dinsdag 23 december 2014

Recent work

The last period I worked on a lot of different jobs. Most of the material has not been published and that is why I can only show some sketches.
For Oxford University Press, I made drawings for nine stories.

For Igloo Books Publishers from England I made an illustration for a book about fashion.

For Advocate Art, the agency who represends me, I made an illustration for their calender. This is my contribution.

Before I came to this illustration I had some ideas which I worked out in sketches.

But eventually I came up with some sketches...

... which led to my final illustration. The illustration is contained in a voluminous calendar full of beautiful work.

For Identity Games from Rotterdam, I made the following sketches and drawings for a children's book.

For Dutch publisher Kwintessens I have made a number of drawings that will be published spring 2015 in there education method 'Trefwoord'.

Also for publisher Kwintessens I'm working on a major project 'Kwink (social-emotional skills). The following drawings are animated by Tom Verweij of www.tommotion.nl

For Benchmark Education Company from New York, I made illustrations for a children's book written by Lori Mortensen. The book is called "Click!" and will be published early 2015 in the United States.

dinsdag 23 september 2014

Illustrations for books 2014

This year (2014) I made illustrations for 8 books. And the year is not over yet! The first six books have been published and are already in the store.

For Dutch publisher Delubas I illustrated two books. The first book is called "The Flight of the puppeteer," and is written by Peter Vervloed. Because I am strongly influenced by comics and comicmakers (Franquin, Jacobs, Hergé, Munuera etc.) my illustrations have more similarities with comics than you usually find in youth and children's books.

Also for Delubas I illustrated the book 'Collision Course', written by Piet van der Waal. As I illustrate, I always try to think 'cinematic'. I alternate with closeups and large views.I also use perspectives that are out of proportion. I love action packed into a drawing, so I always try to think of a clever camera position.
Both books are sold in stores like Hema, Bruna, and other bookstores or available online. The books are also to be found in libraries.

For Oxford University Press South Africa I illustrated four books during the summer. The books are in store from October in South Africa. The first book is called 'An apple a day', and is about two sisters.

Book two is called 'Winners' and is about a twin. In this kind of pictures I draw a lot of action often by choosing a slightly unusual perspective. Or I draw lines overly crooked.

Book 3 'Winter' has a very different style and is for a younger audience.

The fourth and last book I made for Oxford is called 'Reptiles'. I was asked to draw in a more realistic style. Even though the animals stand still, and there is not to much action I try to draw momentum/action in a drawing.That can be done by using a up close up for one animal and draw the other animals further away.

At this moment, autumn 2014, I'm working on two children's books. A book for Benchmark Education Publishers from New York, written by the American children's author Lori Mortensen. For now I can only show some sketches. In the coming weeks I will work it out and at the end of this year  the book will be released in America and England.
I am also working on a children's book for a Dutch publisher. At this point I can't even show the sketches, because they still have to be approved.

Along with science journalist Govert Schilling (BBC Sky at Night, Harvard University Press) I work on our first  graphic novel. In the spring, we completed about 100 pages in sketch. We are now working on the synopsis and some 15 till 20 pages in full color in order to show it to our agencies. Samples of the pages are shown below, but they are not finished at all. The book will eventually comprise about 400 pages.