As a mother of three and living in a street of at least 15 neighbour children of all ages, I am always surrounded by kids. Their noisy, grubby, hilarious and creative ways influence my work hugely. They are also my firmest critics.
Pippi At The Circus
German classic children's book by Michael Ende.
Animals think and behave just like us humans - when we don't look. See for yourselves....
Sleeping Mousling (detail of 'Johnny's Beard')
Family Hedgehog (detail of 'Johnny's Beard')
Anton the Pig
Main character of my picturebook 'Anton's Perfect Plan' in the works...
'The Little Witch's' pet raven
Gudrun the chicken
Drawing buildings serves as an excellent opportunity for me to show that my style is not following any rules. There is no exact, no wrong or right or realistic. I suppose not one of my buildings would actually be able to stand longer than 5 seconds due to severe architectural malfunction. But to me that is the beauty of art: to create something that only exists on my piece of paper and hopefully will become alive in a child's mind.
i wish the world was different
The Little Witch, by Otfried Preussler
A German classic children's book.
I grew up with Fairy Tales and being German it obviously had a lot to do with the brothers Grimm's work. When Australian autumn is near and the days get even shorter I am reminded of the many gloomy stories I have read as a child.
The Troll (or: Three Billy Goats Gruff)
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell
Little Red Riding Hood
When I decided to change careers and become an illustrator, I soon after realised that my 'bad habit' of staring at people actually is a way of soaking up material to draw. Suddenly it all made sense! So here you find a small collection of people drawings some of which resembling people who sat opposite of me on the bus.......
The World's Worst Pirate
Written by Michelle Worthington.
Sherlock Holmes And Doctor Watson
The Little Witch
German classic children's book by Otfried Preussler.
To me, the spooky is a fascinating genre to work with because you need to create a certain atmosphere in a spooky illustration. Also it is very challenging to achieve a balance so that the finished work is neither too scary nor too bland. I love a good challenge.
C is for Cauldron
The Ghost King's Tower
" I stop wearing black when they make a darker color."
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Character from classic German children's book by Otfried Preussler.
Princess And The Pea
Frau Dreiling's Spinky ABC
"Frau Dreiling's Spinky ABC" was born during Inktober 2016 when I decided to draw a spooky-inky letter every day for the entire month. Here you will find my three favourites.
F is for Forestwitch
J is for Jackalope
T is for Toad
For three years now, every October I join a global artists' challenge called Inktober. One ink drawing per day, for the entire month and you can post it alongside other amazing artists on social media. I usually pick my own theme.
In 2015 I worked on a random mix of characters with a tendency towards Halloween and the macabre.
In 2016 I created ink drawings titled "31 common threats to children".
This time, I'm working on "Nursery Rhymes with a dark twist". Enjoy!
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