A couple of weeks ago I attended the Graduate Fashion Week in London as part of a present that actually was not for me. Click here to see my sketches, some photos of the show and indeed read the rest of the story (in Spanish though, I am afraid).
Germans love to go outside. You might think this is not true if you visited the country during the winter. But as soon as the sun comes out: streets, squares and terraces are crowded. It is fantastic. Read more…
Do you remember me telling here about the English text book I had illustrated for the publishing house Ernst Klett? It won the prize for the school book of the year in the category „languages“ at the recently closed book trade fair in Leipzig!
I told you the texts were so good! It makes me proud to have contributed with my drawings to create this book that was judged so good by experts and hopefully will open the doors of a new language to some young German students.
I made a lot of illustrations for the new advertising campaign of All for One Steeb AG
Another lovely paper collage that I did for #fritziflock. Proverb by William Turner. – frauknopp
- Personal christmas card
- Lawyers christmas card
- Advertising agencies christmas card
Some new art works that I did last year. – frauknopp
If you also like fashion but think taking it too seriously leads to a frivolity you don’t like, if you prefer to take the fun part of fashion and put it to serve something serious: Then you probably already know Dressember. If you don’t know it yet, you are going to love it. Read on.
I first knew about Dressember some 4 weeks ago while watching one of Sunny Lenarduzzi’s videos. And I could not believe I had not heard of it before: such a good idea for such a noble cause. And involving wearing dresses. I listened to the inspiring story of founder Blythe Hill at her TEDx Talk and I made a decision: I would participate. Not only wearing a dress every day of December (wish me luck on my skiing days), but sketching one and posting it to my Instagram and Facebook pages. To raise awareness and funds to fight against exploitation and trafficking of women.
This is my plan:
I have a thing with square little sketchbooks. There are always a couple of them in my drawer. It happened to me once that I needed a new one and they had run out of them in my usual art supplies shop and I had to buy non-square one. Ever since then, when I go downtown, no matter what, I go to the shop and buy one or two (or three) of the Hahnemühle square sketchbooks. That is how I came to a little Read more…
Last June I was surprised by a very special commission: Maureen had found my drawings on my Facebook site and she liked them so much (this is a real honour) that she wanted to commission me a portrait of her that she would give to her husband-to-be on their wedding day, at the end of September. Read more…
I will tell you here the story of a drawing; from the commission till the finished product. Read more…
Our Lala girl Johanna Fritz has challenged us all (yes, you too) to doodle for 365 days. We started Tuesday last week but you can join whenever you want, of course. She publishes a list of topics for every month. You can find the current list in our Facebook group or checking out her blog. We use the hashtag #365dayswithjohannafritz to share our doodles in Instagram and Facebook. That is well thought by Johanna, so that whoever sees one of our doodles and wants to join is able to see where the challenge is coming from and so, she or he can find the topic list, the group etc. See you there? I hope so.
The last episode of the rhinos „Ein Himmel voller Nashörner“!
After „Liebe ist ein Nashorn“ and „Nashörner haben auch Gefühle“.
First projekt, with my new cintiq! New fun at work, love it! :)
After over 10 Years working as an illustrator I thought it’s time for a new look. First I felt that it‘ s time to present myself under my full name instead of „Veryvera“. Sort of getting more to the point as on my books I am presented as „Vera Schmidt“.
Second I am very excited to present you my new website which therefore also has a new name: www.veraschmidt-illustration.com. It is also more to the point, modern, easier to navigate and more efficient – well that’s the plan.
There you will also find my blog now, the old address is also not up-to-date anymore.
Third I will also have a new email address firstname.lastname@example.org, you will be forwarded to both also when you still type in the old addresses but I would appreciate it very much if you change to the new ones from now on. Thank you very much and sorry for the inconvenience!
Well then, have fun and welcome to my new world: www.veraschmidt-illustration.com
Recently I made this illustration for the german magazine GECKO. Its for children to read, full of illustrations. I like it a lot. – frauknopp
Hello, happy new year to you all! May all your wishes come true.
