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Wimmel mit! Roughly drawn

The Backbone of every Illustration is the Rough Sketch.

Ooooh, aaahhh, huhhh? Many people who watch an artist at work expect to immediately recognize what the illustrator is drawing.

This often happens to me when I go to town to sketch. I’m drawing to gather information, not to paint a beautiful Sunday picture. Many do not understand that.

What’s that Doodle Thing?

For the inexperienced eye, my sketch might just look like messy strokes – in school you had to learn to paint neatly within the lines of an object. The sketch that looks like a bit of scribbling actually contains a wealth of information.

For me the rough sketch is the backbone of my illustrations and it serves many purposes. First of all, it’s about that tingling sensation that I’ve talked about before. It’s something that wants out, an idea that wants to take shape. Sometimes it prances around a bit until its form surfaces.

This is the exciting phase of creating – recording the essence and facets of an idea as quickly as possible before the idea vanishes as quickly as it appeared.

I could describe it as a bit like hunting and catching something – when I was a kid, there were hundreds of fireflies in our garden whose lights flashed in the darkness. We chased after these little lightning bugs; sometimes we, my siblings, my friends and I, were lucky enough to catch and observe these magical creatures before we let them go again. But sometimes we went home empty-handed.

Drawing is similar. You try to capture as many aspects of an idea as possible so it does not disappear like the fireflies in the night. So today I open my studio to let you get you get real close to the paper and show you how I create my first rough drafts.

The good Thing about Starting Rough

The good thing about the rough sketch is very simple: it is early in the development phase of an illustration and thus easy to change direction if the idea isn’t working.

When I started thinking about drawing my Wimmel mit! illustration, I wanted to develop it in a standard poster format. As I thought more about it, I came to the conclusion that the illustration should rather have a book cover format.

When I started sketching the illustration, the picture went on strike. For example, I wanted to portray the bus-pulling at the city market, but I also wanted to have lots of interesting stories for children, for example the Knights’ Festival in the castle courtyard. I made several small sketches that were no bigger than a matchbox and realized that I really only wanted to draw the castle as a backdrop.

I believe many people underestimate the value of failure and are really afraid of failing.

In the first photo below you can see that the motif originally shows the castle drawn diagonally from the front … but the image did not want to be as my thoughts originally imagined it. I had wanted to draw the place on the moat where the horses were given water AND the bridge over the moat AND illustrate a painter painting the ‘fake’ trompe l’oeil windows. However, the picture did not want that.

I had to take a step back and look at the rough draft from a distance. It was then I realized that my wimmelpicture would hardly wimmel – or teem with people and objects, if I draw the castle only from the outside. I also realized that the title was a bit big.

What Good is a Rough Draft?

If I had sketched my picture on a ‘good’ piece of paper, I would have been annoyed with myself, because I probably could not erase all traces of the pencil that I had already put down. That’s why I generally use a thick, brown, wrapping paper for the rough design, which allows me to take a ‘who cares?’ attitude.

You have to know, that as an artist it is important to me not to fear falling on my nose now and then. When I draw something that is being difficult, I can stop and view or create it from a different perspective.

I believe many people underestimate the value of failure and are really afraid of failing. (I like to point to Elon Musk. He fails again and again and he is successful, just because failure leads to learning and to success – it is like what water means to Life)

For Wimmel mit! a rough draft means the possibility of telling many little stories without commiting to them and carving them in stone. The stories are in my head, I have to let them out. When I look at my sketch, I hear the music that accompanies the dance around the maypole. I hear the clinking sounds of the wooden swords of the little children dressed up as knights. I see that the jester is a bit too far offsides in the picture, that he needs a drummer by his side. And then come other little gems, like the Rabenritter Festival – the ravens on the castle roof top celebrating their own Festival of Knights, or the bread baker, the bakery stand (the very small circles are bread) and the visitors sitting at a long table in front of it.

Why not draw it ‘neatly’ the First Time around?

That’s a legitimate question: Why not draw very neatly the first time around? An advantage of the rough design is the speed. I can present many ideas that serve as notes. It does not matter if anyone else can decipher them. That’s something I teach my students when I teach them drawing and illustration. The rough draft is like the note you write in school to catch the idea on paper as quickly as possible while the teacher continues to talk.

