This is a “Thank you” note. It might be boring to most of my followers but I write it down anyway.
I thought a lot about this year, now that it comes to an end. 2012 was great. No actually it was amazing, sad, wonderful, difficult, fantastic, emotionally exhausting & exciting.
I had so many wonderful experiences and encounters with amazing people, that I wanted to mention some of them here.
In January I got mentioned by drawn.ca, because a friend of mine, Till Laßmann thought my work wasn’t seen by enough people, so he submitted my name. I basically fell of my chair, when I saw that they actually posted it and I got so many nice comments on my blog at that time. So: Thank you, Till!
In February I decided to get a tumblr account so I could post doodles, sketches and experiments, because I felt that my blogspot-blog wasn’t the right place for that. I felt free and posted everything I liked and I even drew more in that time, because I didn’t care if it was a good drawing or not. I just loved to share my drawings with the few followers I had at the beginning. Thank you Tumblr followers!
In March I started working on my graduation project. I was also asked to participate on the jazz and draw blog to draw an illustration for it and did a collaboration with Frederik Jurk, which was super fun! Thank you, Phillippe and Frederik!
In April… I don’t even know anymore.
In June I finished my graduation project to John Cheevers The Swimmer. I had one emotional breakdown during that time (art problems) but got over it because my boyfriend Steven Bagatzky was supporting me immensely. Hugging helps a lot, you know. Thank you, you mean the world to me!
In July I got approached by Reprodukt for a project which didn’t happen in the end, but I got so many nice supporting emails and was attending a workshop organized by them, that I’m really thankful for the time. They are a wonderful publisher and all lovely people, go check them out. Thank you, Reprodukt, Michael, Dirk, Sebastian and all who I forgot! Thanks also to Patrick, who I loved talking to at the Comic Salon.
The zines “Neufundland” and “Bettgeschichten” were released at that time as well. Both turned out really great and I was proud to be a part of them. Thank you Jakob, Sebastian, Sandra, Uwe, Zwerchfell, Stefan, Piwi, Naomi and all the other guys who made it possible.
In August I got some of my first job offers from the USA, of which one didn’t happen in the end but I was really glad I had the experience. Thank you, Jamin!
And I finally decided to join Twitter! It’s really great to get in contact with all the wonderful artists and illustrators I follow on tumblr! It’s nice to get to know you all and thanks for all the support!
In September I collaborated with Levi Hastings for the Ten Paces and Draw Art Swap, which was a great experience and I had so much fun finishing Levis Sketch. This illo also got the most notes until this date, nearly 8000. Unbelievable! Thank you, Rachel, Alyssa and Levi!
In October I had an illustration in the Light Grey Art Lab Tarot Show( and also in their Girls Show in November). I was so excited when they asked me to participate, so I tried to do my very best! They were such amazing and friendly people and helped me even with some problems that I had, which they didn’t have to do. I can’t even thank them enough! Thank you, Lindsay, Jenny and all the other people at the LGAL!
In November I had my first real big magazine job here in Germany, which went really great. More of that in March. ;) Thank you, Jan!
I also participated in “The Ultimate Disaster Show” of the little indie publisher Rotopolpress! They are wonderful, friendly and talented people and I got a lot of help from them again especially from Michael! Thank you, Michael, Lisa and Rita! (I did this illustration above for some postcards of them.)
In December I’m just living my life. Working on projects, cutting my first woodcuts, enjoying my free time with my bf. It’s not perfect but I like it. And I hope 2013 will be as fantastic as 2012 has been. Thank you all, twitter friends, tumblr followers and real time friends for all the support and wonderful messages this year! Your really made it special and I couldn’t have done it without you!
I think I had the best morning today.
Sitting on a dingy oldstyle bus, I decided to draw a rainy cloud on the window. On the other side of the bus, a little girl sees me and smiles. She draws a heart. I draw a sun. She draws a flower. I draw a flower and a happy face. Eventually we’re drawing for so long that the windows are all filled up and we’re drawing snowmen with top hats and elves and christmas trees when I look over and she’s drawn: “I like you.” I think my heart near exploded. I have never grinned so hard as when I wrote “I like you too!” in big letters on my window. And then I noticed that an old lady had been watching us both and was smiling too.
Honestly, haven’t been so happy and touched in a very long time. <3