Search and Find Illustrations

„Noah’s Ark“ was my first full search and find illustration.

The Germans have a great word for search and find pictures. It is called Wimmelbild (Vee-mell-bild) and a book of search and find illustrations is simply called a Wimmelbuch (Vee-mell-boo-ch – the „ch“ sounds a little bit like a cat hissing, but not really angrily).
No matter what language, these kinds of illustrations are great because they combine so many little stories into one image.
They are great for producing language.

My own projects

If you look at my image „Noah’s Ark“ ,which is a local zoo, you not only discover Til Eulenspiegel in his jester’s outfit and a few of his pranks. No. You also find images of families in the park, of the pony girl leading a child on a pony ride and of skunks and racoons meeting the turtles at the pond. What are they talking about? Is it a secret?

A child feeds the goats while someone takes a picture. Is that the child’s mother? There are spider monkeys climbing across a rope and there are shoes hanging from that rope. But, why?

Every time you open up a page in my search-and-find books, you’ll find a new story, a different situation to discover, an event or a mishap.

Noah’s Ark

This was my very first full page search and find illustration, called „Wimmelbild“ in German. It’s based on the local private zoo, „Noah’s Arc“ (https://zoo-bs.de) and I’ve included some local folklore – Til Eulenspiegel. He is a character who is supposed to have really lived in the area. He’s often depicted as a jester holding up an owl shaped mirror to the people, thus his name Eulenspiegel – „Eule“ means „owl“ and „Spiegel“ means „mirror“ in German.

Til has played two tricks in this picture. One of them is based on Wilhelm Bodes book „Til Eulenspiegel“. In case you’ve never read it, just look for some shoes dangling above people’s heads. You’ll have to look harder for the second one. If you cannot find it, just ask a child. They should be pretty quick at finding the discrepancy.

„Noah’s Ark“ led to my first Wimmelbook, or search and find book, commission — „Heidelberg wimmelt“ from Silberburg-Verlag. (https://verlagshaus24.de/heidelberg-wimmelt) And „Heidelberg wimmelt“ led to my next hidden image book commission in Silberburg-Verlag, „Mannheim wimmelt“.

You can do it – DLRG Project

„Du schaffst es schon“ is the German title for this teeming illustration from the book of the same name that I did for the German Lifesavers Society, the DLRG (Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft e.V). They wanted to create an anthology of stories for children to encourage them to learn to swim.

„On the Island“ and „Cycling around Kempten,“ the vignettes of the ducks and the „swimming achievement license“ also belong to the book, which was written for children ages 3-12 years.

Does your club or organisation want to raise money with a book? Talk to me about it. (link to contact form).

Commissions

Are you looking for a savvy, narrative illustrator to make your city or company teem, wiggle and giggle? Get in touch with me.

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