The Best Book in the World by Rilla

It's a new book!

I’m excited to announce The Best Book in the World! – an ode to reading and a celebration of those books you never want to put down. 

From the very beginning Sozi is engrossed, seemingly oblivious to everything happening around her. But where is everyone going? How will it all end?

The book is published by Nobrow’s Flying Eye Books and is out now in the UK. It will be available in the US in July.

Visit sozi.com for a peek at some of the pictures inside.

Book
The Best Book in the World
Published by
Flying Eye Books
Date
30 May 2014
 
Remix-a-pillow

A walk down memory lane

In 2004 I ran a workshop at the very first Pictoplasma conference in Berlin, and this year, for the tenth anniversary, we relived it all over again.

This time Louise Evans, otherwise known as the Felt Mistress, joined me - and together we led visitors to the festival on day of playing, sewing, stuffing, making and remaking.

You can see the results here.

Participants were given blank stuffed shapes and reworked them into toys. Some of these were remixed by other players (in the spirit of the original Neighbourhood book and workshop). But most were laboured over intensely while the participants listened to the Pictoplasma speakers…and went home intact.

Project
Remix-a-pillow
Presented by
Pictoplasma
Location
Berlin
Date
23 May 2014
 
Moving on

Moving on

I’ve been nearly a decade here in Berlin and the time has come to pack up and make a home elsewhere. This red container holds everything I own, and is currently making its way across the ocean to Portland, Oregon. Let's see what the USA has in store for this next chapter.

Co-incidentally the ICON illustration conference is being held in Portland in July next year – and I’ll be hosting a character design workshop there. Come and say hello!

Size
22 foot container
Location
Berlin
Date
01 December 2013
 
Pictoplasma Academy

In Character

Together with Nathan Jurevicius, I turned myself inside out overseeing 40 participants from all over the world through the first Pictoplasma Academy. It was an intense and rewarding eight day workshop – pushing and pulling character designs, slicing away at pink foam to reveal the designs in three dimensions, developing stories and giving up and starting all over again. But mainly it was fun!

Visiting lecturers included Philip Hunt from Studio AKA, Gary Baseman, Benjamin Van Oost from Case Studyo and Christoph Niemann.

You can already apply for next year’s Academy. I’m ready to do it all over again.

 

Project
Pictoplasma Academy
Location
Berlin
Date
30 October 2013
 
WhiteNoise by Rilla

A box of nothing

Since he danced onto the scene in 2011, Pictoplasma's Missing Link character has popped up sporadicallyat their exhibitions and festivals – always in the form of costumes. But this year I drew him, and now he fronts a box selling nothing but White Noise – Pictoplasma's current exhibition in Madrid.

In other character news, I will be part of the Pictoplasma Academy happening here in Berlin in October. Along with Nathan Jurevicius, I'll be on hand throughout the 8 day master class to take participants through all the steps of designing a character — from ideas and sketching to bringing them to life in various media.

Exhibition
White Noise
Gallery
La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Client
Pictoplasma
Date
25 June 2013
 
One Sun

Why there is only one sun

After the long winter you might not be too happy with the Prince in this story. For you see, long before you or I can remember, the sky was filled with so many suns that it was simply too hot. And this Prince heroically shot all but one sun from the sky.

Across a series of plates and trays I have retold this Chinese legend – which also explains how the rooster came to wake the sun each day and how he came to wear the Prince's red crown.

The collection was launched at Stue in Berlin (photos and full story here) in an exhibition that ran througout April and now you can see all the designs in my shop.

Project
One Sun
Gallery
Stue
Project
Plates and Trays
Date
16 May 2013
 
The Line Zebra by Rilla

Conference Season Ahead

It won't be long until I am off to Dublin for Offset, followed hot on the heels by Pictoplasma here in Berlin. As part of the Pictoplasma Character Walk I will be exhibiting a series of trays and plates I've designed – at Stue, Torstr 70. I'll be there for the opening day on April 10 (12h-20h) and the show runs until May 10 (Mo - Sa 13h-19h).

But until then enjoy this Zebra I designed for a LA Hotel – he's definitely in town on business. And if you like him, check out my new blog of sketches to see how he got his start.

Project
The Line
Client
Winkreative
Date
19 March 2013
 
Jorinde and Joringel with pictures by Rilla

My New Year's Resolution

Yes, we're already steaming headway into the middle of the year, but I'm making good on my new year's resolution – sharing some of my projects which, for one reason or another, have not been produced. Until now.

First up is an edition of the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale Jorinde & Joringel.

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I illustrated this story before Her Idea and it convinced me I could finally tell my own story. So it's certainly high time you had the chance to see it. After all, Jorinde & Joringel is a little known tale outside of Germany – and keeping it in my drawer is not helping the cause!

You can buy the Jorinde & Joringel Pocket Book here.

Book
Jorinde & Joringel
Story by
The Grimm Brothers
Date
01 March 2013
 
Rilla speaking at 99u

An idea over here...

Last year I was thrilled/slightly terrified to be invited to open Behance's 99u conference in New York. I spoke about dreaming and doing by telling the story behind the creation of my book Her Idea. The talk is now online and you can watch it here.

And if you have the time for a more rambling confessional, check out the presentation I gave in Dublin for Offset (along with my husband Steve). It is here.

And an update: hopefully a second edition of Her Idea will be available this year. Please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to know when it is available.

Seen at
99u and Offset
Location
New York and Dublin
Date
14 January 2013
 
01 scarygirl rilla

Not so scary, girl

Scarygirl is turning ten and Nathan (her mad scientist creator/father/event organiser) is throwing a birthday party to remember: he's asked over 100 friends to reinterpret Scarygirl's world in their own style.

Fittingly, it's opening on Halloween at Toy Tokyo in NYC but for now you can have a sneak peak at some of the party favours on Magic Pony's blog. And of course, see mine right here.

 

 

 

Exhibition
Scarygirl Anniversary
Gallery
Toy Tokyo, New York
Medium
Gouache on Paper
Date
11 October 2012
 

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