‘Neatly’ takes Time. Much Time

To fully paint a A4 (letter sized) sheet of paper, you need about 6 hours using pencil or colored pencil. Even with the computer, it’s really hardly any faster if I want to simulate a hand drawn illustration, except if I use tricks, because my hand is guiding the stylus, not some miracle program.

This picture is approximately 4 x 4 A4 or letter sized sheets large. And a rough draft is just that: A draft. I can add an image like the drummer next to the jester or remove a figure, like a princess who just did not fit into the picture. I don’t waste time doing that. For this sketch I needed about 2 ½ hours. Is that long? Now compared to 24+ hours I would have needed for a ‘neatly’ drawn picture in this size, no.

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Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project

Because I’ve decided to show the inside-outs of drawing and developing a wimmelpicture story, I’m offering my readers the chance to become part of “Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project”. You can be part of the big Wimmelpicture! Just click over to this form and fill it out. Don’t worry so much about the formality of it. Your personal data privacy is important to me (and I try to uphold the most stringent rulings about data privacy) I will not share your email address.

Once you sign up, you will receive a download link from me. You only have to send back the form, which explains some legal stuff and where you have room to tell me about yourself, and your photos (so I know what you look like) There are no costs for participating – I draw you for free! and you always have control over your own data. I only show what you want me to show. That’s it. It’s that simple. Be Part of Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project! See you next week!

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Heute könnt ihr mir über die Schulter gucken. Ich gebe euch ein paar Tipps über Skizzieren und Illustration. - Foto von Kimberley Hoffman

Wimmel mit! Sketch and Skribble

Wimmel mit!

Sketch with Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project

Yes, you can draw, too!

Some look in amazement at pictures and say, "Wow! I wish I could also do that." I wonder why they write off their own skills so quickly.

One of the goals I'm pursuing with Wimmel mit! is to encourage others to take the pen into their own hands, while I demonstrate the inner life and design of an illustration. 

It would be fantastic – and very lucrative – if I could pull my illustrations already finished out of my sleeve – but I can't. No one can. Sometimes I compare creating illustrations to being a parent and having kids: some births run easily and others need a bit more attention. And when the picture is finally finished, it's like your own child, part of you - but it's a completely different being.

I have no control over whether someone likes my illustration, whether my illustrations are easy to be around, or whether they may have their own personal quirks. Once they're born, I have to let go of them. For every picture I draw, I take the risk that no one will like it. But the same goes for taking the risk that others will love it. And when in doubt, I always choose love.

In my video clips, I show you some technical steps and my own personal thoughts. When I sit down and feel an unpleasant tingling sensation as if there were a monster under the bed, and then, as a child would grab its pacifier, I feel as if I'd rather escape to the candy-colored world of social media. You don't want to look under the bed and risk letting that tingling sensation out. But I get to work and shield myself with the Pomodoro method; however, in my case, it is the Howler timer from Stephan Lind from the App Store instead of an ordinary kitchen timer. (You need a little humor in your life – and no, I don't make money with the link. The timer is just cool and a lot of fun to use)

Wimmel mit! Sketch and Skribble

But I'm supposed to draw something nice!?!

Not for Grandma's Fireplace Mantel

I sit down and start to sketch and scribble. These are not pictures for Grandma's fireplace mantel (and not even for Instagram). These are the rawest drawings ever. Think of them as quick notes. They don't have to mean anything to anyone else – the main thing is they show you the way. 

Drawing is an Adventure Playground

On an adventure playground, you can slip, knock your head against the next tree and maybe dislocate an arm. But you have to admit... it's a lot of fun to take that risk, be it a playground that you visited as a child or one of those popular climbing and zip-lining parks.

This is how our Wimmel mit! journey begins. Today I will show you how I go up against my imaginary monsters and also in a later video (to be announced) what you have to do to get an illustration to be ready for print.

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Be Part of the Wimmel mit! Wimmelfun!

Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project

Because I've decided to show the inside-outs of drawing and developing a wimmelpicture story, I'm offering my readers the chance to become part of Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project. You can be part of the big Wimmelpicture! Just click over to this form and fill it out.

Don't worry so much about the formality of it. Your personal data privacy is important to me (and I try to uphold the most stringent rulings about data privacy) I won't share or sell your e-mail address.

