donderdag 19 maart 2015

Illustration "The money-laundering machine of the BBI" (Trends, 19 March 2015)

Hey everybody!
It has been a couple of months again since I last made an update on this blog. Well, I've been quite busy with my other two jobs, teaching and doing ICT at a school, and earning a steady income...

Last week I got a request of Trends to make an illustration for an article about money laundry and disappearing tax paradises. Because of the strict supervising of the government, tax paradises are getting pretty extinct nowadays and people don't have a lot of possibilities anymore to get rid of the money they illegally obtained. The BBI, an organisation connected to the Belgian federal department of Finances, tries to trace and battle large-scaled tax fraud, hopes that these narrow changes pressures people to willingly come out with their illegally obtained funds...

Well of course there had to be washing machines in there...
I also made a picture of the magazine spread:

See ya in the next update!

dinsdag 6 januari 2015

Some more stuff for Trends - November & December 2014

I cooked up two illustrations again for Trends Magazine during the last couple of months of 2014.

The first illustration was for an article about the so called 'zombie system'.
A zombie system is created when an economy that's stopped growing is on the verge of crashing and is still being squeezed out by the richest layers of the population. Result: the rich get richer and the poor get even poorer.
Inspired by the name of the system and the Halloween-festivities that took place during the period I was working on it, it became a money-devouring, upperclass zombiefest with a luxurious condo on top of a haunting house.

Last but not least was the traditional illustration for the end of the year special of Trends Magazine, "The world in 2015".
Like the two previous years, I made an illustration for the opening article, "Smart but spooky", of the part BusinessThe article was about smartphones slowly gaining enough information from us through agendas, messages, calenders, etc. to become like a second, portable brain or a replacement for our natural brain. Our phone will tell us what to do and when we need to do it.
But not my phone. Trust me.

6e Picturale Ronse 2015 - Met een bootje op zee...

I took some time this holiday to make 3 illustrations for the 6th edition of Picturale Ronse. The drawings are based on a short text for children. 

If the drawings are selected by the jury, they will be exhibited at CC De Ververij in Ronse between the 28th of February and the 4th of April.

UPDATE 17/2/15
I got confirmation this afternoon that my drawings were on the shortlist and will indeed be part of the group exhibition "Aanstormend Talent/Upcoming Talent" at CC De Ververij. Cool!

maandag 1 september 2014

Old projects, new life...

Wow, I haven't updated my blog since February. Now that's a long time! Sorry for that, guys.

I've been pretty busy the last couple of months with a new 'old' graphic novel-project that I started like 4 years ago. It has been dormant for all those years because I wasn't certain if i wanted to finish it or not. I think it was kinda too much for me at that time and I just wasn't up for it because of reasons.
 Some people have also been asking and reminding me about the project last year, during the preparations for the Jangton Brothers Retrospective. I pretty much took that as another subtle hint to take the project on again after years of silence.

The first pages I made four years ago have been lying around in my atelier ever since, collecting dust and many stares on blank saturday mornings. Yet, at this point, I actually feel pretty motivated to work on it it and give it the proper ending it deserves. It will be my first graphic novel, my debut, so it's pretty exciting for me!

There will be a short pre-publication of some pages on, so keep an eye on it during
the upcoming months.

In other 'old' news:
Back in March and June, I made a couple of new illustrations for Trends-magazine.

The first drawing accompanied an article about 'Vrije Beroepen'/'Free jobs'.
The second drawing accompanied an article about supermarkets and their everlasting discount-wars to attract (more) customers.

Both drawings were quickies to do in between the activities of my teacher and ICT-coordinator-jobs at different schools. The wicked know no rest...

zondag 2 februari 2014

Mensch, erger je niet! - Logo and illustration

My girlfriend and I have been working on a logo and accompanying illustration for the Belgian DJ-duo Mensch, erger je niet! during December 2013 and the beginning of January 2014.
Quite a busy Christmas holiday that was... 

We both presented some sketches and styles for the logo to the deejays, but one of mine designs was eventually chosen to be fully worked out.
Still, my girlfriend did an awesome job digitally drawing the outlines of my sketch! (PROUD!!!)
I finally added the color, and the logo was ready to go public...  

The illustration in which we implemented the logo was realised a short while after fully finishing the logo. I did the drawing and inking/outlines both by hand this time around. 
The colors were, just like with the logo, added digitally afterwards.

Trends Eindejaarsspecial - De Wereld in 2014

I was once again asked to make an illustration for the end-of-the-year-special of Knacks Trends, back in December 2013. Kinda late to post this, I know, but i didn't have time to update my blog until now...

The illustration was the opener of the chapter 'Industry' and accompanied an article about American companies regaining their top-position within the economics market because of things as utilizing new energy sources.

Comparing this drawing to the one I made for the 2013-special (my first publication in Trends too!), I'm pretty happy the way I progressed and evolved within my work throughout that one year.

woensdag 13 november 2013

Wall project in Rue de la Loi - Brussels

I've been working since the end of August 2013 in the office of Rijkwaterstaat in Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat in Brussels at a big mural painting. The biggest illustration i've ever made!
I finally finished it last weekend, on November the 10th 2013, with some help of my lovely girlfriend. Quite the opportunity too to make somethin for one of the most important streets of Belgium and even Europe!

For this mural, I used portions of the design I made for Amsterdam and integrated it in an illustration that connected more with transport (ships, trucks, etc.) and the data-collecting-tasks of the organisation.  
It was originally intended for the individual windows to show things like monuments, transport, etc., of every European country that is a member of the organisation...
Yet, because I was running out of time and none of the members came up with suggestions for something to represent their country in their respective window (this was originally the plan), I finally extended the views left and right, with the boats, train and truck, beyond the windows. In the end, i'm pretty happy I did this instead of overloadin each window with all sorts of stuff. It would have been too busy and chaotic...

To tell you the truth, another reason why I took this assignment, is as a reaction to the Amsterdam project that i've already mentioned earlier on this blog. The project is overdue more than a year now and it has been frustrating me for a long while now. Also, I haven't seen a penny for any work i've realised for it during all that time...
Yes, I must admit that I made some bad and dumb decisions too regarding that project, but there were some personal things playing too back then...

You can see the working process on the wall in Brussels during the period of August-November on the photos below (Note: i'll be posting more photos of the work process later on, since i've been having lots of problems with the image uploader on Blogger while writin this post...)

The finished mural painting: