Tuesday, 30 January 2018

No right Turn: Chapter 7 the escape

I am hosting a collaborative Comic, with the much appreciated help of now about 25 artists.

I determine the story and scene, but the artists decide how and in which style to draw.
We have 57 pages already, but we are drawing to the final stages.
Chapter 7 "The escape" is now finished. I will show the new drawings in a few days.

This chapter has contributions of:
Rene Fijten
Jerry Wease
Jim Scheel
Rene Fijten
Laura F. Sfiat
Jorge Royan (deceased, this panel was inserted to honour him)

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Magdeburg, Hundertwasser

Business trip to Magdeburg. There is a Hunderwasserhaus there. In the meantime I visited some of them: in Vienna and Houthem. I am no fan, but his ideas are at least very interesting.
This one is the largest of the Hundertwasser buildings, including shops, apartments, a hotel, restaurants, parking garages and even a theatre. A regular cityblock.
This sketch was made in the evening. The colours are not correct, it was dark by then. The next day reality showed the colour of the building to be light pink. :(

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Urban sketching Maastricht

Urban sketching meeting today, in Maastricht. It was very cold (4 degrees C), but luckily no wind.
And we were sitting a bit sheltered on a covered terrace.
I made this impression of one of the facades of the Market, with a row of old houses.
It took a lot of time to make this, the water would only dry very slowly. But that offered a chance to warm yourself on a hot cup of coffee.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Morgan 3 wheeler

A drawing with the same technique. Indian ink, and gouache.
I love that machine, I saw one on the street once: they are tiny and very cramped.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

The Raven

Indian Ink, white and black gouache.
Inspired and based on a painting by Lindsey Kustusch (San Francisco).
I found the image on internet, it was really hard to find the original painter.
She makes a lot of inspiring work.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Hotel lobby Rotterdam

Travels to Rotterdam. A sketch made in the restaurant of my hotel, while waiting for the dinner to arrive. I did the figure first. Then, after dinner, when the guy was gone, I added the chandelier and painting frame.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Grandfather/mother again!

We had to keep it quiet for some time, but I can now post it: our daughter is expecting her second child, in early summer.
It's our second grandchild. We love it.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Tourists are early this year

Yesterday morning, being early for the appointment for renewal of my driving license, I had time to make this little sketch. Actually, it's a bit humouristic statue on the Geleenstraat in Heerlen.
At least he stood still long enough to make this.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Flat earth exploration

It was one of those days that I just had to draw something.
This is the Scientific Exporation Ship "Mondo Plano". Equipped to have a peek across the end of the world, back in the days when everyone thought the earth was flat.
I had a discussion on FB about the dangers of sea exploration, and how Columbus set out proving the world was round. So the thought crossed my mind: how would the vessel have looked if the Vatican would have wanted to prove their point?

Monday, 1 January 2018

Sinterklaas 2017

First of all: best wishes for the new year. May all dreams come thru, and may you live in the best of health.
Now, I had planned to do a lot of sketching and painting this holiday, but I just needed some switching off time. Fixing things in our house, running, binge watching Netflix series, reading Dan Brown, visiting Weihnachtsmarkten, family to attend. A full schedule as you can see.
Instead of sketches I show here a few surprise gifts that I made for my family. For Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas). Dutch children get presents, adults get surprise gifts. Somehow in our family the tradition grew that I make all of them.
Above the fused glass object I made for our daughter in law, Lisa. She is (still) a dedicated Pokemon addict, looking for "Shiny Pokemons".

My son, Mart recieved a leather bound book "the Big Book of Noses" in which I collected 60 drawings of different noses (not shown here).

For my son in law, Bob, I made this little "urban object", referring to the difficult concrete floor we had to make last summer.
And it contains a real little cast concrete floorpart.

For my daughter I made a real "Proefschrift" (in Dutch a Doctoral Thesis is called "proefschrift". The word proef means both "test" and "taste") So I made a "Tasting book".
With all kind of spices and special tasting stuff.