Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Liège book!

Here it is! The Urban sketchers Liège book. 
I recieved my book today, a fantastic book with drawings of Florian Afflerbach, Simo Capecchi, Fabien Denoël, Rolf Schroeter, Miguel Herranz, Lapin Barcelona, David Emdé Magli, Antoine Michel, Gérard Michel, Corinne Raes, Luis Ruiz Padrón and Inma Serrano. And I am proud that my drawings are among those of these talented sketchers.

Saturday, 21 November 2015


Painted this morning, Sander, in a life model session.
40x70cm, acrylic. Took me about an hour to make.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Liège USK book is out now!

Fantastic news! Gerard Michel made this idea come real, not only did he invite us last year on that 4 day sketching trip in Liège, but it's is now available in bookform! 200 something pages filled with the drawings of: Inma Serrano (E), Simonetta Capecchi (I), Corinne Raes (B), “Lapin” (F), Miguel Herranz (E), David Magli (F), Rolf Schröter (D), Rene Fijten (NL), Luis Ruiz (E) et Florian Afflerbach (D), Gerard Michel (B), Antoine Michel (B) and Florian (B). 
Imagine: in total 65 meter of drawings!
I haven't seen the book yet, but I am invited to the official presentation next week. I can't wait.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Wolfshagen, Germany

Quick sketch; view from my hotelroom in the Berghotel in Wolfshagen (Germany, the Harz).
I was there on business (again). I made this drawing in the early morning, just before breakfast. It was a few days before our present horrible autumn weather started, filled with storms and rain. Back then the air was bright and fresh, but windstill; the coloured leaves were still on the trees.
How quickly that all changed.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Coloured ink

An now its time for something entirely different. I bought a few bottles of coloured ink, to experiment.
Lately I am inspired by the work of the (outside Italy unknown) illustrator Sergio Toppi, and his use of (coloured) pen and ink drawings. This drawing is loosely based on a drawing of Toppi called "Dicono".
I was trying out several of his techniques, but I still have to work out and train myself on how he treats the ink. Anyway, for a first try I am pretty pleased. Not that I come close to his outstanding work, but it's a start anyway.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Volterra Leporello (3)

Here is the third installment of the Volterra Leporello.  Series of drawings of Volterra itself. The top one is the view from the "balze", a cliff on the western side of the city.
I left out one drawing, a drawing of a real original Roman theatre. But I don't like it. In each Leporello there is always one substandard drawing of which I wished I could cut it out. But that's the whole idea, you can't.
Anyway, the other view is the view fro the park Settembre XX, where you can see the houses sloping down towards the valley below.

And the final drawing is a concise plan of Volterra. 
 Enough Volterra for this year....

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Volterra leporello (2)

Here is the second set of drawings, these were made in Monteriggione.
The students had to do work there too, while we were sitting on a nice terrace in the town square.
It was a bit chilly, but a good espresso made up for that.
The top is the little medieval church, the second the bar and terrace next to the one we were sitting on.
And the bottom one the heavily guarded main entrance of the enclosed city.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Volterra leporello (1)

During the Volterra trip (already a month ago!) I was able to make a series of sketches. Like last year I decided to make leporello, but I was not able to make it as long as the previous one. Just about 2 meters.

On the top you see the total strip. I will show the different scenes in more detail one by one.
The top one is the little chapel at the Porta San Felice.
The second is the view through that same Porta.

