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Melanie Kurtsiefer
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Time for thoughts

Mon Jul 20, 2015, 1:35 AM


Hey dear friends, followers and welcome to every new watcher!


Since yesterday, im officially on vacation and i have finally time for an more detailed journal.

Many things happened this year and i´m very grateful for all the possibilities i had during this time.
If somebody would have told me years ago, that people would visit me at RP conventions to let me sign my illustrations in their books, i wouldn´t have believed that.

I want to write a bit about how i´ve made it to this point. :)

Sometimes people ask me, how i made it into the buisness.
I would not say that i´ve made it.
I don`t think that i´m "done" with trying to apply for jobs.
I still have MUUUUCH to do, to improve my skills and i still haven´t reached many goals, that i want to catch some day.
Staying ambitious and being critical is very important to get further.
If you think you´re "done" as an artist...you´re wrong.

Fortunately, i´ve got many jobs during the last months without putting too many effort in searching for them. I´m very happy that some publishers finally know me and my stuff, and are asking me to draw for their projects.
It took four years to get there.
Four years of improving, writing many mails, trying to stay in peoples mind by investing a lot of time in social media and conventions and finally investing a lot of money too, to buy art materials (for example a PS license, paper, pencils, buisness cards, marketing material, good prints of my work and so on).
It´s all about investments. Nobody has skills or connections just because it rains down on them.
If I look at the essential stuff, i arrive at the conclusion that it´s all about TIME. If you don´t invest time, you will get nowhere.

I know. many people wrote about this point before me and many people will write about it later, but I just wanted to explain my point of view. :)

Sometimes people tell me, that i have talent and that they couldn´t draw like me.
I always answer: No. I ´m just interested in dawing and if you would have the same interest, you could draw whatever you want.

If someone says, i´m talented, i know that they want to say something nice. I take it as a compliment, but at the ame time i feel the urge to correct their terms.
Talent is (for me) a nice term for "gifted".
But i don´t think that i´ve got my skills from somewhere beyond the clouds.
As a kid, i was interested in drawing...just like most kids are. As teenager i totally broke with it and tried to sing in bands, because i was interested in singing too.
Then i discovered drawing again because i discovered P&P RPG. I just wanted to visualize my characters and copied the hell out of comic books (Vampirella, Tomb Raider, Witchblade).
Some day my brain remembered the lines and proportions and i started to draw figures out of my head, but i was always unsatisfied with the results.
They never looked like i´ve wanted them to look like and i finally realized, that i have to learn the basics first.
My motivations was big. Bigger then my frustration during failing and failing again.
I started to learn by myself, bought books about drawing, took an nude drawing lesson, tried to get better and i still carry on with this.

So, if someone tells me that they have no talent, i mostly answer with "Talent isn´t existing. It´s all about interest, motivation and investment of time."


Sometimes young artists tell me that they don´t have the courage to apply for jobs with their stuff.
I often want to shake them and yell at their face: DO IT! ;)

Yes. It needs courage to open yourself and to show your drawings, wich are done with passion and heartblood. It´s natural to be afraid of critique.
I´m still sometimes afraid of it too, because a drawing that i´ve done for me, that is no commission, that my ideas have born, is a little piece of an artists heart.
Open, bloody, vunerable.

You will start with drawings that are just like that. You may not have commissioned pieces with less emotional bonds to your heart.

But i tell you: it´s worth it!

It may (it will) happen that a professional will just seem "rude" to you and will tell you that your stuff "...is not what we are looking for." Or worse: "...it´s just not good enough."
Don´t let this bring you down!
Try to stand up, even if you may feel like never ever drawing again.

They don´t tell you that because they want to hurt you.
The most publishers that i´ve met during my first years were very nice and helpful.
The gave me honest feedback.
My friends and my family told me that my drawings are great, and they still say that although i´ve improved a lot!^^
What else shall they say? They love you, and they are laitys!

The only way to get good critique and feedback, if you want to professionalize your art is, to ask the pros! :)

Yes.
I´ve made some bad experiences too. I even quitted drawing for a while, because an artist i´ve admired a lot, told me that i "...just should do drawing as a hobby."
It totally smashed all my dreams and motivation.

BUT

I wanted to draw.
I wanted to see my drawings in books.

After years, i´ve seen this artist again on many conventions and we talk together like nothing happened. I don´t think that this artist recognize me.
I´m just another colleague. A published illustrator. Yes, at the start of my career, but still an illustrator.


KEEP GOING! YOU WILL NAIL THIS!


:heart:
Sincerely yours,
Melanie





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Melanie Philippi
Artist | Professional | Varied
Germany
Hey folks!

My name is Melanie, and i´m a freelancer!

I`m mainly an autodidact. My graphical education includes a vocational diploma for art and a few courses, like nude drawing.

During the last 4 years, i dared to go public with my art and worked at several role play conventions. I have mostly drawn original characters for other role players, which I still love to do! :)
I ´m a role player myself and i know how much passion, effort and love sticks in RPG characters. That was and is my biggest impetus: to catch their storyies on paper, to show a unique fictional person with all her strengths and weaknesses.

After drawing for private persons, i applied for several jobs at publishing houses and other companies.

Examples:
I drew for „Ulisses“ who publishes „The Dark Eye“, the biggest German Pen & Paper RPG.
DSA: Arms and armour by Phantagrafie
Also for "Splittermond" (Uhrwerk Verlag)
Splittermond: Moon Symbols by Phantagrafie
"Spherechild“ (another RPG)
Spherechild: Spaceship by Phantagrafie
for „Oldib Verlag“ who publishes dissertations and other scientific works referenced to J.R.R. Tolkien.
Bookcover: Yearning for middle earth by Phantagrafie
and for the winery "Steffen-Lex":
Riesling Fairy by Phantagrafie


I'm always looking for new partnerships, so if you are interested feel free to contact me via my illustrators email address:
phantagrafie@gmx.de
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Time for thoughts

Mon Jul 20, 2015, 1:35 AM


Hey dear friends, followers and welcome to every new watcher!


Since yesterday, im officially on vacation and i have finally time for an more detailed journal.

Many things happened this year and i´m very grateful for all the possibilities i had during this time.
If somebody would have told me years ago, that people would visit me at RP conventions to let me sign my illustrations in their books, i wouldn´t have believed that.

I want to write a bit about how i´ve made it to this point. :)

Sometimes people ask me, how i made it into the buisness.
I would not say that i´ve made it.
I don`t think that i´m "done" with trying to apply for jobs.
I still have MUUUUCH to do, to improve my skills and i still haven´t reached many goals, that i want to catch some day.
Staying ambitious and being critical is very important to get further.
If you think you´re "done" as an artist...you´re wrong.

Fortunately, i´ve got many jobs during the last months without putting too many effort in searching for them. I´m very happy that some publishers finally know me and my stuff, and are asking me to draw for their projects.
It took four years to get there.
Four years of improving, writing many mails, trying to stay in peoples mind by investing a lot of time in social media and conventions and finally investing a lot of money too, to buy art materials (for example a PS license, paper, pencils, buisness cards, marketing material, good prints of my work and so on).
It´s all about investments. Nobody has skills or connections just because it rains down on them.
If I look at the essential stuff, i arrive at the conclusion that it´s all about TIME. If you don´t invest time, you will get nowhere.

I know. many people wrote about this point before me and many people will write about it later, but I just wanted to explain my point of view. :)

Sometimes people tell me, that i have talent and that they couldn´t draw like me.
I always answer: No. I ´m just interested in dawing and if you would have the same interest, you could draw whatever you want.

If someone says, i´m talented, i know that they want to say something nice. I take it as a compliment, but at the ame time i feel the urge to correct their terms.
Talent is (for me) a nice term for "gifted".
But i don´t think that i´ve got my skills from somewhere beyond the clouds.
As a kid, i was interested in drawing...just like most kids are. As teenager i totally broke with it and tried to sing in bands, because i was interested in singing too.
Then i discovered drawing again because i discovered P&P RPG. I just wanted to visualize my characters and copied the hell out of comic books (Vampirella, Tomb Raider, Witchblade).
Some day my brain remembered the lines and proportions and i started to draw figures out of my head, but i was always unsatisfied with the results.
They never looked like i´ve wanted them to look like and i finally realized, that i have to learn the basics first.
My motivations was big. Bigger then my frustration during failing and failing again.
I started to learn by myself, bought books about drawing, took an nude drawing lesson, tried to get better and i still carry on with this.

So, if someone tells me that they have no talent, i mostly answer with "Talent isn´t existing. It´s all about interest, motivation and investment of time."


Sometimes young artists tell me that they don´t have the courage to apply for jobs with their stuff.
I often want to shake them and yell at their face: DO IT! ;)

Yes. It needs courage to open yourself and to show your drawings, wich are done with passion and heartblood. It´s natural to be afraid of critique.
I´m still sometimes afraid of it too, because a drawing that i´ve done for me, that is no commission, that my ideas have born, is a little piece of an artists heart.
Open, bloody, vunerable.

