The Creation of a Cartoon

First I scribble my idea in my sketchbook - regardless of proportions and play with it back and forth. Until it fits. It is particularly helpful for the cross on the face of the person (see photographer), which helps me to arrange the eyes and nose correctly. The main purpose of the sketchbook is to remember an idea so that it is not forgotten the next day when I paint or draw in the morning.


Here you see the cartoon "Photo Studio" including the help level that I am inserting for drawing. This layer, on which I draw with red paint, will be deleted later.

Here you can see the cartoon, but it is still not finished. In this phase I made a few changes, for example to the camera tripod.

Since my cartoons are published in German and English, you can see the English version of the finished cartoon here. For the first time I worked with harmonious colors on these cartoons. My color wheel, which I always have on hand, supports me.

How I Grew Book Illustrator



I offer authors illustrations for children's books, novels and non-fiction. At this point I would like to tell you how I came up with this idea.

Communication with my Former Teacher

For some time now I have been in email contact with my former teacher, who is a recognized Art Collector and is an art connoisseur. In the past he was also a curator in an art museum. I regularly sent him my pictures to view and asked him for advice on everything to do with art. It's great to have someone who knows what they're doing and who can impart knowledge that you can trust.

After regularly sending him many of my works, he recommended that I create illustrations for books. Many years ago a Czech acquaintance had asked me about book illustrations. However, I didn't dare to do that at the time. After I have gained more security over the years and have more confidence in myself, I now offer authors book illustrations.

Since I am interested in many areas and also have a broad portfolio at the microstock agencies, I offer illustrations for children's books as well as for novels and non-fiction books.

The Own Hand Script

Every artist, including every illustrator, develops a kind of "own hand script", that is, his or her way of painting and drawing. This is what makes his art. On the one hand, I have a penchant for naive painting, as my former, unfortunately deceased, art teacher, Hans Braun, described. It is precisely this handwriting that inspires people with the works of an artist. The bright, positive colors of a picture, an overwhelming mood in the picture, the harmony of colors and shapes and also the emotions that trigger a picture in a viewer. The artist expresses the emotions and feelings that he experiences while painting and drawing.

When is a Picture "Perfect"?

First of all, no picture is perfect. There was a painter who went to the Louvre and finished painting because he didn't think it was perfect. When I have completed a picture and am satisfied with it, it is "perfect" for me. It should be the way it looks, even if there are any mistakes in it. Anyone looking for a bug is sure to find a bug. In my opinion, this is the case with everything. It depends on the respective, hopefully positive, attitude towards life and view of a person. A positive, optimistic person will also find something positive in a picture that is not so successful, since this is his or her way of dealing with everything that he or she encounters in life.


A few words about the dwarf house illustration

The illustration you see in this post was made in Inkscape. I just love such drawings. Inkscape also offers numerous options for enhancing the images. I created the leaves with one of the numerous effects in Inkscape. However, I do not work with Adobe Illustrator because I find it very uncomfortable to use and also reject the subscription system. However, I am happy to provide you with SVG files, PDF, JPG, PNG and TIFF files. PDF and TIFF files in particular can be used well for printing. An SVG file enables you to scale and edit a vector graphic according to your wishes.

The rose - the symbol of love and affection



This morning, very early, between seven and nine o'clock, I drew this rose. I am pleased that it was so successful. On weekends I have a lot of time to paint and draw. It is quiet, nothing bothers, nobody rings, the phone is silent. An ideal time to paint and draw. Sunday is a special day for me, it has always been. As a child, I often went to the Protestant church on Sundays. I love the silence in the room.


Drawing Techniques

I would like to write a few words about the painting technique. A special focus is that different light and dark pencil types are used. This gives depth to the picture. The image contains gradients on the inner edges of the petals. With such drawings, it is important to work with light and shadow. Another technique I used is that I used a paper wiper to wipe the areas. A paper wiper is a pen-like object made of paper that is more suitable than paper handkerchiefs that can also be used for it. A paper wiper gives drawn surfaces a flat and therefore realistic appearance.

I applied the lower area with graphite. I used a latex glove because the graphite is quite stubborn when you have it on your fingers. I love drawing with graphite. This creates great effects. Another way to draw such a pencil drawing is to use highlights. The graphite of the pencil is erased with an eraser. That's how I “drew” the veins of the leaves. The petals have different highlights to make them look more realistic.


My Personal Relationship to this Picture

The rose represents love and affection. It looks classy and appealing. They are often given to women for their wedding or birthday. For me, love and affection are very important feelings. I wish for more charity among people, even if I have learned that unfortunately there are not only good people, but also those who have evil in mind and want to harm others. The rose is said to be an appeal for more love among people, a symbol for the end of disputes and wars in the world.

For me, the rose also stands for aesthetics and beauty, it is very graceful. I like it best among cut flowers. Since this is a pencil drawing, everyone can interpret their own desired color in the picture.


I wish all people and animals a nice Sunday!

