Archive for the ‘illustrations’ Category

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.

 

Oorlogsdagen

September 17, 2013

Het voorbije jaar werkte ik aan een illustratiebijlage voor Oorlogsdagen en eindelijk mag ik een tipje van de sluier lichten.

Het leven van de soldaten aan de frontlijn in Vlaanderen tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog is genoegzaam bekend. In Oorlogsdagen laat Historicus Pieter Serrien de minder bekende ooggetuigen aan het woord, zij die als gewone burgers aan de bezette kant van Vlaanderen leefden.

Oorlogsdagen vertelt het verhaal van 32 dagboekschrijvers. Het was mijn opdracht om hun afkomst en hun reis visueel weer te geven. Ook de vele oude foto’s en afbeeldingen van originele handschriften zouden hun verdiende plaats krijgen in de extra katern.

Het was een hele uitdaging om de veelheid aan informatie mooi te kaderen en bij al dit digitale werk toch de handmatige look and feel van een dagboek niet te verliezen. Ik moest op zoek naar het juiste evenwicht tussen tussen leesbaarheid en illustratie.
Daarom heb ik gewerkt met de echte texturen van de dagboeken, heb ik zelf de stempels van de verschillende bezettingsgebieden gesneden en ook handmatige typo kreeg zijn plaats.

Ik ben erg benieuwd naar het resultaat dat binnenkort in de winkels zal liggen. Hier kunnen jullie al twee kaarten bekijken.

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Vong Phu – father and daughter rewrite and illustrate a Vietnamese folk tale

August 9, 2013
The illustrated folk tale ‘Vong Phu’ is finally completed. Click the picture below to read the full story online.
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Wachten is lief hebben en lief hebben is wachten. Maar wachten kan een eeuwigheid duren, toch wordt trouw uiteindelijk altijd beloond. Ook al is dat niet altijd zoals je zou kunnen vermoeden.
De auteurs, Paul en Jane Catteeuw, bewerkten en illustreerden een oud Vietnamees volksverhaal en brengen zo Vong Phu weer tot leven.
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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.

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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.

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Pulling silly faces

May 8, 2013

faceEvery once in a while I feel the urge to pull silly faces. As does this guy.

spotted – Paris

March 21, 2013

I’m going on a school trip to Paris next week. Time for some Paris inspired maps and drawings from illustrators I like.

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Josie Portillo

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Oliver Jeffers

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Amaia Arrazola

 

If you really want to submerge yourself in the Parisian atmosphere and dream of warmer spring days to come, then I can advise Jacques Dutronc’s ‘Il est cinq heures, Paris s’éveille’, my personal favourite (when it comes to songs about Paris, that is).

A new year = a new sketchbook

January 27, 2013

I have a weird set of beliefs when it comes to sketchbooks.

1. A new year = a new sketchbook.
Whether it’s September or January; a new year equals a new book. Even if the last one would not be filled from cover to cover. (Luckily, I managed to do that this year, my last sketchbook was an expensive Moleskine, it would have been such a waste).

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2. The first drawing is vital.
I will only feel comfortable with my new sketchbook when the first drawing turns out OK (Luckily, I was quite satisfied with this dog). If I mess up that first drawing, I tend to dislike my new sketchbook and will chuck it out eventually.

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3. A sketchbook determines the look and feel of all the sketches in it.
I have the feeling that a sketchbook can determine a ‘mood’ and that drawings that were created within the same book will have a similar feel or atmosphere to them.

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4. Handmade sketchbooks are the best
I made this one in December. I used Marpa Jansen brown paper (24x34cm, 100g/m2) and I’ve hand sewn it. It’s easier than you think. Maybe next time I’ll do a post on how to sew your own booklet.

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Van Bavel shopping bag

December 5, 2012

 

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Such a pleasure to see my design come alive!
This is the shopping bag I designed for Van Bavel gifts & premiums.
I’m very grateful for this opportunity, 5000 people can go shopping with this bag now.

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