Aug 26, 2014

Global Talent Search 2014

Recently I joined the Global Talent Search 2014 organized by the Lilla Rogers Studio.
The theme was 'little terrarium' and this is my submission: BLOOM

Today the shortlist is revealed. Unfortunately mine wasn't selected.  999 submissions and only 50 were chosen, so I didn't expect it to be chosen, but to be honest I was hoping to make it into the 2nd round and  have another chance to get an inspiring brief from Lilla Rogers.

If you wanna see all the works click here, my BLOOM  is on page 2.

In the end of October I will doing  part B of the course Make Art That Sells.
I'm looking forward to it, because part A was very inspiring!

Aug 22, 2014


As I wrote before his week the spoonchallege theme is animals. Todayit's one of my favourites: cat. I chose to concentrate only on their faces and made this cat gallery:

Jus saw my cats are feautured on the Spoonflower blog today :-)
more doodles here: #spoonchallenge
Have a nice weekend!

Aug 21, 2014

In memoriam Sieb Posthuma

On the 3rd of August Dutch illustrator Sieb Posthuma
didn't see no longer the light in his life...


This afternoon I visited his exhibition 'een vijver vol inkt' (a pool full of ink) in the Kinderboekenmuseum Den Haag. A very inspiring exhibition, full with color, lightness, humor and beautiful work. Such a great talent...

He has made many nice works, books, theater costumes and decors. It is really very nice to see all his work together in this exhibition. A strange feeling to know he is not with us anymore.


I bought a  book about his life written by Joukje Akveld. You can still vist the exhibition till September. If you have a chance: go!!

Thank you, Sieb Posthuma!

Aug 20, 2014

summerschool - make it in design - part 2

My designs for part two of the summerschool
Beginners brief theme tribal shapes

I googled and found lots of interesting shapes. A lot of them were in black and white. The ones I liked the most to play with, were feathers. First I made some various black feathers. (You can nearly see it on this small size, but I also added some triangles to them for more 'tribal' effect).

Then I began to play with them. I build a pattern in photoshop and make several try-out patterns in between to see if and how they work. Till I find the right balance. Then I added some color to the feathers to make it more lifely.

I also tried another pattern based on triangles,To try some more in this tribal theme, which is new to me. I like it, but when I saw the two patterns together, I decided (after a lot of positive feedback form my classmates) to go for the 'dancing feathers'

Theme of the intermediate brief: animal ptint. It is not my favorite theme. Yes I do like animals, but I'm not a big fan of panter, zebra and tiger prints. But after googling a bit I saw  ladybugs.  I thought this could make a nice pattern.  Fisrt I drew some ladybug shapes with a marker, scanned them and adjusted them in photoshop into a pattern.

For this brief we were asked to make a mock up on a bag.
I made this ladybug... eh...bag ;-)

Theme of the advanced track: tribal collage. Tribal shapes mixed with animal prints brought together as a patchwork pattern. I never done that before and it was quite a challenge to get a nice balance in it. To know when to stop, because I don't want it to be too full. It should be a pattern for kids.  I chose for little elephants and bright colors.

We also were asked to mock it up. On boxes this time. Because I couln't find the proper mock up photograph in time, I made my own chair with two cushions this time. and a bucket, all with the same pattern, but in various sizes.

It is very nice this summerschool challenges me to try out different things and make lots of patterns for my portfolio. I really like to make them and i'm always surprised by the outcome.

These and all the other patterns will be shown in the galleries. Published on the 22th of August. Still one part to go, will be continued...

Aug 19, 2014


And here's prompt #11 for the 30 days spoonflower drawing challenge:

This week it's animal time. I had to google this animal: platypus, a fascinating animal
as if he is made from parts of several animals to one animal. I like him a lot :-)

More spoonchallenge doodles under #spoonchallenge

Aug 17, 2014


And here's prompt #1 for the 30 days spoonflower drawing challenge:

I'll have some catching up to do. Hope I can find the time, because it's fun :-)
More spoonchallenge doodles under #spoonchallenge

Aug 16, 2014


I recently discovered the 30 days drawing challenge on the spoonflower-blog. It has already started for 10 days, but I joined today and prompt #10 was toast.

This is my toast doodle of the day. In Holland we also use the word toast as cheers,
To bring a toast to someone. I'm curious: Is this expression known in your country too?