Once you sign up, you will receive a download link from me. You only have to send back the form, which explains some legal stuff and where you have room to tell me about yourself, and your photos (so I know what you look like) There are no costs for participating - I draw you for free! and you always have control over your own data. I only show what you want me to show. That's it. Pretty simple.

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Der Herzog August Brunnen am Stadtmarkt in Wolfenbüttel

Wimmel mit! Tours through Wolfenbüttel!

Wimmel mit! Tour with me through Wolfenbüttel

Go on a discovery tour with Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project!

And Action!

In my last blog I promised to take you on a tour of Wolfenbüttel, which I plan on using for the background of the Wimmel mit! Wimmelpicture – a short tour through my city and a big jump for me into video production. I guess I underestimated the amount of time I'd need to create and edit a video in two languages, so it took longer than I'd planned for. But on the whole, I am satisfied with my "debut video" (I've done short 1-2 minute videos but none with music nor cutting 2 hours of film down into 8 1/2 minutes.) It's done now and I've learned that "done is better than perfect."

I think that you will come to love my city as much as I do.

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It was very cold on the day I filmed. Reallllllly cold. But that's ok. The sun was shining and the sky was blue. And anyway, you are worth an afternoon of filming my favorite places in Wolfenbüttel.

I hope you like it and am looking forward to your comments.

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Wimmel mit! Tours Wolfenbüttel

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Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project

Because I've decided to show the inside-outs of drawing and developing a wimmelpicture story, I'm offering my readers the chance to become part of "Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project". You can be part of the big Wimmelpicture!

Just click over to this form and fill it out. Don't worry so much about the formality of it. Your personal data privacy is important to me (and I try to uphold the most stringent rulings about data privacy) I won't share or sell your e-mail address. Once you sign up, you will receive a download link from me. There are no costs for participating - I draw you for free! and you always have control over your own data. I only show what you want me to show. That's it. It's that simple.

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Ein Wimmelbild zeigt zahlreiche kleine Geschichten. Werdet Teil davon! Wimmelbildausschnitt mit hoffmanillustrates! Signet

Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project

Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project

What's wimmeling now?

Today is the start of Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project. But where are the wimmelpictures?

They are there, look more closely, even closer… There are many buzzing around in my head.

A hidden object is more than just color on paper Foto of pencils, paint brushes and wooden figures
A wimmelpicture is more than just color on paper

Developing a picture story can be sometimes very simple and complex at the same time. In this blog series you learn a little about the development of the stories and how you can make some yourself. By the end of this, you will be able to create your own wimmelpictures.

Plan for the big Picture

Where will your wimmelstory take place? I decided to take my city as a background because it has a lot to offer. But you can also choose a situation like a daycare centre where your children spend the day, a sports club, a hospital or even your workplace. Select a theme for which sparks your creative fire.

Be Spontaneous

Don't think too much about it. What ideas first came to mind? Write them down. Then ask yourself which other related topics might come from that first idea.

When I think of Wolfenbüttel, I think of the historic Old Town, the weekly farmers' markets that take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, of my favorite ice cream parlor, and of our beach bar with beach volleyball, I think about the youth center, which offers free time activities for the children of the area and to the City Marathon that is held at the end of summer.

And I think of the hidden waterways that meander underneath the city, to the casemates that were rediscovered a few years ago.

I think of our prison, where a film with Harald Juhnke, a famous German actor, was shot, of the world famous company Jägermeister, of our castle, or castles (we have two next to each other) of the Herzog August Library, of the many elementary schools and first grade festivals, of the gymnasium and poets, for which Wolfenbüttel is known – it calls itself Lessing's city and has an area it calls the Poets' Quarter.

I think of our Christmas market, and the bus-pulling event in May and of the rubber duck races on the Oker river around Easter.

Which Format do You want your World to Wimmel in?

Is your brain teeming with ideas? Now it's time to narrow them down.

For this project I will paint a poster in DIN A2 landscape format. You can imagine it as a double page in a book if you want to, because most wimmelbooks have double-paged layouts.

Since this is an open, non-commissioned project, I have a lot of leeway in the design so I don't have to highlight a particular company or locality. But at the same time, I have to keep an eye on the fact that although there will be lots of stories in my wimmelpicture, that the stories don't become an unintelligible tangle of images.

