photography, portrait

This is stuff for a new portrait photography gallery. I am still in the process of choosing which photographs to use. Thanks a lot to the models, who all were really great.

If you´re in Cologne and need some one who takes portrait pictures, contact me.

Old sketchbook drawing/ Unknown Woman

illustration, portrait, sketch, Uncategorized

Derek Roczen Sketchbook ca. 1999


This is an old sketch from my time at art school which now seems ages ago. There were no mobile phones, it would still take four or five years before I bought my first computer. People were clad in fur and wild animals roamed freely through the streets of Stuttgart where I lived at the time.In a weird way this drawing is rough although there are lots of details. I don´t remember who this is supposed to be. The big stain in the middle came from a bottle of olive oil that leaked in my rucksack. This means that this particular sketchbook had been to Italy with me and the olive oil was a souvenir from Lucca.

During that time I never left home without a sketchbook. Sketchbooks are just great….

N/ portraits

illustration, nude drawing, portrait

These drawings are a byproduct of my unfortunately extensive summer slump. I hope I won´t have time for this kind of drawing very soon. Also when I draw there always phases when I work a lot on one thing, and I guess it will take some time anyway until I start on this kind of motif again. I didn´t scan the pictures but just photographed my sketchbook.

They are a little time travel because they remind me of the stuff I did in art school. They are based on my photographs of a Russian student and part time model I took some time ago. She is probably one of the most beautiful women I have met so far, so thanks to her. I would prefer to do actual live drawings, but that is a question about money and finding someone patient enough. I am kind of not finished with this, because it always seems like looking for one picture and I haven´t made this one yet. I would love to do some etchings based on these drawings….