December 1, 2010

Commission card finished!

Phew! It's finally done!

This actually took me quite some time. Not that it's that difficult, but I really seem to have lost the hang of drawing haha.

Last time I was still wondering what I would use to draw this in, but then I realised I didn't really have any materials left (no paints etc.). So I decided my only real option was to draw it digitally. Which is always a bit of a challenge, and usually takes me a lot longer too. I found it really difficult to get the entire image to look good, constantly fiddling with colours and textures and backgrounds. But in the end I settled for this, and luckily the company was very happy with it, yay! =D

New Year's card for company EDUTOY,
to launch their new site.

Apart from this, I've mostly been busy with school. Trying to work on assignments, but mostly taking care of my placements. I finally found two schools I'll be doing my placements in, whoo! Also already got to help in one school, and will be going to help in the other one on Friday. Exciting and scary at the same time haha.

And tomorrow I'll be giving a workshop on linocuts to my fellow students. So yes, busy times. Christmas is also coming up, which means I have to go do my shopping soon. =)

Hopefully I'll get to post on here again soon with new art work, even though I've got nothing planned so far. Have to keep those creative juices flowing though! So until next time!

November 4, 2010

Sketch and a discount on RedBubble

Soooo it's been a long time since I last updated. Sorry about that. It's just that I haven't really had anything to update with sadly. The last few months I haven't really been drawing much due to lack of time or inspiration. Though yesterday I picked up my sketchbook again and did a quick sketch for a commission I might be working on.

I got asked by a local company to design a postcard for New Year that they can send out to customers, but that also tells them about the new site they'll be launching then. So I made a quick sketch for that. Hopefully they give me the thumbs up for this so I can actually make the illustration (though I don't know yet what medium I will use, hmm).

The current idea for the card.

A sketch for one of the characters on there.

At the moment I also have a discount going on at RedBubble. You can buy all kinds of stuff there, including greeting cards, posters, prints, stickers, t-shirts and hoodies. All with my art on it.

If you use the code Eenuh_is_on_sale_3987 at check-out, you will receive a 15% discount! This offer runs until November 14, so you have to be quick! If you want to buy some early Christmas gifts, or some cards, then now is the time! =)

My Christmas card.

September 25, 2010


Hey all! Another update from me, whoo! Aren't you guys lucky? =P

How are things with me? Hmm, ok I'd say. I've had some up and some down days (last two were down days, boooh), but overall I think I am doing ok. I'm currently working on a drawing again which I hope to finish soon, once I get back into it. Of course I will post it on here once it's done. =)

You may have noticed I started making jewellery recently, more specifically earrings. Well I'm still making those, though I've now also started making some rings with images in them. I actually only made them today, and guess what? I already sold one! Made me so happy! =D

Here are the rings, the Red Robin one got sold, though I'm going to make a new one already. You can click on the image to go to the Etsy page of the item. =)

Flower Ring.

Love Ring.

Red Robin Ring.

I'm planning to do some more rings soon, maybe even earrings with pictures in them, so check back soon! =)

September 16, 2010

Busy busy busy

Sooo it's been sort of busy times for me. I've been learning how to drive (still learning, I'm not very good at this at all!) and I had some eye surgery last week from which I'm still recovering (blood red eyes, whoo!).

In the meantime however, I've also been keeping busy with some art. Well, just two simple drawings/paintings for now, but it's a start. Hoping it will lead to more art soon! =)

This drawing was inspired by a song called "Tiger, My Friend" by Psapp. A lovely song, so be sure to check it out! Did this one with pencil on recycled paper, then coloured it in with some coloured ink and ecoline paint.

Tiger, My Friend

And then this is simply a random painting of a girl, her cat and a book. Very simple, but I wanted to try out my acrylics again. Only to find I only have about 5 colours left or something. Time to invest in more!

Peaceful Reading

Apart from this though, I've also been busy making earrings, as was already obvious from my previous post. I'm still learning how to make things properly, but at the moment I've assembled a small collection of simple earrings. Some are a bit nicer than others, but yeah. Hopefully I'll get better with time. =)
As before, these will go on sale on Etsy. If you're interested in any, just let me know!

Lilly Flower earrings
(also in pink, green and purple)

Wire wrapped Yellow Pendant earring

Yellow Lilly Drop earring

Turquoise Teardrop earring

Turquoise Raindrops earring

Grape Wire wrapped Pearl Teardrop earring

Sorry for the earring spam haha. Just been happy to be making things again. It's been a nice change from the art and the constant artist's block. I'm never stopping with drawing though, unless I was physically unable to or something.