This mama with a tired child was part of my Wimmelbuchs Heidelberg teeming. Have you found them yet?
This mama with a tired child was part of my wimmelbook, ‚Heidelberg wimmelt‘. Have you found them yet?

Who's going to wimmel?

Next you should also think about who is going to wimmel in your picture – friends, family, neighbors, made-up people, people from bygone times, people you've been watching somewhere?

When you think about them, what are they doing? When I think of my neighbor, I see her with her new puppy, or when I think of our weekly market, I see the spices sold by Dudel, a spice company from the area, or of the old cheese merchant who sells the tastiest cheese around and is really happy and passionate about selling cheese.

I see the children and their grandmas at the duck pond with all the ducks, geese and swans, the city's Easter nest where the children search for Easter eggs, or the Knight's Feast in the castle, where children can craft their own ' knight helmets'.

Tortoise Sketch - Tortoise Love sketch of two old tortoises
Tortoise Sketch - Tortoise Love

With all of this in mind, I know which parts of the city I would like to emphasize in my picture story. In my next blog-post I'll give you a short guided tour of Wolfenbüttel, so you can see where our creative journey is headed.

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My Uncle Fritz didn't get to know his Anneliese via carrier pigeon but as a pen pal through the mail. Illustration of a carrier pidgeon with a love letter

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 32 – Love

That summer I got to know and love Heidelberg and its surroundings. Illustration of a family strolling through the Philosphers' Way in Heidelberg

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 32 – Love

A Day to Celebrate Love

All over the world, the 14th of February is celebrated as St. Valentine's Day. The Day of Love. There is a famous song about Love, 'I Lost my Heart in Heidelberg'. (Ich habe mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren) The first time I heard it, it was during a snowy winter in Upstate New York during the Christmas season. The song was on a cassette I got from a distant relative whom I'd soon call Uncle Fritz. We came into contact when he was researching his genealogy and looking for my paternal grandmother.

Uncle Fritz originally came from a small village in the Palatinate and was a pilot in World War II. There were penpal programs ran by the Government at that time, but also by aid organizations to make the soldiers on the front feel less lonely. *  It was through one of these programs that this young man met a young woman from Heidelberg. Her name was Anneliese and she came from Heidelberg.

My Uncle Fritz didn't get to know his Anneliese via carrier pigeon but as a pen pal through the mail. Illustration of a carrier pidgeon with a love letter
My Uncle Fritz didn't get to know his Anneliese via carrier pigeon but through a penpal program through the snail-mail.

Their letters helped them get closer and closer until one day Uncle Fritz appeared before the hair salon where she worked. And then, he told me, he fell in love with her-just as in the song-"bis über beiden Ohren" literally meaning up to his ears. I would say he fell for her hook, line and sinker.

Love will show You the Way

The cassette that Uncle Fritz sent me included letter that changed my life. I have always been curious about Germany because I have German roots. Even though he and his wife only knew me through my letters, they sent me an invitation to Germany and 100 USD-which was a lot of money for me at that time-to visit them in the coming summer. I accepted the invitation immediately, planned the trip and arrived on the Fourth of July.

That was just after my 17th birthday.

At that time my Uncle Fritz was bound to a wheelchair because of a serious illness, but his son and his wife took care of me and showed me the sights of Heidelberg: The Heidelberg Castle, the city centre, the church and the Philisophenweg. And I'd made many friends that summer. We went to the municipal pool, joked around, and rough-housed in the garden. That summer I fell in love with the German way of life and the city of Heidelberg.

Nine years later I met my husband in Café Heidelberg (where else in the world?) in New York City. So the song is true for me, too. (Only that you have to quickly insert the word 'cafè' into the lyrics when singing it). For me, Heidelberg means love.

What is Love?

There are many forms of love. Love of your partner. Love for your child. Love for your passion, such as music or art or sports. And there is Love between friends, just because they know each other for so long.

Find the Love

I'm giving you a search and find picture puzzle: Here are a few examples of love from my wimmelbook. Can you guess where they are? As I have said, there are many forms of love. How many examples of love can you find in my wimmelbook, 'Heidelberg wimmelt' and where? And how many forms of love do you experience every day? Write your solutions and stories in the comments below.

Playing the game is easier if you have the fun search and find book, ‚Heidelberg wimmelt‘ which you get from your favorite bookstore, the Silberburg-Verlag Publishing House or the online booksellers of your choice.

