WORK IN PROGRESS of Barcelona-based illustrator Jani Lunablau

December 28, 2015

LInocut with collage

This little illustration is the result of a morning in company of a printing press.
I cut the drawing in soft-cut linoleum and printed it on Guarro super-alfa paper.
For the collage, I used paper from Tassotti, an traditional italian printing house. The quality of these papers is excellent, they have a wide range of different patterns and styles and I use them often for book binding (you can see the collection and order it online if you click here).
I don't know about you, but I certainly spend too much time on sofas between the years...

linoleum, linocut, linoprint, printmaking

linoleum, linocut, linoprint, printmaking

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

I just moved my working space into the studio of artist Roser Sales. I'm happy to have a press in my live and such an experienced artist at my side to learn from. The christmas cuttlefish is the first print I've done:

Merry Christmas to everyone!

October 26, 2015

Outdoor sketching with monotype

A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed a wonderful late-summer day at the cactus garden 'Jardines de Mossèn Costa i Llobera'. Our collective 'Se una notte' spent one morning drawing all kinds of cactuses... it felt like a short trip to Mexico.
I tried the Monotype technique for these outdoor-sketches, and although working with oilcolors is a bit messy, it works well. You just don't wont to change spots too often...

monotype monotipio monoprint sketch skizze kaktus cactus
monotype monotipia cactus kaktus sketch Skizze

Monotype sketch monotipia skizze kaktus cactus

Monotype by jani lunablau

Watercolor by Daniela Violi

Watercolor by Roberta Bridda
Watercolor and ink by Laura Borràs

Watercolor by Guada Boocles 

July 14, 2015

Sármede: a (re-) treat for illustrators

Nobody has ever heard of this place... and yet, it is extremely special: a little village on the way from Venice to the mountains hosts one of the best schools for children's book illustrators in Italy - the Scuola Internazionale d'Illustrazione per l'Infanzia. They organize summer courses (6 days each) with internationally recognized artists and shorter workshops all year around for both amateurs and professionals.

My treat this year is a course with artist Valeria Bertesina from Vicenza (I will write about this very special experience later) and one week with the austrian artist and illustrator Linda Wolfsgruber.

The subject we're working on with Linda is 'Bolli bolli pentolino', italian nursery rhymes about food. (yum.)

I'm trying different techniques of MONOTYPING:

Monotype. Course in Sarmede with Linda Wolfsgruber

Monotype. Cours in Sarmede with Linda Wolfsgruber

Monotype. Cours in Sarmede with Linda Wolfsgruber

La torta in cielo
da Il libro degli errori, Gianni Rodari, © 1991 Edizioni EL.

Io sono un sognatore,
ma non sogno solo per me:
sogno una torta in cielo
per darne un poco anche a te.
Una torta di cioccolato
grande come una città,
che arrivi dallo spazio
a piccola velocità.
Sembrerà dapprima una nuvola,
si fermerà su una piazza,
le daremo un’occhiatina
curiosa dalla terrazza...
Ma quando scenderà
come una dolce cometa
ce ne sarà per tutti
da fare festa completa.
Ognuno ne avrà una fetta
più una ciliegia candita,
e chi non dirà «buona!»,
certo dirà «squisita!»
Poi si verrà a sapere
(e la cosa sarà più comica)
che qualcuno s’era provato
a buttare una bomba atomica,
ma invece del solito fungo
l’esplosione ha provocato
(per ora nel mio sogno)
una torta di cioccolato. 

June 19, 2015

Birthday pop-up voucher

This is a voucher for my beautiful 14-year old daughter... I just discovered that you can make a pop-up of any name... really nice for personal presents!

personalized pop-up voucher for the 14th  birthday of my dauhgter

May 22, 2015

Hallucinations on the beach

Mariano Rajoy, spanish Prime Minister gives press conferences via flat screen. Many communities in Spain vote this weekend.
Many spanish communities will be voting this weekend.

I think somebody is getting a bit nervous: The established bipartisanship, dominant in most parts of the country, is facing a serious threat by new parties.

Spain's President Mariano Rajoy has given almost all of his press conferences over the past years via flat screen in order to avoid uncomfortable questions.
His conservative party has approved many laws cutting back on personal freedom and democratic rights of the citizens and is involved in an uncountable number of allegations of corruption.

April 27, 2015


You probably know the photographer Laurent Chehere... I had the vision of his Flying House Series when I heard about the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal (and hope he doesn't mind that I borrow one of it for this collage).

