Sunday, 28 August 2016

Chrysler New Yorker

A very quick drawing of a Chrysler New Yorker, about 1973. I made this a week ago, at  the Cruise-in in Brunssum, but had no chance to post this earlier.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Day 2: Meknes

We spent the hottest part of the afternoon in Meknes, roaming through the souks and market places. All smells and colours, a feast for eyes and nose. We also had lunch there, in a covered atrium, with beautiful decorated walls and ceilings, in Andalusian or Moorish style. I don'tthink I will be abe to retrace that restaurant, Meknes is like a labyrinth.
I barely managed to make the pendrawing on location, the group moved forward far too quickly, I painted it in the hotel later that evening.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Day 2: Volubilis

Day 2: it was gruelling hot. Over 40 degrees celsius. The wind was hot in our faces, and very dry.
We drove out to Meknes, and after that to Volubilis, an excavated Roman city.
This is the Basilica (covered market building), as seen from the Capitol.
I drew the plan afterwards, in the bus.
The paper is rather smudgy, that is what you get with travel journals.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Day 1: Rabat

We drove to Casablanca and visited its Hassan II mosque (the largest in this part of the word). I amde a sketch but it's not worth showing here. Instead, in the early afternoon we drove to Rabat, and visited the old Medina. Very beautiful. But as the group proceeded very fast, there was no time to sketch, only this one of the walls surrounding the Medina.
I made the pensketch while we were waiting for the group to assemble, and cross the busy road to our bus, maybe 2 minutes. Painted it immediately afterwards in the bus.
I could not resist posting this picture, the view over the beach of Rabat as seen from the Medina.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Allfa Romeo Julia

Alfa Romeo Julia Spider Veloce. 1965.
This beautiful car was standing at a meeting of vintage cars. I always wanted to draw this car, so this was a very welcome opportunity. It was also a rather difficult car to draw, all these curved lines, no room for mistakes.

Anyway, it went well, I am content with the drawing. And so was the German owner.

I made another sketch of an 60's american car, but I'll have to scan and post it later.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Day 1: Marrakesh-Casablanca

We arrived in Marrakesh late in the evening on Sunday, we would visit the city at the end of the roundtrip, so we left early in the morning to Casablanca.
Our group consisted of 7 Dutch, of all ages, but our guide was Moroccan: Youssef.
I made this sketch halfway Marrakesh and Casablanca, looking out to the barren fields ridden with cacti, and occasional herded flocks of sheep.
And little adobe (mud) farms/houses, like this one. I saw it when we were slowly driving by (due to road works), but I had my sketchgear ready, and was able to make the drawing right away from memory. It took maybe 5 minutes.

Monday, 15 August 2016


We just returned from a 8 day-roundtrip through Marocco. I will post and tell about the trip the coming few days.
This drawing was made on the Amsterdam airport, while going through the usual waiting hours before departure. I did not want to draw the usual docked planes, and looked for something else.
This Asian woman was sitting opposite of us, concentrated on her cellphone, oblivious of the world around her. Only when I was halfway the drawing, I realised that each time she was texting, she was silently crying, hiding the tears in her eyes. In the end, I don't think she realised I drew her, and obviously I did not want to disturb her further.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Lunchime doodle

Not much decent drawing lately. I prefer spending the warm long evenings sitting on the veranda with long barbecues with friends and family, or reading good books.
I made this one during lunchbreak today; it was raining a little, so I did not go out for a walk.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Via Imperiale revisited

Experimenting with drawing with twigs and Indian ink, to achieve a more free style of drawing and painting. Based on a sketch I made earlier this year in Rome. I am not yet satisfied.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Staatsmijn Emma

When I was young there used to be a huge coalmine just a few 100 meters from my house. The "staatsmijn Emma" (the national coal mine Emma). It was named after one of our Queens.
The coalmine was one of the largest in the Netherlands, and it was closed around the mid-70s.
The drawing is based on old photographs and old memories.
Unfortunately there is nothing left, they tore down literally everything, and replaced the area with houses. Only us, the ones who grew up back then, can still see the scars. The bicyclepaths (once railroads), the wooded hills (once coalhills), the black earth (once cokesovens). They even tore down the original hyperbolic cooling towers - which were invented here. Well, you can see those all around the world, that would be the Emma offspring.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Failed glass vase

This should have been a beautiful vase. In frosted, sugar like semi-translucent light blue glass.
With yellow and red patterned bulbs sticking out.
Made in a difficult, elaborate and expensive glass fabrication method called "pâte de verre".

