The dorm is pretty much a ghost town this weekend because people are at a conference or with their friends/family for Pentecost. I had too much work to do, so I had to stay behind, but I'm making the most of it. I actually needed some time to just be alone, and also time to … Continue reading A Sketching Tour
My friend is having her baby schower next week, and I decided to make her a gift. I don't know yet if it's a boy or a girl, so I wanted something that would work for both. I also wanted to use simple materials and to make something that would "out-last" the baby phase. … Continue reading Dollar Store Giraffe Puppet!
I have a commission for 6 illustrations about the creation story of the bible. I've finished 2/3 of the project, so I have 2 more to go.
I got to teach an art workshop on Saturday. We were 14 participants and had a great day. It was cool to teach, but also cool to see what kind of ideas the "students" could contribute. We had a good atmosphere and I got lots of positive feedback. So I'm not gonna brag, but it … Continue reading Workshop Weekend!
Coming Up: I will get to teach an art workshop on Saturday! There are 14 people signed up, and the topic is "creativity in the church": We will learn that everybody is creative in some way because we are made in the image of a creative God. Creativity is applicable to any area and has … Continue reading Training Time!
Today I took a Hebrew test. I am pretty good at the subject and filled out one page after another. Page one - check. Page two - check. Double-checked the answers, handed them in. Since I had extra time, I decided to sketch my Hebrew teacher while I waited. Then, the bell rang, people … Continue reading Embarrassing, but Funny Story…
I am working on creation illustrations for a commission. To prepare for it, I've been doing sketches of all sorts of things, even if they aren't "natural" objects. Also, I have finished one of the actual illustrations.
I was in Belgium with my class for a few days. Nothing huge, but a great little vacation. And while I was there, I took the time to do some sketches. Since I'm working on illustrations that involve animals, I took a trip to a local sweet water aquarium. I did live studies of the … Continue reading Fish, Fish Drawings, and other Stuff
I did some more work on my painting, putting down the base colors. As you can see, there are some strong contrasts in this picture. For the most part, those will remain strong in the finished piece. I like the thin strip of light in the back of the shack. Like a slimmer of hope … Continue reading Work in Progress: Base Colors
I found a stash of old cardboard in the basement the other day. I will be painting 6 illustrations of a creation cycle, so I figured that I could use the cardboard as a sketch base. I drew a bunch of fish, portraits and flying birds of different kinds. I am also currently writing a … Continue reading Look at the Birds…
After putting together a new canvas and priming it with a good layer of white and light brown, I could start sketching in the basic shapes of the composition. It's moments like these that you realize that scale can really make a difference: It was easier for me to draw the paper sketch than to … Continue reading Work in Progress: A new Painting!
I finally have started working on a new oil painting. I primed the canvas, and I made the first "real" sketch (picture above). It's been something that I wanted to do for a while, yet I never actually started until now. Why is that important? Because having an idea is not the same as actually … Continue reading Make the First Move!
I have a commission for a set of creation-themed illustrations. Since I have a rough idea what the layout and style will be, I have started doing some more detailed study sketches of animals. After all, what creation is complete without animals? (Sorry for the poor image quality, the lighting was not that great when … Continue reading Illustrations Sketches!
Yesterday, I stayed home from school, because I was sick. But you never know what will come your way, even on a sick day. Yesterday, I experienced three unexpected things: When I went shopping, I had to shovel my car out of 30cm of fresh snow. It was cold, wet and windy. But successful. I … Continue reading Three unexpected Things
Happy belated New Year everyone! I don't know if new year's resolutions are a thing for you, but if you haven't broken your resolution yet, congratulations! :) I don't do resolutions, but I do set goals. And one of those goals is to complete new art work that serves a good purpose. Despite my health … Continue reading Starting 2018 with… Creation!