Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Sunday, December 24, 2006


Two sketches I drew while watching 'The Nightmare before Christmas'. I notice it now, and when I play the piano: there is such a restlessnes in me. When I play music, my hands move to fast (faster than I can play a given melody) and it's also when I draw; my hand moves so fast, it's ridiculous.

Thursday, December 14, 2006


I haven't had time to post anything lately. Here are some sketches I made for my studentsclub as possible suggestions for the decor of a theaterplay.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

It's almost finished, but I wanted to show it already.

Peter van Straaten

These are some illustrations Peter van Straaten made a long time ago for the childrensbook 'Mark en de soldaten'. I like his style very much because it's messy.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Yes, soon more Peter van Straaten and a painting!

Soon some illustrations Peter van Straaten made for a childrensbook titled 'Mark en de soldaten' ('Mark and the soldiers') The drawings are wonderful! And -I hope- really soon another painting.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

painting exercise

A quick exercise to get me started again. I almost haven't drawn for a whole week, due to my transfer to another home. Today I was so happy that I could paint a little!

musical scribbles

Here are some of my musical scribbles (partly 'My funny Valentine' and 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame; so many times out there...') Even though they are I guess uninterpretable for everyone, I like the look of them.

Sorry, no Peter van Straaten!

The book that I bought full of his lovely work is unfortunately to weak and old to put under a scanner; if I do so, it will fall apart. So here's part of a sketch he did: it's a 'memory sketch' he made of a girl he knew when he was young. Anyway, the work of Peter van Straaten has been published many times so you'll be able to get a look at it at another place.

on the move

I just moved to another appartment with 3 roommates, but now, for the next two weeks, I'm out of internet. I'll soon post some drawings and also (for the fun of it) some pictures of my piano-transcriptions of Disneysongs. When you look at them, scribbled down in blue pencil, it has a certain artistic quality to it...
I'll also post some images of a rare comicbook by Paul Gillon that I bought; beautiful black/white images (virtually unmatched in their craftsmanship) and some doodles by Peter van Straaten: one of Holland's greatest cartoonists/illustrators.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Chinese economy

For a roommate's researchpaper I made this cartoon. It shows China 'locked' in the so-called image of Orientalism. It's ready to break out and charge in for the kill. Meanwhile, in Holland, everyone is unaware of this danger.


Monday, October 23, 2006

New drawings are on their way!

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Whenever I read a book, I like to put a 'boekenlegger' between the pages -most of the time a little piece of paper. And I use this of course as an opportunity to draw a little sketch. This one's originally in black and white, but I coloured it on the computer.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

inking stuff

Another inking exercise. The sketch has more of an attitude and I think I like it more because of it. My 'inking process' is much to elaborate, since I don't use a pencil/brush(?), but a very fine pen instead. Once I'm in Amsterdam, I'll buy me some fine inking pencils.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


A while back I posted two sketches I made for an illustration about praying. Here's the finished illustration.('If I thank God for the peas, will He know I'm lying?')

Monday, September 11, 2006


My 'first' real PhotoShop-picture! I now know a bit how to work with layers.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

on a personal note: my drawing enthousiasm is up-and-running again! Yesterday behind the tv I was sketching until my pen ran out of ink. So I'll post them soon.
In the mean time, here's an illustration by Skip Liepke. His paintings are quite nice!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

roommate sketch

Lately I have had so little time to draw anything, and when I do, I don't know what to draw. Strange isn't it? A friend of mine plans to publish a childrensbook and has asked me to illustrate it. I'll bet it's a good project to get me started again.


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Pinguins in love!

For my studentsclub. Not coloured in PS because that's something I still have to practice more before I put drawings on the internet.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Saturday, July 29, 2006


Today I drew a roommate while she was sleeping on the couch in front of the tv. Usually I don't draw with charcoal, but I always think of the drawings of J.S. Sargent. His figure-drawing in charcoal are amazing and inspiring.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


Every now and then I have these 'moods' and I start studying specific subjects on how to draw them. Now more and more I'm interested in composition. So I sketch little frames and draw shapes in them and I try to figure out what's interesting to look at. I find it's really a craft to make an interesting picture! I read this whole section on composition in a 'Famous Artists Course' book (my parents have one of the original books, lucky me!), but I guess it all comes down to practice. Perhaps this one is for a painting?

(I'm also looking forward to the publication of Hans Bacher's production design book...I can't wait!)

Let's go surfin' now!

I haven't posted anything for so long so it's time to make up. This one's an illustration for my studentsclub. Another student will digitally place a text on the illustration which will make it appear as if it were surfing the wave. Ambitiously I started out looking for surfing photo's as a reference and in comicbooks. In the end my father mentioned to me the famous drawing of Japanese artist Hokusai and I used that as a reference.


Friday, July 21, 2006

Monday, June 19, 2006

Lady Justice

It's a cartoon I made today for a roommate's Bachelor-thesis. Technically speaking..it's not the greatest cartoon you'll ever see, but it was much fun to make it and I like it. (it even has a bit of a 'Peter Pontiac edge' to it)

Thursday, June 08, 2006

old drawings

I haven't posted anything lately, but yesterday I've bought a painting easel, so there's more to come!


Tuesday, May 23, 2006


These are some tryout sketches I made for an illustration about praying.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Randy Newman 2

As a tribute to Randy Newman who makes beautiful music!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The Pianist

I made a quick painting of Adrien Brody from The Pianist..

Friday, May 05, 2006

Again Severin

As it turns out my blog is mentioned on the official Alec Severin-website (see links.) Wow, I feel honored. I've met mr. Severin a few times on comic-markets and besides being a great artist (his originals are stunning!), he's also very friendly. These encounters make ofcourse cherished memories.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

unfinished portret

...my first serious portret in acrylic. It's not finished yet, but I already wanted to show the rough version.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Randy Newman

Wow, today I saw 'James and the Giant Peach' with the musicalscore by Randy Newman. And as always I was so enchanted by his music. I read in a review his music was described as having a 'colourful palette'. Well, that's one way to put it. His gentle (film)music is to touching and I always get mesmerised by it. I start dreaming of people and places and situations (really!) while listening to his music. I wonder off and forget everything around me. It's just so moving. Here are the lyrics of his song 'Same Girl':

You’re still the same girl you always were
You’re still the same girl you always were
A few more nights on the street that’s all
a few more holes in your arms
a few more years with him

You’re still the same girl
with the same sweet smile
that you always had
the same blue eyes like the sun
the same clear voice that I always
you’re still the same girl...
that I love

I'm not a music expert but his piano playing is só subtle, and sad and beautiful and colourful all at the same time and well I could keep on going... I want to make a caricature/portret of him, kind of as a hommage to this great artist. I'll try to post it soon.
Two interviews with him you can find on (the last one is part in Dutch):



Saturday, April 08, 2006

Alec Severin 2

The comic artist Alec Severin opened his own site! So spread the word.



Wednesday, April 05, 2006

poster sketch

I kinda liked the spontaneity of the girl

Monday, April 03, 2006

Rien Poortvliet

Rien Poortvliet deserves all the acclaim there is to get! This Dutch(!) artist is unrivaled in his wildlife art. One of my most treasured books however is his depiction of the life of Jezus Christ. The book is entitled "Hij was één van ons" ("He was one of us").

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

My newest roommate

Monday, March 20, 2006


A couple of years back it was my plan to study horses, drawing them from real life. It was quite a challenge! I never practised very much and quit after a while...it's still a good idea, but for another time.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Uli Meyer's blog is back again!


Thursday, March 09, 2006