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Random Illustrations 🖉

Hope: spread it

Hope: 'Spread it'

Yeah well... I suddenly thought of it and decided to draw it. Some drawings are difficult to translate into English, this one is trickier to translate into Dutch!

But that aside: spread hope!

Schilderij

Schilderij'

This one is difficult if you don't understand Dutch.

But if you know that 'schil' means 'peel' and 'schilderij' means 'painting', then erm.. I suppose you understand it.

Muizenissen

Muizenissen

Yeah, another tricky one.

'Muizen' means mice.
'Nissen' are niches, alcoves.

So 'muizenissen' are alcoves with mice in them. Yeah...

Vraagteken

Hoop: 'Spread it'

This one is too Dutch to easily understand. So here goes:

'Teken' means sign, but also 'ticks'.

Vraag means 'question' and in this case, also 'asking'!

So in short: this gives you asking ticks.

A red door

De rode deur

The Red Door.

I created this one quite a while ago and I keep getting back to it. I think I will one day use it in a different setting.

Legs on a red background

Benen, staand op een rode achtergrond

Legs on a red background, I felt like drawing it and well, it was nice to do it and helped me create variations, see the ones on the right.

Assorted legs

Benen en rokken in verschillende kleuren

I use this example to explain to the students how changing colours and adding or removing elements can totally change the look and feel of an illustration.

A rocket

Raket voor een ruimte avontuur.

Just a space adventure. Ah, science fiction, I like it so much.

A building in space

Een huis op een vreemde planeet

More space situations.

A carrot in space

Een raket op weg naar een wortel.

And even more space situations! This one uses one of my favourite luring objects.

A dressed table

Gedekte tafel

Listen, I love carrots all right? So, when I was working on a design, I thought there should be carrots in it and put it on the plates. One person will have two nectarine slices, because I still had some. And one of the carrots is the White Sparkle Carrot, because, well, some carrots are just plain special.

Table variation

Gedekte tafel

I suddenly felt the need to make things more red, so here is a variation on the theme.

And another table version

Gedekte tafel

Look, I really like using Illustrator. And it's so flexible. I felt like creating a purple and green variation an there it was!

New year

2018 kaart voor het nieuwe jaar.

2018 card for the new year.

A desert

Een woestijn met mijn favoriete mystery object.

A desert with my favourite mystery object.

A green house (Zaandam)

Zaandam historisch groen huis

This house is in Zaandam, one of the oldest houses with lots of history. A student's grand parents lived in it. I thought it looked nice and drew it! And a historic society is going to use it on their website, so nice.

Summer legs

Yes please, zon en hoop!

I really hope this year will be a better one than the ones I had over the last 15 years. I still have hope!!! Let's make it good!

Legs and white dress

Laarzen en een mooie jurk.

A few legs walking, simple version.

rain

Een regenachtige dag in Nederland.

A rainy day in the Netherlands.

pain and loss

Een illustratie die ik maakte aan de hand van mijn handmatige tekening

Illustration from scratch, after a drawing I made on paper.

strength

Power!

Finally got rid of bad stuff! Power to women, but in pink, of course.

Summer holiday

zomervakantie.

A sunny day in the Netherlands!

A wall

Een muur.
A wall.

And a wall with lockers

Een muur met lockers.

Yet another wall, with lockers.

Lounge wall

Een muur met kunstwerken.

A few walls and objects using a limited palette.

Woman in desert

Een gesluierde vrouw in de woestijn

A woman with a veil in the desert.

Woman in water

Snorkelen met vissen

Swimming amongst fish, I would have loved to do this in my life. I think it's now too late. I added an octopus because I like them so much, they are intelligent!

Halloween

Halloween! Vleermuizen, pompoenen en enge dingen!

Halloween! Bats and pumpkin and scary stuff.

Drawing

Lekker tenenen gaat op de computer beter met een Wacom pen

Explaining how stuff works is what I like to do, and illustrating it to help explain it better.

A little ship

Un petit navire qui a besoin d'un havre.

Un petit navire qui a besoin d'un havre.

Polar bears

IJsberen

Polar bears in icy sea. I wanted the design to have very light colours and little contrast, but enough, and yellow and blue.

Bikini

Strand met bikimasker met bikini en bal

I use this to explain how masking works, during one of the courses I teach. But it's fun as a stand-alone illustration too, I think.

Building at night

Een gebouw in de avondzon, heel laat op de avond

A variation on a design I did a long time ago, but this one is nice too so I thought it would be placed here.

Just cute

snoezig schattig

Sudden cuteness. I don't know where it came from but there it was, cute and all.

Dolls

Illustratie met potten en planten

I had fun drawing these Russian Matryoshka dolls. Especially because they look so simple and are not, and then resulted in more fun lesson material.

Drawing details really is my cup of tea. And since the word 'gezellig' is one of the first words the expat students learn, I really had to add that. I have had a few students from Russia already, so nice.

Weather demands

Illustratie met zon en regen

That year was very rainy while I tried to get a holiday feel. Did not work! So I created this drawing.

Crazy thing though, one of the neighbours told me it had been such a wonderful Summer while we were getting the mail from the letter boxes. Huh? Went abroad, did she? This very same neighbour thought 2018 had been so rainy. Again: huh? 🤔

Water woman

Vrouw in het water

I had a bit of time and asked some students what I should draw. One asked to draw a woman on the beach, lying in the water. So that's it! And of course I gave her the drawing, that's fun. Jeez it's already 13:20 hours, I really should go do something else.

Schijnheiligen

Schijn Heiligen

I have to explain this.

A 'schijn-heilige' means a sanctimonious person. But... 'schijnen' means 'to shine, and 'heilige' means 'holy person'. So here they are: shiny saints 🤣

This is not art

Ceci n'est pas de l'art

Well, I mean, yeah... Brilliant happening last weekend. So I decided to draw this on the way back home.

Hopeful stone

Een hand die een glanzende witte steen vasthoudt

I wanted to draw a hand holding a shiny red stone. But well, then this happened. So, it's a hand holding a shiny white dream stone.