Walking among the California redwoods, drifting blank-brained on a break from college, I got to thinking about shoes. I can’t say why, exactly. Perhaps it was because they were touching my feet.
My own shoes were performing admirably, I must admit. I was trudging on mud and bugs and roots and who knows what without feeling much of anything.
And that, I realized in a flash, was a problem. Not that I had been stepping on gross stuff and snuffing out the lives of little things that, frankly, may not have deserved it. The problem was that I really couldn’t tell.
Life and death and dog poop — it all basically felt the same underfoot.
greener than Eden, a shock of bliss to see just past the stew and suck of reeking waters, the earth ate sunshine under the olive trees.
Noah, his wife, their sons, their daughters rushed to lower the gangplank. Awkward, long doubled, unboxed & jostling, the passengers suddenly freed hustled uncoupling ashore to uncouple, suddenly free.
This is the comic/page I created for Delebile`s new collective book “Sunday”.
11,7" x 16,5" | 36 pages | 2 spot colors
Included artists: Mateus Acioli | Bianca Bagnarelli | Matteo Berton | Roberto Biadi | Ilaria Boscia | Paolo Cattaneo | Alessandra De Cristofaro | Max de Radiguès | Aniss El Hamouri | Pierre Frampas | Aisha Franz | Sophie Franz | Isaac Lenkiewicz | Alessandro Lise | Sophia Martineck | Sarah Mazzetti | Alice Milani | Roman Muradov | Nicolò Pellizzon | Cristina Portolano | Silvia Rocchi | Ugo Schiesaro | Isabel Seliger | Andrea Settimo | Alice Socal | Alberto Talami | Fabio Tonetto | Mickey Zacchilli
Artist Interview: Isabel SeligerTell us about why you chose the subject of your piece. Is it something you’re familiar with?
I am familiar with the subject of epic landscapes/sceneries.
In contrast to the vastness, I love those little observers, because that’s what we are… in the eye of God or whatever. Or when you are able to [move away from yourself] and look [at yourself] from a different perspective.
I didn`t choose the topic “minerals” myself, but I am happy that Light Grey Art Lab [sorted me into this category]!
Explain a little about your process in creating this illustration.
In the beginning I drew tiny sketches, to help me visualize the composition for my ideas.
For this project, I drew many sketches but ended up using my first idea of a museum. I knew that I wanted it to be a very large hall and I had already done some drawings of big floating stones earlier. That is how the stone came into my museum.
Then I had to figure out what the stone should look like. I searched for minerals on the internet and drew some of them. I also made different designs for the museum. In photoshop I combined one of those with one of the stones and repainted the design with a final sketch of the room and plants outside the windows.
The next step was printing and tracing. After that I started inking with a brush pen and then finally coloring in Photoshop.
Are you reading anything currently? We’d love to hear about it!
Currently I`m reading The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. After that I have to read everything by Philip K. Dick! I am very excited since I have read two of his books and presently I am really into science fiction.
There are so many other great books I don`t know yet and authors of which I would like to read more.
If you hadn’t chosen art as your career, what would you be doing?
I never really thought about doing something different than art/illustration. Presently I am working on my final project to finish my studies at the School of Art and Design in Kassel, Germany.
The only thing I want to think of right now is that I hope everything will be fine and that I soon will be able to live on making illustrations.
You were given a free science class, just for the heck of it. You even get to choose: Biology or Chemistry. Which would you pick?
I was better in biology than in chemistry so I guess I should pick biology…
Both are interesting. Chemistry even more because to me it`s a bigger mystery.
You can view more of Isabel Seliger’s work on her website, or follow her blog or Flickr!