Monday, 8 November 2010

Luerzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators

I'm very proud to announce that these 2 illustrations were selected out of more than 6000 submissions from over 2000 illustrators and will be published in the prestigious '200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 11/12'. The book will be out for Christmas, shipped to 30.000 art buyers and art directors all over the world and can also be bought directly from the Luerzer's Archive online store.
The illustrations were made for the Intermediair Multiculti Gids (NL) and Zeeland Magazine (NL).

Phantoms of Wing

A couple of years ago my wife heard the band Fountains Of Wayne on the radio and said: "What is the name of that band? Phantoms Of Wing?" I thought that would be the coolest name ever in history, so I wrote it down somewhere.

One day I found a piece in a newspaper about Egungun's in Benin and Nigeria and was really fascinated about the costumes, the prints and bright colours. So I cut it out and stored it in a drawer.

Then I decided I wanted to do an exhibition with portraits of people all sitting down in the same way, a bit like a collection. In the Museo del Prado in Madrid there is a wall with 3 paintings from Velazquez, 3 large portraits that have quite the same look and feel. This kind of portrait is classic and iconic, and I believe it has an aesthetic that is very appealing, even more if there are a lot of them shown together.

Finally I combined all this and worked out a theme for the exhibition. I did some research on African rituals and costumes, found the photographs of Phyllis Galembo and transferred the masks, patterns, colours and prints to costumes of Western rituals, religion, commercials and popular culture. What if the Western world would adapt all of the African imagery and project it on even the oldest traditions. What would the Easter Bunny look like if he comes to our doors with a basket full of Easter eggs? And Mickey Mouse, on a picture with your children in Disneyland? Would they look like the Phantoms of Wing?

The exhibition started yesterday, the 7th of November and ends sunday, the 5th of December. Open only on fridays and weekends. The Print Gallery is situated in the Muntstraat 8 in Antwerp. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Phantoms of Wing

Paintings for a solo exhibition at Print Gallery in Antwerp, starting november 7th. More info coming soon...


Poster for a cultural festival for children.

Banners #2

Thursday, 9 September 2010


"The audience knows what it wants, when it sees what it wants" - Samuel Goldwyn
"What one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire" - Henry Miller

The brothers Karamazov

End of summer

First cover for the CC De Spil newspaper.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Wealth tax

Trends magazine - acrylics and cut up Jonagold® apple sticker on paper.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Spot postcard #13

Finished piece, my sketch and the sketch from the agency.

Monday, 14 June 2010

This weekend was launched, a website I worked on since August 2009, together with Balder from De Barbaren and Frederik from Figure8.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

BM - le Beau Mariage!

Invitation for the launch of the 2010/2011 seasonal brochure at CC De Spil.

Monday, 17 May 2010

CC De Spil seasonal brochure

Cover + 4 illustrations for the CC De Spil seasonal brochure 2010/2011.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

CC De Spil school brochure

Cover + 3 illustrations for the CC De Spil school brochure.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Reference library #1

Marcel Breuer's ti 3a child's chair, 1923. 'Forgot' to paint a few pieces.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Essent commercial

In 2008 I made 3 illustrations to be used in a Dutch commercial for Essent. I remember being very excited at the time watching Dutch television, hoping to see my work on tv and experiencing 10 seconds of fame.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Resident illustrator

I am very proud to announce that I will be the next resident illustrator of CC De Spil in Roeselare. This means tons of illustrations for brochures, posters, banners, postcards, a website and a lot more coming in 2010/2011...!

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Another contest

I had some time left to enter the Strand bookstore tote bag design contest, judged by some pretty big names in the field. Looks like a simple 'brush and ink' piece, but it took me a whole day to get it right...

Monday, 22 March 2010

Improv studio...

... in the improv living room. Right now our house is a mess! ;-)

Friday, 19 February 2010

Monday, 15 February 2010

Nobrow's Flickr competition

This is my submission for the Nobrow Flickr competition called "People I've never met & Conversations I've never had". Nobrow has quickly become one of the finest publishers of illustrations and graphic arts and I make it no secret I would do almost anything to become one of their contributors. So making a simple but elegant dyptich is a good start...

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Illustrated website

Whoops, it's been a month since my last post... Well, maybe that's because I'm working on some rather big commissions that take more than a few months to finish. So I'm not sure if I'm allowed to show you this, but I like to do it anyway.
This illustration is one of five, no... six... or maybe eight illustrations for an interactive website that wants to inform adopted children about adoption, where they come from, their feelings... There are a few games (this piece is one of them) and some interactive pages.
I'm doing all the illustrations with a graphic tablet because it makes things easier for the poor guy who has to program everything in Flash. I'm not a huge of vector illustrations and Adobe Illustrator, so I used Photoshop instead, dozens of layers and some downloaded brushes.
I teamed up with graphic designer Balder from De Barbaren and Frederik, a Figure8 computer wizard, and it's been great fun since day 1!