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The Last Year and a Bit

My last year was filled with a variety of fun projects and creative endeavours and with great people to work with in different settings. I was so busy that I never got to make note of it on the blog…

The Knowledge Network

My full-time job for a year was to replace the Art Director at British Columbia’s Knowledge Network while she was on maternity leave. Although I was challenged to work regular hours in an office setting, I ended up really liking it! From previous engagements there I knew I would be surrounded by very talented, friendly people and it was such a great experience to get to see them every day. I was lucky to work on diverse projects – my favourite being the development of a streaming app for the Knowledge Network’s children’s channel Knowledge Kids. After its launch, the app quickly became Canada’s most successful app for Kids in the itunes store and we were a very proud team.
To find the free app, search for Knowledge Kids Go in the apple or google app store.


I Love You One to Ten – Groundwood Books

I Love You One to Ten was published by Toronto’s Groundwood Books in September of 2015. It was a pleasure working with the publisher Sheila Barry and I am sure hoping for a repeat.


Prinzessin Piepenbrink – Arena Verlag

While working at the Knowledge Network, I was finishing-up an illustration project with the Arena Verlag in Wuerzburg, Germany. The book Prinzessin Piepenbrink und der Fuerchterlich Nette Drache became available in January 2016. It’s a fun read for German-reading first graders. Available in German book stores or on Amazon.


Chirp Magazine

Also available since January is the new Chirp Magazine with a Dino Day ABC written and illustrated by me.


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On My Walk

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Latest Projects – Highlights Magazine

It’s summer, I am in sunny Greece and drawing a snowman for Highlights Magazine.

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The little icons seeming to float around, will be replacing words in a poem.

Nothing better than setting up office camp on an island with a close friend. Photographer Chris Spira and I found office heaven.

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New Work, etc.

Again, it has been a while.
I have been busy with mountain adventure, travel, design work (e.g. for BC’s Knowledge Network) and illustration.
For example I just finished a new story for Chirp Magazine, featuring my Little Unicorn character. Below you see the last two versions of the art for this story (to be published in their September issue). The first version is the one I liked an created initially. The second version is the altered version as per client request. The changes make absolute sense in context of the text and considering the magazine’s paper.

There will be more posts again soon. I am about to sign my first contract to illustrate a Erstleser book for Arena in German and illustrations for a new picture book with Groundwood Books in Toronto is on the horizon, which I am very excited about. Also, I am lucky to design another book for My Silk Web.

The Red Mountain – Christina Leist for Chirp Magazine

The Red Mountain – Christina Leist for Chirp Magazine

The Red Mountain – Christina Leist for Chirp Magazine

The Red Mountain – Christina Leist for Chirp Magazine

The Red Mountain – Christina Leist for Chirp Magazine

The Red Mountain – Christina Leist for Chirp Magazine

Permalink to After a long silence

After a long silence

It’s been a busy few months of no posts on the blog.
Time flew by and a lot happened. Here’s the roundup:

This spring I went to Germany for a few weeks to see family, friends and my dear 29-year-old horse Kalle.
I also spent time in Bologna, Italy where I met-up with friends – fellow illustrator Scot Ritchie and writers Annett Stuetze and Britta Vorbach from Germany – and attended the world’s biggest children’s book fair.
It was a chilly spring in Europe, but I still had a fabulous time.

On my return to Canada, I finished a really fun illustration piece, inspired by the long-distance-relationship with my horse in Germany. The illustration will be in the Uppercase magazine’s third issue of Work Life, which will be coming out in September of this year. I will be one of 100 international illustrators (and their lives) featured in there.
So if you want to know more about my life – get one of these books.

Currently I am designing a book for Silk Web Publishing, a new local publisher. It is a very enjoyable book design project and it was interesting to work with the very young, talented and very eager illustrator Rebecca Wright. It made me aware of all the things I didn’t know I knew. We are in the last stages of proofing at the moment. Our Canadian Love Story, written by Linnie von Sky will be coming out this fall.

I am writing and illustrating a piece for Chirp magazine, too! The topic is grandparents. The text is written already and it is now time to add the visuals (I will show some sketches in the coming weeks. It is going to be FUN!).
My book On My Walk is going to be re-printed and a new series with Tradewind Books is on the horizon.

Finally summer has arrived in Vancouver! It is gorgeous outside. A tough time to get work done, but I will hang in there and take breaks on the balcony!

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Back then

Kids usually ask me since when I have been drawing and if I have always been good at it.

Since I am doing a school visit at the Captain James Cook Elementary School in Vancouver tomorrow, I thought I am going to prepare for this question, in case it comes up. So I asked my dad to search for some childhood drawings, scan and send them.

This is what he found (he received my request kind of in the middle of the night)…
I have no idea when I drew the pictures and I can’t recall creating them. But since I was able to write and my lettering was tilted to the left (which is not what we initially learnt) when I finished the second image, I think I might have been about 8 years old… At that point I was also into ballet – I guess that’s where the foot position has its origin.
I wouldn’t say, I was a great artist back then. But I enjoyed drawing a lot and was encouraged to continue…! Thanks, dad!

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Drawing for charity

Tomorrow at 6pm I am participating in the charity event “H’Arts for the Homeless”.
I have been preparing some Jack the Bear illustrations I will be working on during the event and which will be auctioned at the end of the gala.

It will be a great, classy evening with many artists at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Check it out on Facebook and come see me there!

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Ritter Motz

This is an illustration I finished this week. It shows two characters from for the funny stories about the knight “Motz”. Ritter Motz and Cornelius (who is a salamander). My friends Annett Stütze und Britta Vorbach are the authors.
They will be reading their stories tomorrow in Bad Homburg in Germany.

(Good luck with the reading, Annett and Britta!)

Permalink to Thanks to the kids and teachers at McBride Annex!

Thanks to the kids and teachers at McBride Annex!

I received your thank-you-cards and -letters for the school visit the other day. They fill-up my entire table! I am very excited about all the great and creative drawings and friendly words.
Keep on drawing!


Permalink to Office/Home Insights

Office/Home Insights

Currently I am in the lucky, but sometimes irritating situation that my home also functions as my office/studio.
It comes with an amazing view of the ocean, the mountains and the neighbourhood and contains a lot of inspiring things, plus at least as many distractions!
It is a fine balance between being focused on work and creating mental space for creativity by letting the distractions take over in small doses.

A nice read on the topic of Creativity is Jonah Lehrer’s latest book “Imagine”. Although the neuroscientist I just talked to about it went all green and maybe a little purple during our conversation. I would rate that as a rather bad testimonial from a scientific mind, but what do I know about scientific soundness in books, I was just after the joy…

Permalink to Launching a website

Launching a website

Is it ready to be launched?
It has to be…
It better is…

I am so happy to have finally launched my new overhauled website – and blog.
It was a longer process to get it ready.
Please stay tuned for interesting posts about illustration, design, creativity and whatever triggers my interest.
If you have suggestions for posts, please feel free to shoot me a line.