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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.

I'd really love it if you would follow me on my Social Media Channels.

Subscribe to my new YouTube channel, because the more followers I have there, the better chances I have of giving you interesting and relevant content. Talk to me on Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Thanks! I really appreciate it!

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

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. 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 the Wimmel mit! The Online Wimmelpicture Project Wimmelfun!

See you next week!

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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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If you want to draw your own wimmelpicture, follow me on Instagram and Facebook; post your progress on Instagram with the #wimmelmit hashtag. That way I can find you quickly.

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