I recently had the pleasure of developing the illustrations, logo, productsheet and business cards of Senzing. Senzing is a fresh company that develops brain-computer interfaces. It’s middleware that can be used to interpret brainwaves. You can then use those brainwaves to play, control and enhance games.
Blue and Magenta were already their main colours. I brightened them, while adding some supporting colours. This resulted in a fresh, contrast rich style. Illustrations helped a lot in explaining what Senzing does, especially in the productsheet.
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One of those days. But every day has a silver lining right? Or a orange lining, or a green one, or a… wel you get the picture. Click to see the big version.
So, here it is. A shiny new website. Gone is my previous (darker) website with the goldfish mascot. It wasn’t really by choice. But I tried to turn the unfortunate demise of my previous website into something positive. A lot more work has gone into this website. I hope you’ll find all the new information useful. But if you have any questions, please ask and I’ll answer :)
In the coming weeks I’ll probably fiddle some more with things. Maybe add some new sections or goodies (free wallpapers? Maybe a free brush set?). Of course I’ll keep you updated on my latest projects and illustrations. Please check back often and spread the word. It’s alive, ALIVE!
In an attempt to catalogue ‘effort versus style’ I’ve drawn the same elephant in different styles, in order of effort. In this illustration a sketch is the easiest and takes the least effort, while a digital painting is a lot more effort.
Still, in some cases lineart requires more work then a digital painting. It depends on how detailed and clean the lineart needs to be.
I’m capable of more styles then these four (or technically three if you don’t count the coloured lineart). But this illustration is meant to simply show the difference.
I’ve been thinking a lot of who I am, who I want to be and who I was. Turning 30 does get you thinking. I think I’m fine with who I am now. But I’ve concluded that I need to spend more time doing the things I love, and I don’t mean sleeping in ;)
As it just so happens, the wind has turned and I have the opportunity to work on some very creative illustration assignments. I hope to show them to you the coming months!
I’m working at Elisa Media, since this year. I’m working with great people. I have big plans for my website and there are big plans for Elisa media. Here’s to hoping this will be a terrific year!
Winter turns to spring, spring turns to summer. I feel active!
Creating a new character is a lot of fun, especially when you’re dabbling with a comic-version of yourself. You do have to give yourself a set of rules. One of those rules is something I refer to as repeatability (I’m sure there is another much more suitable word ;). You have to be able to draw and repeat the character relatively easy, in different poses and in different settings. Character design sheets (that show your character from different sides and poses) are very very handy.
So, version 1 of the character design of ‘Co’. I’ve chosen one of the sketches on my character design sheet to play with.
A simple sketch on paper
I often start out character design sketches the old fashioned way: Pencil on paper. I then photograph the paper. I only need the reference, not the detail that scanning provides.
The first digitized character design
For now I like the sketched version, and I’m trying out different ways of digitizing it. Expect more versions in the future :)
I was commissioned by Savannah J. Foley to make a website header. Savannah is a talented writer who mainly writes Young Adult. Her stories are brilliantly written, so I felt very inspired while drawing the website header. With the help of some of Savannah’s own suggestions I made 3 different concepts. I made them all as different as possible, while still incorporating her favourite colours and requests. I wanted the header to evoke a feeling of fantasy and magic.
While I first planned to make simple sketches, I eventually went for a more concept-art approach. I sketched directly in colours and shapes. Since the illustration is a website header (960px wide) and doesn’t need to be printed, I did not have to work on a very large canvas. During my work on the concepts I did not zoom in unless it was absolutely necessary.
The 1st concept. A girl runs in a field, the purple hue of the sunset makes life glow.
My 2nd concept. Magical creatures emerge from a book.
My 3rd and last concept. A girl discovers she accidentally caught something special.
These 3 concepts were all well received, but the last one was chosen to be completed in detail.
The finished website header with a hiding dragon, roses, fireflies and bats as requested.
No illustrations this time, just me signing something :D
Yes, I am available for freelance work!
For the 2011/2012 Aniway school agenda I was asked to make an illustration. I chose ‘space opera’ as my theme (with blue as my assigned colour).
I’ve not done any space related pictures before, but I love astronomy so this was definitely an assignment I was looking forward to diving into. I examined how nebula looked and how our planet and atmosphere look from space and then created a fictional planet and setting.
I also created a backstory fitting with the space opera theme. The space opera genre within anime is often based on a fight or flight theme. It can span decades, where the protagonists are in a constant struggle with aliens (often of the mysterious type). I created the character of the young cadet who sees the planet he grew up on destroyed. He’s shocked, angry and sad and he (of course) wants revenge!
Close-up of the young cadet’s face
Depicting the aliens was tricky at first. They had to be easily recognizable as enemies. Smooth metal spaceships just didn’t work, so I went for the insect-like approach (it’s been done before, but it works :)
Alien insect-like spaceships
Classic portraits and still life paintings can be very intriguing with all the symbolism they often contain. I’ve tried to make a portrait that feels like a still life, including some symbolism.
Portrait of decadence
I tried to make the portrayed lady a picture of pure decadence. A powdered face, fur, a Persian cat and an elaborate flowered (Purple Oleander) and ivory boned wig with a poor bird (Green Honeycreeper) captured solely to complete her appearance. I wasn’t going for a specific time-period, though there are ladies of decadence in every day and age ;)
I especially enjoyed painting the Persian cat and the Honeycreeper. I’ll definitely draw more animals in the future :)
A detailed shot of the Honeycreeper