Conventions, Deadlines & Fractured Bones

What’s uuuup?!

I am incredibly sorry for not posting anything, not replying and being absent for almost two weeks! I surely didn’t mean to!

What I have been doing all this time?

Beside working on my comic (which is almost completely finished, except for the last couple of pages being lettered) I had some dates with a couple of doctors and spent more than enough in hospital. About 9 days ago my right hand (I’m right-handed) started to hurt. At first it was just a little bit uncomfortable but it turned out to be really nasty very soon after.

First, I thought it might be something with the tendons because I worked that much but as I went to see a doctor it changed into “a carpal bone might be fractured”. I had a little accident while being on holidays in Scotland which seemed to be the cause. However, I convinced the doctor to give me another two days to finish my work before going to the hospital to check my bones, because if it really had been a fracture I wouldn’t have been able to finish the comic. Luckily I did get it done in time and after the CT scan I was told that it isn’t fractured. But it seems like one of the tendons that makes the wrist stable is stretched. Now I have to wear one of those deadly stylish wrist bandages that allows only a little movement of my fingers.

I apologize for every wrongly used vocabulary – I’m not that acquainted with all the medical terms.

Right now we’re having a convention called SPIEL/ Comic Action in Germany. It’s mostly about board games and a bit about comics. It used to be the only event close to some “proper” comic convention. Some Marvel and DC artists will be there and I am really looking forward to meet them.

Unfortunately,this year I can’t attend it as an artist due to my injured hand but it will still be nice to see some people again.

Nooow, about my COMIC!

Next week it will be given to the printing company – it is so exciting!

I was able to get a couple of different covers done. As I will only be able to use one of those for the actual cover (obviously) I will include maybe another one as a variant cover in the back as a part of the special/ making of.

This one I am not really sure about. I think it’s not catchy enough to get people to stop, pick up the comic and spark some interest. What do you think?


Have a beautiful weekend!


Digital Colours

I spent yesterday trying different ways of colouring and different styles but didn’t get to a result that I liked. Today, however I got things going for me!

Colouring digitally has always been one of the things I wanted to be able to do. A while back (and still) I would look at other artist’s works and be left in utter awe because it was just magnificent. So when I started i thought that it couldn’t be too hard. If you look at a finished illustration you see all those colours and they make perfectly sense. Yes, the shadow is blue because it just has to be. the highlight are yellowish instead of white because what other colour would possibly come to someone’s mind who’s got eyes?!

So I took one of my inked sketches, scanned it and opened it in Photoshop.

Three hours later I was done with the sketch, done with the painting and definitely done with the day, too. While I was laying in bed it bothered me so much how hard I failed that I couldn’t sleep for hours. The next day I went back to my computer and tried again. Same result, early bedtime. This went on for weeks and I started blaming my computer and my version of Photoshop – which was a pretty old one. It just felt easier that way.

I went back to colour my sketches and illustrations in the traditional way (markers, pencil, ballpoint pen) but now I suddenly sucked doing that too!

After hours and hours and hours and even more hours I finally started to get the hang of it (Thanks God!).

Art is probably the most disappointing thing I’ve done in my life. But also the most rewarding.

And by now I dare to say that my colouring has turned out to be quite okay.

One of the first fully coloured pages of my comic “Warden of Time”:


Comics Looking Weird

I’ve spent the last days laying down the basic colours and getting more pages done.

It really looks like I’ll be able to finish this step tonight and start the proper colouring tomorrow.

Before I started working on “Warden of Time” I knew that making comics takes an incredible amount of time but dear Lord – I still underestimated it! But that’s why I loved making it even more. I’m a great friend of challenges. Especially working with tight deadlines gets me!

I split up the process in different steps and work my way from step to step instead of page to page. Some artists do that but I don’t really like it that much. It works with smaller projects like 4- 6 pages but definitely not with 30 +.

Here’s my list of completed (and coming) steps:

  1. Rough layout of the pages
  2. Pencil sketch
  3. Inking
  4. Flat layers
  5. Highlights & Shadows
  6. Lettering

I didn’t included the step of creating the characters. This took me a couple of years. But it doesn’t necessarily have to take that long. I was just playing with that story while I was still in school and developed the characters and the plot over the years.

But as you can see – it won’t take me much longer! I’m so excited! The exhibition will be in 5 weeks and by then I will have it finished!

I remember one teacher who was really … supporting when it came to being nice to his students. He promised me that I would never get anywhere in life. He got an invitation to the exhibition.

While I was checking for mistakes in my flat layer I temporarily hid the lineart (inks) layer and it turned out to be pretty weird-looking.A bit of another sneak peek here!

flats-003 flats-lines-003



I finally got around to start colouring! I was really looking forward to this part because now the whole comic project starts to look “real”. As in: it’s really happening!

I decided to go with a technique used by many comic artists. Using Photoshop I have one layer for the line art so that I don’t mess it up accidentally. I use another layer for the “flats”. The flat layer contains just the basic colours that I want to use but they don’t have to match a 100% . With another layer on top I can adjust the colours and make them match, change colours to my liking or change the overall tone to create atmosphere. That’s also when the magic with shadows and light happens.

I really love the way flat layers and the finished layers look so different and how the flat layer is just an idea of the final look.

Here’s an example for you to see! More coming soon (:




Artist off duty

This weekend I actually had some time off! Which is quite rare because I currently have so much going on that even if I had the time I couldn’t relax properly.

However, this weekend one of my closest friends came to visit her family. After we finished school she moved to a big city to take up her university studies which is why I don’t see her as much as I used to. We already spent some time on Thursday but met up again on Friday to just have a good time. Upon reflecting on how different “adult-life” after graduating and starting uni/ a job is and how easy life used to be as a kid we remembered that we still had some toys lying around, collecting dust.

