2014-10-20

THIS COULD BE A CHILDREN'S BOOK #16.

Dear dudes and dudettes!

Today I'll give you a little travel report about my visit at this year's book fair in Frankfurt.

Everyone loves to get up very early, so do I and swung my ass out of the bed at 4 am. Shower, coffee, car, looking for a free parking lot, I was hitting Wuppertal central station at 5.45 am and waited for the ICE. Good luck, the train drivers didn't strike that day, after they caused a massive chaos some days before. I entered the train punctual and had a very nice journey via Cologne along the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, crossing Loreley until I arrived only with a delay of 10 minutes at Frankfurt central station.














After a short drive with the city train I entered the book fair. I had a fix date with one publisher in the morning and some loose dates where I could show my portfolio at noon and in the afternoon. The first date was like a real first date. Slightly nervous I had a short talk with a reader from a Berlin based publisher. She liked my stuff, gave some positive feedback and wanted to see the finished product including the text. I felt a little eased after that good start of that day.

After that date I had to check out some publishers who couldn't tell me in advance if and when they did a consultation for illustrators. I got the dates and even skipped one great publisher because they were unfriendly on the phone and didn't answer me.














Last year I've been in Frankfurt on a public day. That was kinda uncool in two ways. First, there weren't any contact persons on the publisher's booths anymore and second, the halls were overrun by thousands of peoples so that I felt I had to wade through marmalade. This year everything was cool, the booths were crowded with competent persons and there was a pleasant mass of peoples. And of course, this year I had to show something.

And so I spent most of the day standing in line with other illustrators (and some writers) and waited for showing my portfolio. I often received positive feedback, some critique and two publishers told me that my book wouldn't fit in their portfolio. At the end of the day I had a hand full of potential publishers that liked to see the finished product to forge an opinion. In between I checked out some publishers that weren't on my radar because they're too small or off-topic, visited the digital innovation area as well as the guest visitor's hall which was occupied by Finland this year.














At 6 pm I had closing time and hit a bistro near the central station to satisfy my hunger. At 8 pm I entered my train back home. At 10.30 pm I was back. Totally dished but happy. The next days, I'll have to finish the children's book, that means color the remaining pages, lay out the text, create a cover and so on. And then see what's happening next.

Cheers, Robert

2014-10-09

EXITED TO VISIT THE BOOK FAIR 2014.

Hey!

Tomorrow I'm going to visit the book fair in Frankfurt. I'm totally exited! My portfolio is packed and my info material is ready to some publisher's attention. This will be a short night.


Cheers, Robert

 

2014-09-28

SUNDAY TRASH.

Folks!

Here's a picture you can file under "things I do, when your kid doesn't let you sleep on sunday morning". Done with a fresh Pentel Sign Pen in my sketchbook.

Cheers, Robert


 

FESTIVAL FUN.

Hey Dudes!

Two weeks ago I've been on a concert with my old buddies from THE.SPINES. It was a little strange to see them live without me. I hired myself for selling the merch this evening where I did this tiny picture in just some minutes.

Cheers, Robert

 

2014-09-24

THIS COULD BE A CHILDREN'S BOOK #15.

Hey folks!

Hope you're doing fine! I've had a little chaotic week. Sometimes it's tricky as hell to keep all the personal-job-drawing-whatever-things of life well arranged. But I won't complain, since I have finished the next seven pictures. While I'm very comfortable with coloring the monsters and the surroundings by now, the real hard thing this time was the lighting. You as frequent reader of this blog may have noticed that I already used light in my pictures. Here I had to create different sources of light like fire or electrical light with different tonal values as well as the diffusion of the light. Just see the picture with the fireplace or the one with the truck. Eventually the truck picture will corrected a little. I'm not satisfied with how the light diffuses and the fake aperture reflects the light. But let's get the rest finished and then work on details like this. Most fun in this case was the cityscape again. I guess, it's one of my favorite pictures of the book, even with it's clean look!

Cheers, Robert








 

2014-09-16

THIS COULD BE A CHILDREN'S BOOK #14.

Boys and Girls!

Today I can give you the first seven colored pictures of my children's book. I activated my personal turbo-boost to quicken the process a little. In fact, I digged out my old Intous 3 Tablet and sent my Bamboo on vacation. The Intous has a much better performance which allows me to work faster. After I developed and determined the color scheme in the beginning of the last week, I colored the pictures in the free corners of my life. I'm not really sure if I'll leave all the colors how they're now but I guess the result is near to the 80%-perfection I want to reach.
For me, it's unusual to see this tiny monster-world in colors for I have seen it in black and white so many months. But I really like how the thing is turning out. I'm totally thrilled to see the finished book and with a little luck I'm hopefully going to find a suitable publisher. Let's do some more!

Cheers, Robert








 

2014-09-06

THIS COULD BE A CHILDREN'S BOOK #13.

Dear People!

I'm glad to say, that I finished all the drawings for the book. All drawings except for the cover. And there was some tough stuff again. See the party at the end or flight or all those books... Some pictures were really hard because the lack of a previsualization. Most of the pictures are already scanned so that I can start with the coloration in the next week. I'm pretty happy how the result turned out until now. The colors will hopefully push the whole thing even a little further. My good old buddy, the timetable, says that I have two weeks for the colors and the layout before I'm going to send the data to the print shop. With a little luck I have an 80%-perfect dummy at the beginning of the next month! But first, I will celebrate this great milestone with some beer with my friends.

Cheers, Robert






 

2014-08-25

THIS COULD BE A CHILDREN'S BOOK #12.

Boys and Girls!

It took a time since my last post but here I am with new drawn stuff. With these seven new pictures I have 16 pictures complete, 6 are still remaining and I hope to get them finished within the next two weeks. I saved up the heavy ones for the end so that I have some more fun when air is going to be thin. The children's party and the city scape were the most tough ones in this session. They took me several hours and over night waiting but in the end I got these things done. So, let's do the rest!

Cheers, Robert








 

2014-08-14

HALFTIME WITH THESE MONSTERS.

Fockers!

I just finished the first half of my children's book illustrations. Let this rocket go on! Swoosh!

Cheers, Robert

 

2014-08-08

THIS COULD BE A CHILDREN'S BOOK #11.

Dear Dudes & Dudettes!

Here is the second batch of my workout stuff done over the last week. Pretty strange to stay inside when the weather's that good but hey, there's a job to do. Furthermore creating these pictures is huge fun for me. Can't wait to see this finished! But I hope that I can cope with that book because I'm behind my timetable. I'd have to do two more pictures this week to be in time. Bad luck but there are still three weeks to get all that shit finished. Ching ching and see you later!

Cheers, Robert