More sailor’s delight

May 29, 2019

I don’t know where the sailors keep coming from, but here they are… I’m a big fan of Stephan Vanfleteren. When I see his pictures, I always end up drawing them. (I’m not sure if that’s allowed, but you could call it fan art, right?) There’s something imperfect, yet captivating about the faces he catches on film. Here’s my take on his sailor. I made a quick sketch in my sketchbook and then he ended up on my computer one evening. He turned out different than the version of my favourite photographer, yet I still quite like him. Oh captain, my captain!

 

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Fan art

May 15, 2019

I’ve been having fun with creating some fan art lately.

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Sadie Sink as Max in “Stranger things”

"One day the sadness will end"

Catherine Elizabeth Coulson as the Log Lady in “Twin peaks”

Inspirational sailor

April 13, 2019

 

I’ve been working on this sailor for too long and I have decided that he’s finished even though I’m not satisfied with the result. The idea was that the sailor would be entirely covered with inspirational tattoos but the project turned out to be too time-consuming, so I threw in the towel halfway. Maybe he just needed one extra tattoo ‘don’t give up, even when you’re stuck’

 

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fishy fish

March 24, 2019
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I did some work on one of my latest sketches. I took my quick sketch (pen & ecoline on aquarel paper) and combined it with a picture of the plants on my desk and some paint residue my children got their hands dirty on. I’m quite satisfied with the result.

It made me think of one of my favourite poems, ‘Pike’, by Ted Hughes (only obviously these are no pikes but kois…). Or maybe it’s because I was thinking of the poem, that I drew it this way… who knows…

But silently cast and fished
With the hair frozen on my head
For what might move, for what eye might move.
The still splashes on the dark pond,

That rose slowly toward me, watching.
From Ted Hughes – Pike

 

sketchbook fun

December 31, 2018

So, I’ve taken up drawing again and I’ve been having fun. Just doodling away in my sketchbook most of the time.

 

It’s been four years

December 30, 2018

Almost four years ago now my eldest daughter was born and I realised that having a fulltime job and raising a baby (keeping me awake) + doing up your house + working out + drawing would be a bit too much for me. I decided I would stop drawing for some time. Some people didn’t understand my decision but I’d rather go for a run (or BBB/yoga-class 🙂 in the spare personal time I had. Moreover, when I start drawing I tend to constantly think about a certain project and ideas spring to mind at the weirdest times, my baby brain couldn’t handle this.

In those four years we were blessed with two beautiful girls and it was such a pleasure to design the birth announcement cards (of course, raising them was a marvelous journey as well but that’s not what this blog is about). 

 

Now, almost four years later… we are finally able to sleep through the nights most of the time (I’m so scared typing this, I don’t want to jinx it), our house is renovated (or 2/3 of it), I’m working 4/5 and my baby brain is kicking back to life, I’ve picked up drawing again and I’m superexcited about it!  

At the moment, I’m designing a birth announcement card for a very dear friend of mine, but that’s all I can tell for the time being.

 

Why there are so many languages – folk tale 3 by Paul & Jane Catteeuw

October 15, 2014

Folk tale three is in the making. After the Vietnamese ‘Vong Phu’ and the Scandinavian ‘De geur van vis’, we’re now working on an indian folk tale that tells about the origin of the different languages, yes, really our cup of tea! I’m in the preliminary phase. Searching for the right tone, line, colour,.. everything! As is my father. He’s now officially retired, this basically means he’s even more busy than before. So I have to make do with the first three paragraphs that he managed to write on a spare free moment over the last three months.

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Graphic design for Leen Verhaert Lifecoach

October 8, 2014

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I’ve enjoyed doing this project for this very nice lady. Check her website if you’re interested in a corporate life coach. Or if you’re interested in the design, a collaboration between myself and my boyfriend.

Indian red & blue

October 1, 2014

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Norway

September 9, 2014

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A sketch I did in Bergen, the capital of the fjords.

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Some studies of a stave church we saw in Norway.
It was truly a magnificent trip!