For this couple's last Valentine's Day (the guy doesn't have much time left due to cancer), I made an illustration of them with their dog. Her friend send me pictures of them and I asked what they like. "They're huge animallovers and they love taking walks with their dog", she said. So I decided to make an illustration of them walking their dog in the forest.
On my 30th birthday (not relevant) I made this fashion illustration of a queen in a blue eccentric dress. I shared pictures of the process in my Instagram stories, like I do a lot, and I thought: maybe it's nice to share them here as well. For this illustration I worked with the Derwent Inktence coloured pencils and painted with them. This is permanent ink.
In january this year, I began teaching at the Hoofdstedelijk Instituut Anneessens-Funck OKAN in Brussels. OKAN (stands for 'Onthaalklas voor Anderstalige Nieuwkomers') offers foreign students (mostly refugees) a one- or two-year, focused study of the Dutch language through an intense training of the 4 key language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. This makes it possible for the students to smooth the transition into secondary education or adult education (when the students are 17 of older).
They asked me if I would like to make an illustration for the schooldiary of 2020-2021. I'm still a beginner at illustrating so every chance to learn and develop myself is very welcome, so I was very happy for this opportunity! I made 2 illustrations where I did my best to portray different cultures.
My best friend - and biggest fan of my drawings - Lies, asked me to make an illustrated Christmas portrait of her, together with her fiancé and cat. But ofcourse! I lóve doing these kinds of things, it's very relaxing.
She send me some pictures and I 'morphed' them together (sketch, sketch, sketch) to create the ultimate family picture.
For the Window Walk in Ghent I drew pictures on the windows of Lingerie Potiau and De Banier! Read more if you want to see the outcome.
It's been a while since I posted something new on my blog, but I wanted to wish you a very happy Christmas, with all your loved ones. And if you are alone at Chrismas, I hope you are still having a nice day and bought something nice for yourself or cooked yourself your favorite meal.
I'm celebrating Christmas at our home in Ghent (yes, we moved to Ghent past november!) with Niels and all our cute pets. We're not doing anything special. We're going to visit the christmas market, maybe go ice skating and we're having a 3-course dinner at home.
Enjoy your day!
One of the many dreams I had as a kid, was to illustrate children's books. A friend of mine was working at an educational publisher and she got to write a children's book for a series of books that schools can order for their reading classes. My friend knows how much I like to paint, so she asked the publisher if I could do the illustrations for her book. I had to send some examples of my drawings to the publishers and apparently they thought it was good enough! So, in september 2015 I started making the illustrations for the book, which is called 'Lotta's Rugzak', which is Dutch for 'Lotta's Backpack'. I had almost two months to finish it and here you can read/see the whole process from idea to book.
On my blog I write about the process of improving my skills, about grabbing every chance I get to become more experienced and about learning from ups and downs. Besides that, I write about everything that inspires me, like film, photography, paintings and psychology.