Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Sunday, 25 January 2015
And a sketch on one of the terraces of the senior English guy sitting next to us. I don't think he noticed us, he was rather focused on the big screen with English championship soccer and pints of beer. All terraces in Benidorm have huge screens showing either soccer or darts.
Friday, 23 January 2015
Together with the dutch organisation "feed design lab", Tebodin organizes a symposium on animal and livestock nutrition. It will focus on the use of new technology, improved logistics and sustainability.
They asked me to illustrate the invitation to the symposium, cartoonwise. Here it is.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
On monday evening we had a cosy dinner with the client in an Italian restaurant. After the meal I made a short night walk through the beautiful town.
So yesterday late in the afternoon, the snow had gone but it was still freezing, I took the opportunity to make this quick sketch of the Kaiserpfalz, on location. The sketch is not very good, it was quite cold and a few flocks of snow made the paper too moist. But here it is anyway.
Sunday, 18 January 2015
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Another of the Liège sketches. On friday night, after having enough of playing tablesoccer, Florian Afflerbach came up with the idea to draw cars. Even though it was midnight, 6 of us took our sketching gear and went out into the streets to find a car. We found this old Renault 4. The woman in the house next to this car came to the door and asked what we were doing, Lapin explained and in the end she offered tea and cookies. The guy in blue is Lapin (fitted out with headlights), on the right Florian.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
The top drawing is the friday morning "Marché des puces", the flea market. It was really great: they had the really old and worn stuff lying around, not the tourist T-shirts and china produced bar signs that you can find see at more known markets in Paris or London. The vendor in the bus was very curious what I was doing there, but accepted it without further comment.
Saturday, 10 January 2015
It was the first realistic portrait from a live model in about a year, and took some effort to get used to tonality and colours. Well, here it is. Acrylic on grey paper, 50x70cm.
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
The advantage of Spain in the winter: you can sit on a terrace in the sun, in full view of the sea, without wearing sunglasses and coloured bermudas.
Both drawings were made on the same day, on two different terraces. Not chosen for the scene, but just because the coffee smelled so good. And on second thought, the view was great.
What a way to spend a lazy afternoon.
Monday, 5 January 2015
But the biggest surprise was in the center of town: just walking down a street I noticed two sketchers sitting on the curb. I talked to them, and asked if they knew about USK. And to my surprise the guy immediately recognized my name. It was Bruno (carnets de bru) and his wife Isabelle, from the south of France, visiting the Valencia sketchers. I have followed Bruno for years, but had no idea how he looked like. Imagine, we had exchanged some remarks just the week before!
It's stunning how small the world can get.
Saturday, 3 January 2015
Except for the new years eve celebration: my mother fell and broke her wrist 10 minutes before midnight, and just after the fireworks we were driving with howling sirens through Benidorm.
We spend the first 4 hours of the new year in Spanish hospitals. Luckily the wrist was not broken badly, no problem to fly back.
Anyway: this is a sketch of old houses on the seafront of Villajoyosa, a village 10 km south of Benidorm.
The last location sketch of 2014, with the best wishes for 2015.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Thursday, 25 December 2014
Impression of the ACN chemical plant in Geleen. They were burning fumes during maintenance works in the plant. The scene is a bit different from reality, the watercolour does not let itself steer in the same way as on normal paper.
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
This time we were on top of a high rise in the centre of town, in the city administrative building, 18th floor.
Actually, the top floors had been deserted for years, we had a special allowance from the mayor himself to use these floors.
It was also the location of the interview with Gerard Michèl and Lapin, for Belgian television, in which I was shown drawing as well.
Obviously I was not interviewed, my French is not that good.
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Now for something completely different.
Here is a composition I once composed, maybe 10 years ago.
Made the song up myself, played all instruments with help of electronic synthesisers and found samples.
The voices you'll hear are from the GTA game, one of the very first versions.
Sunday, 14 December 2014
After some experimenting I found that the paper only wrinkles in one direction, which I used by tearing it in stripes and gluing it in slightly changing angles.
Then a few lines with inktense pencil. And sparse watercolour, simply let it flow.
Fantastic technique. Try it!