Cover illustration De Wake

This is the cover illustration for De Wake, the graphic novel me and Ronald Giphart are working on. The graphic novel will be published by Uitgeverij Podium, end of this year! cover_zwart72

March 2013

Done!

At March 30th at 16:00 the wall illustration will be presented in the Vincent van Gogh Huis, Markt 27, Zundert. http://www.vangoghhuis.com/
For more about the project, see the articles I wrote about it below! muuraf01 muuraf02  

March 2013

Wall illustration in progress

I'm still working on the wall illustration at the Vincent van Gogh Huis in Zundert. I'm a bit behind at my scedule because last week I had a fever..

At March 30th it's the 160 birthday of Vincent van Gogh, at the Vincent van Gogh Huis there are many festivities and also my wall illustration will be presented that day. You are welcome at 16:00, Markt 27, Zundert.

The wall is in between two exhibitions, the visitor passes this wall to go to the other exhibition room.

During his life and travels, Vincent often felt homesick. I felt empathy for Vincent when I read about his homesickness. Therefore I wanted to reunite him with his family and the place where he was born: his beloved Zundert. For my painting I used the painting 'Grace' by Charles de Groux, which was Vincents inspiration for The potato eaters.

At the other side of the wall, I paint a portrait of Vincent. About the portrait he painted from his friend Eugene Boch he said: I'm not painting a background, I paint eternity.

Because Vincent is now, with my painting, back where he was born, back with his family, I paint his portrait with eternity. (at the picture, eternity is not ready yet, working on it today ;))

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March 2013

New spread De Wake

Today I worked on a new spread for my graphic novel De Wake, a cooperation with Ronald Giphart. The graphic novel will be published november this year!

De Wake is about a man called Siem, who falls from a mountain, and dies. After death he sees things from a new perspective, and he describes what happens with his body. Also: His friends watch by his body for one night.

In Siems new and strange consciouseness, he remembers about his life. For the memory-moments in the text, I want to use full-page illustrations like below. My inspiration to use a station hall as a metaphor for dying was because one time I dreamt I died, and it looked like a station hall, exactly like this! station72

March 2013

Busy days!

Here are some new pictures of the wall illustration in the Van Gogh Huis I'm working on. Work in progress! muur01 muur02 close up: Brother Theo and sister Anna.

March 2013

Workshop

Because the OLV Lyceum celebrated their 90 year anniversary, there was a 'culture night' organized with all sorts of creative workshops. I was invited to give one of the workshops that night. (from 22:00 - 2:00!) My workshop was about illustration. It was nice; everybody worked hard and made an own piece of art. ;) olv

March 2013

Wall painting Vincent van Gogh Huis

This week I'm working on a wall-illustration for the Vincent van Gogh Huis! During his life and travels, Vincent often felt homesick. I felt empathy for Vincent when I read about his homesickness. Therefore I wanted to bring him back to his family and the place where he was born:his beloved Zundert. For my painting I used the painting 'Grace' by Charles de Groux: gebedvoorheteten which was the source of inspiration for The potato eaters by Vincent van Gogh. aardappeleters This is my sketch with all the family members: vincentmuurtekening And yesterday I sketched it on the 1 x 6 meter wall..! schets_van_gogh_muurtekening Hope it's visible enough to see.

  Vincent 160
At March 30th it's Vincents 160th birthday! At the museum Vincent van Gogh Huis there are many activities then, and the wall-illustration will be opened. At 16:00 the festivities start at the Vincent van Gogh Huis. Take a look at their Facebook page for more information! vincentflyer01 vincentflyer02

March 2013

A prize at the Carnival exhibition

I participated for an exhibition in de Grote Kerk Breda about Carnival, with my lithographic 'Fanfare' I designed for the Dutch Museum of Lithography. It was a big surprise my work won a prize, it was a gift certificate of € 200!

Prince Carnival has chosen my work for the special Prince Prize.

Below a picture of the prizegiving and my certificate.

It was a nice afternoon!

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February 2013

New years gift

At the end of this year my graphic novel 'De Wake' will be published by Podium! This book is a collaboration between Ronald Giphart and me. The publisher also wanted a new years gift, that's why the first part of the story was published in a small gift book. Below the cover of the book, designed by Fake Booij, and some newspaper articles that mentioned 'De Wake'. wake   column02 Het Parool column Arjen Fortuin-1 NRC

January 2013

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