In a few pictures I can show you the procedure: first you make the model in clay, then you cast a mixture of gypsum and silicosis around, to produce the mold.
The second picture shows the mold, after two weeks of drying, and after I removed the clay model.
The third picture shows how to fill the mold: the holes are filled with fine-ground powder-like red and yellow glass, held together with wallpaper glue.
Then adding layers of sand like glassparticles, size about 1-2 mm. again bound  by glue. The total thickness is about 5-6mm, made in two layers.

As the glass would sink to the bottom when heated, I had to make an inner mold as well. In this case by adding pure loose gypsum in the middle, lightly compacted (picture 4). We had to wait a few weeks to have it dry again, and finally it went into the oven.
But..... it failed. The glass did not melt enough, the top ring was okay, but the lower parts fell apart when I removed the mold (picture 5).

Here you see the remnants of what should have been a lovely vase.
All that's left is a glass crown, which I show at the top. Just to show how it could have looked like.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

MIG 21 in Maasbracht

I made a drawing of this old MIG 21 today. It's standing in the business park of a village called Maasbracht, some 30km away from where I live, at a car junk yard. No idea how it got there.
It was hidden from view by a line of trees. I had noticed it a few times last winter, when the trees were bare, but only today I found the time to draw it.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Schimmert watertower

Drawn this evening, the old watertower of Schimmert. It dates back to 1927, and was made in the style of "the Amsterdam school". You can see the waretower from 50km away, as it stands on top of one of the highest hills in Limburg (and obviously also the Netherlands).
I was waiting for concert evening with local choirs, my wife sings in one of them. She had to arrive early, so I had half an hour to spend before the visitors could enter. A beautiful summer evening with good music. That's summer.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

I had this dream again...

Woke up this morning, with this dream in my head. It was about some robots tearing down a huge stack of houses, while a heavy church organ (up on the adjacent cliff) was playing some Olivier Messiaen music.
In my dream there were also a lot of spectators in front, all wearing Humphrey Bogart trenchcoats and hats, but that was too complicated to add to the drawing.
I know where the dream came from: a few days ago I reread the french 60s comic book by Philippe Druillet, called "Les 6 voyages de Lone Sloane", the third chapter "Rose". 
Anyone familiar with Druillet will notice that this drawing is totally different in style of course.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Volkswagen and Chevrolet Apache

Drawn at the same vintage car meeting as the previous one. I had more trouble with this one, as the paint would not dry as I wanted. The area is a bit damp, and it's always late in the evening.
I have to try other brand of colour, or use different paper. The other sketch worked better (and much faster).

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Chevrolet Pickup 1954

I was at the weekly America Car meeting "Cruise in", in Brunssum this evening.
A lot of chances to draw old cars.
This is a quick sketch, of a Chevrolet Pickup 1954, a beauty. Took me about 10-15 minutes to make this one.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

DJ Shadow

Just a drawing, after a picture in the newspaper of last Thursday (Volkskrant, 30-06-2016). In fact I have not read the article, but the picture by Derick Daily hit a string.
Today a fellow sketcher, Roger Klaassen, made a drawing after that picture, and I decided to do the same. Just for fun. Here is the link to Roger's blog:

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Blue skies

Sometimes I have the privilege to make something extraordinary.
Our Tebodin office moved from Maastricht to Elsloo, in a far better and contemporary office building.
I did the interior design, and made a few round glass separation walls.
As the office lacked some colour, I designed this repetitive sky with a sketched local Limburg landscape, also with a hint to the work we do at our office.
I found the sky on Google images. But I still had to redesign 30% of the clouds, as they were not repetitive.
The sketch was made with fountain pen on a small  piece of paper, and resized 20 times or so.

It was printed on vinyl foil, and glued/pasted on the glass walls. When the sunlight is out, it shines through the foil, and the scene becomes very vivid.  

The size is 9 x 1,2 meters. The largest drawing I have made so far.....

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Eagle hunters of Mongolia

One of those weeks. I badly want something to draw, but somehow I don't find interesting subjects on the streets. I don't know, maybe I don't go outside so much due to the recordbreaking amounts of rain we have had in June.
But there was this interesting photograph humming in my mind, of the eagle hunters in Mongolia. The original picture of this boy Bahak Birgen was made by Asher Svidensky (check his site for more fantastic pictures and stories: ).
In this drawing I tried to experiment with different inks, combined with watercolour, flowing into each other. Difficult to have them behave how I want them to. Still need exercise.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Pate de verre

I am now working on new projects in glass. The procedure is called "pâte de verre" and it's an old french technique of making glass objects.
First you make a model in clay, then you cast gypsum around it, to form a mold.
The mold is polished and reworked, and then you grind glass. The grinded glass is sieved into different sizes, and (depending on the type of ground) you mix it with an adhesive. I use wallpaperglue. Then you lay down one or more layers of the glass into the mold, and it's heated.
These objects are glass flowers, to be fitted into the vase I made two weeks ago. I still have to make the stems.