Surprise! Although my main income is indeed translation, occasionally I do layout or even illustration. From 2003 to 2004, for example, I was the house illustrator for Oskar Lernt Englisch, a school here in Berlin that specializes in teaching kids English. Basically, that meant drawing a new worksheet pretty much once every two weeks. Somewhere along the way, the school also put out a kiddy CD — pictured above — which I also illustrated.
Except for Oskar himself, I came up with all the reoccurring characters in the worksheets, including Mr. Magic, whom you see singing on the cover above. Dunno whether either the worksheets or characters are still being used at OLE, but it was an enjoyable job.
Like the animators at Disney, I liked to slip in the occasional Easter Egg... but no one ever found any of them! (Instead, some mother once complained about Mr Magic 'cause magic is unholy and she didn't want her kid learning English from a satanic character.)
Post a Comment