The third scene is the view over the Tuscan hills. Furthermore a medieval carved stone, with the Volterra municipal symbols, which you can find on one of the townhouses on the main Piazza dei Priori.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Autumn in Goslar

This afternoon in Goslar, (the Hartz, Germany). I was there for a business meeting at Chemetall, a factory in Langelsheim. The meeting closed early, so I took the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather and walk around the beautiful old city center. It was at least 17 degrees, and the brown leaves are still on the branches.
And I could not resist to make a drawing of three of the beautiful old houses, one of them the old Brauhaus.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Is there life on Mars

Experimenting with ink drawings and digital colouring. It started as a doodle during a boring lunchbreak.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Zelzate again (Belgium)

I was 15 minutes early for my appointment at a client in Ertvelde, the firm Oleon (they make bio based oils). Just along the canal at Zelzate there was this concrete remains of a passage from an abandoned factory to the waterfront on the right behind the fence.
Took me maybe 10 minutes to produce this. I was still exactly on time for my appointment.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Milan cemetery

I am not sure to post this.
It's a drawing I made (on location) on the Milan Cimitero Monumentale, but I am not satisfied with this one at all.
The first version was too warm, colourfull and unbalanced, so I added black ink. But to no avail. I decided to wash out all colour and much of the ink. The result was a greyish scene, not much value. Like through fog; quite fitting for the subject, but the drawing became unreadable.
So I added ink again. And white paint for highlights.

But still: somehow it does not work.
Any ideas what I did wrong?
How I can improve this drawing?
Please let me know!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Zelzate, Steel factory

I dew this scene before. Each time I visit the client in Ertvelde (Oleon), I drive along the canal. fascinated by the dark steelfactory across the canal. Especially when the weather is rainy and humid.
I tried my watercolourpencils again.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Expo Milan

Two sketches from the expo in Milan. There were long lines at the popular countries, so I only visited the less populated pavilions.
Above the very interesting african countries. I made this sketch at the Mauritania house. There was a group of women waiting to make henna tattoos. They saw me drawing, and offered me sweet mint tea. Very hospitable.
The other is of the Oman pavilion: a nice chance to draw something exotic without having to cross the world.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Portrait session

Life portrait drawing session, this morning.
Two stages of the same drawing.
Made with Charcoal and "siberisch krijt" (I don't even know how to translate that).

The art class has already been running for a few weeks, but I am not able to attend a lot due to all kind of travels abroad. So may trips, I that I can't even keep my long standing promise to myself, which is making at least one sketch on every trip.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Bellinzona, Switzerland

In Italy I bought two books of the work of the comics artist Sergio Toppi. Fantastic.
So now I am trying to draw black and white drawings again.
Here is one that I made of the view of our room in the hostel of Bellinzona.
The hostel is located next to impenetrable medieval walls, very beautiful, with a view over the Swiss Ticino Mountains.
An incredible setting and view when you wake up in the morning.

I tried some of Toppi's hatching techniques.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Stahl, Waalwijk

I made the above watercolour for the opening ceremonies of a new plant for the firm Stahl. They make the highly specialized materials that look like leather and are used in car dashboards. Imagine what they have to endure!
The lab is very well designed (not by me, but by a colleague, Sjoerd Gort).
The painting was presented to the client a few weeks ago.
I only forgot to make a picture of the final result, this is the nearly finished version.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Milan, Expo 2015

Just returned from a trip to Milan tonight. My second visit to Italy in two weeks, and the third in three months. Time to recapitulate and do something with all the sketches that I made.
I visited the Milan Expo (worldexhibition) with a group of architects last friday.
The Expo was very impressing, but also very crowded. There were waiting lines of several hours before most of the pavillions. I saw one line, wrapping around the Japan exhibition, which according the sign should take 5 hours......

Did not make many sketches, it took all my time to visit the terrain with over 150 exhibitions.
 This is a drawing of the Italian Pavillion, a beautiful building resembling a starcruiser from Star Wars.
I made this sketch while it was raining outside, it was pretty crowded inside.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Florence: waiting for the Uffizi

Waiting in line for the Uffizi Museum in Florence, for two hours. Enough time to make this sketch.
It was worth it.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Switzerland, Guernico

I could not post the last few days, I travelled with a group of students to Italy, Tuscany.
I had to teach dawinng and architecture there. But the Wifi was terrible, hardly any connection.
I had enough time to draw though, here is a sketch of the first day: a view from aa bridge in Guernico, in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland.