Dec 31, 2011

IF: highlights

illustration friday: highlights

One of the highlights this year was the creation of my Red Cheeks Factory
and another highlight was my project a face a day

Hope there will be plenty of highlights in 2012, happy new year!

Dec 23, 2011

Dec 22, 2011

Dec 20, 2011

christmas cards

I know I'm too late for printing these christmas cards, which I've made today.
I want to add them to my coming shop. It all goes a bit slower than I would like,
but next year it's christmas again ;-)
Not too late to wish you all a merry christmas!

I did join the Illustration Rally with these cards.

Dec 18, 2011

IF: sink

illustration friday: (hope we don't) sink

When I was young we had do a swimtest to receive a swim-certificate. One of the challenges was to 'tread water' (in dutch we call it: water trappelen)

We had to keep our fingers and our heads above the water and trample with our legs for one minute. You had to do your very best not to sink...

Dec 16, 2011

inspiration: Bieke Depoorter

Today I was with johbont in de Kunsthal and we saw an exhibition of photographer
Bieke Depoorter It was about  a special project: OU MENYA.

She travelled with a little note from livingroom to livingroom in Russia. The note said: "I am looking for a place to spend the night. Do you know people who would have a bed, or a couch? I don’t need anything in particular, and I have a sleeping-bag. I prefer not to stay in a hotel, because I don’t have a lot of money and because I want to see the way people live in Russia. Could I stay at your place, perhaps? Thank you very much for your help!"

She didn't speak the language and encountered many Russian families, they had conversations with hands and feet. She made a really beautiful photoreportage!

Dec 15, 2011

inspired by sloths

This morning I saw a very nice trailer for the documentairy
'the sloths are coming' about the daily life of the sloth made by Slothville

oooh and aaaah where my only words while watching this video, sooo cute,
it made my day and it inspired me to make this slothman drawing.

Dec 12, 2011

the Morran Book Project

The postman brought me a present today, a very special one! :-)

A book full of beautiful illustrations about Morran,
the Denish/Swedish farmdog from Camilla Engman

Some time ago there was an open call to sent in your Morran-illustrations for the Morran Book Project for a tribute to this special dog (she was ill). I also sent in mine

I'm proud to be a little tiny part of this inspiring project. It's a breathtaking beautiful picturebook. If you want to have a preview you can find it here
The entire profit will go to the WSPA World Society for the protection of Animals - Sweden

Unfortunately last week Morran past away... This book is a great tribute to her!
Thanks Morran, thanks Camilla!

Dec 10, 2011

IF: separated

illustration friday: separated

I had to think of the childrens game: blind man's buff
blindfolded and seperated from the rest...

Dec 8, 2011

winners anounced!

Remember these two moustache-illustrations I've published some time ago
for the Moustache Illustration Awards?

Today the winners are anounced, and guess what... I'm in the 'Moustache Wearer Category' the first runner-up :-) Here you can see the winners
and here you can find all participants

inspiration: Eric Carle

I recently bought these two books: One about Eric Carle's life and Art (for those who don't know him: he is a famous childrenbook-illustrator) The other book shows work from all kind of illustrators chosen by Eric Carle. It's nice and inspiring to see early work from them, sketches, their studio and finished illustrations.

I like this video about his new book: The artist who painted a blue horse and
I would love to visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art