Hope to be posting again soon! =)

August 28, 2010

When inspiration is gone, do something else!

Like my last post said, I have been without inspiration for a while. I can't even get myself to really doodle anything, as my mind just keeps drawing a blank time and time again. I'm still hoping inspiration and ideas will flow back to me at some point. If not, I might go crazy haha.

But because I felt I had to do something with my time, I decided to try my hand at something a little different: jewellery!

I had been interested in making earrings for a while already, but never really gave it a shot, until now. And even though I'm not very good at it yet, and the things I do are very basic, I do enjoy it very much. It's something different and it helps to stop me worrying about the artist's block too much. Maybe in time and with more practice I can do a bit more with this jewellery making business, but for now it's mostly just for fun. =)

As you can see, nothing amazing, but I'm having fun making these. =)

Also, I forgot to mention this on here, but I opened up an Etsy store as well. I don't really expect to sell much/anything on there, but it's always worth a try no? If you're interested, you can visit my store here:

August 3, 2010

Lack of inspiration

I’m sure we’ve all been there many times. You have lots of free time that you can finally spend on your own stuff… but then that blasted artist’s block shows its ugly head and completely prevents you from creating anything.

For the last month (and longer) I seem to have been cursed by this. There is a severe lack of inspiration. Maybe a lack of motivation too. Where you do want to create something, but you just can’t get yourself to do it. I think that one of my problems at the moment is that I don’t really know what technique and what style I can use any more. I guess I feel a bit lost maybe.

I’m desperately looking for inspiration, for something that will give me that spark I need to get back into art and to create images. It’s been so long since I created anything and I really miss that feeling of finishing an image and being happy with it and then showing it to people.

What are your ways to get inspiration?

Is there anything out there that just makes you want to pick up your brush and create art?

Some pictures from a trip to the UK.

July 8, 2010


Hello everyone! Like the title says, I have indeed graduated. I am now a Master in Graphic Design! Though we all know illustration is where my heart is, I'm no good at graphic design haha.

But yes, 4 years are over and done with. And now I'm getting ready for another year where I will go on a teacher course. You know, just to make sure I can have some form of a job in the future, as being a freelance illustrator isn't guaranteed pay. =P

As promised in my last post, here are some pictures of my exhibition space. It's nothing too fancy, but oh well. Better than nothing! You can click the pictures to see a bigger version.

My small corner of the exhibition.

A glass cabinet with a papier maché bear, some linocuts and
my working materials and some sketches.

Some original linoprints on the wall.

A few prints with text, two original prints, my book (top picture)
and a "feelings meter" (bottom picture).

As you can imagine, I'm very happy to have this finished. Though chances are I'll continue the project and improve it, to hopefully get it published at some point (if I can find a publisher that is). But of course I'm hoping to also move on from here, improve on my art, find new techniques etc.

The road ahead is very long and will probably have many difficulties along the way, but I'm excited to walk along it and see where it takes me. =)

June 27, 2010

The book is finished!

Indeed, the year has ended and my final project is finished. The book is done. I have to say I'm quite happy with the result, even though a lot of things could be improved on. But that's always the case hehe.

Here is a file of my book you can flip through. Sadly the text is in Dutch so all you non-Dutch speakers will just have to come up with your own text heh. =P

Next thing I'll post is some pictures from my exhibition set-up, though for now I hope you enjoy my book. =)

June 11, 2010

Book test

I just had some fun trying to create a mini version of my book. I simply printed out the pages and glued them all together. It helps me to figure out how many pages I still need. Turns out I still need two more. Plus do the cover and title page and all that.
Days left: 2 and a half. So I better hurry haha.

But it's fun seeing your project almost ready. Here are some pictures for the mini book. Don't look at the crappy quality of it all, it's just a dummy.

Plus here's another lino that I did that I'm quite happy with. Too bad it'll have text going all over it, but oh well, nothing I can do about that heh. Good thing I can still post it here. =)

Once my entire project is done, I will of course post photos of it on here!

June 8, 2010

The end is in sight

It has been more than a month since my last update on here. That is way too long of course, but I have my reasons. The main reason being my dissertation, which has finally been finished, handed in and defended in front of a jury! I actually think I did pretty well, but I'll have to wait for my grades to find out for sure heh.

The end of this school year is coming closer and closer. I basically have about a week and a half left to finish my project. And at the moment it feels like I am still very far away from getting it done in time. But let's hope that with some late night working I can still get it done!

In the meantime, here are four illustrations from my project. As always, linocuts manually printed in three colours. =)

A circle of friends.

Song of goodbye.


Out in the field.

