Following on from the illustrated animals I focused on in my last post on Riverluna, I thought it would be good to take a look at the lovely work of Sandra Dieckmann. Our very own Stephanie B introduced me to this illustrator’s creations after I told her I was in need of some new inspiration.
Sandra grew up in Germany and now lives and works in London. Her illustrations focus on nature and wildlife. She has a fantastically varied portfolio.
The above image has been named ‘Found You There’ and it appeared alongside the work of 18 other illustrators in ‘Get In – If You WantTo – Live’ a book of short stories written by John Jodzio. The hands and wolf are beautifully drawn. The composition of the shapes behind is cleverly placed, not over powering the centre piece of the image.
‘Sweet Dreams’, the image above, was Dieckmann’s submission for issue 6 of Ammo Magazine. I think this is my favourite of Sandra’s illustrations. The sleepy character lies quietly at the forefront. A sense of calm is kept as he doesn’t stand out too much. He is paramount to the image although he blends beautifully into the landscape behind. Then we have the pretty patterned trees. They add a whole new layer to the image, and their colour contrasts perfectly with the darker, more subtle tones of the rest of the image.
This image made Sandra the winner of the Cheltenham IllustrationAwards 2011. Of ‘Fox Tree’, Dieckmann states, ‘Little Fox is remembering his mother, wrapped in her scarf. The soil feeds the tree that has been there for so long. It has been watching generations of foxes come by and has all the memories engraved in his bark like a totem pole. The circle of life continues’. Each of her illustrations has a story to tell. Every time I look at ‘Fox Tree’ I see something new, another part of the story unfolds. Whether this is the images on the tree trunk or the delicate fox in the soil below, each and every part of the image intertwines with one another to reveal another aspect to the story.
The above image is one of two illustrations of Sandra’s that will appear in the upcoming book ‘Postcard’ by Girls Who Draw. The theme is ‘Mythical Creatures’. The calming shade of blue gives the winged fox a lovely setting. And her trademark pattern effect adds texture and depth. The mythical fox is very real looking, I almost feel like foxes should have wings!
The imaginative work of Sandra Dieckmann is very inspiring indeed. Every one of her images tells a fascinating story and I would definitely recommend taking a look at her website.