Portrait commission with a twist

Posted at March 8, 2016 at 14:09

I was asked to draw a portrait of S, based on a rough sketch I made last year. It’s going to be printed on A2 sized paper. So the final illustration ended up pretty big on my computer screen, combined with all the layers I used in Photoshop I could almost hear my computer groan! I learned a lot while making this portrait. I’d probably wouldn’t add so much detail next time. I have a tendency of going too far in details and that can make it look static. I’ll continue to nurture my eh… rough side, but drawing birds is so much fun!

Zeenaxe

I took the liberty of adding some symbolism: a pomegranate, a raven on the left and a crow on the right (there’s a difference in size and feathering).

By the way, you can now also find me on Instagram. You’ll find sketches, snapshots from daily life, that sort of stuff. Follow me if you’d like.

Check out the details of the illustration behind the cut.
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Cats and dogs

Posted at January 20, 2016 at 14:42

Happy New year! Okay, it’s a bit late, but it’s still January ;) I’ve been busy with finishing up the administration of the past year. It’s not as fun as drawing but it has to be done. To make up for all the numbers I’ve been typing, I bought some “real” pencils and a few sketchbooks. I hope to do more traditional drawing so I can train my eyes and improve my real life sketching. In other news, there’s a new four-legged creature walking around here. A dog! His name is Dexter. We already have 3 cats. But I suppose it wasn’t crowded enough yet. Introductions are hard!

stripje

I’ve always know how different dogs are from cats but still… culture shock! It’s pretty much a black blur of fur and energy. It’s fun seeing him grow up and learn though.

Finish what you start

Posted at September 17, 2015 at 16:57

I started this illustration back in June and posted it on my facebook page. But it wasn’t finished yet. I had a lot of great commissions from both old and new clients, so illustrating for clients kept me busy. So I worked on it little by little.

In the mean time a lot happened. Not just good things, but also bad things. In July my grandmother died at 84, a strong proud Surinam woman. I will remember and miss her laugh and her hugs. On August 8 we had to say goodbye to my father-in-law. I will miss the discussions we had and his sense of humour. Strange how life just ends. I still wanted to post this, there’s pieces of me in it that were sometimes happy and sometimes sad, or angry or everything at once.
Illustration - loved by crows

New old acquisition

Posted at May 29, 2015 at 16:25

I’ve been practising landscapes concepts on my Cintiq. I got it second-hand for a good price. It’s an older generation model, but still works really well! A Cintiq is a drawing tablet with a screen inside. Unlike normal tablets with screens (like ipads and such) it has a pressure and angle sensitive pen. It also detects your pen even when it’s a centimeter above the screen.

I had some free time today to aquint myself with the device, so here’s the first official illustration I’ve done:
landscape3e-erged

It feels a lot more natural drawing on a Cintiq than on a normal tablet. Hope this old Cintiq will last me a while!

Welcome to the new Sjusjun

Posted at April 22, 2015 at 15:44

After some pain, trouble and quite some help. I’ve completed the redesign of my website. It’s a lot cleaner and brighter now, with more room for illustrations in the gallery. I’ve also added some mini illustrations using my favorite animal. The website is now responsive so that means it’s mobile and tablet friendly. (Thanks for the deadline Google ;) The website is now also bilingual! So from now on everything is available in Dutch and English. You can change the language through the menu. It’s a little bit more work for me (oh and double chance of me making spelling errors ;), but I hope it’s more welcoming to the visitors of this site.

Another new thing is the showcase section, hidden under the ‘Illustrations’ link in the top menu. Check out the first showcase about Book covers. I’ll be adding more showcases in the future.

There might still be some things I need to patch up on the website. So if you find something that looks broken, please let me know.

Updating and redesigning my website

Posted at April 14, 2015 at 18:56

Please don’t mind the mess. I’m updating and redesigning with the least downtime as possible. Expect things to change around this week, while I find the best solutions :)

I’m going for a much cleaner open look. I do miss the parallax header a bit… but it wasn’t mobile or tablet friendly at all!