Nov 24, 2014

Autumn Party - week 5 - Make Art That Sells

This was the very last week of the inspiring Make Art That Sells course. Finito! Completed!

This last week was about the party paper market. We had to create a round party plate and a square party napkin with a flower theme. (You can  see a bigger version here)

First we were asked to gather some flora  from your environment. I was very busy with other things this week, so I only googled and drew some flora. It's autumn here, that means a lot of warm and beautiful colors. Some of my doodles:

When we got the assignment I had to find a nice concept for a plate. Because of it's round shape I thought of wavy hair. I made this girl face in combination with autumn leaves:

During the first part of the week I also made this autumn leaves pattern. I could use it later for this cup. I never designed one before, but it was really fun to do.

Because I love birds, I also wanted to add a bird to my design.  I repeated the round border of the plate in the napkin, so they fit together nicely.

And now this incredible inspiring course is over. It has been a great learning!
But I also know I can learn so much more.

Next year there will be a Bootcamp again. My plan is to join and continuing on this fun path. Lilla Rogers is a great teacher with a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm. So I say again, even if the course is over: will be continued... :-)

Nov 19, 2014

Red Cheeks Factory in de Winterwinkel

On the 7th of November was the opening of the Winterwinkel in Amsterdam. I was there and took photographs, but they didn't turn out very well. (wrong settings on my camera, stupid!!)

But I was lucky enough my favorite brother was so sweet to visit this lovely shop and took some nice pictures. Thank you very much, Jan, highly appreciated!

First a photo of one of my newest products: Affirmation Angela.
I've heard she's a bestseller in the Winterwinkel :-)

Below a photo of the etalage of the shop in the Oudezijdse Achterburgwal 121:

One of my prints in a frame: 'ode to the bird':

Some more Red Cheeks Factory giclee prints, presented in a very special way on these modern wooden plates with nicely colored typography:

You can also buy my DIY Dress Cat Mathilde and Ralph and ofcourse the Red Cheeks Factory Magnificent Magnets:

Below: my cactus giclee print has a nice spot in the shop, on the photo you also can see Barbara on the photo. She's one of the Ka-Ching Collectief members who are organizing this nice event:

There are a lot of fun postcards available, also Handsome Herbert, the one with real breasthair:

Below a view on the Red Cheeks Factory '├žolor your world' Zebra poster (which I had printed especially for the Winterwinkel).and  a nice view on  the shop:

And ofcourse you can buy the Muscle Man Paper Doll (one of the bestsellers from last year :-))

Ofcourse there are lots of other nice products from 25 other participants available in the Winterwinkel. It was nice to meet a few of them during the opening!

The shop will be open till 24th of December. From Wednesday till Sunday, 12.00 - 18.00 hour.

If you visit the shop, give Barbara, Babette, Annabel or Margriet of the Ka-ching collectief my kind regards :-))

Nov 16, 2014

Colorful Rotterdam - week 4 - Make Art That Sells

The fourth week of part B of the inspiring Make Art That Sells course was about the editorial market. Illustrations for magazines, books and newspapers. Our assignment was to make a map of your own city or from a city that you love. I live in Rotterdam and I love my city, so I made this map of colorful Rotterdam:

 If you like, you can see it in a bigger size for more details here

First we did some handlettering of the name of your chosen town. I started in black and white. Then I started to play with color and made these letters. This was the big inspiration for my map:

Rotterdam has beautiful architecture, but what I love the most of my city is that it's multicultural. So many colors and a variety of cultures. I wanted to show the richness of all these colors in my map. I took that as a theme. I love to draw people,  that's why there are so many on my map:

I place some of them here seperately so you can have a closer look:

We also have a nice zoo, named 'Blijdorp' with a beautiful garden. Some years ago I went there very often and  took many many photographs of all the animals. I have a nice archive.

Because of the color theme I also included a scene of the Summer Carnaval. It's a special event in Summer: a tropical streetparade with lots of colors and happy people:

I also tried to draw different nationalities, which is new to me. Also a  nice challenge:

If you look well, you can also see a selfportrait in the map: Me on my bike.
I always do everything by bike:

 Another lady walking with her two dogs:

I really loved this assignment. It was a lot of work, but such a great challenge to draw some well known Rotterdam buildings and all those different people. The editorial market  seems an attractive market to me!
Now we only have one week left. The party paper week. It's a pity it goes that quickly. I love this course. So inspiring and challenging!! Will be continued....!

Nov 9, 2014

As times go by - week 3 - Make Art That Sells

This was already the third week of part B of the inspiring Make Art That Sells course. We learned about the scrapbooking market. This is again a totally new market for me. I'm not sure if I made something appropriate for scrapbooking, but the challenge was also to create something you like yourself.

And I am not a scrapbook maker / user. Scrapbook people are making memory / photo albums using all kind of  'icons',  to brighten up their pages. The assignment  was to create a vintage correspondence themed scrapbook collection, which incorporates clocks.

As usual on Monday we first got  a theme to draw, which were vintage clocks this week. So I googled and drew some of the gathered material.

On Wednesday we received the assignment. To create a scrapbook collection, not only using vintage clocks, but it also had to be a correspondence themed collection... This was a bit confusing at first. What have clocks to do with correspondence?

I first wrote down some associations with time. Such as: quality time, creating time, timeless,  no time, anytime, as times go by, summertime, time flies, tea-time, coffee-time, bed-time, spare time, slow down, time for change, take your time, present time...

I didn't think a lot about it, but began to draw. I started with this meditation girl: 

Meditation has everything to do with time and timelessness. My first association with quality time.

I also began to draw some icons with the correspondence theme. As I was busy drawing and putting the icons in one file, the two themes surprisingly came together very well.

