I have had a busy summer illustrating a book (not written by me) and painting the cover image. It is scheduled to be published by Harper Collins on February 25, 2014. Details are top secret until then. Very exciting!


After being away from my usual routine for so long, I needed a little kickstart and I found just the right thing to give me a challenge. YUPO PAPER!

From the Yupo USA website:

YUPO is the 100% recyclable, waterproof, tree-free Synthetic Paper with attributes and properties that make it the perfect solution for a variety of marketing, design, packaging and labeling needs.
YUPO Synthetic Papers are extruded from polypropylene pellets. The process of extrusion occurs in our quarter-mile long manufacturing facility located in Chesapeake, Virginia. The various grades, weights and thicknesses of yupo are spun into spools in lengths from 725 yards to 7,500 yards, which are cut in to widths from 6 to 66 inches. After cutting and finishing has taken place, they are ready to ship to distributors and manufacturers for commercial and technical markets.

YUPO Attributes:

  • Super-smooth
  • Prints consistently and effortlessly
  • Holds ink with razor-sharp precision
  • Durable
  • Wipes clean
  • Waterproof
  • Will not tear
  • Bright White

First try:

Iris Pods (in progress)
water-soluble graphite (Graphitone pencils, 8B and 2B) and regular graphite pencils (HB and B) on Yupo Paper

The finished drawing:

Iris in Fall
water-soluble graphite on Yupo paper
© 2013, Eva-Maria Ruhl

Plant in winter
water-soluble graphite on Yupo paper
© 2013, Eva-Maria Ruhl