Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Year - and lots of News!

lots of book news this spring!

Greetings and apologies for not staying on track with my news in the past year! I have been busy working on some wonderful books and I am very excited to share what's been going on!

The cover of "Yvain"

YVAIN - First of all, I am so happy to share that my first graphic novel, "Yvain - The Knight of the Lion", written by M.T. Anderson, will be published in March! This book was 3 years in the making and took me on a big journey of research, experiment and trial and error. I am so proud of the finished book and so thankful to Sherry Fatla and everybody at Candlewick for their support and the wonderful collaboration! Here is a sample spread from the book. I will share more in the coming weeks!

a sample spread from the graphic novel 

THE THICKETY SERIES - As you know, the third installment of The Thickety series written by  J.A.White is in stores now, and the fourth and last installment will be published in April! I still owe you a peek at the artwork from book 3, so let me start with that (I am trying to avoid spoilers here, but I am hinting at some places Kara and Taff travel to, so if you would prefer to remain completely in the dark just look at the pictures and skip the text here):

cover for "The Thickety - Well of Witches" with the silhouette leading into the background

In "The Thickety - Well of Witches", Kara and Taff at some point find themselves in a world entirely made of paper, which posed an interesting challenge for me: how do I show that the world is made of paper in black and white silhouettes?

For the cover , I decided to create a silhouette that has a 3-dimensional quality to it, leading into the painted image in the background. I thought this would be a nice hint at the fact that this time Kara and Taff would actually traverse into a world of paper.

detail from the cover of "Well of Witches"

For the world of paper, I decided to work with outlines and angular shapes, to suggest the flat white surfaces and origami structure of objects.

Kara and Taff in the well of witches
Another challenge was representing ghosts that appear in one place Kara and Taff visit at the beginning of the book. Since they appear in a fog and slowly materialize I used that fog to suggest the transparent quality of a ghost.

the unghosts

And of course, Rygoth reappears, this time with a mysterious wagon that has a structure strangely reminiscent of bones and skin…

Rygoth on her wagon
Book 4, "The Thickety - The Last Spell", concludes the series, and it's such a thrilling finale! The book comes out April 4.

cover for "The Thickety - The Last Spell"

I will share more about work on this book soon!

Cover für "Zwei Schwestern" von Petra Oelker

ZWEI SCHWESTERN (TWO SISTERS) - I was thrilled to work again last year with the wonderful Petra Oelker, for whom I illustrated the christmas story "3 Wünsche" (Three Wishes) back in 2012. Back then it was so much fun and so interesting to work closely together to choose scenes, bring live to some of Petra Oelkers well known and beloved characters in illustrations, and ensure historical accuracy as much as possible. So I was thrilled when Rowohlt publishing house approached me again to ask if I might be interested in working on another book by the author. 

a landscape of Hamburg around 1530

Once again I enjoyed working together so much! This time we went hunting for reference material from Hamburg at a time shortly after the reformation. I learned so much about another chapter in history from the specific standpoint of two women living in the same place under very different circumstances. 

Zwei Schwestern - Reimare und Anna

The book will be published on March 24. If you would like to meet the author in person and hear her read make sure to sign up for one of her book readings that are already scheduled for the book launch. 

cover of the German edition of "The Boneshaker"

THE BONESHAKER - the first book I illustrated for brilliant author Kate Milford back in 2010, is now finally also available in German

a peek inside the book

I am so happy that both The Broken Lands and The Boneshaker have been translated now, and both by the wonderful award-winning translator Alexandra Ernst!

This is all my news for now, I will post more about the upcoming books soon!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Limited Edition Print Run on Tiny Showcase

Tiny Showcase has just released a limited edition print of my painting "Drachen". I am so excited to be releasing an edition with them again!

About Tiny Showcase:

Created by Jon Buonaccorsi and Shea'la Finch in 2004, Tiny Showcase established an entirely new forum for promoting emerging and established artists, providing affordable art in a totally casual atmosphere, and supporting charitable causes.

Every Tuesday, Tiny Showcase releases a limited edition of phenomenal art at affordable prices for you and yours. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the charity of the week, which has been chosen by the featured artist. (Since 2004, we've raised over $100,000 for various organizations.)

Find out more about Tiny Showcase here

I chose "Kindernothilfe" (German for "Supporting Children in Need") as charity for this edition. Kindernothilfe works to support vulnerable and marginalized children and youth to develop their full potentials. Find out more about this charity here

In German, the word "Drachen" can mean both "kite" and "dragons". You might remember that I painted this originally for the cover of the SCBWI magazine "Kite Tales". They asked that whatever I decide to paint include a kite. I wanted to play on the double meaning in German, and also create a happy dance of many kites, to honor the very supportive community of SCBWI by suggesting that when many people come together determined to create something together wonderful things can happen, like dancing dragons in the sky. 

With this thought in mind I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Der "Geisterritter" erscheint in einer neuen Ausgabe

"Er sank auf die Knie, vor seinem Grabmal und all den Heiligen und Sündern,
die mit ihren Steingesichtern auf ihn herabblickten."

