Mar 27, 2015

Illustration project 'all kind of things'

I'm working on a new illustration project: 'all kind of things' I mostly draw characters and faces. So I challenge myself in this new project to only draw 'things':

And the fun is: if you do that for a while, you suddenly have a whole collection :)

I'm always looking for characters, emotions and a kind of story in my work. This is the biggest challenge in my 'all kind of things' project. To draw the things in a way they have a sort of soul.

And sometimes I give them a face and even red cheeks (I can'tt help it... ;-)

I also experiment with hand lettering in this project :-)

Will be continued... ;-)

Mar 22, 2015

Exhibition Carll Cneut 'in my head'

Yesteday I visited the wonderful and impressive exhibition of Carll Cneut 'in my head' in Ghent in Belgium. I took some (not so good quality) photos to give you an impression, but it's better to visit it yourself, because it is an inspiring expericence  which is difficult to catch in photographs....

What made the day extra special was to meet a whole bunch of illustrators from Belgium and Holland which I know from Facebook. We went for a lunch and walked the exhibition togther :-)

The first part of the exhibition is about Carll's youth. You get an audio guide with lyrics written especially for this project by Wouter Deprez and Carll Cneut. I saw a lot of laughing people. The stories are really funny.

The second part of the exhibition shows the original works he made through the years. I was really surprised how small they were. Sooo many details, so precise... Wonderful colors, textures, fantasy, a treat to look at!

And ofcourse I also bought his latest book 'De Gouden Kooi'

At the end we met Carll in person in his studio at the exibition. He thought he was able to work there during the exhibtion, but due to the giant succes he is only signing books all day..  He also signed our books :-)

When we wanted to leave and said goodbye. Carll asked if we would like to have an illustrator group photo with him in the middle. Isn't that sweet? ;-)

So here we are, from left to right:

Els Vlieger, Ellen Vesters, Nelleke Verhoeff (me), Carll Cneut, Lien Geeroms, Vera Van Groos and Ine Beerten.

Illustrator Pencilory Pecncilory had left already and during lunch we also met Vicky Lommatsch.

It was a wonderful day! Full with great impressions and inspiring conversations.
Thank you all :-)

Mar 20, 2015

portfolio update

This week I've updated my website. I've added some new work. I also added a whole new projects section about the book 'stil verwateren'  I have made with author / poet Geert De Kockere. It's almost ready now. They expect it the 3d of April! How exciting :-)

Here is an illustration I made for the book:

And another one. It goes along with haiku's in Dutch.

I've added a whole bunch of them to my website under the menu item projects
So if you are curious, have a go ;-)

Je kunt nog steeds voorintekenen op het boek, dan krijg je een geisgneerd exemplaar en een cadeautje.

Mar 15, 2015

Restyling Company 'De Luchtreiziger'

Last two weeks I worked on a restyling of the Dutch Hot Air Balloon Company 'De Luchtreiziger'. (The Air-Traveler) We also restyled their website. The project was in cooperation with  my partner Herman from Yepr 

This is the backside of their business card, a special 'Luchtreiziger' mascotte ;-)

Besides the design for the website and businesscard I also designed a flyer,
a birthday giftcard, a flag, a polo shirt, a sticker, and a certificate.

Here's the special Luchtreiziger birthday card:

And I made some animated pictures for the website:

....this one is already for Christmas....

...and one for the football championships...

...and ofcourse the olympic games....

It was a fun project to work on :-)

Mar 9, 2015

Printing process book 'stil verwateren'

This morning at 10 o'clock they started the printing process of the book 'stil verwateren', with haiku's from author Geert De Kockere and illustrations by me.
(photo's: Geert De Kockere)

Because the book will have 576 pages the printing process will last for three days....

As you can see, it's a very delicate process....

So nice to see our work rolling out of the press. Unfortunately I wasn't able to have a look, because it'is printed in Belgium, where Geert De Kockere lives. But I'm glad he took these photographs :-)

You can find more photo's of the printing process here

After these three days the pages will go to the binder.
The book will be expected half of April, but maybe a bit earlier now...

