Thursday, November 29, 2012

Across Charles Burns

Last weekend I spent in Lille, in the North of France (almost Belgium, and that is how it looks and feels over there) for the exhibition "Across Charles Burns" in the "La Secu" gallery. The place is a non-profit organisation and quite sympatico. The whole deal was set up by this big lug on the right, Jean-Jacques Tachdjian a.k.a. El Rotringo:

The other two participants in this fuzzy pic (by Pierre Druilhe, who is in the show as well) are Caritte and Besseron, also underground oldtimers from France. J.J. did a completely off-the-wall graphic zine called Sortez La Chienne! in the 1980s. I did some stuff for that, so we go back a long way but we never had met before and so we got a little sentimental about that after a few drinks. Some 20 artists from mostly France are in the show, which was a sort of Charles Burns tribute. I guess he was a big influence on a certain generation. I did the El Borba on the right:

These are silkscreens prints done by La Secu, done in a printrun of 100 each. They are for sale for only 20 Euros per pop, or 300 for the whole bunch. Check for more info All in all a great show. Too bad Mr. Burns was not present. The exhibition lasts until 2 February 2013.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Voynich's pages

Hey kids again!

these drawings are pages i did for alkom'x 7 about voynich ms, if i except pages of text
it would have been a pleasure to make this with metalfeather & medieval ink, so that's probably something i will work that way in the future

Friday, November 23, 2012



Did this one with less application, my pens are almost dead now

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Found on FB. Haw!


When dusting of some original artwork I came across this page, which was done some time ago for a book celebrating Dutch literary works. This was done after the (canonised) oldest lines "Hebban olla vogala nestas" scribbeled in the margins by a monk, probably trying a new pen. It's universal female complaint: all the birds have started building nests, except for you and me. What the hell are we waiting for?

This version was rejected, because with my hydras it moves well into the teritory of parody. Fair enough. Another one got into the book, no problem. Still like this one, though. Touched it up a bit.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Game Book Illustrations

These are a couple of drawings I recently did for the book "Reiter der schwarzen Sonne" ("Rider of the Black Sun").


It's an old-school fantasy game book in the tradition of Fighting Fantasy or Lone Wolf
Apparently it is the most massive book of it's kind with over 700 pages and more than 1300 sections. 
All in all I did close to 50 illustrations and vignetts for it.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Last weekend I was at the comics festival of Lucca in Italy. It was an exhilarating experience! Little did I know it's the third in size in the world. Despite the crowds it has a relaxed and homey atmosphere. The city itself is small and compact and ancient. I would say I prefer it to Angouleme.
Anyway, I had been invited as a part of a Dutch delegation of comic artists, including Sam Peeters, Jeroen Funke, Dace Sietina, Barbara Stok, Tim Enthoven, Milan Hulsing and Bart Nijstad. Our presentation involved some painting action. The theme was the seven deadly sins. I picked gluttony to use it as an excuse to do some more cannibals. Each of us did three paintings in three days (except Barbara who kept a diary in comic form).

I think this one came out the best, with the Romanesque swirls I like.

This autofagic guy is too clumsy to go hunting and it's not getting better.

The big ones eat the small ones. This one was the first I did. It probably shows my rustiness at the time. We were tired from travelling, plus I paint only now and then...
More photos of the festival were made, but they will pop up at some other spot if all works out.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012