Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Ilha Grande

These are some sketches of Ilha grande, situated between Rio and São Paulo. We enjoyed some days at the beach, dining out and listening to an impromptu jam of forró musicians. But there is more to this island than beautiful beaches, because the island´s history is about as dark as it gets.
Ilha Grande went from being a main trade center for displaced slaves in the early 18th century to a quarantine sick bay for european immigrants for fear they would bring cholera to Brazil. Then it became a leper colony before being turned into a prison island.

A fascinating place on the island is Dois Rios, a nowadays mostly deserted village surrounding former prison Colônia Penal Cândido Mendes. Access to the village is not particularly easy, as the only way to get there is to hike 4 hours back and forth. There is a bus from Dois Rios to Vila do Abraão, the island´s main town, but its use is restricted to tourists. Tourists entering town have to be signed in and out of a list, as noone but local residents are allowed to remain overnight.

The ghost town holds many remains of prison life. Plants were overgrowing this old digger, while its water filled shovel was used as a bird bath. The building in the background was missing most of its roof, but it was still filled with big and small tools, to heavy to move and rusting away, suggesting that heavy labour was prisoner´s everyday life.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Rio de Janeiro

Some of the many stunning views of Rio, Corcovado seen from the Sugarloaf Mountain and vice versa.

Monday, 8 September 2014

São Paulo

On my way to UsK Symposium i stopped in São Paulo. The largest metropolis of the southern hemisphere is just overwhelming. One and a half day spent between crumbling skyscrapers, colonial churches, and fancy museums.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

North of Rome

A couple of days spent near Montefiascone in the province of Viterbo, strolling through medieval towns and enjoying good company.

The blue water of Bolsena lake and a crumbling piazza up in the old town.

Then on to the strange town of Civita di Bagnoregio, sitting isolated on a volcanic plateau.


And Jassi, 8 months pregnant.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


Sketching in one of the new cafés that opened up in Gaustraße with the naples yellow that is new to my palette. Also meeting up with fellow sketchers to draw at Schillerplatz and Kupferbergterrassen.
 Peter´s and Sabine´s drawings

Wednesday, 25 June 2014


These are drawings from the last sketch outing with our local group, it was nice to see many new faces. Although we met up at Schloß Biebrich, we decided we weren´t up for that baroque monstrosity yet. We went to the industrial area instead where we sat down in a parking lot to draw. The entrance to the Kalle building drew my attention, apparently a producer of sausage casings (!) Who knew?

Later on, a more picturesque motif. Mosburg, an artificial ruin in the Schloßpark

And more industrial loveliness on the way home, a concrete factory in Amöneburg.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014


The Technikmuseum Speyer houses a big collection of vintage cars, trains, planes, boats as well as music automatons and even a russian space shuttle. Once a year, car freaks gather in Speyer for "Brazzeltag" to show off their customised cars and salivate over some of the museum pieces.

Drawing these vehicles reminded my of uni, because recreating the shapes in my sketchbook is a bit like a reverse design process. You start out with a finished product and whilst drawing it, you start to comprehend the logical arrangement of shapes and surfaces created by the designer.

These drawings are a bit wonky, but that´s okay.

Sunday, 11 May 2014