Friday, 29 August 2014

In the dark of the night … In der Stille der Nacht …

Here's my submission for the Global Talent Search by Lilla Rogers Studio.
I wasn't chosen to go on in the next round, but enjoyed working on it anyway. I think it will look good in my portfolio!

Good luck to the 50 artists that were chosen for the second round!

To explain it a bit, the theme for this assignment was "Little Terrariums", and we were to do a design to be used as wall art. After an initial moment of disbelieve I totally loved the brief, when I found out that in english a terrarium is not a cage for crocodiles and lizards and such (as it would be in german), but a little garden planted inside a big glass jar. It's mainly succulents and cacti and plants like that, and while doing my research I already realize that I was going to love this. The forms of these plants are amazing, and to me they called out load and clear to be cut in paper and to be printed. Although I initially planned to do something painted, but ok, change of plans …
First I sketched out loads and loads of plants, only simple sketches, to get a feeling for the forms. Then I cut them in thick paper. I did far too many, I think it's more than 50 cutouts, I just got carried away. I'll probably do a whole series of them later on … here's some of my cutouts, together with the prints I did with them.

Papercuts and monoprints for GTS

Then I dwelled a while on the question wether I should print them as original monoprints. I even started mixing the colours. But then decided to do my composition digitally and scanned in what I had printed in just one colour. Good move, I am happy that I did, as this way I had much more possibilities for choosing the colours and composition.
Originally I didn't think to include figures or characters at all, but when I put the printed elements together they looked so magical to me that I went back to my scissors and did a fairy … not sure why I did the winged horse … it just came about. I liked the way these figures were not too literal and not too detailed, so that there's still room for the viewer's imagination. And with the figures came the story: I was going to do a night time scene with a little secret garden coming to life.
When I look at it today I would maybe only include the horse … or two horses? And keep the fairy for another illustration, which would work well as series. Not sure about the text either … I think it needs something that tells more of a story … will think about it!

You can see the gallery of all submissions to GTS  here and the gallery of the 50 artists chosen for round 2 here. Enjoy! It's a visual feast :-)

Monday, 25 August 2014

"Artists around the world" bloghop

Now it's my turn now in this bloghop, linking artists around the world :-) We have been asked 4 questions about our work and work process and post our answers on our blogs, then linking up to the next artists.

Let me quickly introduce myself first, I am Eva Marion Seyffarth, a surface designer and illustrator from Germany working under the studio name "Eva twinkles".

I have been invited to this hop by my friend and collague Vivayne, a freelance artist from Las Vegas. Please check out her lovely work here and blog here!
Here's a set of plates she did, which I love for it's softness and dreamy atmosphere:

"A joyous time", copyright Vivayne.

And here are my answers to the 4 bloghop questions:

1. Why do I do what I do?
Well I felt drawn to be an illustrator and designer as long as I can think. The creative process is something that comes very naturally to me, creating is just what I do, as simple as that. But if you dig deaper I guess it's mostly the freedom that comes with it: you get to create your own world, and I LOVE that.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Ok, the good old style question … I think what sets me apart is textures and translucency. It's as well my foundation in traditional art, married together with all the digital possibilities we have nowadays. I am a very haptic person and love to make a mess with paint or handprinting techniques. I have a background in handprinting, and have been painting with watercolours since childhood. My father is a landscape watercolour painter and often took me out on painting trips into the forest or the fields, and  I guess that really has shaped me.
On subject matter, I am mostly inspired by nature – often by organic structures in plants and landscape but as well by flora and fauna and landscape in general. Next biggest inspiration is words, storytelling and folk tales.

"Seed", plate design, part of the "Essential Garden" collection,
done with monoprints + Illustrator

Papercut motifs, which then were monoprinted
and used for the "Essential Garden" collection

3. How does my creative process work?
Like said above, I always start by hand, with pen on paper or scissors or paint or printing ink. I nowadays work with gouache rather than with watercolour as the colours are more saturated and I love that you can go from translucent to pastose colours with it. When it comes to printing, I often work with papercuts and print them as monoprints. I am a classic case when it comes to sketchbooks too. I take mine everywhere with me, and scribble down ideas or inspirational stuff. Very often it's a sketch from my sketchbook that is the starting point for my work. I usually just start working on single motifs and bits that come to my mind for my theme till I get to saturation point. I then scan everything in and do my composition and additional elements in Photoshop and/or Illustrator.

