In german language a newspaper hoax is called „Zeitungsente“ (newspaper duck). Referring to ORICRANE, Maggsti asked me to draw an ORIDUCK. I studied a lot of origami duck instructions to get a better understanding of the folding and folded some specimens by myself. I used an old newspaper because I didn’t want to waste good paper for that. In the end I got a newspaper duck and I was really happy about that great coincidence. I scanned the duck and added a too big head and slightly distorted feets. It’s nothing but a hoax.
Metamorphosis is a topic which isn’t quite novel but one that never becomes boring. While trying to fold some origami animals (I totally failed), I had the idea to draw some of them instead and to let the abstract figure transform into a real life animal. For this I choose the crane, one of the most traditional origami animals. I did a lot of misshapen sketches before I could move on to the final drawing (see below). But in the end I got it. By the way: Cranes bring luck.
If you have a look on my Pendelbaum (see former blog entry or below), you’ll see that this drawing of a double-tree consists of a lot of elements: the both trees itself, some maple leaves, a lot of birch leaves, a spider, mushrooms, a heart and a squirrel. My method of making such a complex illustration is drawing first the single elements with a pencil on white paper, then digitizing them with my scanner and finally putting together the single drawings with an image editing software like Photoshop.
Now I would like to show you how I produced the birch leaves with a drawing technique called frottage.
Step 1: I picked up a birch leaf on my way home and dried it between the pages of a thick book. It works best if you additionally use a blotting paper to absorb the water running in the veins of the leaf.
Step 2: In a second step I took a very thin piece of paper, set it on that dried leaf and scrubbed over it with a blunt pencil. As a result I got a kind of copy of the leaf. By the way: Surrealist painters like Max Ernst loved to use this technique because it allows to get a naturalistic look without producing a naturalistic picture.
Step 3: I scanned in the leaf and cutted it out along his edges.
Step 4: To get different looking leaves I changed brightness, contrast and so on.