I show you some of my drawings / icons a bit bigger, so you can see them better.
I loved these envelope parade I made:

And ofcourse I also drew some  pigeon carriers. Nice to see how he is also associated with time. No quick e-mails, but a pigeon who has to fly all the way to bring the post, which takes time...

I may be new to this Market, but I loved the assignment! It was quite a challenge to fit all the icons into a nice composition. I'm happy with the result. I posted on Flickr a bigger version of the assignment.What you think of it?

Next week we gonna look to the editorial market. Also interesting. Will be continued!

Nov 7, 2014

Announcement Opening WinterWinkel in Amsterdam

Today La Grande Opening of the WinterWinkel in Amsterdam. Just as last year the ladies of the Ka-Ching Collectief  organised a pop-up Shop in the center of Amsterdam. I'm happy Red Cheeks Factory is selected to join with 25 other participants!

Here's a photo I took of the building when I brought my products last Friday:

It's in a nice building (a former pleausure house ;-)) with 3 levels. Enouph room for a shop, an office and a workshop space. The opening is from 16.00 till 18.00 hour at the Oudezijdse Achterburgwal 121. You are all invited!

Above a photo from last year's WinterWinkel with my prints.

The shop will be open till the 24th of December.

Nov 5, 2014

Exhibition Marlene Dumas

Last Friday I had to bring my work to the temporary pop-up store 'de WinterWinkel' in Amsterdam (where I will blog about later this week). After that I went with my brother to the Marlene Dumas exhibition 'the image as burden' in the Stedelijk Museum.

It was impressive! I've seen her work more often, but never so many works together in one exhibition. Most intriguing for me are her faces. So many different expressions and emotions. Good to also see some insights in her working process.

Every hall has a different theme. The painting below was in hall with the theme: sorrow.
This was one of my favorite paintings:

If you like  you can watch this video which leads you through the exhibition, including a little interview with the artist. It gives a good impression. (english subtitled)

The exhibition will be there till the 4th of January.

Nov 2, 2014

Cowbear Party - week 2 - Make Art That Sells

This was the second week in part B of the Make Art That Sells course. It was all about the baby apparel market.Theme: Cowboys and Cowgirls, yeeha!

We were asked to develop a pattern with this theme appropriate for the baby apparel market. It's a totally new market for me, but I love to make patterns and I love to draw for kids. So it was a fun week for me!

I first did some research on the theme and gathered a lot of cowboy and their attributes and environments pictures. I had fun drawing them. It's such a good way to come into the mood of the assignment:

Ofcourse I also drew some cowboy faces with cowboy hats:

And lots of horses, here are a few:

I decided not to take cowgirls or cowboys for the assignment, but cowbears instead.
The whole week I had the Susanna song in my head, only the first sentence:

when I came from Alabama,
with a banjo on my knee...

That's what inspired me to make this Banjo Bear:

We were also asked to make lots of icons and variations in your presentation. I think this was the most challenging part for me. Also to make some patterns, called coordinates that fit with the main pattern. So it can be used in combination with each other to make clothes for kids.

Beneath you see the final result. If you wanna see it in a bigger size, click here

Next week we gonna look at the scrapbooking market. Also new to me.
I wonder what that will bring :-) Will be continued...

Oct 26, 2014

Make Art That Sells - Happy Holidays

Remember I joined the Make Art That Sells course with Lilla Rogers last spring? I'm now taking part B. Another five weeks cover five different markets: paper goods, baby apparel, scrapbooking, editorial and party paper

I just had my first week: paper goods. Here's the result.of the first assignment: a winter holidays postcard featuring penguins:

First we got the mini assignment to loosen up, trying different techniques and get to know the subject. So I was diving into the world of the penguins. I love these animals, their clumsiness is funny. I never saw a baby penguin before, they are  so cute. I would love to see them in real.

Baby penguins where not the only ones I drew. I also made these red cheeks variations:

Below more experiments, now I added some more color:

I also discovered this new technique. I drew lines with a sharpie, scanned them in, reversed the black lines into white ones and added the colors with some monoprint brushes I created. I like the effect, I think I'm gonna try this technique more often:

After all these penguin drawings we had to create a winter holiday postcard. The assignment was open. Only thing given was the subject and the size. It needed to be a portrait format. Funny I had several ideas which would fit better in a landscape format...

My challenge was to add a lot of 'icons'. To make a kind of winter holidays collection and still try to keep it organized. Would you buy a card like this?

Next week we gonna take a look at the baby apparel market. I'm already curious!
Will be continued!

Oct 18, 2014

Exhibition Mark Rothko

Today I went with my brother to the exhibition of Mark Rothko.(1903-1970)
in Gemeentemuseum The Hague. It was a nice experience!

We went early because we had heard the exhibition attracted a lot of visitors. But Saturday morning at 10 o'clock you have the chance to see his paintings without lots of people walking in front of them.

Here's a visitor in black watching one of Rothko's black paintings:

The exhibition gives a good overview from his earlier work, the development to the abstraction and the inmense colored squares, which became more and more dark at the end of his life.

Here's one of his brighter paintings, which I love:

It was a bit difficult to make photographs, because the museum rooms were not so light. That's how Rothko wanted to show his work. On eye level on the walls in a dimmed light, so the visitor has the chance to absorb his work more.

And as always, with such a huge exhibition, they make up some commercial items. I'm always curious where they come up with. Besides postcards, they also sold Rothko bon bons :-) I wonder what Mark Rothko would have thought of that...

You have the chance to vist this inspiring exhibition till the first of March.
So if you are in the neigbourhood, grab your chance!