Nov 29, 2018

Back to school again ;-)

The last six weeks I went back to school again. A very special online class: 'Your own voice' teached by the Spanish illustrattor Javier Zabala. I'm a big fan of his work, so when I saw this class passing by, I didn't have to think long to join. I do share here some of the works I've made during this fun, exciting and inspiring trip:





We did experiment with a lot of different techniques. The image above is a mixture of collage, stencils and Photoshop)

Below Stencils, collage and chinese ink:





Javier did show his techniques in special videos. Each week was around another theme. We also did get a lot of theory about masters of influence, finding your voice, the essence of a character and composition.

An experiment wirh chinese ink:



One assignment was to do 20 'covers'. It had to be quick drawings in the same style, that could be  covers for a sketchbook project. I chose faces as subject, but in a different way from what I normally do. Here are some of them:


Very interesting was also the week about finding the essence of a character. We played a game and had to guess which characters we had chosen. Here two of the characters i've made. (Not so difficult to guess, he?)





One of the techniques we did was monotype. I did experiment before with it. But it is fun to explore it more,. I do like the effect of this technique a lot:





In the end we had to make a final work. It will be published in a (digital) catalogue for the Bologna Bookfair. I did do some mixed media experiments  I'm not sure which one to choose as final one. I think I will go for the wolf in the forest (the first image of this post)

Which one would you choose?









I hope to continue with experimenting. And to explore 'my voice' more and more. And use the techniques I've learned in the books and other works I make and wanna make ... ;-)

For those who are interested: Here's a link to this class. I think it will be repeated in the future. Highly recommended!


May 26, 2018

My first Children's Picture Book!

After illustrating several books I recently made my first children's picture book:
'Baas van iets groots'




I'm very happy with this, because it was high on my wishlist! I wrote the story and made the illustrations.




It is published by De Eenhoorn (February 2018) It's one of my favorite publishers. The book is written in Dutch. I hope it will be translated one day ....




It's about a little Mouse, who wants to become a boss of something big ...




I also did the design of the book. It was a nice challenge. I really hope to make more of them. Because it is what I love the most!




There are some reviews written about it. (in Dutch) You can read it here and here.


May 20, 2018

In Memori-Mam - Geranium Art

Today it's eight (already eight? yes eight!) years ago my Mam suddenly passed away. Each year after that day I make a special in Memori-Mam here on my blog.

I wrote before about the geranium I took with me after she died. About our growing geranium field.We just put all the geraniums out in our garden again after the winter staying inside.


I  already have a lot of geranium pictures. Never knew this plant would be such an inspiration for me. I took this photo last year in my house: Some geraniums behind our white curtains.It's almost a painting, don't you think?

When I see a geranium, I always think of my Mom. And I have them all around me :-)

If you like to see the other blogposts I made  to honour her, click the links:

The first year  I posted this blogpost: to honour my mom
(including some funny animations my mother made)

The second year I wrote another blogpost about her: far away, but still near 

The third year I wrote about her geranium

And the fourth year I wrote:  In memori-mam, thinking of you...

The fifth year I posted 85 geraniums

And sixth year I wrote:In Memori-Mam 6

And last year I wrote:In Memori-Mam 7

Apr 2, 2018

Finalist Silent Book Contest 2018

It has been so long ago since I posted something here. But now I've got such a great news! I'm a finalist in the Silent Book Contest 2018! That means an exhibition on the Bologna Children's Book Fair!


Last week we (my friend and I) visited the Fair. It was our first time. It was so inspiring! The exhibition was really nice! Nine prints were exhibited from each finalist. I made a book named 'Concerto'




Work from the winners of the last four years were also  presented including their books.




In total there are nine finalists. All have their own quality. In May one winner will be picked.




My book 'Concerto' is about a piano player and his cat. They make a musical journey. A Silent book means a book without words. You have to think differently. More only in images. I wanted to make something about music, because music has its own language. Also the making process was different from earlier books. Much more organic. A very interesting process!




Here are six of the nine finalists who came to the Fair. We had great fun on the opening. Can you spot me? Hahaha.




There also was a presentation on the Bologna Book Fair in the illustrator's cafe. They showed our books on a big screen. We had to tell a little bit about our book. We all were a bit nervous. It's huge there ...




Never thought my work would be shown on such a big screen on such a big event. I feel privileged to be amongst these talented finalists.



The winner will get his or her book published by Carthusia, an Italian publisher. But we all did already won with such a great experience!

More photos about this contest you can find here and photo's from our trip to Bologna and the Fair you can find here


Jun 13, 2017

Winner Worldwide Picturebook Illustration Competition!

Good news! I am one of the three Dutch winners of the Worldwide Picturebook Illustration Competition! I am happily surprised by it! You can read more about this competition here

I've send in three illustrations that goes along with a selfmade story calling: No time!



And they were chosen! In Octiober there will be a travelling exhibition including work of the in total 12 winners; 3 from Germany, 3 from the United Kingdom, 3 from South Africa and 3 from the Netherlands.




The exhibition starts in my hometown Rotterdam the 4th of October and travels then to the Bilderbuch Museum in Troisdorf  in Germany and The Hive in Worcester in the United Kingdom. And maybe even to Shanghai!




They also will print a catalogue, which will be shown on the Frankfurter Buchmesse and the Bologna Childrens's Bookfair.

I have a reason to have red cheeks right now, don't you think? ;-)

May 20, 2017

In Memori-Mam (7)

Today it's already seven years ago my Mam suddenly passed away. Each year after that day on the 20th of May I make a special in memori-mam here on my blog.