For the Dutchies: je kan nog steeds voorintekenen voor het boek. Dan ontvang je een fraai cadeautje. Meer informatie vind je hier

Feb 26, 2015

Haikuboek 'stil verwateren'

I've been quiet lately, but with such a good reason. I worked on the haikubook with author Geert De Kockere and it's almost ready to go to the printer.It will be expected somewhere In the middle of April. The haiku's are all in Dutch. This will be the cover:
See more images here

And now I continue in Dutch:

Want vanaf vandaag  kun je het boek al bestellen. Je kunt voorintekenen. Dan ontvang je straks een gesigneerd exemplaar door Geert De Kockere en door mij :-)

En de eerste 100 worden genummerd. Maar ook krijg je een fijn kado. Meer weten? Kijk op deze speciale webpagina met informatie over het boek.

Feb 14, 2015

Happy Valentinesday :-)

happy valentinesday

Hope you all have a Wonderful Valentineday!
This week #happyvalentinesweek on the happymakersblog

Jan 22, 2015

My work In the media

This week you can find an illustration of me in Dutch Magazine FLAIR.
In cooperation with Flair, Monique van der Vlist from the HappyMakersBlog (inspiring blog in dutch) selected 8 'happy illustrations' to add as postcards to this weeks magazine. A special gift to their readers. My 'girl with birds' is one of them :-)

Also in this month FLOW magazine....

Sjoukje van de Kolk wrote an article about thinking different. She asked me some questions about where I get my inspiration. It's a short piece about how I play with reality.

For the dutch followers: Als je het stukje wilt lezen, klik dan hier of nog beter kijk in de Flow :-)

Jan 17, 2015

time for a walk

After a few weeks of hard work on the book we are making, I took a well deserved day off today! I went with my brother to the woods of Hollandsche Rading in Utrecht.

It was such a beautiful day! Being in nature gives me fresh energy :-)
Especially when the sun shines and everything is sparkling and shiny.

You could even 'hear' the forest, because it had rained a lot and drops were falling out of the trees.

I made pictures with my phone and the hipstamatic filter. New to me, but I love it!

It was fun to experiment and see all the results afterwards...

And now my mind is fresh again to continue my work on the haiku book project :-)

Dec 30, 2014

Haiku book project

Great news! I'm working on a book together with Flemish author / poet Geert De Kockere.

It will be a luxurous book, more than 600 pages. A combination of 1001 haiku's and my drawings. Old and new ones. This could be a possible cover:

We did work together before on the 'real face book project'. Remember?

This cooperation is a fun and interesting creative process. Sometimes Geert makes haiku's inspired by my drawings. and sometimes I  make drawings inspired by his haiku's. So I draw a lot lately, which I love doing.

The text will be all in Dutch and unfortunately difficult to translate.
Will be continued :-)

Dec 15, 2014

Swanwalk December 2014

Here are some pictures of our pop-up shop during the Swanwalk last weekend.

I made this photo collage, a closer look here accordioniste was playing in the street and visited our shop to sing a song...

...our display window during daytime...

...our display window by night...

...some of mt Red Cheeks Factory postcards...

...Affirmation Angela, which was (again) a bestseller :-).... of the walking swans I painted on the display window...

...some of my Red Cheeks Factory prints...

...the shop from the other side: leather bags made by Evelyne Hofman
of beleef je verbeelding,  necklaces made by Paula van Loon and
Christmas ornamentsmade by Diny Hofman... postcards in postcard racks...

...and another view on the whole shop...

Today we gonna clear the room again  It was a fun experiment to have a real shop for one weekend. To meet nice and kind people, shop owners, artists and customers.

...and now I'm happy to go back  to my drawing work again :-)

Dec 11, 2014

Swanwalk kersteditie

This weekend I will join the Swanwalk christmas edition. It's a shopping event around het Zwaanshals, one of the nicest streets of Rotterdam and in my neighbourhood!

Together with 'Beleef je verbeelding', Paula de Loor and Diny Hofman, we have our own pop-up shop. Today we gonna set up this shop. I'm gonna paint on the window :-)

...and so I did....

The result of a part of the window. Funny, because you have to make the text the other way around. I worked first with a beamer, projected the text on my wall and painted the reversed text on paper.

....and here are the shopping swans. The rest of the etalage we do tomorrow.

Will be continued....