Die Originalzeichnung hat Übergröße und passt nicht in einem Stück auf meinen DIN A4 Scanner

Wimmel mit! From analogue to digital – Scanning 101

When I start an illustration project I begin with one or perhaps several sketches. Sometimes I illustrate completely analogue, but then the question arises about producing a print-ready file for it. From my experience as a design teacher, I know that many students shy away from scanning. Their scans often have a color cast or […]

Auf die Größe kommt es doch darauf an. Manchmal ist es nützlich einfach analog zu denken. Titelgrößenvergleich

Wimmel mit! Roughly drawn

The Backbone of every Illustration is the Rough Sketch. Ooooh, aaahhh, huhhh? Many people who watch an artist at work expect to immediately recognize what the illustrator is drawing. This often happens to me when I go to town to sketch. I’m drawing to gather information, not to paint a beautiful Sunday picture. Many do […]

Ein Wimmelbild zeigt zahlreiche kleine Geschichten. Werdet Teil davon! Wimmelbildausschnitt mit hoffmanillustrates! Signet

Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project

What’s wimmeling now? 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 […]

My Uncle Fritz didn't get to know his Anneliese via carrier pigeon but as a pen pal through the mail. Illustration of a carrier pidgeon with a love letter

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 32 – Love

A Day to Celebrate Love 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 […]

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 30 – The Wimmel Family

The Wimmel Family Every search and find book needs a ‘wimmel family’ with children who wander through the stories just as in my wimmelbook, ‘Heidelberg wimmelt’. The three siblings of my wimmel  family are based on my neighbors’ kids, of course. Some would say, well, then you don’t have to invent faces, but it’s not […]

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 29: My Neighbours

More than just an Excursion A recurring group of figures that you can find in ‚Heidelberg wimmelt‘ is a group of travel-happy women. With a city map in hand, even though all of the ladies have smart phones, they explore the most beautiful places in Heidelberg. These are my neighbors. Whether as working women or […]

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 28 – Heidelberg’s Peregrine Falcon

In Heidelberg, high up in the tower of the Holy Spirit Church live peregrine falcons which you see in my illustration wearing red Christmas hats. Heidelberg is proud of its peregrine falcons. Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II Historically, falconry has always been a noble art. The Hohenstaufen Emperor Friederich II even kept journals about it. He […]

Auch in Heidelberg wimmelt wimmelt es vor Hunden. Zwei kleine Hunden beschnuppern sich auf dem Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt.

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 27 – It’s a Dog’s World

The Christmas school holidays are almost over, but the days are still short and the nights are dark. Even though we want to try to do more sports in the New Year and get up off the couch more often, the darkness acts like a guard that incites our weaker selves against us. The Germans […]

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 26 – On Santa’s Lap

All over the world, children meet Santa Claus – with awe or with great joy – confiding their wishes to him. I suppose that was the case with you when you were little if you celebrated Christmas. We are still in the midst of the 12 days of Christmas, which ends on January 6th with […]

Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 25 – the Christ Child and the Angel’s Violin

In Heidelberg there are angels, dressed in white and gold. They accompany the Christ Child, who traditionally comes to the ecumenical church service in the big market place to open the Christmas market in Heidelberg.  Especially in southern Germany it is the Christ child and not Santa Claus who brings the Christmas presents to the […]

Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 24 – St. Nicolaus is coming!

Today is one of German children’s favorite holidays. It’s St. Nicolaus Day. Yesterday all around Germany, children were busy cleaning their boots so that they shine like gold and diamonds. The tradition says, that whoever puts their boots on the stoop of the front door and was a good kid last year will get a […]

Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 22 – Storks at the Christmas Market

Welcome to the Christmas market and welcome to the new Wimmelsearchtip of the week! Last week I asked you to do some sleuthing, namely to find the pregnant couple whose story threads through Heidelberg wimmelt.  It wasn’t that difficult. Or was it? Did you need a child to help you to solve the riddle? In […]