"Moonseeds", seed pot drawings in my sketchbook

Painting with gouache for the "Folk Song" collection

Plate design for the "Folk Song" collection

4. What am I working on now?
I have just finished my piece for the first round of Lilla Roger's Global Talent Search. Unfortunately I can't show the piece yet … but you can see some work in progress pics in my previous blogpost.
I am as well working on editorial illustrations, to build up my portfolio. Doing Lilla Rogers' MATS courses has rekindled my love of this field and I would like to get more commissions in that market.
Last but not least I am working on a makeover of my website. So much has happened since I first published it about a year ago! My work has changed and evolved to be more "me" and I will be tearing down almost all the pieces I had on the site, replacing them with new work. It's totally scary, but feels good too. It's about time!

Why do we garden? Editorial Illustration
for an article about gardening in the city

And now let's travel on up to the north of Europe … please check in on the following monday, the first of September, to see what my collagues from Scandinavia have to say on their blogs!

Sanna Väätänen is a painter, photographer and illustrator from Finland. I love this inventive cuckoo clock design that she has done for a phone cover, it is a witty and very unique interpretation of the theme:

Cuckoo Clock Phone Cover, copyright Sanna Väätänen

See more of her illustrations here and please check in at Sanna's blog for her "Artists around the world" post on the first of September!

Simi Gauba is a pattern and product designer originally from India, but now based in Sweden. Here's a print that is available in her Society 6 store – I have to tell you it was a difficult choice, there's so much beautiful designs in that shop! But I especially love this print for it's boldness and inventive typography:

"Be Brave" art print, copyright Simi Gauba

Please make sure to take a look at the Simidesign blog for more beautiful things to see and for Simi's  "Artist's around the world" post on the first of September!

Thank you for visiting!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Just a quick note, or two … eine kleine Notiz, oder 2 :–)

Dear readers, if you're looking for a blogpost in the "Artists around the world" bloghop … sorry, the schedule has changed. I will be here with my post for this hop next monday, 25th of August. So please check in again. Thanks!
This week it's my friend and collague Vivayne's turn, have a look here for her lovely blogpost!

Liebe Leser, wenn Sie jetzt hier eine Blogpost für den "Artists around the world" Bloghop erwarten, muß ich mich entschuldigen … der "Fahrplan" hat sich etwas geändert. Meine Post für diesen Bloghop wird nächsten Montag, also am 25. August, hier erscheinen. Schaun Sie doch nochmal rein! Danke!
Diese Woche ist meine Kollegin und Freundin Vivayne dran, ihre Blogpost finden Sie hier.

Global Talent Search 2014 – work in progress …

On another note, I am taking part in this years Global Talent Search by Lilla Rogers Studio. So far I didn't dare to post this as I was not sure if I would make the deadine, but I did :–) No chance to win this though, with so many fabulous artists from all around the world taking part in the competition. But it feels a bit like the designer's/ illustrator's Olympic games, and I sure want to be part of this! 
Althoug time pressured, I loved to work on the first assignment, it was fun to experiment with handprinted stuff again. More about this later on … as soon as the happy participants of the next round are announced. Speek to you soon!

Global Talent Search – choosing colours … Farbwahl

Und die zweite Notiz: ich nehme dieses Jahr an der Global Talent Search vom Lilla Rogers Studio teil. Bis jetzt hatte ich mich noch nicht getraut, das hier zu posten, ich hatte nämlich Bedenken, daß ich die Deadline nicht schaffen würde. Aber ich hab's geschafft :–) Ok, nun rechne ich wirklich nicht damit, diesen Wettbewerb zu gewinnen, nicht, wenn so viele interessante Kreative aus allen Teilen der Welt teilnehmen. Aber das ganze fühlt sich ein bißchen an wie die Olympiade der Designer und Illustratoren, und da möchte ich natürlich mit dabei sein!
Die erste Aufgabe hat mir viel Spaß gemacht (auch mit Zeitdruck …) – es war einfach schön, mal wieder mit Handgedrucktem zu experimentieren. Später mehr dazu … sobald die Glücklichen feststehen, die es bis in die nächste Runde geschafft haben. Bis bald!

