Friday, December 28, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Merry Christmas!

...and a happy and healthy 2008 !
And if you want do something else during the holidays besides eating, drinking and watching tv, print this out, colour it and put it in your crib. Have fun!


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Hugh Laurie


All done in Painter Classic. Had a hard time with the hand, but it was a good excercise though.

Friday, November 30, 2007

New caricatures






Monday, November 26, 2007

Amy Winehouse 2


Huug bought me a dvd of Amy Winehouse for my birthday, and we looked at it this weekend. It's a live concert from Shepherd's bush Empire, London. Great stuff, even the kids liked it.
This woman is so enchanting, she's a devil and an angel at the same time.
Pencil on paper.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Robbie Williams 2


I did so many digital caricatures the last period, that I wanted to post a 'real' sketch. Just pencil on paper. Always good to go back to the basics. I made a caricature of Robbie back in February, so if anybody is interested they can see if there any differences, and if I did better or worse this time.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Paris

Last Thursday I had to work as a digital caricaturist in Paris. This doesn't happen very often, most of the time I stay in Holland. It was fun being there with Miriam, who was my "technical assistant" (she made the buttons). And it was even more special because it was my birthday!
I was very well treated, with a lovely dinner and some gifts from Harold's cartoonshop.
All caricatures that I did that day can be seen on the site of Company Comics.

Before.....

...and under the Eiffel tower.





Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Jan


It can be difficult to draw your next of kin, especially if you have a brother like I do. That's not his fault, but our parents'.
He just doesn't have any specific features. I don't either, ask the dozens of caricaturists who have been trying to portray me in the last few years. (ofcourse there are exceptions)
He got 50 last friday and I wanted to give him something personal. But I believe I did 3 or 4 versions of his head.
I don't think this is a caricature by the way, it's more a retro-style illustration, a tiny bit inspired by Erik Kriek and Chris Wahl.


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Deb


This is Debbie, member of the NCN. I met her in Reno, she's a very sweet person. This caricature is mainly an exercise in drawing motors. I don't really like stuff like that (cars, motors, etc.) I'm more into organic forms. But I like the result.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Sixth Star

So I won the first prize for best retail/party style in Reno, and together with that came a vacation on a cruise. Well, vacation, I don't know if you have to put it that way. It was more like a working vacation, they wanted to hire me as a caricaturist but I had to work for just two hours a day.
I could choose the cruise that I wanted but I had to pay for the journey to the departure place myself.
And I could take one guest with me but no kids under 16 were allowed on the cruise....
Can you believe that! So this means that either you have to have no kids, or they have to be old enough to join. In Holland we say: "Een sigaar uit eigen doos", perhaps this can be translated with 'dutch treat' or something, I don't know.
Sure, we can put our kids away for one week. But they would be sooooooooooo disappointed.
Their first reaction when they heard that I had won a cruise was: "WE are going on a cruise!"
Kids are like that.
I responded to Sixth Star that I was honoured to be part of the Sixth Star family but they had to wait for another 10 years or so before they could see me work on one of their ships.
Meanwhile, to get rid of this negative feeling, I made these two cartoons.


For five minutes or so we considered this to be an option too.

Monday, October 29, 2007

New caricatures

Normally october is a very busy month, but for some reason (recession, bad luck?) I didn't have any gigs. Until last saturday. I really had to get into it, I had become a little lazy. I hope it doesn't show.
Enjoy!





Sunday, October 21, 2007

Snowball

I was in the car of Zach Trenholm when I drove back from Reno to San Francisco, and with us was Claude St. Onge, a canadian cartoonist/caricaturist.
It had been snowing the night before and I asked Zach to pull over, so I could make some photos. And I just couldn't resist the challenge and made a (tiny snowball) and threw it in the direction of Claude. 99% of the time I miss, but not this time, it hit him right in his neck!
Poor Claude, he's just too gentle to do the same thing to me, so luckily I got away with it very well.
But I made this drawing and mailed it to him, I hope he likes it.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Klootschieten

I had to make a cartoon for a 'klootschiet' society.
Now when dutch people see this word they usually smile. Why? Not because of the sport. Klootschieten is nothing more than a dutch version of the french game 'jeu de Boules', and instead of metal balls wooden balls are used. And instead of throwing from one side to another, a track is being followed, I believe.
But the funny thing is that 'kloot' is slang for testicle, so klootschieten means 'shooting the ball'.
Anyway, this society wanted me to draw a bull with gigantic balls, and I really had fun doing that. But unfortunately, the balls were considered to be too big and I had to redraw him again. I liked the original version better though...

Monday, October 15, 2007

Radio Gelderland

So I was invited to come to the studio of Radio Gelderland last week to show them my skills as a live caricaturist. Unfortunately, it was radio and nobody could see it. And i believe I said a lot of "eh" and couldn't explain what exactly a caricature is in just 1 minute. But it was a nice experience anyway.


Still having bags under my eyes after Reno.


Is that me?


It always gives me a good feeling to see people this way.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Very inspirational stuff

Here are some caricatures that were made in Reno, and that I liked veeeery much. The list isn't complete, but I had to make a choice. I just want to show the diversity of all the different styles.


This is Anne Bush, drawn by Ed Steckley. This is really her.


Some stuff done by Anne Bush. My kids thought these were very funny. So did I.


'Beachpony' by Marlo Meekins. Her caricatures amaze me, she's the queen of absurdity.
I hope that one day she'll draw me.



'Debby' by Brian Oakes.


Very graphical, very Japanese. Unfortunately, I forgot his name. Sorry.


David O'Keefe


I'm in love with this one, it's done by Seo Kim, and she's only 18 years old!
Can you believe that? What was I doing at that age? (probably something very immature and stupid.)



Who's this witch? Oh, it's me.
Done by Sam Gorrie. Thank you Sam, I owe you one....

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

A nosey !


I've just returned from Reno, Nevada, where the 16th annual convention of the National Caricaturist Network took place. And guess what. I won a bronze nosey! Which is quite an achievement for a person who never before participated in the contest.
I was so surprised, I really was. The nosey is an award for 'the best caricaturist of the year', the most important of all 16 categories.


And not only did I win the bronze nosey, I also became first in the category 'outstanding retail/party style', second in the 'best likeness from a slide' competition, and third in the 'outstanding cartoon style' category. What a blast!


Everybody has a certain amount of space on the wall, on which the product of one week hard labour is being put.
This is my 'wall'.









At home, seeing these huge amounts of paper, pens and other stuff spread over the floor, I would probably be shouting: "Go and f*$#*! clean up your mess"!!!! But in Reno I was in silent admiration for this outburst of creativity.


Me at work.


All contestants are in full concentration for the 'best likeness from a slide' competition.


Standing behind Joe Bluhm, one of my favorite caricature artists. I was so close I could almost touch him! Didin't have the guts though.


This is Greg Dohlen next to the caricature I made of him. Greg shot hundreds of photos at the convention, they can all be seen at:
http://dohlenstudios.smugmug.com/


With Anne Bush (1st place for outstanding Cartoon style) and Tomokazu Yoshida (2nd place) at the awards winning banquet. I got third.


Standing between Sam Gorrie (3rd place for outstanding retail/party style) and Aaron Philby (2nd place). Oh, I was first.
This category was being reintroduced this year. A caricature had to be made within 8 minutes and had to have a good likeness. I also won a luxurious cruise. I can take a guest with me and all I have to do is make caricatures for a few hours. Now that is something completely different from camping in Twenthe!


And here are the three nosey winners!!!!!!!!!
From left to right:
me (bronze nosey), Glenn Ferguson (silver) and Kage Nakanishi (gold).