Imagine a city of flying houses, floating peacefully in the air, being an indestructible shelter to their inhabitants... yes, it's a dream- then again, what can an illustrator offer other than an image that might relieve suffering for a tiny, tiny instant.

This is the original picture by Laurent Chehere:

April 20, 2015


collage. Europe is helpless in front of immigrants risking their lives in the attempt to cross the Mediterranean and reach Italy.
You were born on the wrong side of the Mediterranean Sea? So sorry. 

Last year, a record 170,000 people made the perilous crossing from Africa to Italy. Thousands died on the journey. 

This year, an estimated 1.600 people already lost their lives attempting to reach the italian coast. European politicians seem to be stumped... maybe they would fancy the old idea of a wall... this time, to keep people out.


April 17, 2015


Today, I had to decorate a textbook page about jokes... the jokes were actually quiet bad, but I still got in a good mood drawing these guys having a ball... be sure you enjoy your weekend, I will definitely get on my paddle board tomorrow.

people laughing at jokes for Klett Verlag, Germany

April 16, 2015


The beginning of spring and a solar eclipse seemed to be the perfect day to give a workshop to my artist friends of 'Se una notte...' about the color GREEN.
Being a combination of Yellow and Blue, Green encompasses the mental clarity and optimism of Yellow with the emotional calm and insight of Blue: Green is the great balancer of our mental, emotional and physical energies. From a meaning of colors perspective, Green is also the color of growth, the color of spring - it renews and restores depleted energy. This is why we like to walk through woods and why many hospitals paint their walls in shades of Green... also, in former times, people opted for Green for their living rooms.
On the negative side, Green can be associated with poison (formerly, arsenic was used to create a strong Green and it appears in toxic animals) and illness, as human skin seems to turn Green when lacking red blood cells.

Once my dear listeners got through the theory, we started to create different shades and textures of Green with whatever technique. Afterwards, we cut all the textures in equal pieces, distributed them on 10 separate piles, gave them nice rounded corners, punched a hole into every single one of them, bound them together with a colorful string and...voilà:
A personal Pantone of Greens for everybody. 
It was lot's of fun and tons of work and might even be useful in moments of doubt which shade of Green to chose for an illustration. 

different shades of green

April 14, 2015


Guenter Grass, one of Germany's most important writers, artists and social critics, died this Monday en Lübeck. He became widely known with his novel The Tin Drum. RIP.
Günter Grass the German novelist, artist, social critic and Nobel prize winner died this Monday in Lübeck.
I still remember some of the upsetting images of the excellent film version of his most famous novel, 'The Tin Drum' by Volker Schlöndorff.

April 7, 2015


I really hope you had a nice easter vacation and I'm terribly sorry to post such an unpleasant picture... but what is going on in people's mind???
Just a week ago, a young german pilot flies 150 people presumably consciously into their death and now, a group of terrorists kill 150 innocent students in Kenya.
The biggest threat nowadays seems to be: the human mind... brainwashed, manipulated or fallen ill.

human mind looking like a piece of shit. collage

March 30, 2015


I was wrong. When I had the idea of this series, I thought my hallucinations were going to be weird imaginations, or freaky stuff...or just an impossible wish coming true thanks to a digital collage.
But this week was different: every time I looked at the sea, I saw a huge, threatening mountain. Actually, my inner eye saw a huge mountain almost all day long and way into the night.

When the airplane in Malaysia disappeared, I felt very sorry for the people involved.
But the fact that a plane crashed into the Alps on its way from Barcelona (my home) to Düsseldorf (where I grew up), affected me deeply.
Obviously, my first thought was that a member of my family or myself could have been on the plane, a close friend or a not so close friend. That is not the case. But, people I personally know lost their husband, young girls their father. I feel downhearted.

I dedicate this image to every person who lost his life in this tragic accident and to the ones that stayed behind.

An airplane on its way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf crashed into the Alps. 149 people died. I dedicate this collage to all the victims

March 23, 2015


Yessssss, we made it through the winter... enjoy the first springtime monday!!!

