New Christmas illustration: the old tradition of the Christmas log (Yule log). For Sonah Verlag

 


The ancient tradition of the yule log seems to date back as far as the 12th century. Spread from Scandinavia to the Alps, it involved the custom of burning a large log of wood in the fireplace of the house on Christmas Eve. And then to let it burn for the next 12 nights, until Epiphany.

This is the first of two illustrations for Christmas cards published by the publisher Sonah Verlag. Many thanks to Ms. Anika Meyer for entrusting me with these Christmas illustrations and for her precious Art Direction. 

Here you can see the Christmas cards (and find the wonderful magazine) Sonah Verlag

The Christmas cards have arrived!

"Sorcery: Contested Realm" new card revealed with my illustration of medieval monks!

 






Thanks as always to Erik for giving me the privilege to paint on this great project ( Sorcery TCG ) and to Mike at Collector Arthouse for the great job of presenting the cards, illustrations and artists on the site. Here you can look at my cards https://www.collectorarthouse.com/sorcery-andrea-modesti-cards

Schwäbisch Hall, drawn in ink and graphite



This view of the half-timbered houses overlooking the Kocher river was made (starting from a photo I took years ago on the spot ) to test some new "extra fine" and "super fine" brush pens just bought. With the addition of some graphite blended with the paper stumps.

Schwäbisch Hall is a truly wonderful medieval town, located deep in the Baden Wuerttemberg between Stuttgart and Wuerzburg, on the banks of the Kocher River. Marvelous half-timbered houses, towers and covered wooden bridges characterize the entire historic center.

Welcome autumn!


A centenary oak in an autumn forest. The small fauna that lives around the old tree ... For Campus Natur - Landverlag

"Anastasias Geheimnis" (Anastasia's secret), illustrations for the story about Anastasia von Signau (by Verena Zuercher, Landverlag)


The "official" cover of the book project "Anastasias Geheimnis. Eine mittelalterliche Raetselgeschichte", by the author Verena Zuercher, published by Landverlag. A short tale about the young Lady from Signau who leads schoolchildren hikers to the historical places of her story. Lots of black and white ink illustrations. On the first cover, Anastasia in front of Burgdorf Castle

In the "variant" cover, or second cover, Anastasia in her castle in Signau (with the books she loved secretly reading) in the company of one of her dogs (obviously I imagined it was a beautiful Bernese shepherd)



One of the color covers among the many black and white ink line drawings...



 One of the line drawings: a medieval gold digger along the river Emme (did you know that already for the Celts and then throughout the Middle Ages the river Emme was very coveted by gold diggers?)

Learn about Anastasia's book here: Landverlag.ch

Wildflowers and semolina pudding illustrations, in the new autumn issue of "Lebenslust Emmental Magazin"




Illustration of wildflowers (poppy, dandelion, red clover, plantain, bromes ... among others)


Semolina pudding (Griessbrei), with recipe and ingredients (cinnamon!), for the short story by Sandra Rutschi



The original paintings for the illustrations (always painted in watercolor and gouache on Arches paper) next to the Magazine



Some photos taken in the field looking for the wildflowers for the illustration

Altensteig, Black Forest, drawn in ink and graphite



I know that traditionally it would not be correct to combine powder techniques (here graphite) with liquid and ink techniques (here brush pen), but I love it, I find it fun and I love the halftones that can be given (it reminds me of the grays of the aquatint). 

I started using it for outdoor drawings, quickly sketching the portrayed landscapes with pencil and brush pens (which are convenient to always carry with you) and then eventually retouching at home with some white gouache highlights, where really needed.

Here I drew the old castle of Altensteig, a town of half-timbered houses in the Black Forest. The castle was one of the residences of the counts of Tübingen, and in 1500 the upper floors were built in half-timbered (still in a clearly late medieval style, or in jargon "Alemannic half-timbered", or "Alemannisches Fachwerk", recognizable by the large spaces between the wooden beams and the absence of decorative elements).

Oh, in the foreground, why not draw a Ring ouzel (a female, lighter), it looked good, among those conifers ...



 But since we're in the Black Forest, here's a little Hazel dormouse on a log, always drawn in graphite and ink. And in the background a large traditional peasant house of the region (Schwarzwaldhaus). 
 

Thanks to Mike and Collector Arthouse for the wonderful article "Behind the Art" on my "Spear of Destiny" (for Sorcery: Contested Realm)

 


A sketch and the finished artwork in watercolor and gouache. The processing steps can be seen here on the Collector Arthouse website and ... on YouTube!

