Alexander (aka puzzlel) from Germany says he started drawing as a little child, and never really stopped. Although he considers it just a hobby, his hand-drawn postcards are a work of beauty! We were enchanted by his talent and decided to ask him a few questions about them.
- How did you discover Postcrossing? What made you stay?
One year ago my aunt Karin and her husband Meck introduced me to Postcrossing. I bought some postcards and started. Address No 8 was supposed to go to a postcrosser in America. She wrote in her profile: “Handmade cards are like a gift ~ I love them!” I thought about it and sent her my first handmade card DE-6864388. That – and her very positive reaction when she received the card – was the starting point. You can guess: I owe her a million thanks!
I don’t know what makes me stay. Sometimes I think I got addicted to making postcards…
- As I understand it, you find your inspiration for the postcards on the profiles assigned to you. Could you explain a bit the process of making these postcards?
I get the new address, read the profile and try to find something in the list I could draw or paint. It must be something I am happy with. Sometimes it is pretty easy, for example if the receiver is fond of pineapples or elephants I know what to do. Sometimes I have to think about it for quite a while. If I have no idea at all I read the text to my kids: they have enough ideas!
Next step: I need a reference. I cannot make a pineapple just out of my head without a photo or a real pineapple in front of me. I look in the internet for a proper photo; I check my sketch books for a drawing I could use as reference; I ask my kids “Guys! Does anyone of you have a photo of Darth Vader/a pig/a cat/Lucky Luke/an ice bear? Maybe in one of your books?” Or I ask “Would you mind borrowing me your teddy bear/Eifel tower/plastic scull/little locomotive for a while?”
Then I start to paint or to draw.
There is an important post process as well. I send a photo of every postcard to my aunt Karin (the game does not work without her comments) and I show the card to my wife and my kids for quality check. Sometimes I have to do corrections.
When the card is about an animal or a plant I usually write the name of it in the language of the receiver and in German on the card. A Chinese and a Russian friend help me to check my writing. Once I made a funny mistake: for the animal “Seehund” I wrote the Chinese word “sealing”. It took a while to understand: google does not translate directly German to Chinese, but German to English and then English to Chinese. The English word for “Seehund” is seal.
- Do you have a favourite postcard that you’ve made?
On very rare occasions I stood in front of the letterbox with the new postcard in my hand thinking: No! I would like to keep this one! … I remember that it happened with DE-6959811, DE-7169621 and lately DE-7761999 (still traveling). So I guess these are my favourite ones.
- How much time do you need for a postcard and where do you find the time to make them?
It depends. Usually it takes one or two hours. Not counting the time thinking about what to paint/draw.
Over the years my wife and I watched less and less TV. Last year we replaced it by a fireplace (much better program…). Think of all the free time you generate in the evenings when you stop watching TV and reduce internet surfing to a minimum!
On the weekend I wake up the same time as every day. While my lazy family stays in bed I have one or two hours just for me to do a little painting. And to listen to music they are not so very fond of, like Miles Davis.
Thank you Alexander for this wonderful interview! You can see more of his postcards on his Sent gallery.
176 comments so far
Thank you for sharing your amazing art with us!
I really hope I'll get one of your cards someday ....
that you now get a blog here, you more than deserve that.
1000 Dank an Dich für Deine wundervolle Postkarte. Sie hat einen Ehrenplatz erhalten und ich betrachte sie so oft es geht.
dass Du nun hier einen Blog erhälst, das hast du dir mehr als verdient.
Really you are a heart in gold, I love what you do, and congratulations for your wonderful family who supports you in your passion.
Have fun painting and lots of special postcards in your mailbox!
@joyoustmjp: It wouldn't be the same if it wasn't a hobby.
Hope I will receive such a piece of art in my mailbox, once... ;-)
Alexander hai un talento fantastico, tutte queste cartoline dipinte sono eccezionali dovresti fare un' esposizione. Ti ringrazio per quesro Blog.
Thanks for sharing keep on going.
Your postcards are beautiful!
I hope one day you will pick up my address, I would very happy to have a postcard painted just for me. :D
I hope one day that my address will pop up on your screen! :-)
Wishing you lots of joy with your art & postcrossing!
But I generally love when people draw or paint. May it be the whole card or a tiny doodle. This week my brightest smile came from the hand drawn horse made by a 8 years old. It was sent without further comment. Not that it needed one.
This is quite similar to my life with my family and I m with you and Miles Davis...my hobby is music and photography and I have a Blog: 4alle.co
Have a good time with wonderful paintings!
I would be happy to receive one of your self-painted postcards someday.
I enjoyed reading this interview.
I already have two hand drawn cards from other postcrossers and don't understand when people write "no handmade, please".
Your Friend, Tresart
This was such a nice article to read, also.
Love your attitude which will gladly rub off on your kids as well !
I think many wanted to get such a postcard home ;)
Hands down - this one is my favorite!!
Hope to be lycky winner one day...
My new dream - to get a Hippo from you )))
You should make a book one day with all the ones you’ve done so far!!!! I would buy one for sure!!!
I hope you get my name and address one day!!!
Have you sent many cards to Canada yet?
I really hope I'll get one of your cards someday!
Happy Painting & Happy Postcrossing!
Now I am one of the lucky ones that received such a marvellous card from him! °Ü°
Thank you Alexander, for making such beauties!
Thanks to Alexander for his beautiful postcards.
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