Magnoliart Exhibition on July 20th

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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


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

To the Moon

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


#21days part two

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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.


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.

#21days, part one

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On twitter I discovered this awesome idea of the great Noah Bradley, called #21days. Basically it’s about taking 1 hour everyday for three weeks and investing that time into developing your art skills. It’s about forming a habit, and as a small reward for yourself you can post the result of each day’s work onto your social media thing.

I’ve started my 21 days this monday, so the last 4 days I did three master studies (where you basically try to deconstruct and copy a painting of an old master painter, to understand the way he worked) and one portrait.


Day 1: Master study after Norman Rockwell (original obviously on the left)


Day 2: Portrait of Dino after a photograph taken by my talented brother, which you can check out on


Day 4: Masterstudy after the great Thomas Moran

The challenge is super fun so far. Personally, when I start out with a thing, I tend to want to go all in and do the best thing ever with it, and sometimes my expectations are so high that I struggle to finish it at all and it ends as an unfinished idea on my hard drive.

With this challenge, I’ve found it way easier to do because you start and finish a single thing every day. And with the timebox of 1 hour it’s easy to start, because instead of sitting down trying to finish one thing which could go late into the night, you sit down for one hour and do whatever you can in this hour. And eventually, it’s probably more productive this way because you’re not wasting time.I could imagine doing this approach for personal projects as well.

I’m sure there are a couple of personal projects that I could finish way faster when having a fixed schedule of one hour each day for three weeks than the approach of doing a lot and then nothing again for some time.

Do you plan to get into the #21days-challenge yourself or did you do it already? Do you have other “hacks” for personal projects or learning on your own? Or does this approach not work for you at all? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this kind of thing.

Finger painting

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Michi, one of the Guitarists from the amazingly talented Band Undiscovered Soul out of my hometown. They currently are crowdfunding a trip to LA to record their new album, if you like them, support them on their

Grizzly Sketch

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For some color practice, I did this study off a random grizzly picture on pinterest.

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