Jun 22, 2015

Soort van Winkel

'Soort van Winkel' is a very nice pop-up store in Zwolle. I'm happy they also sell some of my Red Cheeks Factory products, like the Muscle Man Paper Doll, Affirmation Angela and the Dress Cat Paper Dolls Ralph and Mathilde.

Friday the 3d of July they have an opening party. I made this illustration with their beautiful poster (made by Kirsten Zuiderbaan)

The shop has already opened their doors. I visited it last wednesday to bring some copies of the book 'stil verwateren' which I recently made. The shop looks beautiful!

They have a huge card rack with all kinds of cards (also mine). And each designer presents their produccts on special made tables and fourniture. Really very nice to see and to walk around. Some of my products are presented like this:

If you are in the neighbourhood. Go and have a look. Unfortunately I will not be at the opening But I think it will be quite a party :-)

Jun 20, 2015

Exhibition Lobke van Aar

Today I visited the exhibition of Dutch illustrator Lobke van Aar in 's Hertogenbosch. It's her first solo exhibition where she shows work she made during the last 7 years. I know Lobke and her work only via Facebook, so this was a nice opportunity to meet her and see her lovely work in real :-)

I visited the exhibition together with illustrator Connie Snoek, which I  also only know from Facebook. We met and had lunch together in the Verkade Fabriek in Den Bosch. Nice to meet two collegues on one day (In Holland we call that: 'twee vliegen in één klap' :-))

The exhibition is in the beautiful restaurated old Willem 2 Building, where Lobke also has her studio. A really inspiring environment!

It was very nice to hear Lobke talk about her work. That made it even more special. She makes illustrations for newspapers, magazines, books and personal projects. It was fun to hear some stories behind it.

Also nice to see her development in these last 7 years. I must say, I almost love everything she makes, also her early works. Lots of diversity, but always her clear own voice. I'm a fan :-)

The exhibition will take place till the end of next week: the 28th of June. If you are in the neighbourhood, go and have a look and give Lobke my kind regards ;-)

Jun 18, 2015

editorial illustration 'in the cloud'

This was already the last month of the MATS Bootcamp. This year I only joined the april assignment and this last June assignment. It was an editorial one: Make an illustration that goes along with an article about digital nomads. Here's my interpretation:

'ín the cloud' (You can have a closer look here)

In the beginning of this month we got the mini - assignment: drawing people. My heart made a little jump, because it's my favorite subject (together with faces and animals) I was quite busy, but because I loved the theme so much I could find some time to experiment drawing people. These were the first ones with pencil:

After that I experimented with tis dancing couple. I experinmented with a limited color- palette. It could be a nice postcard, don't you think?

And I drew more people in a limited color palette I really want to develop this further. I like to watch people on the street and  I almost want to draw everybody. So many interesting characters... ;-)

Maybe I need to take another challenge after my animal character project on Instagram: Drawing people for 100 days...who knows....;-)

Jun 16, 2015

Another Milestone...

Some time ago I wrote about a new Animal Characters illustration project. I make an animal character a day for 100 days. Today I placed Ronnie Rat, character 070. 'Only 30 to go.... I love it!

I'm not the only one who loves it :-)
Today I reached already 3500 Followers, another  milestone!

If you like, you can follow me too on Instagram
You are welcome!

Jun 13, 2015

Elle Aime Mini-Market

Today was the first day of the Elle Aime Mini Market:

Elle Aime is a very nice craft and desirgn shop, just around the corner from where I live. Zwaanshals, Rotterdan Noord. So it was extra special when Lisa, the owner of the shop asked me to join this Mini-Market. Together with 11 other designers / illustrators.

For me it is also a very nice opportunity to present the book 'stil verwateren' which I recently made with Flemish author Geert De Kockere.
The reactions were heart warming :-)

Also very nice and inspiring to meet the other designers, who show and sell their work on this Mini market. Tomorrow (Sunday, the 14th) there's  another chance to visit Elle Aime. Open at 12 o'clock till half past 5. I will be there too!  If you are in the neighbourhood, come and say hello! You are more than welcome!

Jun 3, 2015

More blog features!

I'm happy to say today my work is featured on the inspiring Artistic Moods blog,
a blog full with beautiful Art, illustrations and inspiring artists.
So it is a real honor to be featured here :--)

And if that's not enough...

It was such a nice surprise to see my '100 Days of Animals' project featured
on the Zo wie So blog yesterday :-)

You can still follow my animal project on Instagram. I post an animal character a day for 100 days.

May 28, 2015

Blog feature on Print & Pattern

Hooray, I just heared my work is featured on the Print & Pattern blog today!

It 's a very inspiring and cheerful blog, with all kind of patterns and lots of other whimsical stuff. Every day some new inspiration. And today it's my turn. That makes me happy and
I feel honoured  :-)  You can find the blogpost here

I must say the 'make art that sells' e-course I did with Lilla Rogers gave me a lot of inspiration to make these works. Some of them I even made during this inspiring course, so thank you, Lilla! :-)

May 23, 2015

De oase van Matisse - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

 Today we visited the big Matisse exhibition in het Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
 Really very inspiring!