Half-timbered house in Thuringia, Indian ink

Facts About the Picture

Title: Half-timbered house in Thuringia

Technique: Indian ink

Materials: black ink, pen, brush, high quality cardboard

Special feature: washings (forecourt in front of the half-timbered house)

Format: 6,69 inch x 9,45 inch



Ink drawings inspire some people and others don't like them. I find it very expressive and rich in contrast. Architecture in particular, enriched by a few trees, can be represented very well as an ink drawing. I think ink is a very nice traditional drawing material. The Chinese painted ink drawings in ancient China.

The word "ink" comes from the French "toucher", paint something with black paint. It means "touch" in German, it is also related to the English "to touch". Inks contain color pigments and binders. The binders can be either synthetic resin or aqueous shellac. Ink usually has a very strong smell and sometimes you can smell it hours later if you have drawn with ink. However, there is now a well-known manufacturer that produces almost odorless ink. I get my Indian ink from him. By email request to I can tell you the name. Unfortunately I am not allowed to publish brand names here.


Half-timbered house in Thuringia

You can see one of my pictures above. It represents a Thuringian half-timbered house with a forecourt. It is getting old. From the top left, branches of a tree protrude into the picture. The entrance is a circular gate. There are small windows on the first floor, on the roof and on the first floor. The incidence of light in the house is low. A special feature of the picture is the washing of the forecourt in front of the house. A wash is applied with Indian ink diluted with water and a brush. Depending on how much color you use, the wash becomes lighter or darker. For this reason, you should always try a wash on a piece of sandpaper before you apply it to the drawing board.

I mostly paint and draw on watercolor paper. Except when I paint Chinese characters with a stamp. The stamp would not come out well because the watercolor paper is clearly structured.

On the right in the picture you can see cobblestones. The area where the wash is located is sandy.


The Inspiration for this Painting

One day I had a great desire to draw with ink. It should be an architectural theme, preferably a half-timbered house. I visited the website and entered the search term half-timbered house. Numerous half-timbered houses built up in front of me. I looked through the half-timbered houses in peace. Suddenly I was particularly attracted to a photo with a Thuringian half-timbered house. Maybe because I had a friendship with a Thuringian acquaintance for many years, who unfortunately has since passed away.

I find half-timbered houses very attractive, they are original, traditional, simple. They never look showy and pompous. Half-timbered houses are very cozy and I am enthusiastic about the wooden panels on which the masonry was built. I particularly like green half-timbered houses, on which ivy stands.

I have a strong penchant for traditional and historical buildings and monuments. When I see an old fountain or a half-timbered house in the middle of the city, I often stop and look at it carefully. If I have a camera with me, I like to take pictures. Here in the north end of Frankfurt, in addition to the numerous classicist buildings, we have some areas where there are half-timbered houses that were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. For example in Alt-Höchst, Alt-Sachsenhausen, Alt-Bornheim and Alt-Schwanheim. These are all parts of Frankfurt am Main where I live. Last year we were at the Alt Sachsenhausen Christmas market. The half-timbered buildings created a particularly cozy atmosphere at this annual Christmas market.

If you like this picture, you are welcome to purchase it as a photo print from me. The sales conditions can be found on the home page. Write to

Kunstmalerin Zeichnerin Martina Ledermann




Welcome to Martina Ledermann's blog!

Great that you found the way to my blog. Thank you!

For a while I thought about whether I would even offer a blog on this art website and, above all, what topics it should have. After all, you don't want to bore your readers with drawing and painting details. Then I decided to start the blog. The subjects he is supposed to deal with are my pictures. I am going to tell you what made me choose to draw or paint a picture and what personally connects me to this picture.

An artist paints and draws from his soul. His artistic themes are those that touch him emotionally and that interest him. It is the same with me. This website consists of two major subject areas: the hand-painted works and the digital art images that were drawn in an image editing program. I am very interested in both areas, although the hand-painted pictures are clearly the more emotional ones. This is also due to the way they are created. The hand guides the brush, chalk or pencil. I now mostly create my digital pictures with a graphic tablet. Only the graphics that I draw in the vector program Inkscape are created with the computer mouse.

Interessante Eindrücke können Sie unter anderem unter Menüpunkt „Arbeitseinsichten“ gewinnen. Dort zeige ich Ihnen anhand von Fotos, welche Materialien ich verwende, wie manche Bilder gerahmt aussehen und an welchen Orten ich meine künstlerischen Studien betreibe. Darunter befinden sich auch Reisefotos, da mich diese Reisen ganz besonders zur Malerei inspiriert haben.

How Often Will You Blog?

I hope to find time to blog as often as possible. I am sometimes very involved in time and have to set priorities. That's why I don't want to give you any fixed days when I blog.

How Can I Contact You?

With pleasure! Just write to

I usually answer within a few hours.

Now I hope you enjoy my blog. You will learn a lot about my motivation and the relationship to a picture.


Martina Ledermann