dinsdag 11 december 2012

Client - decordesign Australia!

Having the honor to illustrate an extensive serie of background decorpieces of Fairfax media's & McDonalds's christmas-events themed ''Escape to Neverland''. I was asked by Belle-Laide Events in Sydney to produce digital paintings of these decorpieces, and deliver them in vector format for printing (5 metres high)! It's been one hell of an adventure! I've been working on this project 12 -16 hours a day, for maybe longer than a month. It's been the biggest challenge I've ever faced in my career as a freelance artist, but the best educational experience so far! It's been so great working with talented and patient people with an unique feeling for creating a story and have a passion for creating a magical setting as well!

The events were a great succes! With a giant 3D illustrated Peter Pan book set the scene. A four-metre-high paper pirate ship sailed at the back of the dance floor, while paper mountain ranges loomed over the Lost Boys; even the Pan crocodile was on the first floor.

Everybody was wearing wristbands saying ''never grow up'', reverting to childhood has never been so appealing. Of the nearly 1300 staff attending, about 98 per cent were in costume. People were dressed as Snow White, Smurfs, Mary Poppins, Super Mario Bros, the Hulk, crayons, pirates, 101 Dalmatians, superheroes and lots of fairies.

vrijdag 23 november 2012

Schoolproject - 'Paperstory' stopmotion

Working on this 1 minute animation  has been such a great adventure! My college-academy forced me to use a technique I didn't feel comforable with. Challenge accepted! I didn't have much experience using stopmotion... but I got such a fast feeling for it in a short time! Remembering how I posed my hands and make the camera *click* again has been one huge drama and took hours to produce. But it really has given me a better insight how much work a stopmotion animation can be. I seriously respect the big guys producing stop-motion animations 120 minutes long!

My teachers weren't that excited about this project. However they gave me bad grade and comments on this project, I really had so much fun doing this! 

vrijdag 23 maart 2012

Adventurous little toddler

"Adventure is out there!"
Here is a little self- portrait of me circa 15 years ago.

I've spent days trying to come up with the right words to express myself in this post, working on this speed-painting really made me think about the person I truely am (and was 15 years ago). So many drastic things changed for me; but thinking about to my youth, my roots, and my upbringing explains my skills and dreams I have today.

woensdag 29 februari 2012

Imagineering; Darkride - board 1

Last night, seemed to be the shortest night I've ever had. Having a lot of free time on my hands turns around my sleeping-rhythm! So, I started working trough the nights; no distractions and no other noises. Listening to my favourite music and making some magic!

This time, I tried to push myself trough a rare kind of limit. I've never had tremendous skills in digital landscape/interior painting. I was frustrated some other pieces didn't work out as I hoped. So I started to push myself "I won't go to bed before this piece is partly finished and amazing!" It took a lot of chocolate and patience to make it this far! It's not 100% entirely finished, but good enough for now.  I'm contented it worked out perfectly; now I know how to make a landscape/interior in perspective!

EDIT: Photoshop tutorial

I've been fighting my way through photoshop to create a semi-realistic artwork. I was used to work with Mr. pencil and Mrs. paper, they've always been my best friends since kindergarten. But I always wanted to find a way to make a digital painting just like the big boys! So I had to make this work. I struggled months to re-invent this kind of technique. And finally! I've found a way!

1. Pick a basic color, you can add more colors with more basic layers
2. Pick a dark overlay color, this layer will be used as the first shadow layer
3. Pick a second dark overlay color, this layer will be used as shadow-accent layer
4. Pick a light color, this layer will be used as the first shine-layer
5. Pick a second light color, this layer will be used as highlight layer

The more shadow/highlight layers you add, the more contract depth it will give to your photoshop painting! Have fun!

dinsdag 14 februari 2012

Deviantart contest

Happy Valentinesday everybody!

Snuggledays are great! So why wouldn't you snuggle this attractive green fellow? "Mashter callz meh fluffeh!" I'm participating in an designbattle, just for the hack of it! It's been so much fun making this figure!

I've tried to record my moves with screenflow, but when I tried to save the file... my macbook crashed. All my files (my company in progress, my jobs, my clients, and inspirations) were suddenly GONE! I was heartbroken last night, but I'm picking up the pieces and I'm trying to rebuild my archive. I'm glad I've got a lot of backup-portfolio-material on my blog! A tiny piece of the screenflow-video has been rescued! So what did I learn today (...again)? Oh yeah... making some serious extern backups!

I've been trying some new things on the www! How to higher my standards and compeating with designers all over the world! It really gives you a boost of energy and motivation. I think every designer should need that experience, It's a big step towards a positive and serious reputation. You'll learn so much, in a very short time! This contest is a new step to the 'illustration and imagineering' world, telling stories with a single image!

dinsdag 7 februari 2012

Imagineering; Darkride logo Disney edition

I've been thinking about serveral concepts. As some might know, I'd like to variate my production in projects once in a while. 

I was thinking to design a complete darkride dedicated to Walt Disney. Since I was a little kid, me & my parents traveled around the world to see it all! I was 3 - 6 years old, and we went allmost every summer sightseeing the Disneyland themeparks! Growing up, I'd always pictured everything to be real; fairytales existed, Peter Pan was a true story, magic was real... everything in Disneyland was real to me. 

That's my vision when I create a themepark concept; how would I've seen this when I was a kid? It helps me "thinking out of the box" and brings me to places I'd never thought I would be. Being an seriously taken designer gives you limits, frustrations, boundries, and borders in creativity. But when I turn my head to imagineering, all of those narrow-minded people don't seem to influence my creativity anymore. I can go as far as I want to; and that's exacly what I stand for! 

Never stop learning. The background of this project runs on different principles. One of the most fun things to do in imagineering is designing the characters, designing a story & give it to right touch to make it magical. Well, what if... there's allready a story and everything you need? That's what I'm trying to experiment with this concept. Creating a ride of a story that's allready given the right shapes and colors.

This concept is one of the few that represents a piece of me & my childhood! I was always wondering when I was little; "Where's bambi? Mommy, do they have Bambi in Disneyland?" Well, let's change that shall we?

vrijdag 3 februari 2012

Golden ticket

Inspired by 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's golden ticket. I've always wanted to do this project, but I never had the time and energy to actually DO it! So here I am...photoshop'n the night away! (sorry for the gold contrasts on my blog lately, it's a temporary fase I'll promise!)

FOR SALE: right here!

EDIT: I've also made an improved version home-printable right here!

zaterdag 28 januari 2012

Imagineering; Darkride logo

Making a sharp turn to the right, and there we are! Imagineering! 

And this time, I'd like to keep my attention to some of the details; a storytelling logo ('The adventure of the little mermaid'). I've made a couple of hundred logo's as a graphic designer, but this is something else! (allthough it didn't seen like it in the beginning) It's still graphic, but different in a very detailed way! This logo tells a bit more of a story, instead of a commercial company. Love to do this! More variations of this logo are coming up!

dinsdag 24 januari 2012

Upgrading my boundaries

I'm having a wonderfull time working for my first international employer! It feels great to be appreciated by creatives, even in another continent! I never thought my work would reach that far!

I've been asked to produce outline illustrations that can be processed into craft stamps and holiday giftcards! It feels like the perfect ultimate-weekend-job for me! Because it's allmost spring... I've come up wih the idea to make a spring collection 'woodland whiskers'!

FOR SALE: right here!