Monday, September 17, 2007

Leontien's Ladies Ride

Leontien's Ladies Ride is a non-competitive 70 km ride only for women, and is named after cyclist Leontien van Moorsel, who won 4 golden medals at the olympic games in 2000 and 2004. It is a sponsored ride for the benefit of all research of breast cancer.
It's also a very pleasant ride, with the purpose of stimulating people (read women) to live in a healthy way by riding their bikes.
And this is something dutch women loooove to do, because yesterday 7000 of them moved to Den Bosch to be part of the third edition. And so were we: Arja, Loes, Marian and Marion, 4 very old friends (not by age, but by acquaintance).
We had a great time, I think it's obvious when you look at the photos.
I had promised to make a caricature to present us as a team, and you can see the results.
The caricature speaks for itself, let me just say that "spatader" is a varicose vein, and is the nickname of our group.




A sea of bicycles at the start in Den Bosch


The four of us at the beginning of the day.


Arja...


...and me. Nearly caused an accident making this photo.


Boy, do these girls know how to ride.....


Hurray! We did it!


Some women were even more weird then we were.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Meike's birthday

Last sunday was Meike's birthday, she got 8.
We decided to do a workshop painting at her party, which was really fun, both for her and her friends as for her parents.
Hugo taught them a bit about pigments and how to make oil paint, about spunging and using a brush, and then they made a painting of their favorite pet.
More pictures can be seen on Hugo's blog.


Monday, September 03, 2007

Giftwraps

Right now I'm working on a series of illustrations that is really fun, but that can not be shown yet.
So instead I thought of publishing a series of gift wraps that I did a couple of years ago.
It was in a period that I had enough work as a caricaturist, but I wasn't doing anything beside it.
The gift wrap project was interesting for trying some photoshop filters/tools, as well as doing exercises in repeating patterns.
I made some nice designs, and I also sold a few ones, but I discovered that it wasn't really my cup of tea. So I left it behind and moved on to become a greeting card designer. But I still have these gift wraps on my computer, and every time I see them I think: what a shame that I'm doing nothing with them.
So here are a few ones. Perhaps somebody might be interested.....