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NEW series: once upon a time...

Susanne Kasielke

banner-once-upon Today I'm going to start a new series on my blog called: once upon a time. I'm going to share with you illustrations & paintings from my early days of making art. We might figure out together why my style has changed so much over the years & why I mostly paint abstract these days...

my first real drawing


This pencil drawing is one of my earliest works that I found important enough to digitalize. I think I must have been about 14/15 years old when I drew it. Until I was 20 years old I used to only draw with pencil (except if I had to in school). I always loved the fact that if it doesn't look the way you want it to, you can correct as many times as you'd like. And nobody will see your mistakes in the end. When I was young I never created 'real art' - I only copied someone else's work. I have this talent from my Granddad, I think. I never saw him making art, but one day I found some drawings hidden in an old desk. My Grandma told me how my Grandpa used to draw all the time. He also concentrated on copying from photos/images - and he was pretty good even though he never went to school for it and never had much time to practice.

I'm sharing with you this particular drawing, because it represents to me kind of a turning point. It's the face of a girl from a German children's book. The book is called "Abschied von Rune", which means 'Saying good bye to Rune' - it's about a little girl who has to say goodbye to her best friend 'Rune' who drowned while playing together at a lake. It's a very sad story but so beautifully and suitably illustrated: You look at the girl's face and you can literally 'see' her pain and sorrow.

Right there I knew I wanted to being able to achieve that with my illustrations too: to being able to express emotions through my work & to make people feel.