Sunday, December 27, 2009

Snow has gone

It's hard to believe that only a week ago Arnhem looked like this.
Ten inches of snow had fallen, something very rare up here, because Holland 'suffers' from a seaclimate.
We went into the woods and had a lot of fun sleigh-riding and throwing snowballs. And the day after we made a path before our house so other people could walk easily through our street.
Isn't this a romantic scenery!
But now all snow has gone, and it's cloudy and dull again.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A merry christmas....

...and a happy and healthy 2010 to everybody!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

christmas caricatures

Yes, it's that time of the year again! Christmas parties, singing Santas, and, ofcourse, a christmas caricaturist. Here is a small selection of what I produced last week. One on paper, at a party of the Nederlandse Mededingings Autoriteit (NMA) in Madurodam, and the digital ones are made at a party of the Nationale Hypotheek Garantie (NHG) in Zoetermeer.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Boer zoekt vrouw

Anybody knows this show? I believe it's going over the entire world right now, in England and Australia it's called "farmer wants wife", in Germany "Bauer sucht Frau, in France 'L'amour est dans le pré" and here in Holland (and in Belgium too) "Boer zoekt vrouw". For many years it's the tv hit of the season and though nothing really spectacular ever happens and the tempo is quite slow, my whole family is addicted to it. This year we got a 5 out of 5 score: all farmers got in love.
Here you see the dutch tv host Yvon jaspers with one of the farmers. Cute, isn't it.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

my cartoon in the newspaper!

I've had work printed on clothes and greeting cards, but this is the first time a caricature of mine is published in a newspaper! The article is about people drinking alcohol on television and the effects that showing all this drinking can have on the average consumption of alcohol, and was published in de Gelderlander, De Stentor and perhaps even more newspapers.
The illustration shows 4 characters of the well-known dutch series "Gooische Vrouwen", which deals with the day to day life of 4 rich and spoilt women in Het Gooi. I think that neighbourhood can best be compared with Beverly Hills in the States, Brasschaat in België and the french Cote d'Azur.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sportgala Schiedam

This one was quite tricky, because
1. the girls were all young, blond and beautiful.

2. caricatures from a photo is very difficult (that ofcourse is my personal opinion, you may disagree with me).

But I'm not too unhappy with the result. The job came together with a gig. The girls were awarded a prize at a sportsgala and were offered this caricature in a frame. I was the lucky one to hand it to them.

This girl was the winner in her category. I forgot which category it was, something with a ball I guess.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Digital caricatures for Monuta

Here are some digital caricatures I did yesterday for Monuta. They are into funeral services. I guess they need a laugh too sometimes.
I realise it is fun to see the model and check if there is any resemblance. I should make pictures more often. But I am so focussed and concentrated when I work digitally that I often forget to do so.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Very secret

Here are some small parts of a big assignment I just finished. Pfeww! I'm not yet allowed to show you all, but I will when it's published...

Sunday, November 08, 2009

René Gruau & Al Hirschfeld

Here are some pictures of two illustrators whom I greatly admire and who both had their creative peak in or around the fifties of the 20th century.
I discovered René Gruau about 20 years ago, when I studied fashion at the Arnhem Fashion Institute. I fell for his highly fashionable illustrations and his bold lines and graphic colours. He seemed almost directly influenced by french artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Although in a very fifities and sixties style his best work can be described as timeless.
Al Hirschfeld is another artist who never bores me. One year ago I bought some of his books and one was filled with drawings he made of the people who lived in Harlem during the fourties of the twentieth century. The images have the same speed and vivacity as those of Gruau.
Unlike his other work, Hirschfeld used colours in this book.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

digital caricatures for Besam

Here are some digital caricatures I made on a garden fair for Besam.
For me the difficult part of working digitally is the slick glass surface of the cintiq. You can compare it with drawing on a window. It makes you feel that you're not in control, that the pen is slipping away.
When I draw the faces, I can handle that feeling. But I'm not so sure of myself when it comes to bodies, themes, hobbies etc.

Here are some drawings where I tried to draw backgrounds, situations etc. I think it makes the caricature more lively, funnier too. And it's fun for me to keep trying new things

Monday, October 19, 2009

Zeeland Business Media

Here's a selection of the digital caricatures I made for Zeeland Business Media during the 'Contacta 2009' in Goes, Zeeland.

Friday, October 16, 2009


Isn't this cute! I had to make a colouring picture for Theater 'De Naald' back in July (see this post) and together with that came a contest. Children had to colour the picture, cut the pieces out and make some kind of diorama of it and then send it to De Naald. These two photos show the winners. One is 3 year old (I guess he or she did it with a little help from his mom or dad) and the other 8 years.

Monday, October 12, 2009

fresh ones!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

cartoons for RIBW

Here's a selection of some cartoons I made last tuesday during a brainstorm session of RIBW, an organisation that supports people with a psychiatric background. The fonts were implemented later, at home, on my computer. I choose the images that might be recognisable even without words. It's all about (mis)communication, guidance, who's on the steering wheel etc.