Friday, 11 July 2014

MATS Bootcamp 4: At the sea … Am Meer

As you can see I've been on a short trip to the sea … courtesy of MATS Bootcamp!
That's because the June assignment was for "nautical wallart", and the mini was to draw "ships in a bottle". I planned to do something totally different, but then I had this idea:

Wie Sie hier sehen können war ich mal kurz am Meer … Schuld ist das MATS Bootcamp!
Bei der Aufgabe für den Juni ging es nämlich um "seemännische" Kunst für die Wand, und als Mini sollten wir Flaschenschiffe zeichnen. Ich wollte ja eigentlich ganz anders drangehen, aber dann hatte ich diese Idee:

Well it's not ships in a bottle really, more ships made out of bottles …
OK, das sind nicht wirklich Flaschenschiffe, eher Schiffe aus Flaschen …


… but I liked the idea and played a bit on, doing several "collages".
… aber mir gefiel die Idee und so habe ich noch ein bißchen weiter gebastelt und am Ende mehrere "Collagen" gemacht.


And here are the ships that I came up with for the Bootcamp Gallery. The ships shown above as first image is a newer version, reworked after the deadline because I wanted the overall feeling to be more light and breezy, just like a day at the beach. Still not 100% sure which version I like better …

You can find more beautiful nautical pieces here in the Bootcamp June Gallery.

Und das sind die Schiffe, die in die Bootcamp Gallerie gesegelt sind. Die Schiffe ganz oben sind eine neuere Version, die ich nach der Deadline gemacht habe, weil ich mehr von dem typischen Strandgefühl, und mehr Licht und Luft in meiner Arbeit haben wollte. Ich bin mir immer noch nicht ganz sicher, welche Variante ich besser finde …

Mehr schöne "Seestücke" finden Sie hier in der Juni Bootcamp Gallerie.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

MATS Bootcamp 3: Ommm …

Ok, jumping directly into May now … I am leaving April and MATS part B for now (more about that later on) as I'd like to be "on time" with blogging for the last two months of Bootcamp.
The May assignment of Bootcamp was for Editorial Illustration. I had already enjoyed working for that market in MATS part B, so I was happy when I found out that we had to illustrate a magazine article on meditation. "My" paragraph was about how meditation can "strip away the veneers that leave us living on life's surface". I really loved working on this assignment, and above is what I came up with.

OK, hier geht's jetzt direkt in den Mai … den April und MATS Teil B überspringe ich erstmal (mehr dazu später), denn ich möchte gern für die letzten beiden Bootcamp Monate mit meinem Blogposts "pünktlich" sein.
Bei der Bootcamp Aufgabe aus dem Mai ging es um Illustration, und zwar um Editorial. Diesen Bereich fand ich in MATS Teil B schon sehr interessant, und so freute ich mich natürlich über die Aufgabe, einen Zeitschriftenartikel über Meditation zu illustrieren. "Mein" Abschnitt ist mit "Tiefer eintauchen" überschrieben, und es geht die Fassade, die uns auf der Oberfläche des Lebens bleiben läßt, und die man durch Meditation abstreifen kann. Die Arbeit an der Illustration hat mir viel Spaß gemacht, und das Ergebnis sehen Sie oben.

Monday, 9 June 2014

MATS Bootcamp 2: Sweet Cities

Hello, playing serious catch up now …
These are my designs from MATS Bootcamp 2, from March. We were briefed to design a collection for bolt fabric, with the theme of Jell-O and Jell-O molds. Oh my. I have to confess that I didn't like it at all! I guess it's really an american thing. Lots of my classmates said how the theme brought back sweet memories from their childhood. Well, Jell-O was never big in Germany! And frankly when gathering inspiration I just felt that these wobbly desserts in highly artificial colours look … umm … ugly. Feel free to have a look at my Pinterest board to see for yourself, maybe you like them?  

Hallo, hier geht es weiter mit dem Aufholen …
Wir sind jetzt im März, und das sind meine Designs vom MATS Bootcamp Teil 2. Wir bekamen die Aufgabe, eine Kollektion für Stoff zu designen, und das Thema war Jell-O und Jell-O Formen. (Jell-O ist das amerikanische Pendant zu Wackelpudding.) Oh jeh. Ich muß zugeben, daß mir das Thema überhaupt nicht gefiel! Wahrscheinlich ist das was echt Amerikanisches … viele meiner Klassenkameraden waren begeistert und erzählten, daß das Thema für sie schöne Erinnerungen aus der Kindheit weckte. Naja, ok, Wackelpudding war nie ein so großes Ding in Deutschland! Und als ich mich nach Inspiration umsah, merkte ich immer mehr, daß ich diese wackeligen Nachtische in bunten und künstlichen Farben eher … naja … häßlich fand. Hier ist ein Link zu meinem Pinterest Board, vielleicht gefällt's Ihnen ja?

My only positive association was of skyscrapers made of sweets, and following this, I thought of New York, a night out at a theatre show and visiting a glamourous café on Fifth Avenue afterwards.  Although I have no idea if there is such a café …?

Meine einzige positive Assoziation waren Wolkenkratzer aus Süßigkeiten, und dann dachte ich an New York und ein glamouröses Café auf der Fifth Avenue, in dem man den Abend nach einer Theatervorstellung ausklingen läßt. Allerdings habe ich keine Ahnung ob es ein solches Café wirklich gibt …? 

Anyway, I came up with these designs and looking back at them now, I quite like them because of the loose painting style. Although I guess I went a bit over the top with the theme, too much storytelling for a classic kitchen fabric …

Und diese Designs sind dann aus der Wolkenkratzer-Idee entstanden. Wenn ich sie mir jetzt mit Abstand ansehe, gefallen sie mir doch ganz gut, vor allem wegen des lockeren Malstils. Allerdings glaube ich, daß ich doch etwas zu weit vom Thema abgeschweift bin. Zuviel Geschichtenerzählen für einen klassischen Küchenstoff …

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

An update and a lot of paint … ein Update und viel Farbe

Sorry for being so quiet lately! The reason is nothing special really, just an unlucky combination of a bad flu followed directly by a super busy time. So I fell off the blog train, and once I started postponing, it just went on and on … A bit stupid really, because I've got lots to show: my designs from the Lilla Roger's Assignment Bootcamp in March and May … and lots of new work for Part B of Lilla's Make Art That Sells course in April … and some more garden stories to share … so there will be more posts coming up soon!

Es war ganz schön ruhig hier im Blog in letzter Zeit, tut mir leid! Eigentlich gibt es keinen besonderen Grund, außer einer ekligen Grippe, direkt gefolgt von einer extralangen To-do-Liste. Und ist man einmal draußen, und fängt an, das Blogschreiben zu verschieben, geht's gern so weiter … tja … Ziemlich dumm, denn eigentlich habe ich viel Neues zu zeigen: meine Designs, die im Assignment Bootcamp von Lilla Rogers im März und im Mai entstanden sind … und für den April neue Arbeiten aus dem 2. Teil von Lillas Make-Art-That-Sells Kurs … und ein paar neue Gartengeschichten … in der nächsten Zeit wird es hier also viel Neues zu lesen geben.

For now I'll leave you with some spontanious painting pieces of mine. I did these following a project of my collague Gill Eggleston: do one small piece (A6) of handpainted work per day, in a quick and spontanious way, and not spending longer than 20 minutes on it. I managed to follow along for a week – well, before the flu and that extrabusy time ;-) But I plan to return to it soon, it is a very good exercise to get your creative juices flowing. Although I am quite sure I won't manage to do one per day. About 2-3 per week would be a good goal for me. Let's see …
In the last weeks I tried out lots with handpainted designs. I challenged myself to explore the possibilities – there are some pitfalls that come with it (like it's timeconsuming, it's not so easy to change and to adapt to customer's wishes …) but on the other hand it is more special than the usual computerbased work. You will see more painterly work soon!

Für heute zeige ich hier einige gemalte Motive aus der letzten Zeit. Sie sind in Reaktion auf ein Projekt meiner Kollegin Gill Eggleston entstanden: eine kleine (A6) Arbeit pro Tag, schnell und spontan in höchstens 20 Minuten gemalt. Eine Woche lang habe ich das geschafft – naja, bevor das mit der Grippe und der extralangen To-do-Liste anfing ;-) Ich würde aber gern damit weitermachen, es ist wirklich eine gute Übung um in Schwung zu kommen. Aber eine Arbeit pro Tag ist mir sicher zu viel, so 2-3 pro Woche wären schon prima. Mal sehen …
In der letzten Zeit habe ich viel mit malerischen Designs ausprobiert – um die Möglichkeiten auszuloten. Manches ist damit nicht so einfach (es ist z.B. zeitaufwändig, und die Designs lassen sich nicht ganz so einfach verändern und den Kundenwünschen anpassen …) aber andererseits sind handgemalte Designs im Computerzeitalter etwas Besonderes. Mehr Handgemaltes bald!