Fairies

For my mother-in-law I made a fairybook in 2001 with their grandchildren, our nieces. They were so cute it was fun to build some aquarel-painted pictures with little stories around them.

Bohnanza fan game

There was a art contest for the fan edition of a card game called Bohnanza in 2007. Every participant was allowed to send in three self-painted beans. I sent in “Blaue Bohne” (blue bean), “Brechbohne” (string bean – but “brechen” also has the meaning “break”) and “Feuerbohne” (scarlet runner – but “Feuer” can be translated to fire) and all three were selected for usage in the edition. As a little bonus, I painted a fourth one only for fun: “Rote Bohne” (kidney bean – but “rot” also means red).

Digital Artwork

For nearly every digital art I do, I use Adobe Photoshop. It is such a fascinating software. Although I own a graphic tablet, I mostly painted with the mouse ever since. I guess this will stop when I start using a touchscreen…

My old artist’s homepage was purely painted with Photoshop. But normally I do some sketches on paper, scan them and then use these as a starting point. Certainly I also use Photoshop for retouching and manipulating photos (see Photomanipulation).

Colour Paintings

There are various materials for designing pictures in colour on non-digital media. Very handy are acrylics, which dry very fast and thus make a fast working process possible. But water colour or gouache also do have a charm. For oil paintings you really need patience and time for drying …

Malleus Monstrorum

In 2008 Pegasus Press released the book Malleus Monstrorum 2nd Edition, a monsters compendium for Cthulhu role playing game. There are several works I did combining pencil drawings, ink drawings, photomanipulations and digital drawings. The images had to look like they were actually real findings of Cthulhu monsters in historic books, on ancient plates etc. The book is really worth a look, though it is only available in german language.