Book illustrations

Book illustrations These drawings are illustrations made for Elisabeth Currie’s historic fiction novel The Veil of Enitharmon. Part one of four is available here, the following parts will follow in the coming months. These images are full-page illustrations  designed by Ruth Lacon and drawn by me. These are illustrations for part 1 (Red Priest to King’s …

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Cartoon drawings

Cartoon drawings I typically make these for my own entertainment. Some are a way to deal with the bottomless astonishment that results when confronted with group behaviour, in particular by those who consider themselves hip, cool and avant-garde.  Others are cultural observations, such as the one that shows how, in the last decades, the electric …

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Fairy-tale artwork

Fairy-tale inspired artwork & illustrations 

These drawings and paintings of scenes and places from (or inspired by) the work of J.R.R. Tolkien were made using traditional and digital media. They are very significant to me for several reason: they were the reason that I started drawing and painting again after several years of being somewhat disenchanted with the art world. And when I did, I re-discovered why I loved to draw in the first place. And finally: it motivated me to improve that technical / classical drawing techniques that are practically universally shunned on art schools because it is believed that it impedes the artist’s free expression. I’ve never felt that that was a very compelling argument, but I’m afraid that the opposite is even true.

In that regard I have learned a great deal from studying the work of people like Ted Nasmith, who has been so kind to give me advise and critique. But I should especially mention Ruth Lacon who has provided (and still provides) inspiration and encouragement when it was most needed; insights from her (and Alex Lewis’) astounding knowledge about Tolkien and the Inklings. She’s been a great friend, and there are few things that delight me more than a long email from her.

The first slide-show below shows cover art made for Lembas, the magazine of Unquendor (the Dutch Tolkien Society). The one below that contains drawings made for a calendar published by Unquendor; and the third one shows a mixture of free work and illustrations for Lembas.

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Illustrations for iOS app

Illustrations for iOS app A visual holiday pack-list application. It was an idea by software developer LuuX to create an app where the pack lists are not the text files you’d expect, but where the user chooses images from several categories, with the option to colour them and customise the pattern. Once the list(s) have …

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