Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fritz Hug 2

It has been a long time since I posted any wildlife art from the great Swiss painter Fritz Hug.
Here is the link to my first post on him:

These charming spot illustrations were published in the 1966 book "Tiere, meine taeglichen Gefaehrten" (Animals, my daily Companions).
The technique is brush and ink, and I see a combination of confidence and carefully observed subtleties. There isn't an animal he couldn't draw or paint with great believability.
The angularity in his work helps to bring out the specific anatomy of the animal. And those ink splashes are a trademark of his.
I purchased an oversized print showing a tiger recently, would love to own an original sketch sometime.


  1. These are great drawings for sure, thanks for posting them.
    Hey Andreas, just to let you know, I tried again to send you that e-mail but the same thing happened, it did not go through. It said that maybe your e-mail has blocked mine or something like that.
    Talk soon.

  2. I walked into an art gallery in Bern when i last visited Switzerland for christmas and came across some amazing original Fritz Hug pieces. Unfortunately i couldnt afford any of them...
    But it instantly made me think of you, because i remembered your first post from a while ago.

    Seeing how much he is admired all over the world, makes me kind of proud to be Swiss :-)

  3. You always find the best animal sketches. These are blowing my mind.

    Also I'm sure you get this a lot, but I just have to say it anyway, your work and the characters you animated have been one of the biggest influences on me as an artist and a person, so thank you for that and for keeping this blog, it is one of my favourite places on the web. I can always count on you to bring the good stuff.
    (And I hope that didn't sound too creepy)

  4. The aesthetics of the pen in a master's hand is truly amazing. I can look at these for hours. Thanks for sharing.

    Btw, I know you have always been interested in wire sculpting. Here's a new kickstarter project for a 3D pen. The possibilities are pretty much endless and limited by one's own imagination. Check it out if you have time.

    1. It looks very cool. I might have to try it out some time.
      Thanks for the link.

  5. These are amazing. Thank you for introducing me to the work of Fritz Hug, it is incredible.

    Is there a book collecting his drawings/paintings???


    1. There were a bunch of books with Hug's art published. Some storybooks, but also large art books.
      Go to Abebooks, they might have some. And there is always Amazon and Ebay.

  6. Thanks for posting all this stuff... it's such a great resource! :)

  7. These animals are full of life! Even the little splashes add so much. :D

  8. This comment has been removed by the author.