Illustrations everywhere!

As an illustrator I know how useful illustrations can be, but often clients surprise me (in a good way :) by their wishes. One of these assignments was designing a pattern for a legging. Something combining orange and pink. I designed a bright and really unique pattern involving big lilies on an orange background. You can find (and buy) it at Aparteleggings.nl

I’ve been doing more stuff, like bookmarks, book covers and logo’s. I wish I could show you, but I’ll have to wait for my clients to do the big reveal first.

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Partners and other news

Illustrations can be used for so many different things: Websites, books, animations, graphic design and more. At the same time I want to keep my focus on illustrating as much as I can. This is why I’ve added partners, to the menu above. Partners are people I can choose to work with and who I fully trust. They love what they do and are good at it. Illustrations don’t just stop at a ‘static image’. There’s so much more you can do with them! If you’re looking for ideas and solutions to do more with your website, publications, brand or identity please contact me or use the contact information on the right side.

In other news, I’ve been working on a redesign of my own website. I’m not in a hurry, since I still like my current website. But I do think it could need a little bit more colour. Also, the magic word nowadays is “responsive”. and that’s something that my current website is not. Here’s a small taste of what’s to come:

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Fish and cat meet each other in this new design

My very first design of Sjusjun.com incorporated goldfishes, then the cats took over. Why not have both? :)

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Book blog tour: Swordplay

For the wonderful writer Katharina Gerlach, I illustrated part of her book cover (the girl and the wild magic that surrounds her) for Swordplay. Everything else, including typography was done by Katharina herself. The writing style of Katharina Gerlach is imaginative and quick witted. I took an immediate liking to the main character Moira. I loved sketching and illustrating all the little details.

I’ve noticed that ‘Book blog tours’ are quite common in the writing world. This is my first time hosting one :)

Cover of Swordplay
About the Book

CSI with magic but without the gore

Despite her obvious lack of magical talent, nineteen year old Moira Bellamie apprentices with the Gendarmerie Magique, the magic police. She puts all her effort into solving a burglary at the National Museum where antique weapons have been stolen, to keep the hard won job. Falling for her partner Druidus wasn’t part of the plan. When more and more people are murdered with one of the stolen weapons, Moira must tame uncontrollable magic, or the people she cares for will die, her partner first and foremost.

For lovers of Fantasy and Mystery from 14 years up


Availability:

eBook on Amazon: German or English and Smashwords: German or English, other retailers will follow. Paperback in German or English on Createspace (Beware: postage), Amazon (no postage) will follow soon and can be found through the eBook pages.

About Katharina

I’ve been telling and writing stories all my life, but only two year ago, with the success of eBook publishing, I became an Indie author. I never looked back. Sure, my manuscripts have found praise with traditional publishers, but no one had the courage to publish something they couldn’t neatly stuff into a labeled box.

Well, just like my books, I don’t fit one box. I’m the daughter of a forester and a studied forester myself. I’m sister to three brothers, and a mother to three daughters. I’m a tomboy at heart and simultaneously tidy and chaotic – I can’t be any different with my Muse (the creative part of me) dragging me in one direction and my Editor (the neat, logical side) pulling in another.

There are three things in this world I love more than anything: my family, stories (mine and those of others) and nature. The best thing that can happen to me is when someone I don’t know leaves a review for one of my books telling me how much (s)he liked it.

Can’t wait to read Swordplay? Join the giveaway and win a copy of this book! Oh and check out the interview with me :D

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SH-Jong comic published

I’ve done some really fun illustrations last year. And I can finally show some of the results! I made four comic strips (and a few smaller illustrations) for SH-Jong, a non-profit organisation for young people that are hard of hearing. These comic strips aim to show both difficulties and opportunities that can come with having hearing loss in a fun recognizable way, some are even based on a real life experiences by members of SH-Jong.

Comic strip for the SH-Jong organisation
The comic strips published in the SH-Jong booklet

I had a lot of fun sketching out the characters and locations and discussing story lines with Elisa, Chairman of SH-jong. I’m also really happy about how the booklet turned out, the colours are bright and the illustrations are sharp. Couldn’t wish for a better result!

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Colour or grayscale?

One of my favourite subjects to draw are clouds and skies. They can look so many ways. Whenever I see a pretty sky I always try to make a photo of it, every second the sky changes. Here’s an illustration I finished this weekend. I made it in colour but I switched it to black and white to use as a header on Facebook (since Facebook tends to murder the colour red). I’m not sure which one I like best. Decide for yourself :) (click on the images for a bigger version)

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The colour version. It’s a little bit more “out there”.

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The grayscale version, a bit calmer.

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New book Cover, a Guilty Ghost Surprised

I’ve had the pleasure of illustrating the sequel to ‘Givin’ up the Ghost’ by Gwen Gardner. The adventures of Indigo Eady continue in ‘A guilty Ghost surprised’. Gwen Gardner always knows exactly what she’s looking for in a cover, her feedback was invaluable in the creation of the cover. I wanted the mood of mystery and supernatural to be just as present in the second cover as it was in the first. The colour green also comes back, but this time I’ve combined it with a warm golden brown. I also did the typography. I wanted the stairs to sort of wrap around the title.

Front cover of A Guilty Ghost Surprised

There’s lot’s of things on the cover that come back in the story in the book. There’s Indigo, the star of the book series, sitting on the stairs. Badger is in the background, he just noticed something. There’s Chance the ghost dog (based on a real life dog!) who still has a love for playing catch. A strange green light comes from the top of the stairs. On the back cover of the book is a pile of old newspapers that tells some horrible news.

Here’s the front, spine and back of the book, click on it for a bigger version:

I am definitely looking forward to illustrate more of Gwen Gardner’s books.

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Illustrated recipe

Ellen from in my Red Kitchen and I have a little history. We both started the same study back in 2003 and were in the same class. Ellen has now moved to the other side of the world. She’s all the way in LA! But I’m glad I can still keep in touch through the ‘magic’ of the internet. Ellen has an amazing food blog, both in Dutch and English!.

In secret we decided to combine our common love of food to celebrate the 1st year anniversary of her blog. This meant that she wrote a recipe and I made the illustration. The result of our efforts can be found below. A Zucchini cake with coconut cream:

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Check out the entire (long and detailed :) recipe below. The Dutch version of the recipe can be found at in my Red Kitchen. Enjoy!

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Projects

It’s been quiet on the blog. But that’s because I’m currently working on two projects. Two projects that are quite different from each other. One involves the character design (in vector) of mascots for a company and the other involves illustrating the adventures of Indigo Eady of Givin’ up the Ghost by Gwen Gardner. Different projects mean different challenges. I’m really glad I have the opportunity to draw in different styles and programs.

I wish I could show you some of the illustrations I’ve been working on. But as a rule I don’t show work until a client has. I hope to show some finished illustrations soon!

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An (unused) concept cutout for a book cover

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Senzing

I recently had the pleasure of developing the illustrations, logo, productsheet and business cards of Senzing. Senzing is a fresh company that develops brain-computer interfaces. It’s middleware that can be used to interpret brainwaves. You can then use those brainwaves to play, control and enhance games.

Blue and Magenta were already their main colours. I brightened them, while adding some supporting colours. This resulted in a fresh, contrast rich style. Illustrations helped a lot in explaining what Senzing does, especially in the productsheet.

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Silver lining

One of those days. But every day has a silver lining right? Or a orange lining, or a green one, or a… wel you get the picture. Click to see the big version.

Silver lining

Till tomorrow!

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