Of which use it to be a 20-year old who reads more comics than the kid next door, who considers Batman socks and a Batman belt as “dressed up nicely” and who still takes her pencils to the restaurant to wait for the meal to arrive if you can’t play with the toys you had as a kid? The toys you loved dearly.

So, we decided to call it a girls night and we started cleaning the dust of long-forgotten treasures.

We set up the slot car racing track and embraced the inner child. I loved it as a kid but it never grows old!


I hope you had a great weekend!

“Warden of Time”

As I have mentioned before (and again a little bit later than intended) I am currently working on my own comic project and I want now I want to introduce you to the story properly.

It’s going to be release 30th October in German and will be part of an exhibiton close to where I live. I will translate as soon as I can so it should be available in English sometime in November.

But hold on – I got lost again. Let me start over again and let me tell you what it is about:

Warden of Time

An ordinary girl in her mid-twenties, who has an ordinary life, ordinary friends and ordinary hobbies is being pushed in front of a train and murdered by a sinister-looking, hooded stranger.

Like every dead person she is taken to a morgue. Another stranger shows up and leaves an hour glass next to her. Attached to it is a small piece of paper which reads the name Ophelia Loxley. He flips it and disappears. As the sand starts to fall, she opens her eyes.

10 months after this encounter the girl, now called Ophelia, lives in a big city with no memories of what happened, where she came from and who her family is. Working in a filthy pub, getting by on low wage, she’s not a too happy person to chat up. One night a scruffy customer demands her time promising answers to her questions about her unknown past. When she rejects him he leaves a broken hour glass, similar to Ophelia’s and an address on the table and leaves.

Another hooded man stays unnoticed in the shadows of the pub until she finishes her shift and makes her way to the address.

Of course that isn’t the entire plot, but I can’t tell the entire story now, can I?

This comic will be the first of a series that I want to continue over the next couple of years. Also this part will be an introduction into Ophelia’s World with 30 pages of story and about 10 pages of additional sketches, information and texts. The next issue will have more pages. As I am going to start Uni in October I probably won’t be able to publish new parts of the story as fast as full-time comic artists but I like the idea of having a project that grows with me.

I hope you liked the story so far!

Stay tuned!

I’m still alive!

Hello my friends!

I’m back to Germany and managed to take a couple of minutes off. I’m currently working non stop on my comic which will be out in little less than eight weeks!!! It’s so exciting!

I’m almost completely done with the lineart and now I want to share a few sneak peeks. The picture’s page 11 so some thrilling stuff already happend … Tomorrow I’ll write a proper post introducing the plot and maybe even revealing a few more details regarding that lovely lady!




I have been in Scotland for six days now which is the reason why I didn’t post anything this week.
For years I had been planning to go to Scotland but never did because of various reasons. A few months ago I got a text from a friend saying how great his vacation in Scotland was.
That was the very moment I decided to just go on my vacation as well. So even though I am incredibly busy putting togeher my exhibition and finishing my first small comic book (and with a couple of other things going on) I just booked a flight and went to Scotland. I’m currently staying in the beautiful city Inverness which is located in the Highlands. I’ve done loads of things and seen beautiful places!


Three days ago I hiked along a part of the “Great Glen Way” – I walked almost 20 kilometres (about 12 miles) and I rode along the Loch Ness.
After those rather exhausting days I spend a day in Inverness, sitting in cafés and doing some shopping.
I found that beautiful art supply shop that had awesome sketchbooks for half the price. Of course I couldn’t resist getting two!

Here’s one of the sketches I did straight away.


Today I’m going to see the Highland Games in a small town called Drumnadrochit. And in a couple of days I’ll be back to posting drawings, comics and art stuff! 

Have a great day guys!


Today I’ve been testing different coloring styles and techniques to see which one I like best and which one works fast. I’m about to finish the first stage of my work on my comic – just 4 pages to go! I like to divide it into 4 steps.

  1. Pencil artwork. Varies from rough sketches to detailed sketches – strongly depends on the difficulty of the image.
  2. Inking. I scan the sketches and ink them digitally. I most likely will do that with Manga Studio 5 as there are some really awesome brushes for inking.
  3. Colouring. It sounds easy but it really isn’t. It gets pretty hard once you have to colour more than one image because the colours have to work  with the entire page. You will see what I am talking about when I’ll upload some work in progress pictures.
  4.  Lettering. Adding speech bubbles, sound effects and doing the layout.

I have mentioned a couple of times that I’ll be posting some work in progress images soon. But when is SOON?!


Just kidding.

I’m on holiday next week so I won’t be able to work on my comic. But once I’m back I will start inking the pages – and that’s when I’ll start showing more. Also I will give you some information on the story itself. The whole project is enormous as it has to be finished within the next 5 weeks.

It’s not going to be one of those classical “superhero” comics. It is fiction but it deals with issues that are much closer to real life.

Here’s a quick doodle I did to try some brushes.



A Kiss for the Drowning One

As I mentioned before I wasn’t able to get the fashion illustration for this Wednesday done – soo much stuff going on! I’m just 4 pages away from finishing the pencil sketches of my comic (extremely exciting!) and I will start inking and uploading them once I get back from my holiday (Scotland I’m almost there!).

In my last post I gave some explanation why I’ve chosen to do a mini-series on selkies (some fancy seal-mermaid-creatures). I once heard a legend about them being truly evil monsters in disguise. Especially the girls. In that legend they are said to lure their victims – mostly young fishermen – to swim with them and then the selkie would drown him.

In this context it might seem a bit … semi-romantic … Here’s my take on it!


Selkie's Kiss