Odin in the guise of Wanderer

The god Odin, in one of his disguises as a wanderer; with him the trusted crows Huginn and Muninn, the infallible spear Gungnir and the Draupnir magic ring.

The medieval town of Rapperswil and its lake (drawing in progress)

It's a dark and rainy day, a new lockdown has begun here, albeit partial, and times are really hard (but the situation is similar almost everywhere, I think)

The thoughts, and the pencil that is guided by them, run to beloved landscapes and places, to the desire and hope to see them soon ... so here is a small preparatory drawing of the beautiful medieval Rapperswil, with its very long wooden bridge and its lake (with its fauna). I will complete the painting, sooner or later...

The original illustration for the book cover and, on the desk, the freshly printed book (with a couple of original artwoks)

Viking houses

A small illustration with Viking houses (based mainly on the reconstructions of the Viking city of Hedeby, Haithabu in german). In the background, a large longhouse. 10th century AD.
This illustration was published in a Swiss school textbook published by Landverlag / Campus Natur

It's ready! The new book by Verena Zürcher, with my illustrations

                                                "BILDUNG BEGINNT IN DER NATUR" 
                              ("Education begins in Nature": Nature-education discovery trips)
                                             You can browse a preview of the book here:
                                          Here are the photos of a couple of my illustrations:

European river landscape with trout and alpine newt

 Central European forest with owl, roe deer and great spotted woodpecker

Detail of the hand painted illustration 

Alpine coniferous forest with jay

And a review (from the back cover) by the famous wildlife photographer, and Bestseller author,

Frank Hecker, on the beautiful book by Verena Zürcher: 

"Ich bin schwer beeindruckt vom Umfang und von der Vielfältigkeit der Herangehensweise. Das gefällt mir ausgesprochen gut, erweitert meinen vielleicht zu biologischen Blick auf die Natur und macht im jeden Fall Lust auf genaueres Lesen. Die Illustrationen sind klasse. Ein tolles Buch."

("I am deeply impressed by the width and variety of the approach. I like that very much, it expands my perhaps too biological view of nature and definitely makes you want to read more deeply. The illustrations are marvellous. A wonderful book." The translation from the German is mine.)

The new issue of "Lebenslust Emmental" with my illustrations

  The September issue of "Lebenslust Emmental", 
 dedicated to lingonberry, next to my illustrations on the drawing board

The lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Preiselbeere)
The western Capercaillie

A typical recipe for lingonberry, jam

Illustrations published in the new issue of the swiss Magazine Lebenslust Emmental

Berry and black elder flowers

A typical "Holundersuppe", a sweet elderberry soup

The June 2019 issue of  "Lebenslust Emmental Magazin" just arrived!
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Wilhelm Tell, 1307 AD

Wilhelm Tell is the legendary hero of the Old Swiss Confederacy in the early 14th century. His exploits are traced back to 1307. Here is indeed represented as a "real" crossbowman of the years before the battle of Morgarten (1315). The landscape is that of the original story: the enchanting scenery of Lake Lucerne.

Historic Switzerland, a small illustrated excursion between Murten and Bern

The beautiful main street of Murten / Morat, with Berntor

The illustration with the messenger of Murten, after the battle of 1476

View of the Mont Vully from Murten (the same can also be seen in the illustration)

The walls of Murten, beautifully preserved

And now a little bit of Berne, which is always a joy for a historical illustrator: here is a selection of some of the splendid fountains in the city, decorated with polychrome statues by the Renaissance sculptor Hans Gieng (years around 1540)

And here is an example of the armours of the 30s and 40s of the 16th century, inspired precisely by the Bern fountains: Hans Franz Naegeli wears a specimen while he conquers the Vaud

German Peasants' War, 1524-25: Peasant Rebel of the "Bundschuh"

1524: the revolt spreads along the Rhine, the Danube, the Lake Constance, in the Black Forest, in Swabia, Franconia. Peasants storm monasteries and castles.
Insurrections are transformed into war: in the single diocese of Wuerzburg 60 castles and 20 monasteries are burnt, in that of Bamberg 197 fortresses and 6 cloisters (Henric L. Wuermeling: "Die Geschichte Bayerns").

In March 1525 some leaders of the peasants (Baltringer Haufen, Allgaeuer Haufen, Seehaufen) met in Memmingen to agree a common cause. On March 20, 1525, they adopted the "Twelve Articles". The Articles demanded the rights for the communities of the peasants and are considered to be the first written set of human rights in Europe.
In the photo: the front of the Kramerzunft in Memmingen; the building where the Articles were written.

New illustrations published in "Lebenslust Emmental"

The cover of the Magazine, March 2019

New illustrations: a hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius), a hazel branch (and other), published in the Swiss magazine "Lebenslust Emmental", dedicated to the beautiful valley near Bern.
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Swiss Soldiers, Burgundian Wars, March 1476

On 2 March 1476 the Swiss army has directed an attack on the castle of Vaumarcus, near Neuchâtel.
The attack was led by the men of Berne.
The standard bearer of the picture carries the flag and colors of Hans von Hallwyl, a Swiss army commander.

Hans Franz Naegeli, Conqueror of the Vaud, 1536

Hans Franz Nägeli was Supreme Commander of the Bernese troops in the conquest of Vaud (1536), during the war agaist Savoy.

 In the campain of March 1536 he conquered Chateau Chillon and Lausanne; the conquest of the Pays de Vaud was completed on the 29th March 1536, the day when the wonderful castle of Chillon (http://www.chillon.ch/en/castle) fell.

 This figure is based on the beautiful “Schützenbrunnen” and “Vennerbrunnen”, two of the many charming sculture-fountain of Bern, made by the Master Hans Gieng in the years between 1542 and 1543. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Gieng

The illustration depicts Nägeli in half-harness, with the typical broad-brimmed plumed hat.

The sculpture of the "Vennerbrunnen" in Bern