You can find more spoonchallenge doodles under the #spoonchallenge
and maybe you wanna join too! That would be fun!

Have a nice weekend, toast! ;-)

Aug 12, 2014

Biceps Billy postcard

Yippie! 'Biceps Billy' now available as an A6 postcard.
Toghether with a lot of other postcards all made by Dutch illustrators.
You can find them all together at SaltyStuff 

Aug 8, 2014

summerschool - make it in design - part 1

Here are my first three designs for the 'make it in design' summerschool:

Beginners assignment was to make a tropical summer pattern, I came up with this:

I like to see my patterns mocked up on clothes, so I made an illustration of a tropical girl.

I had to think of the Summer carnaval we celebrate here every year in Rotterdam, all kind of extravagant hats and wigs :) View all tropical patterns of the beginner brief 1 in the summerschool gallery 

The Intermediate assignment was to make a retro geometric pattern for a bathing suit.

I made several designs, it was hard to choose, but I submitted this ´summer diamonds´ design. Because I thought this was the most appropriate for a bathing suit. View all retro geometric patterns of the intermediate brief 1 in the summerschool gallery 

The  advanced assignment (yes, I signed up for that one too ;-)) was to create a water pattern:

I chose for a combination of dancing Octopuses and waves It doesn't show on the picture but I even succeeded to make it a seamless repeated pattern, which was quite a challenge with this design. View  all water patterns of the advanced brief 1 in the summerschool gallery 

The briefs and the work of the other participants are very inspiring. Next Monday we will get three new assignments. I Hope to find time to accomplish these too. Will be continued...

Aug 5, 2014

pattern of the day

I love to make patterns, this is my pattern of the day:

More patterns can be found here

Aug 3, 2014

happy birthday to me :)

happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me,
happy birthday, happy birthday,
happy birthday to meeeeeee!!!

Aug 1, 2014

hello sunshine

The summeschool of make it in design has started. It's an online course about making patterns and it's free. A lot of people are joining. It's fun!

Every two weeks we get new assignments. You could sign up for different levels. Although I'm quite new to this subject, I signed up for all levels\ And I am not the only one ;-) It stimulates me to dive into the pattern world, a fascinating and inspiring world.

This pattern I made a while ago: hello sunshine and you can find it in my Spoonflower shop. Will be continued! I wish you all a nice and sunny weekend!

Jul 25, 2014

herbs pattern

I join  the Spoonflower contest again this week. Theme: herb garden.

I made this pattern. It could be nice for an apron... If you like it, you can bring out your vote. My design can be found between many other herb designs. Find them here 

I really appreciate your help! Thanks in advance :-)

Jul 22, 2014

let it bubble

Here's the result of the final Bootcamp assignment:

Subject for the July assignment was your favorite beverage. I'm a fan of latte machiato (koffie verkeerd), I like orange juice, drink a lot of water, sometimes a glass of red wine... But the drink I love the most is Prosecco (campagne is also good, as long as it bubbles) We were asked to create a personal piece about it.

That was my inspiration for 'let it bubble'  I like the bubbles in the drink, but I also love it when bubbles of inspiration sparkling in my head. It's available as a giclee print in my Etsy shop

If you like to see what my classmates have made, you can view it in the
July Bootcamp Gallery.

Besides the July assignment, there was an extra 'just for fun' assignment of painting your nails or painting on rocks. Painting nails is absolutely not my thing, so I chose to make this little man.

It's a pity Bootcamp is over now. I started late in May, but it was a very nice experience and I'm glad I've joined. Great to meet all these fellow artists and share our proces and progress!

Next thing is the Global Talent Search: A competition organized by Top Illustration agent Lilla Rogers. First prize is a two years representation by the Lilla Rogers Studio. I can always try... ;-)

If you like, you can still enter. It starts the 5th of August.

Jul 18, 2014

Thank you!

Thank you all very much for your votes on my dancing rhinos design!

Unfortunately I didn't win, but I hope you will support me the next time again :-)
 If you are curious who did win: here are the winning designs. Happy weekend!

