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Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

I always listen to the radio or music when I am working (it’s a lonely job). One of my favourite artists is Joe Jackson: I love the music, the lyrics, the voice. His most recent cd is simply called ‘Live Music’. Listening to it, it…

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Walt Stanchfield – Drawn to Life

Walt Stanchfield – Drawn to Life

I read ‘Drawn to Life’, a collection of masterclass-handouts by Walt Stanchfield. Stanchfield was a gesture drawing teacher at the Disney Studios. His masterclasses are drawing classes as well as classes in psychology and philosophy. His lessons on gesture drawing (instead of model drawing), on…

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The perfect tool…

The perfect tool…

My quest for the perfect tool – a mechanical pencil – in 4 1/2 steps: 1 – Caran d’Ache 2 mm lead: I have used these pencils a very, very long time. So long, that the clamps were so worn out that they couldn’t hold…

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Tommy Kane

Tommy Kane

One of the artists I follow on the web is Tommy Kane. He makes elaborate pen drawings (often coloured with water colours or colour pencil) of cities, streets, buildings, landscapes, people, portraits, factories, food, hotel rooms… well, Tommy Kane draws everything! And this is what…

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The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Since I heard Harry Mulisch mention Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ as the best book he ever read, I wanted to read it. First, I wanted to read the original french edition, but when I learned it was a 1000-pages, I…

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Drawing gear

Drawing gear

I love to draw outdoors and I am constantly looking out for new ways to take my materials with me: all should be as small and as light as possible. I came across this photo somewhere on the internet – I wish I could find…

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Masks on stones

Masks on stones

Last weekend, we spent a few days camping. My daughters and I collected some stones and painted ‘African masks’ on it. I was really surprised by their precision and patience. Het afgelopen weekend zaten we een paar dagen op de camping. Mijn dochters en ik…

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Amsterdam in 1597

Amsterdam in 1597

I just read ‘Amsterdam in 1597’ by Gabri van Tussenbroek. 1597 was an important year for Amsterdam: the first dutch expedition to the Far East returned, survivors from the (failed) expedition the find a north passage to the East (resulting in the famous winter on…

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The Pixar Touch

The Pixar Touch

I just finished reading ‘The Pixar Touch’ by David Price. It tells the history of the Pixar company, from its early beginnings as a research lab until its success as a major animation studio (the book is from 2008). The company history is fascinating enough…

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Biography

Biography

It is Boekenweek (Book week), and this years theme is ‘Curriculum Vitae – Written Portraits’. It happens that I am reading (and have nearly finished) a great biography at the moment. Of all the books I have read about the early US and its founding…

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Fighting cancer

Fighting cancer

I had planned to blog about ‘Alpe d’Huzes’ later this spring, but sad news I heard today urged me to post it now. Alpe d’Huzes is a big fund raising event, where cyclists try to climb the terrific Alpe d’Huez six times (or as many…

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Sherrie York

Sherrie York

It may be 30 years ago that I made my last linocut, and I still associate linocuts with my after school drawing club. But then I saw the work of the american artist Sherrie York! Her linocuts are amazing; just look at the image above….

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Botanic Gardens Utrecht

Botanic Gardens Utrecht

The last few years, Bram Wolthoorn and I have made two gardening books for children. Both were made with help and support of the Botanic Gardens of the Utrecht University. Last Friday we had a meeting there to present our ideas for a third book……

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Cooperstown

Cooperstown

I love reading history books, and one of my favourite subjects is early American history. I just finished this book by Alan Taylor. It is a book about the settler William Cooper, founder of Cooperstown (famous now for its baseball museum), about his town and…

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Lori Nix

Lori Nix

These are two photographs made by Lori Nix: ‘Majestic’ (2006) and ‘Library’ (2007), both part of her series called ‘The City’. The scenes are hand built scale models which have been photographed (sometimes with a different lighting to make night scenes). Imagine the amount of…

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Nevin Martell

Nevin Martell

I just finished reading this book about ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ creator Bill Watterson. The author, Nevin Martell, has tried to write a biography of the mysterious and reclusive Watterson, but the result is as much a personal story about looking for Watterson (which fails). I…

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Strange maps

Strange maps

This is a map number 475 in Frank Jacobs’ blog ‘Strange Maps‘. I love maps and I love even more maps that make you think… like this one. It shows the world as it would look like if the earth stopped spinning. Because the earth…

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Nina Johansson

Nina Johansson

I love the work of the swedish artist Nina Johansson. She uses different materials like watercolours, pen or pencil. What I like the most are her sketches of Stockholm -or of any other place she visits. She has a sharp eye for the beauty of…

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Paul Heaston

Paul Heaston

In this message I want to promote the blog of Paul Heaston, a US based artist. On his blog, he shows his beautiful sketches, mostly black and white pen drawings. He has a preference for architecture drawings. I like  his sketches loaded with details, and…

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Franquin

Franquin

Last week, a big comic drawings auction was held in Paris, at Tajan. This drawing by André Franquin was on the cover of the beautiful catalogue. I love the work of André Franquin. His work looks so easy, so loosely drawn, so full of life….

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