Last year I wanted to go to the Tate Gallery in London to see the Matisse exhibition, but we didn't found the time. So I was very happy to hear there would be an exhibition in good old Amsterdam this year :-)

We took a guided tour, which was very nice, because we heard more background about this exhibition. Good to see a combination of paintings of artists who iinfluenced each other. Works of Van Gogh, Mondriaan, Picasso, Malevich....

I didn't know Matisse's cut-outs were this size. Impressive! Interesting to see the devellopment of how he came to this cut-outs. Below the famous Parakeet and the Mermaid, one of his most spectaculair cut-out works: a coming together of an underwater and above water world:

Here's one detail of a cut -out work which he made for a tapestry.
These are also shown at the exhibition.

My dearest brother in front of one of his cut-out works ;-)

For this exhibition Dutch illustrator Annemarie van Haeringen made a beautiful childrensbook: The parakeet, the mermaid and the snail. She tells a bit more about it in this video

In the hall of the museum you can find a giant drawing of hers:

I think I wanna go another time, because there is so much to see and discover. The exhibition takes place till half of August. So if you are in the neighbourhood. It is certainly worthwile to visit!

May 20, 2015

85 Geraniums....

Today it's exactly 5 years ago my Mam passed away. Every year after she died, I've made a special blogpost to honour her. In a few of these previous blogposts I wrote about her last geranium. I took it with me to take care of it...

I wrote about the slips we are taking every year from this Mother Plant. Second year we had about 10. last year about 30 and this year already over 100 geraniums! My dear friend Herman took care of it with his green fingers :-)

This year my mother had become 85, so we planted last week 85 geraniums in the garden around our little Summerhouse.They are still little ones now, but I think this will be the most beautiful geranium-flowerbed I've ever seen. I'm looking forward to it.

Ofcourse I would like to show it to her... She would have loved her special 'Annie' flowerbed

If you like to read the other posts about my Mam:

The first year  I posted this one: 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 

As I said before the third year I wrote about her geranium

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

May 19, 2015

Moustache postcards

Recently I've added some new postcards to the Red Cheeks Factory shop. These Moustache postcards have 'real' moustaches and eyebrows.

This handmade touch makes every Moustache postcard unique.

They are available as a set, but you can also buy them seperately.

May 18, 2015

Custom made illustrations

Today it's the birthday of Geert De Kockere, the Flemish author with whom I made my first book 'stil verwateren' :-)) I made this 'happy birthday illustration' for him:

If you want me to make a custom made illustration for your or for a friend of yours,
just send me a mail for more infrmation.

May 16, 2015

Spring Festival Rotterdam

This afternoon I visited the Turkish spring festival in Rotterdam - Crooswijk.
It was very nice. People were so friendly.

As if we were for a moment in Turkey with traditional food and Art and old children songs and games (I even saw a giant Pinocchio) and that all just around the corner from where I live. I love my city :-)) It inspired me to aboves drawing

This was the photo I took which gave me the inspiration for the drawing.
Have a nice weekend!

May 15, 2015

Geert trakteert!

This is a special post for my dutch followers... (sorry for the rest)

Geert De Kockere is bijna jaig en trakteert! Waarop? Op een exemplaar van het luxueuze haikuboek 'stil verwateren', waar ik met veel plezier 71 prenten voor tekende. Onderstaande illustratie maakte ik voor deze speciale actie op zijn Facebookpagina

Je kan het boek heel eenvoudig winnen door een reactie te geven onder deze post
Op zijn verjaardag trekt hij dan een winnaar. Succes! :-)

May 9, 2015

Freaky Spring in the Kunsthal Rotterdam

Today I visited the big FREAKY SPRING exhibirion in the Kunsthal Rotterdam. With my favorite brother ofcourse. (my museum mate ;-))  It was a big surprise. I didn't know what to expect, but I walked through the museum halls with open mouth...

Especially by seeing the work of Kristof Kintera. I had never heard of him, but it is 'freaky' indeed! His exibition is called: Your light is my life. The walls in the halls of the museum are painted neon green / yellow. It's impressive to walk through.

His work is weird. You enter a whole new world with talking and moving objects and installations. Ever seen a talking and moving shopping bag with rubbish or an office chair with giant wings?

Dancing trees, a moving bucket... a giant palmtree and cactus of tins....
It is worthwile to have a look!

Also very surprising was the exhibition of photographer Charlotte Lybeer from Belgium:
The fantastic adventures of the Cabbit and the Folf

You enter again a complete new world. She portrays people who like to be in an 'in-between' world. They live in a world in which they take on a different identity to escape from everyday reality.

