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Essence and the Whole

Essence and the Whole

There is a very charming and honest video interview with Carl Cneutt, illustrator of ‘the Witch Fairy’ and ‘the Golden Cage’, where he says: Once I get to the point of sitting down, then usually I get into some kind of panic and I don’t...
Broaden the horizon

Broaden the horizon

I asked some of my friends to send me an illustration that captures essence well, and to try and describe how they thought the illustrator does that. Of course they sent stuff I never would have thought of, which was a really nice way to broaden my horizon. Fig.1:...
Powerful playful ink

Powerful playful ink

In my search for illustrations that capture the essential really well, I looked at many brilliant illustrators. It is impossible to discuss them all, but in this blog I would like to talk about two I especially like because of the way they paint with ink: Sarah...
Focussing on essence

Focussing on essence

In this blog I would like to show you some results of another assignment for my master illustration, ‘practice 1’. The assignment is closely related to the blogs I am writing, because I am making a series of drawings starting from the keyword...
Quentin Blake’s friends

Quentin Blake’s friends

I went to see the exposition ‘Quentin Blake’s friends’ at the Meermanno Museum in the Hague. It was a delight to see the collection of his illustrations and sketches for Matilda, the BFG and many other works. But most interesting to see were his more...
Angry Arthur

Angry Arthur

Angry Arthur is a picture book by Hiawyn Oram, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. The story is about a boy that gets very angry because his mother tells him to go to bed when he wants to watch a Western on tv. While his rage gets bigger and bigger, his mother, father,...