(this collage is made entirely on iPad and iPhone.
Apps: Procreate, Camera 360 and Snapseed, just in case you're interested)

Collage with photos, flowers growing out of the sea at the beach of Barcelona

March 18, 2015


A box of matches in front of you.
45 minutes to convert it into a book- 
this is just the beginning of a workshop with Steven Guarnaccia, part of the activities at FLIC Festival in Barcelona this february.
What started with adrenaline levels beyond good, became one of the most fun workshops ever.
workshop at Flic Festival Barcelona

Steven Guarnaccia, art director, illustrator and professor at THE NEW SCHOOL in New York, suggested us to think about the significance of 'book'. What do you need to tell a story? Words? maybe not. Sometimes not even images...

I converted my little box into a fold-out character with the title 'triggering idea', an expression in german meaning a brilliant idea... you can actually light his neurons (but I would recommend not to...)

Converting a box of matches into a book

Bea R. Vaquero transformed it into an underwater scenario:

Nerea Borell Cedó created a stage with many, many actors...

Isa Penelo made this cute little Love-box:

Bárbara Castro transformed the box of matches into an elevator:

March 9, 2015


Do you remember the giant rubber duck (by dutch artist Florentijn Hofman) in front of Sydney, last year? Well, I saw it in Barcelona the other day... I swear!!

This is just a hallucination... the duck never floated in Barcelona... too bad, actually.

March 5, 2015


The small, simple and beautiful pop-up book "Libretto dei Tipografi" is dedicated to the most important printers of history:

Johannes Gutenberg 
Aldo Manuzio
Francesco Griffo
Claude Garamond
Henlo Dull
John Baskerville
Gianbattista Bodoni
Firmin Didot

Watch the video, it takes you into the magic of book making....

March 2, 2015

TIME FOR WHITE PAPER... (but no reason to panic)

jani lunablau What makes people happy? Sharing moments with people who love the same things you do... for example.
Roberta Bridda, book artist and illustrator, invites her artist friends every three weeks to share a new experience... sometimes it's about book binding, then about illustrating techniques, lately about colours... the idea is simple: everybody gives a class and receives many.
The group is called 'Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore...' (a quote from italian writer Italo Calvino).
During our 'creative mornings' good conversation and laughs are guaranteed and I move mountains not to miss a single one.
This friday, Laia Capdevila asked us to create a scene in 3D just in different shades of ... WHITE.
Most of us chose to make a tunnel book:

Maristella Mangipinto created a magic wolf scenario:

This is my project, 6 layers of differently structured papers and cloths cut in organic shapes.

jani lunablau

 This is the view from the back:

jani lunablau

jani lunablau

Laia Capdevila created this fragile wood:

February 28, 2015


Live shouldn't get boring, right? So, to get myself out of the comfort zone, I invented a new personal challenge: I will take a picture of the sea from the same spot as often as possible (...that means, almost every day as my sport club is right on the beach) and post it on Instagram /Twitter (#DailyDoseOfSeaview).
Once a week, I will modify one of these pictures... by drawing or pasting something into it that makes it surreal and impossible (but then again, what IS impossible?)
... within a couple of months, there should be a curious and constantly growing collection of Hallucinations on the beach.
Don't worry... I will NOT nominate anybody to do the same...

I grew up watching Star Trek... and loved it. This is my goodbye to Mr Spock.

Hallucinations on the beach, Nr. 1

February 20, 2015


Customized mask, handpainted with markersThe opening of the exhibition 'MASKA FOX' at Print Workers in Barcelona last friday was absolutely packed with people. It's always fascinating to see how each of the 16 participating artists finds a very personal solution and you can see a wide variety of styles and techniques.

I don't think it was easy to chose the best mask, but the winner of a month of free use of the screenprinting-lab are the first two masks, from Laurent Bruchet and Anai Cano.


16 artist customize a MASKA FOX by Saroche de los Andes. Used Techniques are screenprinting, collage , stamping, drawing and acrylics.
This is the poster with all the participants' names (screenprinted, obviously)...

February 11, 2015


customized by jani lunablauI've done it! I customized TWO Maska Fox from Saroche de los Andes for the exhibition and contest Print Workers Barcelona are organizing this weekend... the prize is a one month residence in their co-working and screenprinting-lab.

I screenprinted the masks completely with a fish-pattern I drew and converted them into foxfish, one in a light yellowish green and the other one in pink, the pattern is printed on top in a neon-orange.
Right on time for Carnival... the way, Saroche has two more MASKA-models, a bear and a deer, both look great!
customized by jani lunablaufish pattern by jani lunablau
customized by jani lunablau
Maska Fox customized by jani lunablaucustomized by jani lunablau