December 1, 2010
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
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
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).
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! =)
September 25, 2010
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. =)
September 16, 2010
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.
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!
Hope to be posting again soon! =)
August 28, 2010
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
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?
July 8, 2010
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.
and a "feelings meter" (bottom picture).
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
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
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 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. =)
April 30, 2010
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!