Ich freue mich sehr, dass nun eine neue deutsche Ausgabe des Geisterritters von Cornelia Funke mit meinen Illustrationen erscheint. Und es gibt auch einen großartigen Buchtrailer:

Viel Spaß beim Lesen!

"Drei Reiter, so bleich, als hätte die Nacht Schimmel angesetzt.
Und sie starrten zu mir herauf."

I am thrilled that the new German edition of Cornelia Funke's "Ghost Knight" will be featuring my illustrations! Dressler Publishing House made a beautiful book trailer (see above), have fun watching and reading!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Das Weihnachtsmarktwunder

Dieses Jahr durfte ich wieder eine wunderschöne Weihnachtsgeschichte für den Kinder Verlag illustrieren: "Das Weihachtsmarktwunder", eine Geschichte über die Erzgebirgsschnitzkunst und den Dresdner Striezelmarkt, geschrieben von Ralf Günther
Hier ist eine kleine Zusammenfassung:

Damals, als noch richtig Weihnachten war … 

Ein kleines, verschneites Dorf im Erzgebirge zu Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts. Der 15-jährige Martin freut sich in diesem Jahr besonders auf das bevorstehende Weihnachtsfest: Er darf zum ersten Mal mit nach Dresden fahren, wo ein Händler das kunstvoll geschnitzte Holzspielzeug der Familie auf dem sagenhaften Striezelmarkt verkauft.
Doch der Händler erreicht das entlegene Dorf in diesem Jahr nicht, und Martins Vater liegt krank darnieder. Eine Katastrophe für die Familie: Nur auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt in der Stadt kann die Arbeit eines ganzen Jahres Käufer finden. Da fasst Martin einen mutigen Entschluss: Er macht sich mit voll beladenem Schlitten alleine auf den Weg nach Dresden  

Martin sieht zum ersten Mal Dresden

Eine herzerwärmende Geschichte, die ein traditionsreiches Handwerk und eine der schönsten Städte Deutschlands in weihnachtlichem Licht erstrahlen lässt. Und ein besonderes Geschenkbuch für die Feiertage, wunderschön illustriert.

Der Autor wird 3 Lesungen veranstalten, hier gibt es nähere Informationen zu den Terminen.

Viel Freude beim Lesen und eine wunderschöne Vorweihnachtszeit!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

"The Boneshaker" on the cover of "Bookbird"

Natalie and Limberleg on the cover of Bookbird

I am very honored that the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) chose an illustration from "The Boneshaker" for the cover of their magazine "Bookbird". The theme of the issue is "Machines, Monsters and Animals: Posthumanism and Children's Literature", enjoy!

Monday, April 06, 2015

"The Thickety - The Whispering Trees" is awarded the Junior Library Guild Selection!

The second installment of "The Thickety" is in stores now and I am thrilled that it has been included in the Junior Library Guild Selection for Spring 2015!

Congratulations to the author J.A.White and the fantastic team at Harper Collins!

Here is a peek at a few interior illustrations and the synopsis of this book, enjoy!

For fans of Neil Gaiman, The Whispering Trees, book two in the Thickety series by J. A. White. It is the story of a good witch, a bad witch, and a forest demon, trapped together in a world that is both enchanting and dangerous.
the brachwolves in the Thickety

After Kara Westfall's village turns on her for practicing witchcraft, she and her brother, Taff, flee to the one place they know they won't be followed: the Thickety. Only this time the Forest Demon, Sordyr, is intent on keeping them there. Sordyr is not the Thickety's only danger: unknown magic lurks behind every twist and shadow of the path.

And then they discover Mary Kettle, an infamous witch with a horrifying past. She offers to lead them out of the Thickety while teaching Kara how to cast spells without a grimoire. The children are hesitant to trust her . . . but this could be their only chance to escape.

Or the first step down a dark and wicked path.
Kara meets the spider Rygoth

Monday, September 15, 2014

"Der kleine Lord" ist da!

Ich freue mich sehr, dass ich für den Ellermann Verlag nach "Peter Pan" einen weiteren wunderbaren "Klassiker zum Vorlesen" illustrieren durfte, diesmal "Der kleine Lord", nacherzählt von Angie Westhoff.

Cedric und der Graf

Hier ist eine kleine Einleitung zur Geschichte:

Ein Klassiker der Weihnachtszeit: Endlich auch für die Kleinen. Eines Tages erfährt der kleine Cedric, dass er ein Lord werden soll. Doch im fernen England hat es der kleine amerikanische Junge erstmal schwer: Sein Großvater ist ein alter Griesgram und verbietet obendrein der Schwiegertochter, bei ihnen zu leben. Zum Glück erweicht Cedric mit seiner unbekümmerten Art schon bald das Herz des Grafen. Ob es jetzt allen gemeinsam gelingt, eine fiese Hochstaplerin zu überführen?

Eine der herzergreifendsten Geschichten der Kinderliteratur nacherzählt für Jungs und Mädchen ab 4 Jahren.

Schuhputzer Dick

Viel Spaß beim Vorlesen!

This year I got to illustrate another children's book classic for Ellermann Verlag, "Little Lord Fauntleroy" , retold by Angie Westhoff (the first book I illustrated for Ellermann publishing house was "Peter Pan"). I hope you will enjoy reading it!