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Writing and scribbling

25.09.2015       2

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I’m currently taking a course on personal and story projects called Oatley Academy Live by the Oatley Academy of Concept Art & Illustration. It’s the best course ever if you’re an artist want to do a childrens book, comic or whatever on your own or with a collaborator. It teaches you the basics of storytelling, how to create your own story with a theme, what to look for when designing characters and environments for the story. It’s awesome and you should check it out. Seriously.

The course helps me develop my own story project, which will either be a Children’s Book or a Comic. It’s about grumpy wizards, a kitchen and monsters. It’s really fun to write, and when designing a character it helps a ton if you have a backstory figured out for the character.

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An environment sketch with some shading studies to learn the tools of Mischief

An environment sketch with some shading studies to explore the tools of Mischief

Bachelor Thesis Cover illustration

25.09.2015       1

For a friend of mine, I did this simple Illustration to go on the cover of her bachelor thesis. The thesis is about raising awareness on young drivers in traffic.

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Pictures from the Magnoliart Exhibition

25.09.2015       0

A couple of weeks ago, I got to do my first exhibition ever, as a part of the Magnoli-Art Series in the bar El Camino in my hometown Thun. It was a unusually hot night for a swiss summer and a lot of people showed up. Thanks to the El Camino there were was free beer and white whine along with some delicious snacks for those who appeared early.

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Since I work mostly digital, I mostly had prints exhibited. But there were also some watercolor originals, some of which I even got to sell. Next to the originals there were also a couple of prints and postcards sold.

There was a water leak of the building next to it the week before, so the back part of the bar was turned into a construction site in the days where the exhibition was. This meant that the space for the exhibition was one third smaller than expected. But we managed to improvise something and in the end it turned out pretty well.

Since I also have a ton of sketches, we wanted to find a way to showcase them as well. So we turned the part on op of the stairs into a smaller version of my sketching desk at home. We pasted some copied sketchbook pages on the wall and put a couple of open sketchbooks along with pens and other utensils on the desk. With the wooden panels on the wall from the construction and the half disassembled lamp in the corner it worked out really well.

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The man who made it all possible: Fabian Scheidegger who organises the Magnoli-Art events. Thank you so much bro.

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All in all it was a great experience for myself, and working on my art for the exhibition was super fun. The most important thing I learned:

It’s so much easier for me to practice and work on something if I have a goal to work towards than when I just work on stuff at random.

Thanks  to Fabian Scheidegger, to the El Camino Team to everyone who showed up and of course to everyone who bought something, I’m really grateful for the support.

Beyond Tellerrand Sketchnotes

25.09.2015       1

Last year I started getting into sketchnotes. Sketchnoting is basically visual notetaking or «a visual summary of all the interesting stuff in a talk». You use drawings instead of words where possible. Doing them is simple: If a sentence or concept makes you go „aha!“, you draw it. They’re not about looking beautiful, but about summarising important information in a way that is quick to draw and quick to read.

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And while being practical, they’re also great fun and a good excuse to scribble in your sketchbook during boring meetings or school. If you want to pick up sketchnoting (as you should since it’s really fun), I can recommend the Sketchnote Handbook by the Sketchnote Master Mike Rohde.

Back in May, I attended the Beyond Tellerrand Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany together with my coworker and fellow Designer Matthias Feusi for Edorex. There were a lot of interesting talks about design, development and the web in general.

So for the talks at Beyond Tellerrand, I had my sketchbook with me and just practised doing sketchnotes. It was pretty hard at times, but great fun overall, and it even sparked some interest on my twitter account during the conference.

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Magnoliart Exhibition on July 20th

25.09.2015       1

Thanks to the amazing people behind Magnolia and Cafe Bar El Camino I get to have my first exhibition ever. The event series called Magnoli-Art is a place for local artists to show their work, each one at a time. On Monday, July 20th you can visit the El Camino in Thun where I get to hang my mediocre stuff all over the place. The thing is supposed to start at 18:00-ish

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If you’re around, come by and have a beer. Check out the event on facebook.

To the Moon

25.09.2015       0

I try to do some more watercolor stuff lately, and it’s great fun, especially because you can paint anywhere with it if you have the right setup.

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Cthulhu

25.09.2015       0

Well it’s not exactly Cthulhu. It started out pretty random and now it looks like a mix of Cthulhu and Zoidberg.

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#21days part two

25.09.2015       0

Back in april, I’ve finished this challenge called #21days. The last images didn’t make their way into the blog until now.

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Study after Albert Bierstadt. As it turned out these are the swiss Alps, and Bierstadt spent quite some time in the area where I live. Of course I didn’t know that at the time I picked the image.

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In the middle of april we went camping and snowboarding in Laax for the spring session. Of course I didn’t take my Cintiq-Setup with me, so I practised with some more traditional sketches of stuff off the internet.rinowenger_21days_16_stilthouse_2015-04-10

Back home, I tried my luck on this iconic masterpiece by the legendary Frank Frazetta.

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Some digital gesture drawing studies

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For the final piece, I picked this amazing painting by Albert Bierstadt. At this point I felt I’ve learned quite a bit since the first piece of the 21days. Sketching the Landscape quickly, eyeballing the local colors and generally „rendering“ it worked out so much better than before.rinowenger_21days_21_bierstadt_2015-04-19b

It was a great challenge to do, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to get better at art, no matter the current skill level.

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