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What I've been doing... (1) - Illustrations for TRENDS

Dear friends,

It has been a LONG time since I posted something on this blogspot. I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked at the date of my last blogpost: it was more than 2 YEARS AGO!

Well, a lot of stuff happened during these 2 years. Some good, some bad...

But hey, I'm back now! And I'm also pretty happy to say that I also did quite a lot of things on the creative front during this period of absence. Yet nothing of this has reached my blogspot, up until now.

I'll be trying to make a weekly post from now on in which I post some stuff I did during these period of blogspot-absence.

This post is the first one, focusing on the drawing work commissioned by KNACK TRENDS during the last blogpost and now.

I made this illustration for end of the year special of KNACK TRENDS, 'The World In 2016', for the section 'Company'. It accompanied an article about the Chinese economic growth slowly stagnating.

I did the line art of this drawing in Adobe Illustrator and switched to Photoshop for the coloring. I prefer this way of working instead of doing both drawing and coloring in Illustrator alone. 

I remember being very stressed while working on it because I kept failing to find a good palette of colors to use while the deadline was dangerously near.

The colors I finally chose worked out pretty well.
I wouldn't do them any other way now.

I didn't do a lot of commissions for KNACK TRENDS in 2016. This was partially because I was coping with a difficult situation in my private life and, in combination with my 'other' jobs, didn't find the necessary time and energy for it.

Still, I did (... because I would have felt pretty bad if I didn't do this like every year...) an illustration for the end of the year special of KNACK TRENDS, 'The World In 2017', for the section 'Companies'. The illustration accompanied an article about global fusions and takeovers happening less during 2017.

This was another drawing I made in Illustrator and colored with Photoshop.

The last illustration I did for KNACK TRENDS was just two and half weeks ago (May 2017). It accompanied an article about millennials and the way their ambitions and ideas influence the atmosphere positively or negatively on the work floor.

It didn't take me long to get inspired by the subject. It's something i'm kinda familiar with, but not only because I'm a 'millennial' myself. I heard tales about such situations from friends and colleagues. They intrigue me a lot because I sometimes question and don't understand the mindset of some of my co-millennials at work in other sectors. 

I did the lines on paper and worked again in Photoshop for the coloring.
If I had more time to work on it, I would have liked to paint this one by hand.


Alright, that's it for now. See you at the next blogpost!


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