Love Bird

Monday, 28 January 2013 20:06

First new drawing of the year. I had a lot of fun drawing this one and I'm secretly hope more people will want me to draw birds for them. Or maybe just animal portraits in general. I've always loved old style biology drawings of animals and plants. 

This one had to be drawn really fast, but it came out surprisingly well considering I had half a day to draw the entire thing. Now on to two other birds I have to draw. Hope I'll have those done by next week.


Raimondo Di Sangro

Thursday, 15 November 2012 20:19

Last illustration for the series "het fantastische" which was published by the Volkskrant. In total I made 12 illustrations for the column, which was written by Tommy Wieringa.

This illustration was for an article about Raimondo Di Sangro and his interests in the studies of alchemy, mechanics and the sciences in general. The last years of his life were dedicated to decorating the Chapel of Sansevero with marble works from the greatest artists of the time, including Antonio Corradini, Francesco Queirolo and Giuseppe Sanmartino, and preparing anatomical models. These models are still on display in the Chapel, and have given rise to legends as to how they were constructed.


Birth card for Lena

Monday, 12 November 2012 00:03

Some time ago two very good friends of mine asked me to design the birth card for their baby daughter. I was very honored they asked me. We got together and discussed some ideas and eventually came up with the idea of illustrating a Robin bird, a symbol of hope and new beginnings.



Sunday, 11 November 2012 23:52

This illustration is part of weekly column entitled "het Fantastische" which is published by the Volkskrant.

This week's article was about Leendert Stoorvogel, a freedom fighter during the SecondWorld War who got arrested and spent 5 years in a death cel. Here he had to find ways to entertain himself and prevent himself from going insane. Which he did by memorizing information about the cel he spend all his time in trough poetry. 


The Everlasting Prayer

Thursday, 01 November 2012 20:07

This illustration is part of an ongoing column titled "het fantastische" which is published in the Volkskrant every week. This week's article was about the Benedictine nuns in Tegelen. This group of nuns have devoted their lives to maintaining a prayer for 24 hours a day since 1875. Even at night, at least one nun stays up to keep the prayer going by candle light.


Le Palais Ideal

Thursday, 25 October 2012 23:02

I mentioned on twitter and facebook that last week the last illustration for the column got published, but right the day after I got an email from the Volkskrant redaction saying they really liked the column so it's being extended with an extra month. So this means some more illustrations from me will be coming your way. 

This illustration got published today with an article about Ferdinand Cheval, a postman from France who spend his life building his ideal palace.


Reaching for the Sun

Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:57

This illustration was made for a column, het fantastische, in the Volkskrant. The article describes how some artists are obsessed with the sun and their struggle to successfully portray it in their art. Some have even gone mad trying to do this. Finally the article focusses on Olafur Eliasson and the Weateher project he made for the Tate museum. 


Jurriaan Andriessen and the portrait of Hedwig

Thursday, 11 October 2012 16:02

This illustration was made for an article about artist and musician Jurriaan Andriessen. The article describes how he made a portrait of his wife. From afar the portrait looks like a black and white drawing of her, but up close you can see it's actually made out of music notes that form a music piece playable on the piano.

The article with this illustration is published in today's Volkskrant, so if you want you can pick up the newspaper and read the article.


Sam Rodia and the Watts Towers

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 06:22

Here's the illustration I made last week for the Volkskrant about Sam Rodia and the Watts Towers. I'm still trying out some new drawing techniques using the pastels I've been buying lately. Hopefully I'll have some more time to try some things out later this week. 

A new drawing just got send off and is going to be published in tomorrow's newspaper, so I'll try to update my website again later this week with the new illustration for this series. I also finished another drawing last week (for something else). I still need to edit the scan before I can put it on my website, so maybe I'll work on that today. 


Achilles Cools

Monday, 01 October 2012 15:45

Last week I made this illustration for the Volkskrant about Achilles Cools. I tried out a slightly different technique here. I've been slowly buying some Pan Pastel colors (they're quite pricy) and new types of paper to try out new coloring techniques.

I'm working with a lot more color lately, so I felt I needed to make some color studies and get better at coloring. I figured trying out new materials would also be a good idea, maybe to try and get a more blurry background and add detail and focus on certain subjects in the foreground. 

I'm still getting used to the new paper and materials I bought, but last week I felt comfortable enough to make this illustration with my new tools. 


Doodlopend Spoor

Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:03

This the fourth illustration I made for the Volkskrant for the column "het fantastische" this time the article was about an old train station named Hombourg. It's not in use any more but plans are being made to turn it into a big railway museum. For now the old trains are standing still on the tracks, abandoned and rusty.


Jazz Bird

Monday, 17 September 2012 14:57

Last week I finished this new illustration for the UitAgenda. The new issue comes out somewhere halfway september. This is an illustration for an article about the jazz bar Bird in Rotterdam North. This year they're organizing the 3rd edition of the Bird Jazz festival. 


The Pilot

Thursday, 06 September 2012 14:23

Here's another illustration I made for the Volkskrant. This is the second illustration for the column they're publishing every week about crazy, over ambitious projects by young designers. Today they published an article about Joost Conijn. This Dutch artist build his own airplane and flew it from Holland to Algeciras. The article describes his time at the art academy, how he realized this project and how he experienced the long, lonely flight to Algeciras.

I drew this illustration on Bristol board with graphite, various pencils and added color on the computer. I had some fun with this one using the "draw with your eraser" technique I use sometimes. Also, I've never drawn an airplane before so that was a nice challenge. 


Domestic Hunter

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 14:09

This is some free work I made for the Cats VS Dogs exhibition in Oppercleas. The drawing shows a Sphinx cat hunting a small bird, Bladkoninkje in Dutch. I made this with graphite, various types of pencils and used a little bit of pastel colors for the eyes. It's drawn on 50x70 cm sized 300 grams paper. 

The drawing is now being exhibited at the Oppercleas gallery until the 22nd of september and is for sale. It comes in a white wooden frame.


Gardens in the Sky

Friday, 31 August 2012 17:43

It's been a crazy mess here the past two weeks, so I almost forgot to mention that a new illustration got published yesterday in the Volkskrant. They asked me to illustrate a new column about fantastic and ambitious projects made by young designers. This week the article was about an art piece and architectural proposal for hanging gardens in the city of Pittsburgh. 


Vacation Food

Saturday, 21 July 2012 20:14

I just finished another big assignment for the Volkskrant and it was published in today's newspaper. This was a really nice assignment to work on and I'm quite proud of the end result. I hope you guys like it too. I would like to make more illustrations in this style.

The article was about exploring new or unknown foods while you're on vacation and traveling. The article also gives you tips on how to find the best restaurants and points out some foods you should try in certain countries across Europe. Go read it, it's quite a nice article and it's useful if you're planning on going on vacation soon (like me).

You can view some more close-ups and process photo's after the break.


North Sea Jazz

Friday, 29 June 2012 15:03

I just finished a really nice assignment for the Volkskrant. They asked me to make a cover for their special on the North Sea Jazz festival. I love drawing musicians and I'm a big fan of the North Sea Jazz festival so I really enjoyed working on this assignment. Below you can see the result and after the break I added some process photo's. 


Ear Buzz

Monday, 11 June 2012 17:30

Here's the spread I made for the Volkskrant 2 weeks ago. The illustration accompanied an article about hearing damage and what you can do to prevent your hearing from getting damaged. 


Summer Carnival Poster

Thursday, 07 June 2012 16:12

I also made a big poster for the Summer Carnival. Same girl as the cover but full body this time so you can see her feathered costume better. There's a lot of these blue/green parrots living in Rotterdam. Nobody really knows where they came from. They assume they're escaped pets that managed to find a way to survive in the city.

Non the less, it's nice to see these tropical birds flying around the city between all the brown and grey native birds and I thought it was a very nice metaphor for the Summer carnival in Rotterdam, so I wanted to do something with the parrots in the illustration. I ended up making a crazy bird costume for the pin-up girl poster.


Summer Carnival Cover

Thursday, 07 June 2012 16:04

I'm back from vacation and here's the cover for the latest Uitagenda. You can pick it up at various places in Rotterdam this month. I usually don't work with this much color in my illustrations but I had a lot of fun with my colored pencils for this one. Maybe I'll start using some more color form now on.


Without a Smart Phone

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:46

Lately I get commissioned a lot to make illustrations regarding social media and smart phones. Here's another one, this time it's a bit more anti-smart phone. The illustration was for an article about young people consciously choosing to keep their old phones because they don't like the obsessive way people look at their smart phone all day. 


Ninja Squirrel

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 14:27

This is something really silly I've been working on in between jobs to keep myself entertained. I think only Milo and Eva know why I drew this, or maybe you'll get it if you were following my Twitter page two weeks ago.

Any way, I think squirrels would make perfect ninjas. They're already hyper and have all kinds of ninja-like moves. This would make a lot more sense than a ninja turtle. But who am I to judge. I'll get back to my regular work now.



Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:22

I've had this lying around for a while now, figured I should upload it. I made a portrait of Florence (from Florence + the Machine) a while back and this is an alternative version of it with different colors. The old one is more true to the original drawing on paper. But I wasn't too sure about the end result and I wanted to try some different things with the colors. So here's the result of that.

I also have been working on some new assignments, but can't post anything on that yet. I'm hoping I can post some things next week, I'll keep you guys updated. 


We Own Rotterdam

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:27

So I've been having this idea in my head for a while now. I just finished a big assignment, so I finally had the time to work it out. It took a little longer to finish this than I thought, because I ran into some problems. I already scanned this in last week, but when I saw the final scan on my computer screen it didn't feel right.

Sometimes I have this; the thing looks ok on paper and then something's missing after scanning it in. Normally I just try to let it go, but this time I decided to try out some new things to fix this. So I ended up trying out some new things in Photoshop, which took some time.

I also tried out the powdered graphite on this illustration. I really like the stuff, makes the drawing look a little bit more rough and it's a lot easier and faster to darken certain areas. Hope you guys like the result.

By the way, I documented the process of this drawing really well, so I'm also hoping to make another tutorial soon. This time I want to focus on the actual drawing process and try to show in more detail how I work. But I have to work on some other things first, so more on that later.


Dodge Charger 1969

Friday, 10 February 2012 17:57

Finally managed to make a proper photo of this drawing. I drew this on 70x50 cm Bristol board, so it was too big for me to scan it in the normal way. 

I think I've only drawn a car one time before, which is a shame because they're actually pretty nice to draw. I just need to draw more of them to get a better feeling for the shape and dynamics of a car. By the way, this is a 1969 Dodge Charger, one of my all time favorite cars. 


Blossom Bird

Thursday, 02 February 2012 16:31

I drew this bird quite some time ago as a present for my sister. I was actually planning to draw this on a pair of shoes for her, but I couldn't find a nice pair of white canvas shoes for her on time so I ended up just giving her the original drawing. This illustration is a little more rough and smudgier than my usual drawing style because I drew it on very rough paper (to resemble the texture of a shoe more, this was for practice). But i actually quite like the result, so I'll probably end up making more of these little drawings in the future. 

By the way, if you want a print of this drawing, take a look at my shop: Blossom Bird - Small Print


Facebook Fan

Monday, 05 September 2011 16:28

Here is the third illustration I made for Label magazine to go with an article about social media. They gave me some titles from the article to work with. This illustration illustrates a point they made in the article about how a Facebook fan is worth more than a non-fan. 


Crowd Sourcing

Monday, 05 September 2011 16:25

Here is the second illustration I made for Label magazine to go with an article about social media. They gave me some titles from the article to work with. This illustration serves as an introduction and illustrates the term crowd sourcing. 


Fast Enough

Monday, 05 September 2011 16:18

Here is an illustration I made for Label magazine to go with an article about social media. They gave me some titles from the article to work with. This illustration explains how though the use of social media, things are able to move at a much faster pace. But also that it's very important to keep that fast pace to keep your business up to date. 


Three Little Rabbits

Wednesday, 08 June 2011 13:56

Here are the three Little Rabbit drawings I made in the last couple of weeks. These are all drawn on heavy water color paper with pencils, inks and pastels. I originally drew the first one to try out some new paper I had bought and to scale things down a little for a change, since lately I keep drawing on bigger and bigger paper. These are just very fast one hour drawings on postcards sized paper. 

I think I drew enough rabbits for now, so I might do more of these but other animals for a change. These are all sold by now, I just wanted to make a nice post to add all three of them together to my portfolio. You can see all three of them in detail along with some photo's of the original sketches if you click the "read more" button at the bottom of this post.


Icons for RHP

Thursday, 02 June 2011 13:59

Here is something different from what I normally do. These are some little icons I made for a horticulture instruction book some time ago. They finally published the book and send me a copy to check out the final result. I also made a really fast photo so you can get a glimpse of the book itself. I'll probably make a better one later on. 

Any way, if you're into plants, get the book. It shows you which plants and weeds are ok and which should be exposed of immediately! And then it gives you some instructions on how to remove them properly. The book is set up to be as straightforward and clear as possible, thus the little icons. It's printed in English and sold all over Europe. 



Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:37

The creator from All Words With an A asked me if I wanted to draw something for his website some time ago. This week I finally had some time to work on a new illustration, so here is the final result.


Illustration for Motel Mozaïque festival

Friday, 01 April 2011 14:20

So yesterday I was working on this little project and managed to finish it in only a few hours. Apparently I enjoy drawing beetles and draw them super fast. This was a commission by Tegendraads who is working on a project for the Motel Mozaïque festival in April. He's going to embroide designs on T-shirts or bags (or any kind of fabric for that matter) of the visitors of the festival and he asked three illustrators to make a design. 

So here is my version for the project. And don't worry, I also send him a line drawing to make it easier for him to translate it to an embroidable design. I'm really curious what he's going to make of my little beetle here. 


Color Me Totem

Monday, 28 March 2011 11:15

This weekend I spend most of my time working on this little drawing here. It took me quite long to finish because I was also filming the process, by myself. Drawing and moving around my tripod with camera at the same doesn't make for a very speedy process. Right I'm still working on editing the movie, but rendering is really slow so I'm not sure when I'll have it ready. 

Any way, I made this for the Inky Goodness project that's running right now. I think the deadline is this Friday, so if you want to enter as well, there still is some time. And you should because this was a hell of a lot of fun to draw. Let me describe to you how much fun:

Instead of taking the weekend off to play outside in the sun with my friends, I spend and extra two days drawing and working on this. Even though I had a shit load of drawing work to finish during the week and same goes for this week. 

But don't worry, I promise I'll spend next weekend outside in the sun. My friends were literally waving at me outside my window begging me to come outside, heheh. (Yes, you know who you are!)


Portrait of Florence + the Machine

Friday, 04 March 2011 19:31

I just finished a portrait of the singer of Florence + the Machine, a band who's music I really enjoy. This is the first time I'm used a lot of pastel pencils to color the hair. It was trickier than I thought, not sure if I'll use them like this again. Or maybe I need to use different paper next time, because the pigments had a hard time sticking to my Bristol board. I'll have to try out some stuff before starting a new illustration...


The Museum Night Festival

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 14:43

Alright, I can finally show you guys this! A lot of people have been following the process of this illustration and here is the final result.

This illustration is made for the Uitagenda in Rotterdam and is nicely displayed on the cover of the March edition. The illustration shows the party atmosphere of the Museum Nacht Festival, a recurring Dutch festival where the doors of all the major museums in Rotterdam are open all night. Partying, booze and art, best combination ever. 


Milktoof Melvis

Friday, 18 February 2011 16:39

Had to take a brake from all the big serious projects and make a little fun illustration. Introducing: Melvis, the musical milk tooth! Because I love all things that are rock 'n roll. The concept is inspired by the art on this cute little blog:


The Crow

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 15:37

Alright, I finally finished the third and final piece for this series! I don't have much experience drawing birds, so the crow was quite a challenge. But why would I go easy on myself? That's why I also tried out a new tool for this illustration.

I'm always very happy when I have an excuse to go buy art supplies and last week I was sniffing around when I found a rather unusual looking pencil. It turned out to be a charcoal pencil: great! I tried it out for the first time in this illustration and I already love it to death. Expect more charcoal goodness in the near future.


the Fox

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 15:34

And here is the Fox illustration I revealed at the VIERKWART opening last Friday! I also posted some process photo's so you can see what kind of materials I used to make this illustration. It's made in the same style as the Little Deer piece, so I drew everything on heavy A3 sized Brtistol board and scanned it in without any editing on the computer (besides cleaning up the scan and adjusting the contrast).


I made hight quality gliclée prints (70x50 cm) of this illustration for the exhibition and they're also for sale for 120 EUR. I only have 15 prints so contact me on time if you're interested in buying one.


Little deer

Tuesday, 07 December 2010 03:20

Two weeks ago I bought some new art supplies and now I'm trying out a new drawing technique. I had some troubles along the way, getting used to the new materials and the new way of drawing. But now I finally have something I'm confident to show everyone. Check it out:


small desert dust

Friday, 05 November 2010 03:09

So I actually wasted even more time on this... Do they look better in small chunks?


Desert dust

Monday, 01 November 2010 01:19

This one took quite some time to finish. I'm not sure if I really like it that much, but I can't waste any more time on this. Drawn on paper with pencil and ink, then scanned and edited on the computer. I even made a special dust-brush for this piece.


Gergiev festival

Monday, 23 August 2010 02:35

I just finished a new illustration for the Uitagenda. This is for the August/September issue, so don't forget to pick up a copy when you're walking through Rotterdam.


Cry and Smoke

Thursday, 05 August 2010 02:24

Another quick update befor I take a well earned summer break. Here are two more pieces made for an upcoming exposition in september. I normally use a lot more color in my illustrations, but this black and white style works pretty well too. I think I'll do more of these in the future. Done with pencil and ink, colored the eyes in Photoshop.


Bubblegum girl

Wednesday, 21 July 2010 02:20

I already made this illustration quite some time ago, the original one that is. I still like the old one, but I wanted to re-draw it in my new style so I can add it to my portfolio. I quite like the result. By the way, this is all done with pencil, ink, and markers.


That summer feeling

Thursday, 17 June 2010 02:10

Here are two new illustrations for an upcoming expo in Rotterdam. I still had the skyline sketch lying around from a long time ago. Turns out it's a great backdrop for this drawing so I made another one for the second illustration. This is all done in pencil, ink and white paint. The colors are added on the computer. I was trying to mix my traditional work more nicely with computer techniques. Hope you guys like the result.