Album cover artwork revealed (1/3)

Felix Olschewski just revealed a part of the album cover artwork I painted for his soon-to-be-released solo album. It is an album full of intense metal music, just the way I like it. That made painting the artwork very easy and since Felix gave me free reign I really enjoyed painting it. You can head over to his blog and listen to all his music for free and also have a look at the artwork. In case you are not interested in awesome music altogether, you can stay here and take a look at it below.


The Trophy

“The Trophy” is my submission for the ArtOrder Nymph-Challenge. The artwork was painted traditionally in oil on paper on board. The original size is 15,7″ x 23,2″. The category I chose was Book Illustration, Adult. I had loads of fun doing it and improved my workflow which is great for future paintings.

The Trophy

First dragon of 2013

A happy and healthy new year to all of you. This is my first dragon of 2013, a drawing with pencil and ink I did during my christmas holidays. I’m very much looking forward to the events and journeys to come this year. I’m currently working on an metal album cover for Felix Olschewski.

The cover is painted in oil on board and I can’t wait to show the making of and the final album artwork.

Two cons are scheduled for this year, Role Play Convention 2013 in Cologne and Feencon 2013 in Bonn/Bad Godesberg. You can find me in the artist area beside my fellow artists. As usual I will draw character sketches and of course loads of dragons.


Calling for Entmoot

Last night I finished my oil painting “Calling for Entmoot”. Inspiration for this artwork hit me when I heard the audiobook of ” The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien. I love this audiobook, I’m hearing it for the third time and everytime I hear it again I catch some new wonderful details that I might have overheard/overread at the last time. This is Treebeard gathering Ents by singing the invitation for Entmoot while standing in the Entwash for refreshment and strength. I just love the character and I’ll definetely come back to him in another artwork. The artwork is traditionally painted oil paper on board in the size 40,2 x 59,5cm (15,8 x 23,4 inch). I did loads of “work in progress”-shots and will post a making of in the near future. Unfortunately it is not possible today due to my workload. Thanks for reading and watching :)!


Blind Guardian “Three Dragons” Tourshirt- Making of

I’m very happy to present another tourshirt I did for Blind Guardian this year. The Artwork is called “Three Dragons” and it is now available at EMP Merchandising. Below are some work in progress steps. I thought it might be interesting for you since this is the first shirt-artwork I painted in oil color.

First step was a thumbnail for the composition and placement of three dragons.

Next was the preliminary drawing for the oil painting.

Then I mounted the paper on board and applied a first rough coat of acrylic colors to set a color base for the oil painting.

A work in progress shot of the oil painting. I started with the dragons and added the background later on. Painting dragons is loads of fun :).

Finally the finished oil painting, ready to be photographed for use as a digital artwork for screenprinting. The logo is implemented digitally along with some touch up and shaping for the shirt-artwork.


Silver Dragon

At the moment I’m experimenting with watercolors, gouache and ink. My silver dragon is the first painting to show in a row of artworks using gouache and black ink. Here’s a little summary of the progress and the material involved to create this artwork.

Hahnemühle postcard paper is my favourite for experimenting on a small scale with watercolors. The Silver Dragon painting’s base is a pencil drawing with my 2B lead mechanical pencil, size 0.35. In the next step I inked the outlines with my Rotring Isograph. I find it easier to work with those instead of a quill. It’s very precise inking. The isograph pen is refillable and when you buy it used and overhauled on ebay, quite affordable.

The watercolor I use at the moment for coloring is a set from Schmincke. Brushes are DaVinci Synthetic Brushes size 1 and 4. The dragon is colored with Horadam gouache, ivory black. Highlights are painted with Artist’s Acrylic Colors from Lascaux. The white color in from the set has a touch of yellow. I don’t like that in a black and white painting, so therefor I use acrylic paint/titanium white. Here is my final mixed media Silver Dragon postcard painting. Thanks for watching!

Mermaid Sketch

A few weeks ago a conversation with a friend about mermaids inspired me to draw a mermaid riding a sea dragon. This is the preliminary sketch for a painting. I’m considering to paint it with watercolors matching the water theme and I’m looking forward to paint the froth and the reflecting scales.