Category: Environments / Landscapes

New Book Project:

Alexander Trout’s amazing Adventure

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I am very excited to announce that I am currently working on a new book project! Together with the writer Steve Richardson I am bringing the unbelievable Adventure of Alexander Trout to life!

High in the maze of the enchanted woodland canyons and cascading streams of Rocky Mountain National Park there once lived a trout named Alexander. In the waters of Paradise Creek and Grand Lake life couldn’t be more carefree for him and his best friend Gingrich Salamander, until the events of one fateful day change everything! Alexander suddenly found himself facing the greatest adventure of his life. Egged on by a burning curiosity, he was willing to dare the impossible: to go on a journey beyond the great rivers and even far off oceans to the mysterious land of his ancestors. Alexander quickly realized that it was a perilous path he was taking. Fortunately he did not have to go it alone: help and true friendship came when he least expected it.

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All illustrations will be high end color artworks with a lot of details. There will be loads of cute new animal characters and as you might already have noticed even a little cameo appearance of two inseparable and familiar friends. You will follow our hero Alexander to amazing places and experience the most beautiful scenery: majestic mountains, luscious green canyon woodlands, deep oceans, colorful rivers and streams and even cities. Along the creation of this book I will share concept artwork and character designs with you and occasionally provide you with a sneak peek of a new illustration.

We also fixed a facebook page for this project: click here to like it 🙂

A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN WILL LAUNCH LATER THIS YEAR.

In order to be able to afford even more illustrations we are planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign later this year. We are hoping to get the funding for as many additional illustrations as possible. I will keep you posted on this!

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Steve Richardson also wrote two award winning books:
Lavender Blue and the Faeries of Galtee Wood
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Spring is coming!

I proudly present: Spring is coming! This is the new painting I was talking about in my latest post. It was a big project: very high resolution (you can basically print it on your wall :), loads of detail and I sat more than two weeks with it from first draft to finish.
An early day in spring: The snow is slowly being melted away by the first warm rays of the sun, snowbells and crocus flowers are starting to bloom, the forest animals are playful and happy that a long winter finally comes to an end.

Stranded

‘Clouds on the Horizon’ was done for an app project (‘Sunny‘ by Taptanium) which features it as well as 5 other illustrations of mine as parallax scenes which all come with stereoscopic 3D sounds of beaches. The challenge was to catch the atmosphere of each sound and also tell the story of a man, who is journeying across the Seven Seas to follow an ancient legend his forefathers retold from generation to generation. The scene should have an overall relaxing and calm mood but still spark the idea of an adventure lying ahead.

A Winter Tale

Winter is coming… and with it comes a new painting: A Winter Tale. You find a making of with progress steps and a short video on behance

The Making of an Illustration for a Parallax Scene

In April 2014 the app ‘Windy’ was released for which I did the artwork (8 illustrations so far). All illustrations are featured as motion controlled 3D-like Parallax scenes along with stereoscopic 3D wind recordings. Since some people wondered how I created the illustrations for it, I compiled a few progress steps and made a video which shows how I did the scene ‘A new Awakening’ and how it builts up as a parallax.

Beyond Fox Valley

Another illustration for ‘Windy’. This was the first painting I did for the project and it has an almost rough and sketch-like quality to it. It is not at all as defined as the later illustrations for the app but it has a charm of it’s own. The wind sound for this scene is a quite dramatic and strong one which had a very soothing effect on me. When I listened to all Wind sounds for the first time I liked this one the most and therefore picked it for the first illustration. The scene, which I had in mind for it, should be dominated by autumn colours a sky with have, grey clouds and some rays of light, fighting their way through

Home is where the Heart is

Another new illustration for the relaxation app ‘Windy’ which features my works as incredible motion controlled 3D parallax scenes along with stereoscopic 3D wind recordings for headphones.
Client: Taptanium

It was much fun to create this one. I didn’t paint a night scene before and I felt that it was quite challenging in the beginning to get the colours and the atmosphere right. I didn’t want it to be just blue and black and therefore I created a nice and vivid contrast by adding the orange tent, the dying fire and a few fireflies. I also worked with subtle green to make the colour spectrum more interesting. The goal was to capture the feeling of a cosy and bright summer night. Imagine the crisp and clear air coming in from the sea as a refreshing breeze after a warm summer day is over, the sound of crickets in the grass and of the distant shore. A pity that the app only features wind sounds 😉 – but the wind recording for this scene is truly beautiful. You should check it out yourself! windy.fm.

Summer Breeze

A new illustration for the relaxation app ‘Windy’ which features my works as incredible motion controlled 3D parallax scenes along with stereoscopic 3D wind recordings for headphones.
Client: Taptanium

Whilst creating the scenes for Windy I listened to the original wind recordings which would be featured in the app. The challenge was to match the atmosphere which was created by the sound. When I painted Summer Breeze I thought about long, swaying grass, leaves – playing catch with the wind and trees with thick treecrowns, whispering whilst a gust of wind rushed through them.
It was a really sensual experience to work on this painting and I love the result!

My Wolf and Squirrel featured in ImagineFX

Check this out. The May 2014 issue of ImagineFX magazine (Issue 108) will feature four of my works (p. 12-13). Wow, I am happy right now. 🙂

Tales of the Fireflies

It has been a while since my last post but today I present you a new picture I worked on the last couple of days. I wanted a fourth piece for the series of the wolf and the squirrel which acknowledges the already existing pictures. In this regard I wanted to show a landscape with close resemblance to the one I created in ‘Summer Rain’, so that the viewer would get the feeling that he or she had been there before.