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 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

Illustraties bij sprookjes & fantasy 

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.

Wat dat betreft heb ik veel geleerd door het werk van mensen als  Ted Nasmithte bestuderen, die zo vriendelijk was om me te adviseren en bekritiseren. Maar ik wil vooral  Ruth Lacon noemen, die altijd met inspiratie en aanmoediging kwam wanneer het nodig was - en waar nodig, met haar (en Alex Lewis') encyclopedische kennis over Tolkien en de Inklings. Ze is een geweldige vriendin, en elke mail van haar is een nieuwe verrassing.

The first slide-show below shows cover art made for Lembas, the magazine of  Nederlands Tolkien Genootschap Unquendor. 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.

(titel en / of beschrijving verschijnen als je met de muis over de afbeelding beweegt)

Illustraties voor een 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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