Sketches

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Glass Fruit Bowl

My latest Glass project, a fused fruit bowl. Made of several sheets of glass, with coloured enamels in between. It was for my mothers birthday, but it took a little longer, the birthday is aready a2 months overdue. The bowl had to be fired twice, and the heating spirals of the oven were broken in between.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Fiat 600 Multipla

I saw this cute Fiat on the weekly vintage car meting in Brussum. A Fiat 600 Multipla, from 1962.
The car was based on a Fiat 600 chassis, but could carry 6 pesons in a car hardly longe than the oiginal Mini of those days. It was beautifully restored.

I made the drawing in little more about than 10 minutes, the owner was about to leave, and it was getting dark.

The car and it's proud owner.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Nentershausen

Businesstrip to Frankfurt, after standinng for 2,5 hours ins severe traffic jam (the motorway was totally blocked), we took the byroads. But My Collegue had to stop for a short sanitary stop, by chance at this stonebreaker factory. It took just two minutes to make the pendrawing, and maybe another 10 to paint; we were driving again by that time. Exlaines the wobbly lines.
Somewhere near Nentershausen.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Riley and MG

Thursday evening, at the weekly meeting of vintage car enthousiasts.
There was this beautiful Riley from 1950 and MGT from 52, I could not refrain from drawing them.


The proud owner of the MG

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Boat stuck in ice

My brother in law, Richard Abbink, had an exhibition of watercolours in the Visserijmuseum in Woudrichem last weekend.
He makes great watercolours of that region, the Biesbosch. The landscape there are mostly wide rivers and marshes, but very beautiful and peaceful. Exactly what he manages to convey in his paintings.

During the opening I saw an old powerfull B&W picture of a boat stuck in the ice. Shot a hazy photo with my camera.
I used a water soluble brushpen (Koi-Sakura) in this drawing: almost all the grey tones come from diluting the ink and spreading it, to achieve that cold hazy look.
Not convinced by the result, but I am getting there.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Ellen Jordano

Saw a picture of a 82 year old woman in a magazine, Ellen Jordano. No idea who that is, but her eyes hit me.
I wanted to draw something with my regular pencils (Derwent HB). It feels good to draw again.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Utrecht

Utrecht Maartensbrug. Not much time to draw the last few weeks.
Not that I don't want to, but time escapes me.
But I discovered I had not posted this drawing yet, from the Urban sketching meeting last May. This is the Maartensbrug in Utrecht.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Off the Shoulder of Orion.

I wanted to draw something today. During Lunchtime I sat staring at a fresh new page of my just openened Moleskine sketchbook.
Made a quick thumbnail on a yellow post-it, and started drawing. My usual lunchtime is half an hour, but today I took a quarter of an hour extra.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sharkeye & son, Private Investigators





As some of you may know, I am handling a collaborative comic, "No Right Turn".
This is chapter 5. Named after the detective bureau where it all started: Sharkeye and Son.
Storyline and production: myself. Drawings: Intro by me, then Cat Andrew (UK), Lee Kline (Florida), myself, Julie Henze (Dutch) and Jim Scheel (Los Angeles).

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Sharkeye and son

I am still working on that collaborative comic: "No right turn". Proceeding slowly, but still proceeding. Chapter 5 is almost finished. Carlos Merlo could not continue with his drawing of the private investigator "Sharkeye", so I stepped in myself.
Sharkeye got beaten up by the cops; they wanted to find Desirée, the Femme Fatale of the comic. And Sharkeye let her and Bob (his son) escape.
A scan of the original sketch.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Zuyderland hospital, Sittard

The Zuyderland hospital in Sitttard. Only a few years old, state of the art.
It was so state of the art with new ways of technology, digitalisation and separation of patient, personnel and material (pharmaceutical) streams, that it was very, very expensive. And went bankrupt within a few years.

But even if bankrupt, and saved by the government (what else could they do), the hospital is there for the region to use.

This is the giant central atrium where all departments open into, and where all patients proceed towards the stations. On the exterior walls the corridors for personnel and medical devices are located. They ever cross.

I made this drawing while waiting for Gertie, to recover from surgery.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

KFC eating.

These two were sitting across my table, when I was having dinner at the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Sittard. Not my usual hangout, but it's across the bridge from the main hospital Zuyderland in Sittard. I was there while waiting for Gertie, after she was recovering from some knee surgery.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Jake's painting

video

Last weekend my grandson, Jake, made a nice surprise painting for his Dad, Bob. For Fathersday.
Just imagine, he's barely 18 months old.
It was just great to see him working at it, with that determination that all great artist have..... It looks like creativity jumped a generation (haha).

In  the end the tape was peeled of.
You could hear him think: why did Mom destroy my beautiful abstract work? 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Terraforming


I haven't posted much drawings lately. I had a dip in inspiration and preferred reading books in the present warm spring weather under our walnut tree in the back garden.
A few days ago I started drawing an eye, (of the left astronaut) in ink. Slowly, and completely unplanned I made this ink drawing. The drawing evolved under my hands.
You can find it below. Then with Gimp I added colours and a background.
You can seethe result above. It's about astronauts making a remote planet into a habitable environment. No Aliens so far.
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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Camaro SS

Not the best of my car drawings, but I loved making it, and admire the curves of this beautiful car.
A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS, as seen at the Cruise-in meeting for vintage US (and other) cars, in Brunssum.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Our Castle

Our town has a huge medieval castle, dating from the 13th century, and probably long before that.
It's not a good sign to have a castle like this, it means that there were a lot of wars and gangs roaming this region. You don't need a castle when there is no threat.

An impression of the total complex, the drawing represents the central part. You have to cross three bridges to get there,.

Anyway, I decided to make this drawing today, it was nice and sunny on the terrace across the moat.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Mila, with Cat-titude.

Quick sketch of one of our cats, Mila. Sitting quietly in our garden.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Liege, marche de puces

I noticed I forgot to post this drawing, made a month ago, during our little trip trough Belgium and France. The flea market in Liège, belgium. It was not very warm that day.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Utrecht Domtoren

Utrecht National Urban Sketching Meeting. I gave the "negative space" workshop, which means I only have little time left for drawing.
I managed to make this one of the Domtoren, which used to be the highest tower of the Netherlands.
I was sitting on the terrace of an Indian restaurant, which was pure luck, because it briefly rained. Short but strong. Luckily we were covered by a canopy.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Neu-Isenburg

Before I post the drawings of the Urban Sketchers meeting, here is a drawing that I made yesterday morning. Businesstrip again, to Neu-Isenburg (Germany), just below the flight path of the Frankfurt airport.
Stood up half an hour early to sketch this scene. Before I started I made a big coloured stain on the page, and made te drawing on top. Somehow it interferes with the drawing, which (sometimes) gives a vivid effect. A good way to loosen up the drawing style.