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spotted: Quentin Blake in Cambridge

June 16, 2013

Quentin Blake is most definitely one of my alltime favourite illustrators. As a child I devoured all Roald Dahl’s books. I feel this is not only Dahl’s merit. Blake’s drawings are essential to Roald Dahl’s colourful stories. I truly admire how he is able to grasp a character with only a few strokes.

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A few years back I watched a documentary about him. I wish I hadn’t… It ruined the magic in a way. (If you’re a big Quentin Blake fan too and you don’t want to risk ruining the magic then don’t watch the video below and stop reading.)

I’d always loved the spontaneousness of his drawings, little did I know … Blake says to do ‘a freewheeling sort of drawing that looks as though it is done on the spur of the moment. However even a single drawing needs a certain amount of preparation and planning’. I have to admit his lightbox technique is really genius, and actually I often use a similar technique. In a way, I’m also glad he shared his working method. In my magic fairytale-version of reality I assumed that this genius drew his drawings with his eyes closed. Now I’ve learned that also a genius has to put time and effort into his illustrations for them to excel, which is a comfort to a hobbyist like me.


Anyway, I was in Cambridge in April and I couldn’t believe my luck. There was an exhibition titled ‘Drawn by Hand’ that looked at individual works he had produced in the past decade: book illustrations, etchings, lithographs, drawings and works done for hospitals in various and contrasting media. The work was accompanied by a display of pens, brochures, inks, watercolours, quills and other materials from the artists studio. Nele accompanied me, and I don’t know about her, but I had a field day.




Voor Hans…

December 20, 2010



My latest “work”

September 18, 2010

Seeing my latest work – sounds very serious, doesn’t it?- requires a bit more effort than clicking a button, you’ll have to go to the Mekanik store (Sint-Jacobsmarkt 73) to check it out. There’s an exhibition of 80 young artists, interested in illustration, comics and graphic design. So I think it should be worth your while, but I’ll have to see for myself first.

80 exposanten maakten de reis naar de Antwerpse Galerie Mekanik om hun werk, met als thema “De Reis” tentoon te stellen. De expositie geeft een goed beeld van het aanstormend talent in Vlaanderen. Ze brengt alle enthousiastelingen voor strip, illustratie en grafiek in kaart en toont aan dat onze jonge tekenaars nog flink wat in hun mars hebben… Opening op 18 september met muziek, eten en drinken vanaf 14u, en jurering van 14 tot 16u. De deuren sluiten weer om 22u maar de expo loopt daarna nog tot 18 oktober 2010.

Found it. Linked it.

June 22, 2010

I’m big fan of Google Reader. It’s my everyday newspaper, but better. A source of inspiration, to kill a dead moment at work, … I surf to my Google Reader page more than often.
To give the journalists of my fantastic newspaper the credit they are worth, I included them all (or at least already a significant part of them) in my link list. Click, link, read and enjoy!

Hello world!

April 13, 2010

September first, 2009.
I’ve taken up drawing again. It has been six years now, since I’ve been practising properly.
I’ve decided to take things seriously and I have entered a course on illustration design.
My first goal was to regain the drawing skills I mastered in sixth grade – a long time ago!
Little did I know that this course would be such a revelation for me.

May first, 2010
I’ve been drawing and drawing, bookbinding, painting, colouring, crafting,…whatever.
I’ve been overwhelmed with so many ideas, I constantly have the feeling of having too little time.
But I’m enjoying it very, very much. That’s why I decided it was time for me to share some of my stuff with you.

Hope you enjoy!