April 30, 2010

Work in Progress

Received some good news this week: our dissertation has been delayed by about 10 days. Which means I have a bit more time to actually work on some illustrations too. Yay! And to celebrate this, I decided to update my blog with some work progress images. Well only two so far, but it's better than nothing, right?


I want to share with you the main characters in the book I'm currently trying to make. It's a book about a foster family and a little girl who goes from foster care to this new family. Below are the concept sketches I made of the characters.

From left to right: Bert and Sonja, who work in foster care. And then Merel and her bear Boris.

From left to right: Thomas, Annie and Frank, the foster family.

We've already seen Sonja and Merel in the finished lino I posted a while ago. Hopefully soon I can post some more lino prints here (once I actually get around to making them that is).

For now I have one more to share with you. I'm not sure yet if this is what it will end up looking like in the end product, but I'm pretty sure it will. Unless someone has suggestions for how to make it look better of course. Suggestions are always welcome!

April 26, 2010

About work and storybirds

It's been a while since I last posted anything on here. I have my reasons though, I really do! Well one reason really, and that reason is: school.
Things have been quite busy with me currently trying to finish my dissertation and maybe doing some illustration stuff along the side. Sadly the illustration part has been a bit neglected lately. But once this dissertation is done I'll move back onto my linocuts! (I have to.)

Here is a small preview of my next print though, for those interested.

Apart from that little message, I would also like to point out a pretty cool site for artists or people who like to create/read short stories. Thanks to my cousin I discovered the site Storybird, a site that lets artists upload their illustrations and lets other users use those to create short stories. There's not really any profit to get from it right now other than some exposure and funny/cute/nice stories to read, but it's a great concept! Here is a story someone made with the art I have uploaded at the moment.

Simply Me! on Storybird

If you would like to visit my gallery on there, you can click on the following image. And of course you can start creating your own stories on there!

Start a storybird with my art

By the way, the Flemish illustrator Sebastiaan Van Doninck - who has some wonderful illustrations - has a gallery on there too. Be sure to check out his work if you don't know him yet!

April 7, 2010

Meeting an illustrator in Berlin

It's been a while since my last update, but I have a good reason for that: I was away for a few days with school. We went on a trip to Berlin where we mostly visited museums. Museums like the Jewish Museum, the Nature Museum, the Bauhaus Archiv, the Hamburger Bahnhof for contemporary art, the German Museum for Film and a few more.

Especially the Jewish Museum was a nice one, not just because of what they showed there but also because of its wonderful architecture. They really paid a lot of attention to the structure of the building and incorporated it into their ideas of what they wanted to show to the visitors.

One part of the building for example has an isolated room with just one door leading to it. It's a small room with high concrete walls all around you. It's dark and cold, and only a tiny strip of sunlight is coming through. It gives an immense feeling of isolation.

Another room at the bottom of the building has its floor covered with 10,000 coarse iron faces, an installation by Menashe Kadishman called Fallen Leaves. As a visitor you're allowed to walk across these faces, which makes a whole lot of noise, and it just sort of feels a bit weird as well, as if you're walking on real people. Or maybe that was just me. Very powerful installation though.

Apart from visiting museums, our small group of illustration students also met up with an illustrator in Berlin, Olaf Hajek.

Olaf Hajek

I wasn't familiar with him or his work, but meeting up with him was very inspirational. We learned a lot about how he works, how he came into being an artist and illustrator and so on. Let me first show you some of his work, so you know what I'm talking about. =)

This is his new book called Flowerhead, which features his work, ranging from advertising illustrations, fashion illustrations and his own free work. He has a very unique style in which he works, and he always seems to work with acrylics on different kinds of surfaces (paper, cardboard, wood...). He likes to put random objects in his paintings, which is demonstrated in the paintings he calls "flowerheads", like the one on the cover of the book. Here are some more examples of his work.

Natureman 3

Masked Girl

Cover JPeople

As you can see, very original work he has, ranging from very colourful to more subdued like the ones I posted up here. He works as an illustrator, working on assignments for magazines all over the world. Something I hadn't heard about yet, is that he uses different agents in all those countries to get his work. Very interesting, as I don't think (m)any Belgian illustrators use agents to get assignments in different countries. He also holds exhibitions with his art, not just his illustration stuff but also personal art. I think he prefers being an artist and doing his own work, though he admitted that to earn a living you can't solely depend on exhibitions.

He also doesn't work at home, but shares a studio with another illustrator. Again, very interesting to hear as this means he can separate his work and his normal life so he doesn't get distracted. I might have to remember this for the future!

In any case, his work is very inspiring and I loved hearing his ideas and hearing about the way he works. Be sure to check out his site for more of his wonderful art!