You will start with drawings that are just like that. You may not have commissioned pieces with less emotional bonds to your heart.

But i tell you: it´s worth it!

It may (it will) happen that a professional will just seem "rude" to you and will tell you that your stuff "...is not what we are looking for." Or worse: "...it´s just not good enough."
Don´t let this bring you down!
Try to stand up, even if you may feel like never ever drawing again.

They don´t tell you that because they want to hurt you.
The most publishers that i´ve met during my first years were very nice and helpful.
The gave me honest feedback.
My friends and my family told me that my drawings are great, and they still say that although i´ve improved a lot!^^
What else shall they say? They love you, and they are laitys!

The only way to get good critique and feedback, if you want to professionalize your art is, to ask the pros! :)

Yes.
I´ve made some bad experiences too. I even quitted drawing for a while, because an artist i´ve admired a lot, told me that i "...just should do drawing as a hobby."
It totally smashed all my dreams and motivation.

BUT

I wanted to draw.
I wanted to see my drawings in books.

After years, i´ve seen this artist again on many conventions and we talk together like nothing happened. I don´t think that this artist recognize me.
I´m just another colleague. A published illustrator. Yes, at the start of my career, but still an illustrator.


KEEP GOING! YOU WILL NAIL THIS!


:heart:
Sincerely yours,
Melanie





Teaser: Stone of the gods by Phantagrafie
Teaser: Stone of the gods
Or in german: "Der Stein der Götter".

This is a little teaser that i´m allowed to show! :)
I have drawn over 15 illustrations for this upcoming RPG source book and i´m a bit proud of that! The book will be available via amazon and "Uhrwerk Online Shop".

Here is a link to the german description of the book: www.uhrwerk-verlag.de/?p=3173
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God of wilderness by Phantagrafie
God of wilderness
Yeah! Finally!!!

I finished  a slot of my waiting list! :)
Working with copic markers again was really fun and i missed all the colours during my publishers commissions, because i mostly draw black and white for them. Printing a coloured book is very expensive ;)

Anyway.

I´m still working on my private commission list and i hope to finish another one soon, but it could be, that my vacation hits me first^^ From sunday to the third august, i will be absent and after that, i have a new very big publisher commission to do. This will keep me busy until middle of september.

After that, i will go on and hopefully finish more stuff from my waiting list!
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Feen Convention

Sun Jul 5, 2015, 6:56 AM


Hey folks,

this weekend was FeenConvention at Bonn and it was absolutely freaking hot. 40°degrees outside and really a hard time to work.
But i survived and wrote my (german) Convention-report.

There is not much left to say, but thank you for a great time in spite of the temperatures! :)

FeenConvention: Fairy reloaded by Phantagrafie

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FeenConvention:  Godess Hesinde icon by Phantagrafie
FeenConvention: Half-orc by Phantagrafie

FeenConvention: Half-orc by Phantagrafie
FeenConvention: Half-orc
A lineart, drawn at my latest convention.
This guy is a half-oricish priest of storm and thunder. He loves the sea and travelling with ships and holds his magical sword wich can cast lightnings and has the ability to show cardinal points.
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:iconirhkafodir:
Irhkafodir Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your arts! :D
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MysteriousDuck Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist
Woah, deine Zeichnungen sind klasse! O_O
Wirklich toll, mach weiter so! :)
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Vielen Dank! Ich geb mein Bestes! :)
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Ermin96 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Hug
:iconaawplz: YOU HAVE BEEN HUGGED :iconbighugplz1::iconbighugplz2:
Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste this message on their userpage!)
RULES:

1- You can hug the person who hugged you!
2- You -MUST- hug 10 other people, at least!
3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their page!
4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!

If You Get 7 Back You Are Loved!
1-3 you're bad friend
4-6 you're an okay friend
7-9 you're a good friend
10-& Up you're loved
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deviantfemale007 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Habe mir erlaubt, dich auf meine Freundesliste zu setzen :)
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Immer gern! :)
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deviantfemale007 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
sehr schön! +fav Heart +fav 
Mit Sonntagsgruss DF007
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deviantfemale007 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Wow: was für eine phantastische Welt zum Eintauchen! Grosse Klasse +fav Heart +fav 
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Phantagrafie Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Vielen dank! Wobei vieles natürlich auch der imagination meiner auftraggeber entspringt^^ ich sorge nur dafür dass es jemand zu sehen bekommt! :)
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gentleEvan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Beautiful art.
Your very pretty and you have such lovely eyes.
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