Helen Birch from drawdrawdraw made another little book in which she breaks down illustrations by techniques, subject matter and tools, this time focused on watercolour. It's a lovely selection of work from illustrators all over the world, and I'm included!
Golden tip for anyone from Ghent who's still looking for Christmas gifts: RAAM is hosting a lastminute Christmasshop on Sunday the 21st of December!
Among jewelry, postcards, notebooks and many other things made by different designers, you'll find a few one-of-a-kind embroidered totebags made by me! RAAM will be open on Sunday the 21st, from 9am till 9pm, see you there!
From now on it's possible to rent or buy my work from Kunst In Huis!
Together with five other ex-students of Carll Cneut (Merlijne Marell, Eline Maes, Joke Dieleman, Alain Verster and Nele Balcaen) I was invited to be 'artist in the spotlight' at their department in the St Peter's Abbey in Ghent. Reason for this is the wonderful exhibition about Carll Cneut which can be visited until the 10th of May. Our work is on display until the end of December, and is available for rent or sale afterwards. Click here to see my page at the Kunst in Huis website for more information.
What are you working on? September has been a month of new beginnings for me. I just started working a full-time job, and a few weeks ago I had my first class of a 2-year course in textile design. I love doing things I've never done before so I can't wait to see what new things I'll learn and how it'll inspire my illustrations. Right now we're trying out lots of different things, I'll probably share more of my experiments in the future. This summer I spent time making plant pots and small drawings which, among other things, can now be seen at an exhibition in Dordrecht, and I still have a few projects coming up later this year.
How does your work differ from others in its genre? It always seems easier for others to recognize this, but I suppose a major distinctive aspect is that I use lots of different materials, most notably stitched thread. I love textures so my favourite ways to make an image are with drypoint (which is a simpler version of etching, perfect for a person like me who's not very patient when it comes to drawing) and thread. There's also a few colours I keep coming back to, mainly Prussian Blue, which is sort of my black. I like to pair it with very bright yellow or Ultramarine. Other than that: animals, lots and lots of them!
Why do you create what you do? Making things with my hands is just an urge I've always had and I can't imagine what it's like not to feel that. Sometimes small things like fixing my bike or making dinner can be enough, but when I spend a day without doing any of that, I tend to feel a bit useless. I'm not sure why exactly I make illustrations, all I know is I've been drawing ever since I was a little kid. What I do love about it is that it's not much of a hassle, and that I can do it by myself. I love doing side projects with clay or textiles, but I think I'll always keep coming back to paper.
How does your creative process work? I tend to get inspired by colours and shapes a lot, or random little things I see or hear about. I try not to overthink drawings before I make them, though that's not always a possibility. When I do commissioned work I often have to provide a sketch, but I never make them for personal work, then I prefer to let my illustrations come into existence more intuitively.
I got invited to this blog hop by my friend and fellow illustrator Merlijne Marell, who makes beautiful work you can check out here. I'd like to pass these questions on to two illustrators from the UK whose work I came across on the internet. First up is Wai Wai Pang. I think I first saw her work on Flickr and I really love how she switches between simple subtle drawings and bold and colorful ones. Also: this. The second illustrator I choose is Katie Harnett. I can't quite remember where I first saw her illustrations but I love her balanced colour palettes, shapes and compositions and the way she paints. Check out her blog here. I'm looking forward to their answers!
All thanks to a fantastic Patti Smith concert earlier
this summer, I was invited by DOOR to the Voorstraat Noord Festival. The
event will take place this Saturday the 13th in Dordrecht, NL. I will
be showing, making and selling some work, so everyone is kindly invited
to come and visit us! Go here if you want to find out more about all the other activities that will take place.
Very happy to announce that some of my illustrations will be exhibited at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival exhibition for Children’s Book Illustrations
in the United Arab Emirates. More info about the book fair here.
This weekend the museum of industry, labour and textile in Ghent is
holding an event focusing on print. Me and 39 other artists spent the
last couple of weeks carving huge blocks of linoleum which will be
printed using a steamroller! My arms are sore from cutting, but I'm very
excited to see the results.
Hooray, I finally graduated! My project was a series of illustrations inspired by a story about the sea, you can come see it at School of Arts' Graduation 2013. If you can't make it (or if you can't wait), head over to my flickr account to see more of my work from this year.
Graduation 2013 Thursday 20th till Sunday 30th of June. Exhibition opening Wednesday 26th at 19h. More info here.