When she died I took her last geranium and every year we multiply them. We place them in the garden next to our holiday home on our island in de Bergsche Plas in Rotterdam. In autumn we take them with us to our home.



Not all, because that would be too much... And we make new ones of them. Last Wednesday we planted them again. The photo above was taken last year in August.
I wish my Mam could see it....




If you like to see the other blogposts I made  to honour her, click the links:

The first year  I posted this blogpost: to honour my mom
(including some funny animations my mother made)

The second year I wrote another blogpost about her: far away, but still near 

The third year I wrote about her geranium

And the fourth year I wrote:  In memori-mam, thinking of you...

The fifth year I posted 85 geraniums

And last year I wrote:In Memori-Mam 6


Jul 21, 2016

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And the winner of the 30 K followers give away is....


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Jul 20, 2016

Hooray, a give away ;-)

To celebrate the fact there are already over 30 K people who follow Red Cheeks Factory on Instagram, I will give away these postcards. You can join on Instagram or on Facebook




Go to above links to add your comment and tag a friend. Thursday the 21th of July. (Tomorrow) I will pick the winner(s).

May 20, 2016

In Memori-mam (6)

Today it's already six years ago my Mam suddenly passed away. Each year after that day on the 20th of May I make a special in memori-mam here on my blog.





When she died I took her last geranium and every year we multiply them. Last year we had already more than 85! See last years post here




Yesterday I painted an interpretation of my Mam when she was young. It's done from a very small photo. I added a geranium. I still miss her a lot. We had so much fun together.....




Here's another geranium painting I made .My mother was called Annie:



If you like to see the other blogposts I made  to honour her, click the links:

The first year  I posted this blogpost: to honour my mom
(including some funny animations my mother made)

The second year I wrote another blogpost about her: far away, but still near 

The third year I wrote about her geranium

And the fourt year I wrote:  In memori-mam, thinking of you...

Last years post 85 geraniums



Jan 25, 2016

Opening exhibition Ilustrarte in Lisbon

Last week we visited the big Ilustrarte exhibition in Lisbon, where also my work is part of. It's a big honour to be one of the 50 selected illustrators of more than 1700 participants from 72 countries




We took a flight on Wednesday the 20th, so we were in time for the opening on Thursday evening the 21st. It was quite an experience! What an inspiring exhibition.

We arrived at the Electricity Museum some time before the exhibition started. So I had the chance to meet some people, like Ingrid Godon, a Flemish illustrator. I knew her work, but never met her in person. And of course one of the enthusiastic organizers Eduardo Filipe.

 



Just as the Ilustrarte 12 exhibition in Ghent, which I visited some years ago, the works are presented in a very original way. On tables / houses with lights especially made for this occasion. Each illustrator has one, two or three tables. It depends on the size of their work.

There's also an inspiring solo exhibition of illustrator Serge Bloch, who is a member of the jury.





There were a lot of people at the opening. The speech was in Portugese, so unfortuately I didn't understand a word of it.




My work 'Fishermen' and 'bird friends' presented together on a table with the book 'Stil verwateren'
It's  nice they also see present the books on this exhibition (if the illustrations are published). A lot of people took the time to look inside the book. It was nice to see their interest ;-)




On the floor the illustrators names are written in big nice orange letters. Looks good, hé? ;-)




Here's the other print I've sent in for the exhibition: Growth.




On Friday morning we visited the exhibition again. So we had more time to see all the illustrations When we came we saw this giant anouncement on a building next to the Museum. In between some palm trees ;-)


It's magical when you enter the hall:




Here another view on the tables with my work in front.



 More photos of the exhibition on Facebook

The exhibition will last till half of April. Maybe it's gonna travel, but the organization was not sure about that yet. They need to find some sponsors. I hope it will come to Ghent again. That would be awesome!

We also had some good days in Lissabon. What a nice city it is! I loved all the colors of the houses. It would be a good idea to do so in Rotterdam too!

Dec 12, 2015

Ilustrarte 2016

I am SO happy to tell you I am one of the 50 selected illustrators for the big
Ilustrarte 2016 
exhibition in Lisbon / Portugal next January!




This Summer they asked people all over the world to send in their work, so they could make a selection. Over 1700 people from 72 countries did sent in work.

And  I was one of them...

Although I didn't  think I would have much chance, but I wanted to give it a try.
You never know.... Nothing ventured, nothing gained....





And I am so glad I did, because some time ago I openend an e-mail with congratulations: my work was chosen for the exhibition and the catalogue. Can you imagine how happy I was?

See here the winner, the special mentions and the list of selected illustrators.

I did sent in three giclee prints of some illustrations I made for the big haikubook
'Stil verwateren' in the beginning of this year.  I also did send the big haikubook with 1001 haiku's and 71 illustrations.




The organizers of the festival also asked for a translation of the title 'Stil verwateren'.
That is not easy, because it's a poëtic title with various meanings.

On de Facebook page of author Geert De Kockere we asked his fans to help. It was so nice to get all this support! Interesting suggestions were given.

I also asked a friend and ex-collegue, a native speaker, who lives in Holland for help. And between his suggestions was: Soluble Silence. That directly spoke to me. The author made it into 'In Soluble Silence' and we did have an english translation ;-)




In January the exhibition will take place in the Electricity Musem. The opening is on the 21th of January. We are planning to go there, because I love to see it. I think it will be a great experience with lots of great work to see and nice people to meet! And of course to visit Lisbon. Seems like a good start of the year.