Sorry, your browser is not supported
To have the best experience using Skillshare, we recommend that you use one of these supported browsers.

Katharina Hagemann

Every day is burger day



Sport ist Mord

Hi guys,

since I live in Germany I've chosen a German idiom.

My sketching process involved researching some popular German idioms. I will roughly translate them for English readers:

- Wait and drink tea.
- All good is coming from above.
- Drunks and children tell the truth.
- Dumbness hurts.
- Every pot has its lid.
- Morning hours have gold inside the mouth. (sounds really weird. It's something like the early bird catches the worm)
- Exercise is murder.


After sketching out some of the idioms I quickly decided that I wanted to work on the last idiom: Exercise is murder or in German: "Sport ist Mord". It's something we sometimes hear people say that don't really like physical activities. It's also a rhyme, so that's probably why we like to use it as well. But we all know: Physical activities are good for you and healthy! ;)

The first idea that came into my mind is a person who's jogging and his shadow on the ground has an evil grin and holds a knife in his hand. I couldn't get the image out of my head so that's why I decided to progress further with this idea.

This is my second sketch:


So I headed over to Illustrator and immediately had problems finding the right style. I drew some shapes with the pencil tool. Failed. I tried the blob tool for me. Failed as well. I didn't want to have outlines in this illustration. Lastly I chose the pencil tool, grabbed my Wacom and drew the shapes freely without scanning my sketch. I wanted it to appear loose, flexible... kinda a stretchy way. I don't know how to describe it clearly.

The next challenge was choosing the right color palette. I wanted to use high contrasts, especially background vs. shadow. Instead of making the shadow dark I wanted to have a dark background and a shadow that pops out.


Finally I added some textures and final strokes to make out some details in the clothing and hair.

This is the final illustration! Thanks for reading :)



Please sign in or sign up to comment.