She did photograph them in their own environment. It's fascinating! I didn't know the existance of this phenomenon.

These are only two of the five freaky exhibitions. It was a while ago I went to the Kunsthal. I almost forgot what a nice museum it is....

May 2, 2015

inspiration: 100 great Children's Picture Books

Sometimes I give myself a present :-) This time it is this inspiring book:

If you like picture books, it really is a 'must have'. A collection of 100 books
from 1922 - 2011. Collected by Martin Salisbury.
I am very happy with it, maybe it's something for you too....

Happy weekend!

Apr 23, 2015

Poster design Global Art Gatherng

Because I have worked hard on the book 'stil verwateren' in the beginning of this year,
I haven't been able to submit work to the Bootcamp class with Lilla Rogers.
We are now in month 3 and this is my first submission.(I've missed two...)

The assignment for April: design a poster for the real life 'Make Art That Sells' event in June in Brighton, England. The color palette and the text were given.
The rest was up to you. A fun assignment for a real event.
This is my design:

I've never been to Brighton, so I googled what kind of place it is. It's on the seaside with a boulevard. The Brighton Dome, where the event takes place is huge, it looks a bit like a building in a fairytale.

The image which catched my eye immediately was this one:

An enormous ferris wheel which I thought would be a nice idea to use as a methaphor for a gathering. Combined with my love for faces in all various colors to express the global part of the event. I chose yellow for the wheel, so it can also be the sun.
(Let's hope it will shine when this event takes place...;-))

Here are the faces I designed for the poster:

When I was searching on the internet to find pictures of Brighton, I stumbled upon a photo of the Brighton Swimmingclub in 1853! It was not useful for my design, but I love it to find pictures like this, when I'm looking for something else. It made me smile :-)

This assignment is also a competition. All Bootcampers make a poster for this event. There will be one winner. I make myself no illusions because I'm sure there will be lots of great designs to choose from. I worked with joy on this design!

Apr 14, 2015

Animal characters 002 - 004

My new illustration project is four days old now...

On Instagram I post a new animal character each day for 100 days. I love to draw animals and this is a good stimulans to broaden my portfolio for the children book market. I would love to make a picture book once. And you have to start somewhere, isn't it ;-)

Character 004: Boris Boxer

I'm not the only one who is doing the 100 days challenge. When I posted the first character: 'Christopher Cat' on my blog, I got a reaction of one of my favorite illustrators Manon Gauthier. She wants to join me and will post her characters on her blog. They are SO adorable. She will start today. I'm honored she wants to join and looking forward to see her new animal characters!

Character 003: Polly Pig

Character 002: Mike Monkey

Besides broaden my portfolio another  reason I joined this challenge, was because another favorite illustrator of me Claudi Kessels was joining the 100 days project. She makes her own 100 days of naturals. You can check it out on Instagram: clauditekent Very delicate and original!

Apr 11, 2015

Animal characters illustration project

Today I started a new illustration project: I join the 100 days challenge. I'm not sure where the idea started, but I saw it on Facebook and I decided to challenge myself to draw one animal character a day for the coming 100 days. Here's the first:

You can followmy challenge on Instagram if you wish.
I'm curious which characters will appear... :-))

Have a nice weekend!

Apr 5, 2015

Nieuw boek 'stil verwateren' is er! (Book is ready!)

Een beetje eerder dan verwacht is het daar ineens: het boek: 'stil verwateren'.
Daar horen bubbels bij....Proost!

A bit earlier then expected is suddenly our book 'stil verwateren' a fact!

Het boek is prachtig gebonden en grdrukt op heel fijn papier en het heeft twee leeslintjes. Ik ben blij! Kun je 't zien? ;-)

The book is beautiful bound and has 2 read ribbons. The paper feels very nice and I must say I'm happy!. Can you see it? ;-)

Gisteren kwam auteur / dichter  Geert De Kockere vanuit Vlaanderen naar mijn huis in Rotterdam met een flink aantal kilo's boeken die vooruitbesteld waren, zodat we ze samen konden signeren.
Yesterday author / poet Geert De Kockere came from Belgium to my house in Rotterdam  to bring all the pre-ordered books, so we could sign them together.

Voor mij was het de eerste keer om een boek te signeren, dus ik vond het best spannend, maar na een middagje signeren was het net of ik dat al jaren deed.... ;-)

For me it was the first time I made a book and had to sign it, so I felt a bit nervous to write in it, but after an afternoon of signing books it looked like I had done that for whole my life... ;-)

De boeken worden de komende week naar iedereen die vooruit bestelde verzonden en die ontvangen ook een cadeautje. Als je het boek met 1001 haiku's en 71 prenten nog niet bestelde maar je wilt het wel graag hebben, kun je het natuurlijk alsnog hier doen.

Ik ben heel blij met deze mijlpaal en hoop van harte dat er nog meer zullen volgen....

I'm very happy with this milestone and I hope I will make more books in the future, because I love it!