New year, new book, what do you think? So here I got the second book of „Fred sensationelle Spinnereien“ for you. Because the story goes on and became even more bizarre and funny.
This time in Fred’s fantasy the action takes place in China where he has to face some dangerous tasks. But also the reality is not easy to cope with and like always everything gets mixed up and confusing for him.
My christmas card looks like this! Have a joyful time.– frauknopp
What a year! According to Virginias idea to show which of our work is out in the shops now I would love to share with you the books I did this year. You can find them in all book stores or on the internet and wouldn’t they be a nice christmas present for the little ones? Have a look, have fun and a very merry christmas to you all!
Fitting to the Christmas decoration –sparkles and gold everywhere: The „Champus“ glass by Ritzenhoff with my design on it. May the smiling woman and the Maori pattern spread good energy wherever these glasses are raised.
They can be bought in some household retailers or from the Ritzenhoff online shop.
Virginia from our Atelier Lala had this nice idea to show some of our books and stuff combined with some personal hints of us. So have a look at my dining room where my christmas calendar is waiting for the first of december.
Christmas time is coming and if you like to have a calendar to count down the days this could be something for you. It’s called „Meine wunderbare Adventsgirlande“ published by arsEdition. GTIN 40-14489-10354-7 and you can buy it, for example, here.– frauknopp
- searching the character ...
- ... trial and error ...
- ... and the winner is, Philo!
- on the cover ...
- ... inside ...
- ... and at the end of the book.
publisher: C.C.Buchner Verlag
schoolbook: ethics for class 1 and 2
I designed the rat-character and beside the photographs and the children-drawings, all the other illustrations. ;D
To post a drawing made with ink every day of October, this is the challenge that Jake Parker throws us, illustrators, since 2009. It is called #inktober and this year I took part in it. It was for sure a challenge, especially in the beginning, where you don´t know which way the series is going to take but it was also a lot of fun and for sure a positive experience I will repeat next year. These are some of my InkTober ladies (and shoes).
This year was the first time that I participated in inkTober. And I had so much fun. Here is a little gallery with all my animal-doodles :)
This year is being the „learning“ year for me. I have taken part in some online-courses and the most recent one was amazing. Oscar Giménez, one of my favourite illustrators ever more
I made this book title for a christmas book. – frauknopp
Die große Weihnachtsrätselkiste, cbj
Illustrationen im Innenteil von Sylvia Öwerdieck
- Freistil 5
In 2003 I went to Metzingen looking for fabric for my wedding dress. I found instead a wonderful summer-wool black fabric, made by the first provider for Hugo Boss and minded for men´s suits. I kept the fabric in a corner of my closet for years, waiting for the best occasion to make something out of it, and for the idea of what to do with it. Read more…
That was it! The summer tried to come a couple of times but it didn´t make it and now it is over. Autumn is here, school has begun and with it the old routines. Like Mondays Pilates.
These are some sketches I drew last August while preparing for a job. I enjoyed the quick drawing, I hope you enjoy looking at them.
Well, this is my english translation for my new book, orginal title „Nevio, die furchtlose Forschermaus“. Since June 2014 you can find it in all book stores in germany and I am very happy that I could illustrate this cute story of Matthias von Bornstädt for the publisher Arena. It is about a loveable mouse called Nevio whose rocket backpack malfunctions and causes a crash in a city park. Nevio of course wants to go on for other adventures but he needs another vehicle and so the animals of the park are helping him.
With lots of factual informations about cars, ships and planes children from 4 years on can dive into Nevio’s world and there is also an audio-cd with the book.
Designed some wall art for Mats bootcamp :)
Effort (and pain) keeps busy all my neurones when I train Pilates and I can barely remember the exercises when I finish. Read more…
I am working on my newest project… my little baby boy is growing. – frauknopp