Illustrations Sketches!

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 I took the photos)

Starting 2018 with… Creation!

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 issues and other things, this is something I am working towards.

In this sense, things are off to a good start, because I got an illustration comission from one of my professors! He needs 6 illustrations of the bible’s creation story for his lectures. A classic theme, a good cause, so I gladly took the job.

These are the rough sketches for three of the days. The other three days are basically the same pictures without the pink objects/animals, hence the pink-grey color in the sketch. (This is due to the parallel literary structure of the biblical text, not because I’m trying to be lazy). The actual illustrations will be done as combo of digital painting and collage. Hopefully, they will be done by April!


The Illustrations are done!

I will start school on Monday again. I had several open projects to finish and am glad that they are coming together. One of the major projects was an illustration commission which consists of 10 images. And it’s done! :)

It took a lot of planning and work, but I am glad for the results. This was an experience in following through and in challenging yourself further than before. One of those hard but good experiences. :)

Where do you challenge yourself in your life? Where are you being pushed further than before? I hope those hard experiences end up being good experiences. Have a great day!

A Train, a Letter, and a Strange Building

The illustrations are coming along and these are the updates. Three more illustrations to go for this project!

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A strange but friendly Place
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A Letter and a Train Ride

First Illustration on the new Cintiq!

I got a comission for 10 illustrations and have the priviledge of using my new graphic tablet for the job. I am getting used to the cintiq and can say that I really enjoy it so far.

Here’s the first illustration, showing the main character’s family in Hanoi, Vietnam. I’m really excited about this project and about the rest of the work! I have so much to learn, but I have also learned a lot just by painting this piece. Practice makes perfect!


Where have you felt good about achieving something? What kind of things did you get excited about recently? Leave a comment if you like, and have a great day!


I said before that my first unicorn helmet was done. Well I got a call from the commisioners and they said that I should try anything I can to make the helmets lighter. I should also add a spiral on the horns of both helmets. So it’s back to the workshop. I managed to take about 200-250g of weight off and add a spiral to the first helmet, I haven’t touched the second one yet.

This comission is only a small part of what’s going on in my life right now. My dog died 2 weeks ago and my grandpa died yesterday afternoon. I have a final exam art exhibit to host and I have to find a new leadership team to take over my German class when I leave it in 2 months. There’s a bit of a mountain piling up, and it can seem overwhelming. But I don’t want to be bogged down by the detours and dramas. My mom always says “If you don’t like the view, get in the car and drive on” or as “Dory” from “Finding Nemo” puts it: “Just keep swimming!” So that’s what I’m going to do!

Unicorns :)

Now for something cute: I have been working on a comission of 2 unicorn helmets for a few weeks. They are now painted in their final colors. The last steps will be to varnish them and add a flowing mane. This project is one of my first comissions and definetly the first one for a “real” client.

I now take Comissions!

Over the past 2-3 years I have been getting myself prepared to become a professional artist. Now I think I’m getting to the point where I can take on “real” comissions. (I’ve done a few here and there, but not so much yet)
So… if you need a mural or a painting for your walls (kids room, kitchen, hallway, restaurant,…), you can contact me via facebook or :)

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The Missing Pictures

Yesterday I shared a bit of what I’ve been up to. The camera was lost, now it’s found, so here are the missing pictures!


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back yard mural, a work in progress!


ark of the covenant, 1st coat of papermaché
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when you get yourself a dinosaur, concept art: book cover

Works in Progress: The Mural, The Ark, The Dinosaur!

A lot has been happening here in the last several weeks, but now it’s summer vacation time! In other words, time to work some more on stuff you couldn’t do during the semester.

Unfortunately I can’t find the camera, so I’ll post pictures another time. But here’s what I’m doing:

  • Back Yard Mural: Significant progress within the last few days
  • “Ark of the Covenant”-prop: for a summer camp near Heidelberg. Papermaché-coats are on
  • New Children’s Story “When you get yourself a Dinosaur”: If you ever want to get yourself a dinosaur, this book is a good introduction. The story is 378 words long and written for preschoolers. I was able to complete a concept art illustration for this story.



A new Painting done, others in the Making!

Today I was able to finish a portrait commission of Martin Dietrich’s 4 beautiful children. Portraits are a big challenge for me, but to see the result is also rewarding. I had a good starting point, though, since Martin is an excellent photographer and gave me a great photo to work from. Check out his work if you’re interested in photography:

Portrait of Martin's Kids
Portrait of Martin’s Kids

One picture done, on to the next! Here’s the start of a 97x97cm (3′ 4”x3′ 4”) painting. It’s the view of changing rooms on the coast of Holland. I am not sure of the title yet, so if you have ideas, let me know!

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