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Live sketching at the Graduate Fashion Week 2016

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).




Hugo who? Hugo R.!

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…

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We won a prize!

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.


Drawing your DRESSember – as we go

I told you here about my dressember project, and now  I can tell: it is working!!! I have already received 31 donations (to an amount of $805!) and many more dresses. So I cannot accept, unfortunately, more dresses to be drawn, but of course Read more…


Drawing your DRESSember – Send me your photo!

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:

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Hahnemühle sketchbooks

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…

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A very special commission

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…


My new afternoon guilty pleasure: YouTangle.Art cards

I told you a couple of weeks ago about the organic way in which contacts happen on Instagram. This is another example: I am an avid buyer of Hahnemühle square sketchbooks. Read more…


The spirit of summer

Yes, summer: remember? Last one was delicious here in South Germany, so many warm (even hot) days, so many chances to be outside, eating and drinking with friends and family. Right that is the spirit of the decoration I drew for these Ritzenhoff glasses Read more…


English with style

I had the pleasure to illustrate the recently published version of the text book „Green Line – Oberstufe„, for English secondary school students. Read more…


Making of My Darlings

I will tell you here the story of a drawing; from the commission till the finished product. Read more…


New website with new focus: Fashion & Style illustration

My last newsletter is right out there. Did you get it? No? It is about my new website, which is all about fashion and style illustration. If you don’t want to miss the next one, you can visit my page and subscribe there. I will be glad tokeep in touch.





One day at the trade show – Ambiente

If you follow my Facebook account you probably know: Last Saturday I visited the „Ambiente“ trade show in Frankfurt. I was invited by Ritzenhoff, who had organized a very glamorous and amusing party on the evening.

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My InkTober girls on products – In my shop

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In the shop: the „Champus“ glass by Virginia

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.


Kiladeda – Let’s build a REAL farm!

This time I come with a different type of illustration. These are some drawings I made for a project of the association Freunde von Amani Deutschland (of which I am a co-founder since my husband visited the children’s home Amani in Moshi, Tanzania, that we support). Read more…

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Virginia’s InkTober

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).

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My tiger

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

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Closing the circle

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…


Back to school

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.


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Street fashion sketches

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.



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Green Line has new looks

I don’t mean the London Underground but the text book for English published by Klett. They have published their „Green Line“ with a new look that includes my illustrations. Read more…

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Golden sparkles

Remember that drawing I made using the Maori inspiration I brought from my last big travel to the other side of the world? Well, that was not the only one. I also drew that kind of patterns in a motive for Ritzenhoff champagne glasses and they picked it for their new collection. Read more…


Culture collage

I am taking part in the „Sketchbook Action“ of the Illustratoren Organisation. Five sketchbooks go on tour, from illustrator to illustrator, and we fill their pages up with our drawings. Read more…


before I leave, I leave

Before I leave for my annual paradise-holiday next Saturday Read more…


Training the brain

Effort (and pain) keeps busy all my neurones when I train Pilates and I can barely remember the exercises when I finish.  Read more…


Feeling good

After a four years pause I started recently training ballet. Read more…


My kitchen store – Utensils

I opened my kitchen’s drawer for the upcoming Spoonflower contest: Utensils.


Discovering other worlds

I recently absolved the MATS course by the Lilla Rogers Studio School. Read more…


My kitchen store – Little crayon monsters

These monsters can do less harm than the children who would wear them. Read more…


My kitchen store – Albahaca & co.

„Albahaca“ is Spanish for basil and one of my favourite words. Read more…


My kitchen store – Green-grey-black pots

Starting today: Tuesdays I won’t draw what I eat but patterns for kitchen stuff.

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Tuesdays I draw what I eat – Celery salad with walnuts and orange

After the food excesses of the last days -Croatian Easter breakfast cannot be really considered just a „breakfast“- a salad was the perfect antidote. Read more…


Tuesdays I draw what I eat – Vegetarian tarte flambée

The tarte flambée is a typical Alsatian dish that is quite common in the South of Germany too. Read more…


Tuesdays I draw what I eat – Beef and carrots soup

The weekend was exciting but we ate too much. Read more…


Tuesdays I draw what I eat – Fried monkfish

I love fish. Read more…


Tuesdays I draw what I eat – Buffalo burger with chips

After a two hours meeting at the bank: No time for cooking brought us to a special burger. Read more…


Tuesdays I draw what I eat – A salad with orange

The highlight of today´s lunch was a salad, a normal one. So it was not such a big highlight. Read more…


Singing through the seasons

James Geier is a musician. He writes and sings beautiful songs for adults (listen to them in his webpage) and he has recently published a CD for children: a trip through the year in „James singt für Kinder„, Read more…


Tuesdays I draw what I eat – Maultaschen tikka masala

It is said that maultaschen were invented in this part of Germany where I live as a trick to eat meat on Fridays by hiding it in these sort of huge ravioli (my excuses here to any Swabian reading this). Read more…


Tuesdays I draw what I eat – Mexican tortillas

For most of the people it would be enough if I say tortillas: everybody thinks of Mexican tortilla. But being a Spaniard myself I consider the Spanish tortilla to be the „real tortilla“. Of course. Read more…


Tuesdays I draw what I eat – Tomato soup with mini dumplings

Finally since we started with this food series at Atelier LaLa: yes, my husband cooked today, which was the reason why I picked Tuesdays for my drawing, Read more…


Tuesdays I draw what I eat – Fish at „Nordsee“

„Nordsee“ is a German chain of fast fish food restaurants and I was there today with a dear Spanish friend who also lives here Read more…


Tuesdays I draw what I eat – Looong brunch

A dear friend who used to be my colleague visited me today. Read more…


jewellery types for the LIFT magazine

Things I love to draw: In the current issue of the LIFT magazine there is an article about jewellery types that I illustrated last January. This is how it looks like.

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I draw what I eat – Riccioli with black olives tapenade

I come a little bit late to this new series of Atelier LaLa inspired on food. Starting today I will show here my lunch every Tuesday. Read more…


The YOUnitiate journey – an illustrated brochure

YOUnitiate is an organization operating in South Africa which helps young people and communities to initiate and form their future. They came to me last autumn because they wanted to have an illustrated brochure Read more…

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