Rita Fürstenau (4/5)

Rita Fürstenau from Germany makes beautiful prints and illustrations. As Rita’s always busy with work – she also holds illustration workshops and has her own publishing company with two friends – she has created lovely workspaces for herself, one of which is in a Swedish country house. In her blog, she tells us more about her work and life.

Hi, it’s me again. Today, I’ll tell you a bit about my illustrations.

My favorite materials for drawing are a pencil and uncoated paper. I take a sketch booklet with me everywhere I go and also a small selection of colored pencils.

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For my illustrations I mostly start with a pencil drawing. Once a black and white drawing is completed, I scan it and continue to color it digitally.

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I like to work with picture elements that stand free on a flat background. This way I can create pictures that are divided into different parts that stand on their own and are connected to each other at the same time.

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Besides creating single pictures or smaller series, I love to work with more complex paper formats like booklets or leporellos (printed work that is folded in a concertina fold). Of course, my illustrations are influenced by my work as a pattern designer – I like things to have no end. A while ago, I created an illustrated booklet that can be turned, folded and unfolded in many directions. The drawings create a web of images with no start or end point on the foldable space and with every fold and turn, the scenes and relations between the figures are rearranged.

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In many of my illustrations you’ll find a combination of figurative images and more abstract, geometrical structures as well as pattern elements.

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You can see some more illustration projects on my website: Rita-fuerstenau.de/illustration.html

Next week will already be my last guest post, and I’ll give you a peek into a project I’m working on at the moment.

See you then!

Rita

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