Sunday, 26 September 2010

Self-Portrait Watercolour Study

Practising (very) wet-in-wet watercolour portrait painting on a quick self-portrait sketch. Oefenen met (zeer) nat-in-nat portret aquarel op een snelle zelfportet schets.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

A Toast to Bonnard

After visiting the "Bonnard" exhibition in Wuppertal, I set out to do a playful sketch with some aspects of his work in mind, particularly colour, perspective, an interior (table) scene and a cat making an appearance. I used my mother's dining room as a base for a rough and distorted sketch of an interior and then added the rest from imagination. Ink pen and watercolour. Speelse schets gebaseerd op impressies van het werk van Pierre Bonnard in de "Bonnard" expositie in Wuppertal.

Thursday, 16 September 2010


Visited the "Bonnard" exhibition in Wuppertal. It gives a very nice insight into his life and development as an artist and of different aspects of his work. Like his use of colour and unusual perspectives and his fondness for intimate domestic interior scenes and uniting interior and exterior through open windows and doors. Many items on loan from around the world, quite a few coming from private collections. Bezoek gebracht aan de "Bonnard" expositie in Wuppertal, die een mooi inzicht geeft in zijn leven en ontwikkeling als kunstenaar en van de verschillende aspecten van zijn werk.
(Bonnard: Magier der Farbe, Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal, 14.9.2010 - 30.1.2011)

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

eGGheads on Newton

I've been intending to do some kind of cartoon based on some ideas I've had for quite a while, but didn't find it particularly easy to think up characters and a specific angle for such a cartoon. After a lot of doodling and trying things out I eventually came up with this cartoon named "eGGheads". The name of the cartoon of course refers to the shape of the characters heads, but furthermore it also hints on the definition of the word "egghead"; the Oxford Dictionary defines "egghead" as an informal noun meaning "a highly academic or studious person; an intellectual". In this sense the word is also used in a BBC general knowledge quiz show in which teams from all over the UK battle to beat the "Eggheads", a team of five highly regarded quiz and game show champions (including Mastermind and Brain of Britain). The concept of my cartoon is that of a brainy and rather fierce egghead character (a true representative of his kind according to the above definition) that likes to share (or is it just plain showing off?) his knowledge and meets up with some rather laid-back egghead characters (certainly no true representatives of their kind according to the above definition), perhaps best to be described as the bad eggs in the bunch. I hope you enjoy it. Ik liep al een tijdje rond met wat ideeën voor een strip en uiteindelijk is dit het resultaat geworden; vooralsnog alleen in het Engels.