Leave a Comment · Posted on February 22, 2018
Today is the start of Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project. But where are the wimmelpictures?
They are there, look more closely, even closer… There are many buzzing around in my head.
Developing a picture story can be sometimes very simple and complex at the same time. In this blog series you learn a little about the development of the stories and how you can make some yourself. By the end of this, you will be able to create your own wimmelpictures.
Where will your wimmelstory take place? I decided to take my city as a background because it has a lot to offer. But you can also choose a situation like a daycare centre where your children spend the day, a sports club, a hospital or even your workplace. Select a theme for which sparks your creative fire.
Don't think too much about it. What ideas first came to mind? Write them down. Then ask yourself which other related topics might come from that first idea.
When I think of Wolfenbüttel, I think of the historic Old Town, the weekly farmers' markets that take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, of my favorite ice cream parlor, and of our beach bar with beach volleyball, I think about the youth center, which offers free time activities for the children of the area and to the City Marathon that is held at the end of summer.
And I think of the hidden waterways that meander underneath the city, to the casemates that were rediscovered a few years ago.
I think of our prison, where a film with Harald Juhnke, a famous German actor, was shot, of the world famous company Jägermeister, of our castle, or castles (we have two next to each other) of the Herzog August Library, of the many elementary schools and first grade festivals, of the gymnasium and poets, for which Wolfenbüttel is known – it calls itself Lessing's city and has an area it calls the Poets' Quarter.
I think of our Christmas market, and the bus-pulling event in May and of the rubber duck races on the Oker river around Easter.
Is your brain teeming with ideas? Now it's time to narrow them down.
For this project I will paint a poster in DIN A2 landscape format. You can imagine it as a double page in a book if you want to, because most wimmelbooks have double-paged layouts.
Since this is an open, non-commissioned project, I have a lot of leeway in the design so I don't have to highlight a particular company or locality. But at the same time, I have to keep an eye on the fact that although there will be lots of stories in my wimmelpicture, that the stories don't become an unintelligible tangle of images.
Next you should also think about who is going to wimmel in your picture – friends, family, neighbors, made-up people, people from bygone times, people you've been watching somewhere?
When you think about them, what are they doing? When I think of my neighbor, I see her with her new puppy, or when I think of our weekly market, I see the spices sold by Dudel, a spice company from the area, or of the old cheese merchant who sells the tastiest cheese around and is really happy and passionate about selling cheese.
I see the children and their grandmas at the duck pond with all the ducks, geese and swans, the city's Easter nest where the children search for Easter eggs, or the Knight's Feast in the castle, where children can craft their own ' knight helmets'.
With all of this in mind, I know which parts of the city I would like to emphasize in my picture story. In my next blog-post I'll give you a short guided tour of Wolfenbüttel, so you can see where our creative journey is headed.
See you next week! In the mean time join Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project!
Leave a Comment · Posted on February 14, 2018
All over the world, the 14th of February is celebrated as St. Valentine's Day. The Day of Love. There is a famous song about Love, 'I Lost my Heart in Heidelberg'. (Ich habe mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren) The first time I heard it, it was during a snowy winter in Upstate New York during the Christmas season. The song was on a cassette I got from a distant relative whom I'd soon call Uncle Fritz. We came into contact when he was researching his genealogy and looking for my paternal grandmother.
Uncle Fritz originally came from a small village in the Palatinate and was a pilot in World War II. There were penpal programs ran by the Government at that time, but also by aid organizations to make the soldiers on the front feel less lonely. * It was through one of these programs that this young man met a young woman from Heidelberg. Her name was Anneliese and she came from Heidelberg.
Their letters helped them get closer and closer until one day Uncle Fritz appeared before the hair salon where she worked. And then, he told me, he fell in love with her-just as in the song-"bis über beiden Ohren" literally meaning up to his ears. I would say he fell for her hook, line and sinker.
The cassette that Uncle Fritz sent me included letter that changed my life. I have always been curious about Germany because I have German roots. Even though he and his wife only knew me through my letters, they sent me an invitation to Germany and 100 USD-which was a lot of money for me at that time-to visit them in the coming summer. I accepted the invitation immediately, planned the trip and arrived on the Fourth of July.
That was just after my 17th birthday.
At that time my Uncle Fritz was bound to a wheelchair because of a serious illness, but his son and his wife took care of me and showed me the sights of Heidelberg: The Heidelberg Castle, the city centre, the church and the Philisophenweg. And I'd made many friends that summer. We went to the municipal pool, joked around, and rough-housed in the garden. That summer I fell in love with the German way of life and the city of Heidelberg.
Nine years later I met my husband in Café Heidelberg (where else in the world?) in New York City. So the song is true for me, too. (Only that you have to quickly insert the word 'cafè' into the lyrics when singing it). For me, Heidelberg means love.
There are many forms of love. Love of your partner. Love for your child. Love for your passion, such as music or art or sports. And there is Love between friends, just because they know each other for so long.
I'm giving you a search and find picture puzzle: Here are a few examples of love from my wimmelbook. Can you guess where they are? As I have said, there are many forms of love. How many examples of love can you find in my wimmelbook, 'Heidelberg wimmelt' and where? And how many forms of love do you experience every day? Write your solutions and stories in the comments below.
Playing the game is easier if you have the fun search and find book, ‚Heidelberg wimmelt‘ which you get from your favorite bookstore, the Silberburg-Verlag Publishing House or the online booksellers of your choice.
(* I would like to make it clear here that I am only reporting about the past. The atrocities, destruction and hatred that were spread by the Nazis cannot be justified and should never be repeated – although if I fear that the world is currently back to this point of its cycle. The world needs more Love)
Because I have decided to teach my readers how to draw and develop these Wimmelpicture stories, I want to give you the unique chance of participating and being drawn in my 'Wimmel mit! Online Wimmelpicture Project'. Apply here.
Don't let the formalities scare you off. Your privacy is important to me (and I try to comply with the strictest interpretations of European law). I will not share your email address. You will receive an email with a download link from me. The linked form explains legal stuff and has room for you to write about yourself.
Download it, fill it out and send it along with your photos back to me. There are no costs for the selected participants. That's it. Pretty simple. Become part of Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project!
See you next week!
Leave a Comment · Posted on February 5, 2018
As a Wimmelbook-illustrator, I sometimes have to invent small, credible tales for my picture stories. In my book 'Heidelberg wimmelt' there are many little stories that are just waiting to be discovered by the reader. Actually, there are so many that I can barely count them.
When my youngest sister read the book for the first time, she told me that the referee made her laugh out loud. I admit, I was quite puzzled. I had to ask what she was talking about which was