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...
|Cornelian Cherry - Kornelkirsche|
|Detail of the illustration with dormouse and cornelian cherries|
|Charlotte with cornelian cherry jam|
The original illustration for the book cover and, on the desk, the freshly printed book (with a couple of original artwoks)
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
("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:
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
"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 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|
|Berry and black elder flowers|
|A typical "Holundersuppe", a sweet elderberry soup|
|The June 2019 issue of "Lebenslust Emmental Magazin" just arrived!|
|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
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").
|The cover of the Magazine, March 2019|
Lebenslust-Hogerland Facebook page
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 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.