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I do drawing classes with different materials, but digital drawing classes too. This was always done word of mouth, but well, why not add this on this website, I suddenly wondered.
Pencil, ink, charcoal, acquarel and ecoline
You learn how to create drawings of objects, but portraits, too. You learn how to pay attention to dark, light, contrast and shape. Of course understanding perspective is part of it, and learning about positive and negative space.
The lessons take place in Amsterdam.
Bring your own material to class: you will need this to practise at home, after all. You will be told what to bring each lesson so you can get started right away. Let me know if you want to join: send me an
€ 25 per 2 hours lesson.
You will use Adobe Illustrator to create sharp vector drawings, or Adobe Photoshop if you prefer to create more 'drawn' or 'painted' effects. You won't learn that per lesson, instead you learn it in a complete course that includes six lessons. You learn how to use Illustrator from scratch, or Photoshop of course (or both, if you want to make terrific combinations) and will get started with drawing very quickly. The Photoshop course is not an image editing course: it really focusing on drawing and painting instead. If you want to combine photos with your own art, you're way better off learning Photoshop from scratch to understand more about it and to help you do exactly that. Let me know if you want to join: send me an
€ 800 per complete course.
This is my personal page. I like to draw, but I am also very private and don't show my work very often, which is especially the case with many drawings on this website since these are more personal and not work related. But still, it might be the time to do things differently at this point in my life. I created this website to get a good feeling back, things have been quite difficult and I really needed to get some positive energy back. So, I went back to what I liked to do as a child: drawing. It helps, it heals.
What I do
That's enough about the personal side though, the business side of me is there as well. I work as a graphic designer and web designer and teach all that with great pleasure at LearningTrain. This means I teach people how to use Adobe software, I develop lesson material for that as well as complete courses. My favourite application is Illustrator, which I used to create all the illustrations on this personal website. I also teach Photoshop though (photo editing) and InDesign for graphic design. But I love code too, so I teach web design as well. I kept this website super simple to maintain though, I want to concentrate on the content and not get lost in more complex CSS. Not only that:
I have been teaching ever since I was young: I even taught the small children in my old neighbourhood while I myself was a child. Having fun with glue, scissors and much more, and getting dirty while making lots of paper maché. Later, when I learned English myself, I wanted to teach my brothers and sisters English too. Because they were very small at that time it was quite difficult to keep their attention, but I realized much later in life that was already a teacher when I was a child because I managed, kinda... I tought my brothers how to swim too, for instance, I just really liked teaching people things.
Not only all the above: I write books and illustrate. I even started drawing portraits a while ago, digitally, granted, but it is hand work nonetheless! I don't trace anything automatically, there are already way too many 'works of art' out there that have been created in a few seconds. My pride and joy is to create portraits that are unique and fun, and that reflect a portion of the life of the portrayed. I also do product drawings et cetera. My initial style is free and personal, and if I have fun I add stories to them or 'weird stuff' because well, they have to be there, right?
I have an eye for detail, which sometimes makes me miss the bigger erm... Well, I usually get that picture back.
I support nature and anti-bullying causes. I also stimulate creativity. The latter is done during drawing classes, but can also be done during conversations to get good ideas. This talking can be done in Dutch, English, French, and German.
So erm... what's with 'soulful ash'?
Well, I didn't have a particularly easy life. And after bad times, I felt all that was left of me was a pile of ashes. But I still had a spark, and that's my soul. So... that.