Thursday, December 27, 2007

Verstrooïing en verpozing voor de donkere dagen.

Voor het nieuwe nummer van de Boekie boekie, heb ik een bordspel bedacht en ontworpen. Het is een groot, mooi en prachtig ouderwets winternummer geworden,
waar je uren plezier van kunt hebben, dus haast je naar de boekhandel of webwinkel.

It may be nature, but that doesn't mean it isn't kitsch

Last week, for a couple of days it looked like we were going to enjoy a real winter for a change, but the day I took a camera out with me everything was back to the usual damp mess we have here. Still, it didn't look half bad, did it?

Monday, December 03, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Green to the last bite

The above drawing is the latest of my illustrations for this blog with recipes.
Which I don't hesitate to recommend if you're looking for something tasty to read.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

On a cold afternoon

Not much to add really.

What I fill my sketchbooks with

Back in august I demonstrated a certain level of fanboy-ishness by posting sketches of characters from the Harry Potter books, something I'm afraid I'm now going to repeat. Next month the film The Golden Compass will be released, which could be described as a palimpsest of the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. Those of you who know me are probably aware that I rather like these books. And when I rather like books like that I tend to make lots of sketches inspired by them. In this case my desire to post these drawings came from revulsion.
While the film looks rather nice, they certainly did a good job in creating the story's parallel universe, the concept art is for the most part just plain hideous.
I can't describe it better than that. It's the worst sort of digital painting.
Here's a link to a page with some of it:
Now I'm not saying my drawings are infinitely better, but they're a little less synthetic.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Resuming normal services in 3, 2, 1...

Zoals mensen die uitvoerig de kranten gelezen hebben de afgelopen dagen, of mij kennen, wel gemerkt zullen hebben, ik ben een van de winnaars/ontvangers van de eerste Fiep Westendorp stimuleringsprijzen.
Iets waar ik uiteraard zeer blij mee ben, de dingen op dit weblog zijn dus niet voor niets gemaakt.
De enige keerzijde alleen is dat er zoiets bestaat als een hongerige pers, of beter gezegd, regio-pers. Ik hou er eerlijk gezegd niet heel erg van om mijn tekeningen met woorden te moeten omschrijven. Een oordeel erover laat ik liever over aan de kijkers, om dus dan een aantal keren antwoord te moeten geven op vragen als: 'Hoe omscrijf jij je werk, en hoe kom je er zo bij?' Is dan ook niet mijn favoriete bezigheid.
Maar goed, ik zie ook wel in dat het op zich wel de meest voor de hand liggende vragen zijn.
Wat ik alleen niet snap is hoe ze bij Tv-Drenthe op het idee kwamen, dat ik de kleinkunstacademie heb gedaan. Een uitspraak die me nogal verbaasde toen ik het gisteren hoorde in de voice-over.

Maar goed, er zal vast nog meer volgen over deze prijs. Voor nu; hier zijn weer wat tekeningen, daar was dit logboek ten slotte voor bedoeld.

Verjaardagscadeautje voor iemand.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A flimsy excuse of a blog post

Remember this?

Turns out I wasn't the only one who thought it was a good cause.
While cycling in the rain this afternoon I got a call to inform me, I am one of the three recipients of the Fiep Westendorp jong talent award.
More news will follow later, but have a look here

EDIT - Well it's three slightly weird days later, and it's now a lot more official
with this popping up for example
And that's not the end of it, but you can google that yourselves.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Lest I forget

I keep wanting to post this. It's from a story I've been working on.

One more

The friendly dolfin.

Oh god, that sounds terrible.

Henkelman in action, or rather after the action

Yesterday was the premiere of Henkelmannetje the play I made props and puppets for together with Heina, Henriette and Eefke. I sort of missed the actual play, but I did take these pictures and there was a very lovely bouquet of flowers.
But I'm still dead curious.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

unlimited edition

Something I made as a birthday present.

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Not clever, posting drawings by someone more talented than me.
But then, I'm a generous sort of fellow.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

a page from last year's diary

not a busy week as you can see.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Oh my

Today (give or take 24 hours) a year ago I baked two loafs and started this blog. As is usual when taking up these things, I posted frequently. Frenetically one might say. But lately my blogging activities have dwindled. Still I made it through one year. So I'm sure another one is in the cards.
Though perhaps I should make some changes. Use it for more day to day sketching and drawing. I already do that, but I had intended this site to be used for posting new and finished pictures. But I think a more journal like aproach could be worthwile.
And when I've read a book I liked, I think I might recommend it here as well.
I hope this won't alienate my fans.


ps. (what fans?)

pps. If you want to wish this blog a happy birthday, send me a doodle and I'll put it up here. The internet is a community, right?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Torrid, tempestuous Irena...the spark that turned the tropics into a blazing cauldron of passions!

I wish I had come up with that, but it's the tag line to Fire Down Below, from which this drawing of Robert Mitchum comes.

Oh lord, I guess this makes me a fan

It's been a month now since the last, the final Harry Potter came out and I thought I would belatedly celebrate that with some drawings. Over the years I've doodled and sketched characters from the series in the margins of my sketchbooks. Starting when I read the first book in december 2000. While I'm not going to show you those, because: A, I don't have those drawings at home, and B: They're godawful.
The oldest one I've scanned is from late 2001 I think just before the first film came out.

Some characters stick out in their absence, namely the kids. Because on the whole they're not that much fun to draw. Not like the craggy faced weirdos that pass for teachers and guardians in the books. Also absent is Dumbledore, because I couldn't find any drawing of him that I think really captures him.
So if, after this post you're all clamouring for my interpretaion of old Albus, I'll just try and get him right for once.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

sketching for a good cause

Namely me.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007