One of my facebook friends was so kind to tell me they published the voting results on the Spoonflower blog. My dancing rhinos are on the 22th place 0f 251 designs.
Not bad for a first time :)

Jul 17, 2014

personalized kids wall art

I recently made these prints for a kids room:

This little sailorman sailing on the sea. I can customize it with the name of your child, Ahoy... If you want, you can purchase this print here

And I made another one for girls. Hello Princess, dancing in the garden in her special princess dress. You can also ask if I add your childs name: Hello... so it makes it more personal. You can purchase it here

Jul 14, 2014

Make Monotypes 3

The monotype class has come to an end.The first weeks I experimented a lot. The last week I was too busy making patterns and opning an account on Spoonflower, so I didn't had time anymore. (You can still vote for my rhinoceros pattern here)

Above and below are two prints with the same stencils. I experimented coloring the stencils with a brush and a brayer. One shape print and a detail (ghost) print. I like the effcect of both. They have their own quality. I was surprised by the detail print.

And here an experiment with fruit. I made lots of them, this one I liked the most:

Another detail (ghost) print of a cat and several circles. I like these textures.
You can't get it like this only on the computer.

During the course I made a lot of monoprint Photoshop brushes and patterns. I scanned backgrounds and changed them into pencils. i'm happy with that, so I can use them to make my work more lifely.

It was fun to experiment and to play. This morning I cleaned up my workspace, because after six weeks of printing it was quite a mess :-)

Jul 11, 2014

I love Amsterdam

TodayI was a day in Amsterdam to get some work back from an exhibition. I went with my brother and we made a long walk through the city. I love being there. We went to the Museum square, such a great atmosphere. They have whole walls with advertisements for the van Gogh museum and tis gives funny photographs in combination with the real buildings:

We walked through the Vondelpark and had a nice lunch on a seat outside and watched the people passing by. I also saw this beautiful tree. I always see faces in trees ;-)

And here's another van Gogh painting with the Rijksmuseum on the background:

In the Vondelpark there's a sculpture exhiibition. Designs made by children and artists, because the park celebrates 150 years of existance. You can hear about the project here (in dutch)

They want to build a connection between the youth and the Vondelpark, so the Parc will be cared for in the future too. It's one of my favorites Parcs in Holland and some of the sculptures were really nice and fun! A lot of bright colors between the trees.

The whole day I saw beautiful, funny, colorful patterns and textures. On clothes, in nature, everywhere. So inspiring!

Here's another sculpture I liked a lot. I love this combination of culture and nature.
We also went to a photography exhibition in Huis Marseille. Also inspiring!

My work is back from the exhibition and I had a really nice, relaxed  and inspiring day in a beautiful city! Have a very nice weekend! i'm gonna work and draw, which i love so much!

Jul 9, 2014

Red Cheeks Factory patterns

This week I'm busy with patterns. Since the Make Art That Sells course, I'm interested in making them.and this week I opened an account on Spoonflower, a huge community where you can sell and buy all kind of fabrics, giftwraps, wallpapers etc.

Aboves design: 'jelly party' I've made some time ago,. It was the March-assignment for Bootcamp. Since I started in May, I wanted to do the assignment, because it was such a fun theme.

Below a dancing rhinos pattern. On Spoonflower they have a weekly contest and the theme was rhinoseroses. I never drew one, but I liked that too. You can vote on your favorite designs, maybe my dancing rhinos? If you want to vote, you are invited, click and scroll . Thanks in advance ;-)

And below a 'nerdie' design. I made this some time ago. I like to present the designs on a person and this fabric would be great for a pyama, don't you think?

Thiese days I worked very hard, because I heard there was free shipping on Spoonflower. Before you can sell your designs there, you need to order some samples, to see if the quality and the colors are right. So I've put a collection of 12 designs in my shop. Within two weeks I will receive the samples and then it's ready to purchase. I will let you know.

If you are interested you can find these patterns in my Spoonflower shop.
I'm very curious what you think of it.

Jul 1, 2014

winner of the giveaway


...who is the winner of the Red Cheeks Factory party postcardset ...?

No, it's no joke ;-) It's number 20 on the comment list, Joke Feddema.
The lucky number, blind picked by my friend. Congratulations, Joke!

Thank you all very much for joining the party. For your support and kind words.
Ofcourse you are always welcome in the Red Cheeks Factory shop, where you can find partycards, but also lots of other Red Cheeks Factory products.

(Joke, can you send me your adress, then I can send you the cards)
Have a nice day everyone :-)