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.






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.
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.

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.





June 9, 2013

An improsketch I did with Fabienne Snellinx, although we broke the only rule there is to it. Can you tell who did what?



I’m really satisfied with the result, this bird got it all started.

spotted: captivating animations

May 18, 2013

What is the link between The emperor’s new clothes and language science? Find out in a wonderful RSA animation on pragmatics titled: Language as a window into human nature (by Steven Pinker). If you like animations, but you’re more into economics or history, then it might be a good idea to google some other RSA animations.

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If you fancy something more lighthearted, here’s another wonderful stop motion animation: The marker maker by Jonny Lawrence.

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My first stop motion: My boyfriend is a skater

May 8, 2013

I’m completely in the dark when it comes to frontside kick flips, backside kick flips, 360° kick flips, nose manny shuv-its and basic ollies…as I should be. When I was a teenager I assumed skateboarding to be a teenager’s hobby. A hobby that I was not interested in at all and boyfriends always were. I once tried standing on a skateboard, not skateboarding, just standing up straight on the deck and I almost broke my tail-bone. (I do adore snowboarding by the way, that’s something completely different, in my opinion.)

Anyway, here I am, 27 at the moment and I still have a boyfriend who’s a skater. A proper skater that is, not just some kind of poser. And yes, we do have a legal relationship, as a matter of fact, he is thirty something. Apparently there’s more of them, these slightly overaged skaters. The boyfriend has quite some thirtyish friends who can get so revved up talking about their latest street skate footage, you might think they’re discussing the latest football derby. They would say: ‘In today’s skating session he managed to do a fakie kickflip noselide shuv-it grind and he pulled off a flipped street trick flip’ (or something similar that makes sense, whatever).

After all these years of listening to similar conversations, I still can’t seem to get my head around how these tricks work. And that’s why I thought a stop motion animation might help. And hey… it didn’t. But do enjoy it, nonetheless. And, of course, I am quite proud of my skatepro boyfriend.

Pulling silly faces

May 8, 2013

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

Travel doodles

April 22, 2013

oorpijn paris   An ear infection kicked in at the kick off of our Paris school trip.

spotted: the history of the tube poster – in pictures

April 21, 2013

In honour of the 150th birthday of the underground. (Source: The Guardian). I really love the simplicity in both colour and design. Graphic design at its best!
Click the link to The Guardian for more marvellous designs.

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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.


Josie Portillo


Oliver Jeffers



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).