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Permalink to One Horse a Day – last day

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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Permalink to One Horse a Day – Day 9

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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Permalink to One Horse a Day – Day 8

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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Permalink to One Horse a Day – Day 5

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.

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

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Permalink to One Horse a Day – Day 4

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…

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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.


Permalink to One Horse a Day – Day 3

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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Permalink to One horse a day – Day 2

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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Permalink to One Horse a Day – Day 1

One Horse a Day – Day 1

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

“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.


Permalink to Character Development Challenge – Day 20

Character Development Challenge – Day 20

Jonas and Dieter are pirates. Very romantic pirates.
Dieter once fell in love with a catfish named Molly. But Molly moved away, or disappeared (we don’t know). Since then, he and his buddy Jonas have been roaming the waters on a mission to find Dieter’s Pretty Kitty.


Permalink to Character Development Challenge – Day 19

Character Development Challenge – Day 19

Today is a unicorn day!
Why?
I can’t tell you! It’s a little bit of a secret.
But it has to do with the magic of pink skies after sun set and moon shine over early morning waters.

Well, anyway – meet Little Unicorn!


Permalink to Character Development Challenge – Day 18

Character Development Challenge – Day 18

This is Rüdiger snowshoeing on his day off.
Rüdiger is red and holds a great job with lots of responsibility in a traffic light. His intersection is used by a lot of people every day. Rüdiger takes quite some pride in letting them know when it isn’t so good to cross the road.

Well, today, I might be stretching it – but I couldn’t resist after I had met Rüdiger this morning, crossing the street on the way to the pool.


Permalink to Character Development Challenge – Day 17

Character Development Challenge – Day 17

The first day of school.

Three new friends made.
Half a banana traded for apple pieces.
Four songs sung.
One soccer game won.
Two dinosaur band-aides on the left knee.

Marcie decided, that she’d like to go again tomorrow.


Permalink to Character Development Challenge – Day 16

Character Development Challenge – Day 16

The long weekend is over (it was great, thanks to my good friend and fellow graphic designer Beate Wichmann) and it is time to post today’s character:

Hasim owns a little shoe shop in the souk in Marrakech. He loves numbers and sweet tea and knows everything and more about all his neighbours.
When he was only four years old, he was already able to do the math for his Grandfather and draw an auto bus from memory.


Permalink to Character Development Challenge – Day 15

Character Development Challenge – Day 15

It has been 3 weeks of the Character Development Challenge – yeah!
I find it interesting to see how I switched from just posting a rough idea for a character to wanting to post a more refined version lately.
I have been enjoying the process a lot and am already thinking about a new challenge after this one!

Today’s characters are the group of little Tweeties.
They are a cocky flock of little trouble makers that are suffering quite a bit from looking very much alike.

And since the season is kinda demanding it – I have to add the following….

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