The Puzzle of Love

He was in up to his ears in love with her and invited her on a trip to New York City. He chose to propose to her at the top of Empire State Building – because if she had said "no", he would have jumped from the building, he told me - his eyes twinkling. Luckily, her "yes" shot out of her mouth like a bullet from a gun. Illustration of a family of 4 in the Heidelberg Zoo
He was in up to his ears in love with her and invited her on a trip to New York City. He chose to propose to her at the top of Empire State Building “ because if she had said "no", he would have jumped from the building, he told me - his eyes twinkling. Luckily, her "yes" shot out of her mouth like a bullet from a gun.

The lovers who kiss each other on any occasion; The selfie-lovers who make selfies at every opportunity; The musicians who live their passion for music and the love for joy of life, represented here by the little boy.
And here are many examples of love. How many do you know? Do any look familiar? The lovers, the self-loving selfie makers, the love of music and the love of the joy of life, represented by the little boy.

Here's a mama giving her daughter a pink heart balloon. Illustration on the Old Bridge in Heidelberg
Here's a mama giving her daughter a pink heart balloon

These two bachelors are over 100 years old and have only each other. Illustration of giant tortoises
These two bachelors are over 100 years old and have only each other.

(* I would like to make it clear here that I am only reporting about the past. The atrocities, destruction and hatred that were spread by the Nazis cannot be justified and should never be repeated – although if I fear that the world is currently back to this point of its cycle. The world needs more Love) 

Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project

Because I have decided to teach my readers how to draw and develop these Wimmelpicture stories, I want to give you the unique chance of participating and being drawn in my 'Wimmel mit! Online Wimmelpicture Project'. Apply here.

Don't let the formalities scare you off. Your privacy is important to me (and I try to comply with the strictest interpretations of European law). I will not share your email address. You will receive an email with a download link from me. The linked form explains legal stuff and has room for you to write about yourself.

Download it, fill it out and send it along with your photos back to me. There are no costs for the selected participants. That's it. Pretty simple. Become part of Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project!

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Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 31 – The Kudus go for a knock-out!

The Kudus-Get ready to rumble!!! This illustration shows two kudus roughing it up and a raven as referee

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsuchtipp of the week 31-the Kudus and a new 'Wimmel mit!' Online Wimmelpicture Project

The Kudus Go for a Knock-out

As a Wimmelbook-illustrator, I sometimes have to invent small, credible tales for my picture stories. In my book 'Heidelberg wimmelt' there are many little stories that are just waiting to be discovered by the reader. Actually, there are so many that I can barely count them.

When my youngest sister read the book for the first time, she told me that the referee made her laugh out loud. I admit, I was quite puzzled. I had to ask what she was talking about which was

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Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 30 – The Wimmel Family

Heidelberg wimmelt - Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 30 - The Wimmel Family

Heidelberg wimmelt - Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 30 - The Wimmel Family

The Wimmel Family

Every search and find book needs a 'wimmel family' with children who wander through the stories just as in my wimmelbook, 'Heidelberg wimmelt'. The three siblings of my wimmel  family are based on my neighbors' kids, of course.

Some would say, well, then you don't have to invent faces, but it's not that simple. When I invent a figure, I invent hair, nose, mouth, shoes, clothes – I create everything. But if a character is built on a real person, how you draw them works a little differently. The person wants to recognize themself in the pictures.

It is not enough to draw directly from a photo... I did this for 'Heidelberg wimmelt' in a few cases, only as an exception, on special request if someone could not be present during the event drawings.

How are the figures developed, then?

Although I photographed my neighbor's children for my hidden image book, I spent time with them in their garden, watching them play, experiencing who was the quietest or who was the most spontaneous child.  But not only then. I see them every day when they pass my kitchen window or when they come by to visit our bunnies. I get to watch them grow. I see their gestures, their facial expressions, I hear them laughing and I occasionally experience it when they are not in such a good mood. But the bad moods are rare.

When the family moved into the neighborhood, the boy was just a little round baby bump. The parents bought their house with idea of having three children.

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Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 29: My Neighbours

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 29: My Neighbours - More than just an Excursion

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 29: My Neighbours

More than just an Excursion

A recurring group of figures that you can find in ‚Heidelberg wimmelt‘ is a group of travel-happy women. With a city map in hand, even though all of the ladies have smart phones, they explore the most beautiful places in Heidelberg. These are my neighbors.

