Sketches

Friday, 18 August 2017

Georgiopoulis: Stelios


Each morning we would make the little walk into town and have breakfast at a Greek cafe: Stelios.
We would sit and have bacon and eggs or a crete omelette (with courgette and feta cheese), and some strong greek coffee without sugar. The below sketch is the view from our table down the street.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sketchcrawl Maastricht (2)

This is another drawing that I made during the sketchcrawl. The baroque pulpit of the St. Jans church in Maastricht, halfway the hall. The St. Jan is a  protestant church, Catholic ones like the adjacent  St. Servaas preach from the choir/altar.
The other drawings are less interesting or unfinished, so they will not be posted.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sketchcrawl Maastricht


I am a bit slow with posting presently.
So in between the Greece drawings, I'll post the results of the sketchcrawl of yesterday, in Maastricht.
The weather was horrible, continuous rain, so we drew inside. First the St. Jan, a protestant church. Second the Cellebroederskapel, the chapel of a former monastery. A chapel so hidden, I didn't even knew it existed.
The above drawing is of the structure of that chapel, dating back to about 1535.
The other sketches will follow.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Crete: Georgioupolis

Just returned from our anual holiday trip. This time to Greece, Crete to be more specific.
We had a terrific time in a small fishing village called Georgioupolis. large enough to have enough tourist stuff like beaches, car rentals and restaurants, but not so much tat you feel that you're not in Greece anymore.
This is a scene as seen from the beach, a little white chapel on a cliff in the water. We were chatting with some locals while making this.
More to come.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Doodling

Took my coloured ink and made a few random splashes of colour on a sheet of paper.
Then I stared at it the hard way, untill I found something within the splashes that I could draw.
Fun.

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.