Website banners for African journey

Berlin, 2004. Before Augustas and I are heading to Africa, we set up a new website, which we aim to use as a travel diary. In order to promote our website among traveller sites, we see the need to create banners of our own. The requirements are simple: different sizes according to website banner standards, and different colors. And the big banners should possibly mirror a feeling of a journey through Africa. Thus, while Augustas continues the programming of our Africa website, I dive into the wonderful world of creating banners for the first time in my life by using Jasc Paint...

Creation of logos

Zaragoza, Spain, 2003. Being member of the Cultural Working Group (CWG) of the European Student Association AEGEE, I am confronted with the task of creating a logo for the new edition of our Cultural and Artistic Magazine. I have been designing simple birthday cards and invitations before, so this is finally a real chance for a more worldly contribution. The only challenge I face is that the only programs I have for accomplishing this task are Power Point and a simple Microsoft Paint. How would that possibly work out? I give it a try. At first I play with different WordArt settings...

Colombia inspires

Colombia, 2007. On the fascinating island of Baru in the North of Colombia I enjoy the beauty of all that is. Life can be so easy, so precious, so special if you just stop doing and start being. Right on the beach I discover several funny things, among which are two empty coconuts, an empty beer bottle, an ice cream stick, an old bottle lid, a dried apple peel, a coral, a piece of wood, and some dried grass fiber. The beach seems to have it all, and like a child I begin to play with my findings. First of all, I love a comparison of the natural, nourishing coconut water with...

Feeling the Wellness

Thailand, September 2010. Staying at Monte Vista Retreat Center, a place for cleansing body and mind, involves different voluntary activities. Among others Augustas and me are asked to revise the center’s new website. While looking through the photo material available I figure little material to add like inspirational content to the website. Photos needed for representing treatments and services offered are near to missing completely. It doesn’t go long until myself and the manager decide to have our own photo shooting, since we have got a reasonably good camera...

An orange a day keeps all worries away

Corozal, Belize, 2006. Sitting in the middle of the jungle in our bush restaurant of The Last Resort, where we are living for a couple of months, I receive an urgent call from my dear friend J. She is in need of a logo that represents the health club she founded with her friends in Luxembourg. They intend to print a t-shirt for each member, which has to be ready a week ahead. Their slogan “An orange juice a day keeps the worries away!” gives me the immediate association with a smiling orange. With the help of Jasc Paint Shop Pro program, which we install on the old...

Wheel of female energy

Zaragoza, Spain, 2003. Starring at the plain paper in front of me, a big X with a female body in the center starts swirling around in my imagination. The first big X I place invites for putting more X’es, which I realize by measuring equal distances on the vertical sides and connecting them through the center. I hesitate drawing the female body in the middle of the page, since my idea is still under construction. Instead I continue by coloring the wings in red, black, and white. My creative energy flows. I decide to make a female body template, which is perfect for bringing...

David Beckham might see himself different

Zaragoza, Spain, 2003. In one of the magazines laying around the house I find an advertisement, which is showing a profile photograph of David Beckham’s face. I decide to draw him, and I must admit I didn’t meet his proportions. I might perceive his appearance simply from another perspective, since I only notice when I finish the drawing. Nevertheless, the face I produce is outstanding, and definitely male. I continue to draw neck, throat, and shoulders. The outcome is dissatisfying, disproportional, and somewhat unfitting to the handsome face. My missing sense to...

Like Picasso and Dali unknowingly

Zaragoza, Spain, 2003. The pencil flows over the paper creating a flow of events, which are all interconnected. I don’t think. I just let the lines appear on the paper. Since the elements and figures appear a bit lonely on the big white sheet of paper, I feel like placing them in a grid. Having just bought acrylic color, I feel invited to dress everyone and everything in the scene with color. Again, I choose by feeling which color should go where, which turns out to keep the painting in balance. When sending a sample of my drawings and paintings to my uncle, he tells me...

Breast instead paper

Zaragoza, Spain, 2002. In between my tight 10 hour schedule at the language school, which I split between course attendance and homework, I still find time to draw. I have always been fascinated about hands, and when the image of a hand holding a CD disk pops up in my mind, I bring this image down to paper. It is my first attempt of drawing hands. My left hand models, while my right hand draws the lines. When I see the result I realize that the disk doesn’t really look like a real one. It rather reminds me a breast. Shorthand I decide to add a few more lines. As simple...
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Irish pub turns into a collage

Zaragoza, Spain, 2003. I work in an Irish pub called Flaherty’s instead of loyally attending university classes during my Erasmus year. It turns out to be the best Spanish language teaching I can possibly get due to the international team we are – 2 French, 1 Romanian, 1 English, 2 Irish, 2 Spanish, and 1 German. And being in Spain working in a pub – no matter if Spanish or Irish – the team is required to speak proper Spanish to keep the customers. One day I attend two elder ladies ordering each a different kind of coffee. Coffee orders in Spain are...
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