Tuesday, June 30, 2009

visualisaties voor ProRail

Besides making caricatures, I occasionally work as a visualizer for companies. Very different kind of work, but also very exciting, because it's so new to me.
You have to be able to analyse rather complex discussions and turn them into something very simple and understandable.
Today I attended a meeting of a management team of ProRail, a dutch company that takes care of the infrastructure of dutch railroads.
I had to make cartoons about the strong and weak parts of their organisation and their future goal as a whole
. The cartoons aren't very 'spectacular' but what counts is that they are very recognizable for the people involved.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

account managers groepskarikatuur

And another digital group caricature.
They were all account managers, and I thought it was important to draw their suits as well, just to emphasize their position.

Here are some individual caricatures. I made them in Painter Classic and copied/pasted them together in Photoshop. I had to work from photos, which has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that you have more time, the disadvantage is that a photo is more one-dimensional than a live model in my opinion.

I had to print it out 13 times, one caricature for each person, and while I was busy doing so I grabbed a book to pass the time. It was a book of dutch painter Frans Hals, who made a lot of group portraits. They are one of my favourite 'golden age' paintings. Group portraits are so difficult. There is the likeness that counts ofcourse, and everybody has to be in sight too.
And then you have to think about the composition as well, which has to be lively and natural
I think he is master in both likeness and in composition. The paintings are very big, about 2,5 high x 4 metres wide, and they are hanging in the Frans Hals museum in Haarlem, which isn't very far from Amsterdam.
If you should be in the neighbourhood, you must definitely go there and see them for yourself!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Friday, June 05, 2009

Roosroos uitgevers

Last tuesday I was asked to make digital caricatures of the employees of Roosroos publishers, at a place that was kind of strange at first but turned out to be very cosy in the end.
They were having a new office built and it was a ceremonial day, the last pile was driven into the ground.
This is very normal over here. Holland (the western part, near the sea) is in fact nothing more than a big swamp. The only way you can prevent buildings to sink in the ground is to drive hundreds of piles, all 20, 30 metres high into the ground, and on these piles it's possible to built something. And in the midst of this ceremony I had to do my job. Wow. But it was fun and everybody had a great time. And that's what matters.