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


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
"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). 

Autumn forest

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

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) 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

North Sea Coast

A view of the North Sea Coast: Atlantic puffins, terns, seals and traditional thatched roof houses.

A couple of small ink studies and the preparatory drawing on the work desk ...


The summer issue of "Lebenslust Emmental" Magazine is ready!

I am very happy to have illustrated the new short story by Sandra Rutschi this time again! And to have made a new botanical drawing (The Birdsfoot trefoil, "Lotus corniculatus", Gewoehnlicher Hornklee). 

Coming soon: illustrations for the new (forthcoming) book by Verena Zürcher!


A small look at some of the illustrations that will be in Verena Zürcher's new (forthcoming) book, dedicated to Anastasia von Signau. There will be two color covers and lots of black and white line drawings!

More information here Landverlag: Anastasias Geheimnis

Ink and pencil: traditional garments (Tracht) of the Black Forest (around 1840)


An old Clock Carrier ("Uhrentraeger") from Triberg (clock making was a tradtional occupation of the Black Forest: the clocks were then carried with backpacks to sometimes distant areas) and a costume typical of the Baar region. Drawings with brush pens and liners.

Spring in Bern

A barn swallow (Hirundo rustica, Schwalbe) and a house martin (Delichon urbicum, Mehlschwalbe) sitting on the Nydegg bridge, near the church, in a spring view of Bern. From here you can see the gothic Nydeggkirche and its beautiful medieval quarter, with Nydeggstalden street going down, between seventeenth-century houses, towards the banks of the Aare river

(Hand)Drawing in progress, pencil on Arches watercolour paper, cold pressed, 100% cotton 

Riedlingen on the Danube, art, nature and beautiful storks

This is a memory of a summer evening in Riedlingen, a small town along the course of a still young Danube, with splendid half-timbered houses in a truly remarkable natural landscape. Riedlingen is located on the German Framework Road and is one of the few towns where storks have never stopped nesting since time immemorial.
In the drawing, in addition to the storks, you can also see a sandpiper, a beautiful common tern (Sterna hirundo) and rare salmon from the Danube, or Huchen.