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!