunny tomorrow, I am gonna go where the horses are – to Southlands here in Vancouver.

Today meet Melvin.


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One horse a day – Day 2

This is Romy. I knew her as a teenager. She was a pro in the dressage ring and belonged to Tina.


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One Horse a Day – Day 1


Today’s horse of the day is Gregory.
Gregory was born between answering emails and planning a business trip.
He loves his summers on the pasture, especially when the sun is shining.


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“One Horse a Day” is starting next week!!!

One-horse-a-day-–-travelWhen I learnt that my illustration assignment for “Work/Life 3: the UPPERCASE directory of illustration” was to draw something inspired by my relationship to my 29-year-old horse “Kalle”, I felt a little uncomfortable at first…

Since I live in Vancouver and Kalle is in Germany, we lead a long-distance relationship. This relationship stands for many other relationships that became long-distance when I moved from Germany to Canada. It stands for mixed feelings, for holding on and letting go, for freedom of choice and also having responsibilities. It is a pretty personal topic.

But I also felt pure horse-drawing-excitement, an almost forgotten feeling from my childhood. Back then I never got tired to draw another mane and tail. Drawing horses was almost as good as being with them in reality and it used to make me plain happy. Eventually the excitement took over and I was able to focus on the affection Kalle and I have for each other and had a lot of fun creating my contribution.

Surprise for Work/Life 3: the UPPERCASE directory of illustration

A very simple conclusion formed in my head: Drawing horses still has the power to make me happy and therefore should be practised on a more regular basis! This is why for the next two weeks starting on Monday, I am going to draw “One Horse a Day”.
It’s simply for fun and happiness.
Watch out for the first horse here on my blog or facebook on Monday September 16…

If you like to see the complete illustrator feature from “Work/Life 3: the UPPERCASE directory of illustration”, check out this post.
If you want to learn more about the project, go here. If you would like to order your copy, you can do that through UPPERCASE’s online store here.

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“Work/Life 3: the UPPERCASE directory of illustration” is released and I am in it!



The 3rd edition of the “UPPERCASE directory of illustration” showcases the work and life of talented illustrators from all over
the world. I am very proud to be featured as one of them…

Here is what the publisher says about the project:

With the third edition of the “UPPERCASE directory of illustration”, we are pushing the personal nature of Work/Life to a new level. This edition’s theme is “An Illustrated Life” in which we explore the ups and downs of illustration and what it takes to stay creative 24/7. Each participant offers their unique take on this theme and have created an original illustration based on a bespoke assignment specific to their interests and story given to them by UPPERCASE editor Janine Vangool.
Unlike awards annuals or traditional illustration directories, our publication is personal. One hundred artists from around the world were individually interviewed about their creative focus and artistic technique as well as their inspirations and aspirations. Additional imagery (sketchbook pages, studio shots, inspirational objects) are integral to each participant’s spread, allowing the reader to take a peek into their entire working lives.

All the assignments were inspired by answers the artists gave in an interview with questions regarding their work and private life.
I must have mentioned Kalle, so my assignment was: With your long-distance relationship with your horse in Germany as the inspiration, tell a story in a series of pictures.

It made me look back at almost 20 years of owning and loving Kalle, my big, brown, 29-year-old Hollsteiner, who lives in the green hills close to Darmstadt in Germany. I went through old pictures of him and me, remembered the good times we have had together, how our relationship has changed since I have moved to Vancouver and how, whenever I go back to Germany to see him, it seems as no time has passed for him, as he reacts to me in exactly the same excited way he did when he used to see me every day.
I had illustration ideas of mapping-out a typical day in his life on the pasture or of him surfing an airplane to get to where I am living now. Though I eneded-up discarding the idea of Kalle flying, I liked that he could come visit! I really miss him.




back then


The images below give an impression of my work in progress and show Kalle a long time ago in 1994 and now in 2013.

If you want to learn more about the project, go here. If you would like to order your copy, you can do that through Uppercase’s online store here.