Collector Arthouse Behind the Art

Video


The original illustration of the Spear together with the Steppe and (one of my favourite) Foot Soldiers illustrations

An update: a lucky "Sorcery: Contested Realm" fan has auctioned his card with the "Spear of Destiny" illustration on the Collector Arthouse facebook page. The auction was a great success and the lucky owner's card sold for two thousand dollars! Amazing!

The Card "Spear of Destiny" 


It is summer, the moment to escape into space and time, into the historical / mythological fantasy: here is the -republished- Lindwurm!


The Lindwurm, or lindworm, was a serpentine dragon (and man-eater) of Norse and Central European mythology (Fafnir was also a lindworm). It is at the origin of the legendary foundation of the city of Klagenfurt (among others), of which it is the symbol. 


The preparatory sketch and the pencil drawing 


New illustration for "Lebenslust Emmental Magazin", issue summer 2022



Partially two-page illustration for Sandra Rutschi's new short story "Wer einen Sumpf trockenlegen will, darf nicht die Froesche fragen".




The wonderful cover of "Lebenslust Emmental", which reflects the beautiful landscapes of this enchanting region.



Interview on Collector Arthouse!

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mike Servati for Collector Arthouse, Mike did an excellent job: he put together various images, sketches, work in progress! Wondeful! 

Sorcery Artist Interview: Andrea Modesti



Here I am working on the details of "Longbowmen", before the final darker chromatic watercolour glaze. 

It's spring! The new seasonal illustration for Campus Natur - Landverlag!



A "Moor" (wetland) of Alpine Europe in spring. With some of its inhabitants: beaver, water rail, little egret, kingfisher, lapwing, butterflies and dragonflies, eriophorum/cottongrass ...
 

On the new spring issue of the magazine "Lebenslust Emmental"


Illustration for the new story by Sandra Rutschi: "Kleinvieh macht auch Mist"

                                                           




Ein kleiner Tipp für ein schönes Weihnachtsgeschenk? Das Buch "Bildung beginnt in der Natur" von Verena Zürcher!


"Bildung beginnt in der Natur" (auf dem Foto das Buch neben einigen meiner Originalillustrationen) kann in den besten physischen und Online-Buchhandlungen in der Schweiz und in Deutschland gefunden oder bestellt werden! Ausführliche Informationen auf der Verlagsseite des Landverlags
https://www.landverlag.ch/
"Bildung beginnt in der Natur - Education begins in nature"(the book in the photo next to some of my original illustrations) can be found or ordered in the best physical and online bookstores in Switzerland and Germany! Detailed information on the publisher's website of the Landverlag







Hier einige der zahlreichen im Buch veröffentlichten Illustrationen: Eine Fuchsfamilie, ein Waldiltis auf einer Bergwiese und ein Detail einer Eule im Mischwald.

Here are some of the numerous illustrations published in the book: A fox family, a polecat in a mountain meadow and a detail of an owl in a mixed forest.



A small selection of original paintings with landscapes, skies and birds

 


Some original paintings (watercolour and gouache on Arches 100% cotton paper) on the drafting table.


The most recent painting: a Tengmalm's owl - Boreal owl (Raufusskauz) in a snowy sunset (in the background a timber-framed Low German House or Fachhallenhaus). 

The medieval lakeside town of Rapperswil (in gray tones)

 


I have not yet managed to complete an old painting with Rapperswil and its lake fauna as I wanted, but at least ... here is a slightly modified version in the grey tones of ink and graphite. With two kingfisher in the foreground and a glimpse of light on the city in the background (glimpse of light I saw on another beautiful lake ... but that's another story, for a future painting). 

Illustrations for the new -autumn- issue of the Magazine "Lebenslust Emmental"


The artworks: the drawing of the Artemisia vulgaris - common mugwort, and the illustration for the beautiful short story by Sandra Rutschi, a friendly (read the story ;-) ) Bernese Mountain Dog


 

Ink and pencil: drawing dormice (garden dormouse, forest dormouse, hazel dormouse) ... and some symbolic animals of the Alps




                                   Garden dormouse (Eliomys quercinus, Gartenschlaefer) 


Forest Dormouse (Dryomis nitedula, Baumschlaefer)



Hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius, Haselmaus) ...in colour (for the Magazine "Lebenslust Emmental)



                                                   Alpine ibex, marmot and bearded vulture

The Autumn Issue of "Sonah" Magazine (with my illustration of Trier in roman age)


The wonderful Magazine "Sonah. Das Saarland und die Region neu entdecken"



                           My illustration with the city of Trier at the end of the 3rd century AD