Whether as working women or enjoying retirement, they untertake a trip to a different city once a year. Friday afternoon usually after 2pm they start off from Braunschweig. The trips are planned a few months in advance, the train tickets booked as a group ticket and a small, 3 or more star hotel selected and reserved. The trips were initiated by a neighbor to provide for good vibes in the neighborhood and a few days without our husbands.

I admire my five neighbours who take over the travel planning. During their travels they visit a cabaret, usually on the second evening, because the first evening is arrival and until the group gets to the hotel, checks in, unpacks and meets again in the lobby, a few hours have already passed. When I go with them, it sometimes takes longer... I often don't notice how time flies and need more time to have than actually agreed upon. Fashionably late. No matter. It's a mini-vacation anyway.

Have you ever gone on a group trip? Just like in those reality programs on tv, the group personality types emerge. There are the group leaders, the go-along types, the one-for-all-and-all-for-one types, the indecisive ones and the ones who like to stir things up. (Guess which part I play).

We've already been to Potsdam, Bremen, and Berlin. I didn't go on this past year's trip. My work had priority.

At the train station everyone is in happy mood. My neighbor, who lives in the row behind our house, distributes small bottles of sparkling wine on the train, someone always has chips or some other snack. You have to, because experience has shown that the trains tend to have delays.

It is nice to be part of the group, but at the same time it does feel a little taxing for me. I must confess, oh wonder, that I am actually an introverted lone wolf. In small groups of 2 or 3, I socialize best; to speak in front of a larger group can bring out the best in me; but, making small talk with others just brings me across the threshold of my limits. And maybe that's why I'm happy to go.

Have you ever gone on a group trip? Just like in those reality programs on tv, the group personality types emerge. There are the group leaders, the go-along types, the one-for-all-and-all-for-one types, the indecisive ones and the ones who like to stir things up. (Guess which part I play).

When I'm traveling, I love to visit museums and galleries. I like to sit down to draw something or someone. And I don't like to ride a bus if it can be avoided. My neighbours like to make city tours on the bus. I already feel ill when I think about the bus jostling up and down. So I apologize to the group and paint while everyone is doing the tour and we meet afterwards for coffee and cake. What do you like to do when you take a short vacation? Tell me about it in the comments.

Two of the group are always willing to accept the group's suggestions. They just want to have a nice trip and experience something new. It becomes problematic only when two wishes are on the table, such as museum visits or shopping at a chain clothing store.

In reality, my neighbours have not travelled to Heidelberg yet (except one). It is something we will have to do together.

There's just so much to see in Heidelberg. I believe that a visit to the castle would appeal to everyone in the group. And a city tour in the Cabriobus would be perfect for them (whereas I'm not sure it would be right for me, on the one hand I don't do well on busses, generally, on the other, it is a Cabriobus with an open roof and it is Heidelberg). The pedestrian zone has quite a lot to offer and also has great cafes and restaurants.

And there are also the tourists' ships on the Neckar. I took a river cruise two years ago with my relatives and found the tour surprisingly very relaxing and a bit 'romantic' seeing at all these old castles from afar. Take a look at the slides below, you'll see some of my private photos from Heidelberg. I find the structures of the sandstones of the castle beautiful and the bustle on the market simply fascinating.

With so much to see, to experience, to explore, to taste, to do... who would not feel drawn to Heidelberg?

If you haven't taken a trip to Heidelberg yet, I recommend my book, ‚Heidelberg wimmelt‘. Explore it as a form of preparing for your trip or simply go on a discovery trip and surf from your sofa with my wimmelbook. which you can get from your favorite book seller, directly from the Silberburg-Verlag publishing house, or from an online bookstore of your choice. Make up some I-Spy quizzes, e.g. Who can find the neighbor who likes to take very nice photos?. Do you have questions about my picture stories? Write them down in the comments section. I'll be happy to answer your questions.

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Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 28 – Heidelberg’s Peregrine Falcon

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 28 – Heidelberg's famous peregrine falcons above the Holy Spirit Church

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 28 – Heidelberg's Peregrine Falcon

In Heidelberg, high up in the tower of the Holy Spirit Church live peregrine falcons which you see in my illustration wearing red Christmas hats. Heidelberg is proud of its peregrine falcons.

Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II

Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II's "About the Art of Hunting with Birds" Two Falconers (source Wikipedia)
Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II's "About the Art of Hunting with Birds" Two Falconers (Source: Wikipedia)

Historically, falconry has always been a noble art. The Hohenstaufen Emperor Friederich II even kept journals about it. He loved the falcon hunt and he practically developed his hobby into a science. He invited many Egyptian and Arabian Falconers to his court, had Arabic hunting literature translated and collected many works on the science of birds. Friederich himself wrote a book called 'De arte venandi cum avibus' (About the Art of Hunting with Birds), which later became the definitive work for zoology in the 13th Century. This work was considered so valuable that the manuscripts were stolen by citizens of the besieged city of Parma in 1248.

"Goosezilla"

The peregrine falcons in Heidelberg have a hard time reproducing, because the Egyptian geese, who have made themselves at home in Heidelberg, often fly into the falcons' nest box and scare off the brooding parents.  But in 2016 scientists from Bonn developed a smart nesting box, which works with image recognition. It is programmed to frighten away the Egyptian geese with flashes and noises emulating a storm. Unfortunately it was not mentioned on the ag-wanderfalken.de page 2016 whether the modern nest box was successful or not.

This missing information felt almost like a cliffhanger in a movie, because on the day that I visited the ag-wanderfalken.de homepage there was no further entry in the submenu about how the saga went on in 2017.

But I later discovered a glimmer of hope: a recording of the webcam from 27.12. 2017. The falcon sits alone and listens to the tower bells ringing in the early morning. I decided to ask Mr. Gäng, who is responsible for the website. He said "Goosezilla" was successfully repelled. I think we can all breath a sigh of relief. The peregrine falcon chicks are really sweet and fluffy, who can resist them? Nevertheless, this current reprieve from the Egyptian goose doesn't mean real 'peace' for the falcons. They need your help.

Who can resist such cute fluffy balls of feathers? Photo ©Hans Martin Gäng, Verein AG peregrine Falcon Heidelberg, photo of the peregrine falcon with its chicks

The Association for Peregrine Falcons AG Heidelberg

The peregrine falcons are native to Heidelberg and the Association for Peregrine Falcons Heidelberg supports them with nest boxes, not only in the Holy Spirit Church but throughout the region. This work is time-consuming and also means that the association needs donations to keep the nest boxes in order. The NABU Heidelberg accepts donations for this. If you want to help this noble bird that has accompanied Heidelberg throughout history, visit www.ag-wanderfalken.de. There you will find information about donations and the issuing of donation receipts. Besides, this website is incredibly fascinating.

Just as fascinating are the stories in 'Heidelberg wimmelt', many of which are based on true stories. Go on a voyage of discovery through my wimmelbook, 'Heidelberg wimmelt', which you can get from your favorite book seller, directly from Silberburg-Verlag publishing house , or from an online bookstore of your trust.

Once you have it you can ask each other I-spy questions, e.g. who can find the Egyptian geese and where? (Tip, not at the Holy Spirit Church – not anymore). You can also ask your own questions about the picture stories in the comments section below. I'll be happy to answer them.

If you have a favorite animal you want to have drawn, just get in touch with me. Valentine's Day is soon and an illustration for your sweetheart is guaranteed to be a beautiful gift. Just send me a request. By the way, I also draw portraits of people, too.

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Auch in Heidelberg wimmelt wimmelt es vor Hunden. Zwei kleine Hunden beschnuppern sich auf dem Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt.

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 27 – It’s a Dog’s World

"Heidelberg abounds" Wimmelsuchtipp of the week 27 – Dogs in Heidelberg wimmelt this Illustration shows two dogs at the Heidelberg Christmas Market, who are sniffing each other.

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of week 27 – It's a Dogs World

The Christmas school holidays are almost over, but the days are still short and the nights are dark. Even though we want to try to do more sports in the New Year and get up off the couch more often, the darkness acts like a guard that incites our weaker selves against us. The Germans call our weaker self an "inneres Schweinehund", literally a pig-dog.

If you own a dog, you have to face that beast – your own pig dog – in order to face the elements. Even if it rains. Even if it snows, no matter what weather... if the dog's gotta go… he's gotta go. And then Mom or Dad grabs the leash, layers their clothing according

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