cover for a book first
The summer break is over, and I’ll try to post regularly again. Many good things have happened since the last post and I want to single out one thing today.
I said that because of my little youtube-video about my calligraphy, I was invited to write Chinese characters for a book that will be published in China. The client, sonatabook, subsequently asked me to illustrate a book of poems that will be published in German and Chinese. Furthermore, shortly thereafter, someone ordered a calligraphy that was shown in the video and that is such a fine story that I would like to pick it up separately.
book with Theodor Storm poems
Actually, there are 3 requests for book projects, but I’m not sure yet if I want to pursue that further, as it’s a relatively time-consuming thing – and time is a precious commodity for me.
I tackled the first book project and finished a few drafts for the cover. Actually, 8 and the 6 that I like the most are these. I have tried out some of my work from different areas and styles. For the time being these are only rough drafts.
I’m not so sure if the designs are any good as my tastes aren’t always mainstream. But as it seems so far all parties involved like it.
book inside pages
I’ve also made some sketches for master pages and it looks like the publisher is quite enthusiastic.
The project is also close to my heart because the book will be published in two languages, Chinese and German, and is aimed at a Chinese-speaking audience that has an affinity for German.
In addition, the book is to be presented at a major German book fair this year as the last few days have shown that the bacopa publishing house wants to publish the book together with the sonatabook. This is a particular pleasure for me since a very fruitful and friendly relationship has now developed between Walter Fehlinger, “Mr. Bacopa” and myself.
Speaking of China: Chinese television wanted to broadcast a report about my exhibition in Chongqing – television recordings on-site and a conversation with me via zoom. Everything was arranged and then nothing came of it because COVID-19 is raging in Chongqing and there is a lockdown. But we will surely find something else.
I haven’t painted as much as usual lately, but I may have made some progress with some of the work. With some pictures, which I will present separately, I have advanced into new areas of the ethereal, but I have also continued to work in the area of my surrealism.
related: newspaper article on my projects | an old sketchbook | Jean Michel Basquiat Exhibition in Vienna | minor, major and a video | etudes
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