Sunday, December 05, 2010


It's been a while since I posted anything of my own art,...interesting things! Unfortunately I've been very busy with my work. I occasionaly draw or sketch, but not as much as I'd like to. When I browse along all the wonderful art-blogs it makes me yearn to be more creative. The following image shows the work of Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (March 10, 1876 – October 4, 1973), an American sculptor. I only recently discovered her work.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


I've not much to post right now from my own work. Therefore some nice screencaps....enjoy!
(from top to bottom: 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Enchanted', 'Ben Hur', 'Il Postino')

Friday, October 08, 2010

Sketches galore!

Lifedrawing sketches and one of Rihanna...

Thursday, October 07, 2010


Some pictures made by Frazetta, . . . he was a giant!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Old man

© A. van de Giessen

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Heart final

© A. van de Giessen

Friday, September 24, 2010


© A. van de Giessen

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Night shift

Tonight I unexpectantly had to work a night-shift, after having worked in the evening as well. In spite of the serene atmosphere in my workplace, I think I'm more of a 'day person'. Anyway, I haven't posted for a long time (and haven't drawn that much for that matter). There are a few new pictures I've made however, ready to be more to come!

Friday, July 30, 2010

another photograph of a pastel...

Pastel requires much practise, but it's a wonderful technique. This one was taken from a photograph of Berend Zweers, a reknowned Pictorialist.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


I'm goofing around with pastel crayons,...very challenging but fun as well. These two where photographed with my iMac-camera; I'm a bit worried my scanner will get smudgy. If anyone has advise on how to scan such an image properly, I'd be much enclined. In a scanned image colors are more vibrant.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sketchbooks full throttle!

Alas, so little to publish! Here's a homy from the sketchbooks and a caricature of Chopin (easily one of the most gifted pianists in history and taken from the only photograph of Chopin known to exist). Greets and more to come!

Saturday, June 19, 2010


© A van de Giessen

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010


On my work I'm (among other things) in charge of the 'lief en leed-pot': it is my task to buy farewell-presents for colleagues who leave our company and also to make a little book for them, filled with photos and postcards contributed by the co-workers. This time I decided to vivify thinks up and make the book 'Matrix style'. I like the idea myself, but it is a bit out there....I suspect few will appreciate the joke (the parallel I suggest between our clients thought worlds and that of the Matrix). I like how the sketch turned out though!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Olivier Rameau

The series 'Olivier Rameau' (in Dutch 'Roze Bottel') was comicartist Dany's (Dany Henrotin) first succes. I have one of these comicbooks titled 'La caravelle de n' importe ou' (in Dutch 'Het Karveel van heb-ik-jou-daar'). My edition is from 1978; it was first printed in 1973. In 1998 Dany created a new cover-illustration for this comicbook. I've always fancied the old one though; it has a more 'vigorous' feel to it. Compare for yourself,..the old one's on top.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Frank Frazetta passed away at age 82

I just read the news that Frank Frazetta (02-28-1928) passed away yesterday at age 82, after having a stroke. When I was 12 years old I first discovered his work, and was enormously attracted to it. His work has since influenced my own art. His death is a major loss to the art world.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Figure drawing class with water-colour

Oleta Adams

Less than an hour ago I was at a concert of Oleta Adams, and was standing in the first row. What a fantastic experience to hear a woman sing so beautifully! Unforgettable.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Tryout # 2 at water colouring

Another go at water-colouring. The girl has a somewhat 'Jeanne d'Arc'-like quality about her. This one's as large as a postcard; I'll definately work on a larger scale next time.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Watercolour mix-up

While working on a watercolor drawing, I made a big mistake: I used a tissue to soak up a large spot of water. The result was a hard edge on the cheek of the girl.

New illustration in the making..

A new illustration I'm working on; I plan to add text and skew the picture somewhat...I'll post the finished one soon!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010


Yesterday I applied for an internship at Pixar Animation Studios. I'm very anxious to see if I receive a positive reaction on my work!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Life drawings from the zoo

Today I spend at the zoo in Amersfoort. The sun was shining and all the animals were playful; it was a real treat to sketch them!