The future of creating

The future of creating - how technology affects art

A few months ago I took part in a conference titled ‘The future of creating’. Unfortunately this event had nothing to do with creativity, instead the presentations were packed with 3D printers, drones and robots, but all the same, it made me think a lot about my own profession. After some hours of hearing a lot about ‘competition’ my stress levels were peaking and a question was forming in my head:

Do we really need all this?

It would be useless to deny that the growth of the e-world is good and necessary. I don’t know what I would do without programs to edit my artwork, not to mention blogging itself. Digital drawing is one of the fastest growing part of the illustration business, while 3D is considered more or less the future of graphic design. But still… I believe there are some of us who shrink a little when we hear the word ‘creating’ paired with ‘innovation’ and ‘technology’.

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April downloadable calendars

Now that we have changed to summer time, I can finally state with confidence: spring is here. The days are much longer, and so Otto, the boar baby is happily digging the ground, in the hope of finding something delicious among the spring flowers. He is the one on the April downloadable calendar. :)

As usual, if you are a newsletter subscriber, I’ll send you a printable version of the April calendar too. Otto arrives in your mailbox this Friday, so stay tuned and subscribe if you haven’t done already. Down here you can download the April calendar for the screens of your various gadgets. Now is the last time to download the entire Forest Animals calendar from my Etsy shop, after that it will be gone.

Forest animals - hand-painted watercolour wallpaper calendar

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. If you need a different size, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (latter for smart phone)

Behind the scenes #8 – What happened this winter?

Behind the scenes - what I illustrated this winter

It is still snowing round here, but I am soon confident in announcing that winter is over, spring is coming. I had planned Januray to be a slow month after the hustle and bustle of December, but – just as it often happens with plans – things turned out differently. Winter became such a busy season that I have decided to share it with you.

21 days, 13 paintings

To tell the truth I am no good at challenges (even though I can manage a week-long one) but now I have landed myself in a situation very much like an art challenge. I had wanted to document the moments of our relationship with my SO but it was only in December that I came up with the idea of the Exercisebook of love. Obviously I had no chance to do anything about it in the Christmas rush but Valentine’s Day seemed a good chosen deadline (have I said I like working to a deadline?). At that time it had seemed that 1,5 months would be a comfortable time to finish the project but during the process of creating, ideas started generating themselves. I had more and more pages pop into my head, so I worked on the Exercisebook nearly every day. You might have seen the inside pages on Facebook or Instagram.

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On Women’s Day…

International Women’s Day is due this week, so on that note I have out together a little collection of illustrations. All this images deal with the concept of femininity, whether they be conceptual doodles or a charming set of flowers. I am a great fan of conceptual illustration as I love that they have extra meaning apart from being aesthetically pleasing.

To my dismay even Google Image Search couldn’t help me find the names of all the illustrators whose work you can see down below. Those I found I linked under the images, but the list is still not complete.

Which one is your favourite?

Image sources: 1, 2, 34, 5

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March downloadable calendars

Finally March is nearly here. The end of winter is always a little difficult for me, so there weren’t too many blogposts in February, but no month can start without a downloadable calendar, so here is the new one for March. This month it will be Ginger, the rabbit, who will remind you that Easter comes early this year.

If you are subscribed to my newsletter I’ll send you a printable version of this calendar too. The newsletter comes this Friday, so stay tuned and subscribe if you haven’t done already. Down here you can download the March calendar for the screens of different gadgets and it’s still not late to get the entire Forest Animals calendar for 2018, which is available in my Etsy. Pop in if you like!

Forest animals - hand-painted watercolour wallpaper calendar

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. If you need a different size, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (smart phone)

Hobby or work?

Hobby or work? - the difficulty of turning hobby into work

Have you ever experienced the following dialogue?

‘What have you done this weekend?’
‘I worked.’
‘Oh, poor you! What did you have to do?’
‘I have painted [replace with anything you like to do, like ‘written a blog, arranged flowers, done charity work, etc.’]
‘Ah, so you’ve only worked on your personal project’ *gracious smile*

If I have this conversation with someone I have to admit I often lose my temper, reminding the person that I don’t do it for free. But then, would it make a difference if I did it for free?

There is a certain idea about so-called ‘work’ in people’s heads: it is a means of earning money (preferably enough to make a living), and more often than not an activity, which they don’t like doing, but have to, for some reason.

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February downloadable calendars

We are nearing the end of the darkest month, February is nearly here. What’s more, in a few days the bears come out of their caves. According to a Hungarian tradition, bears come out of their caves on the 2nd of February to check the weather: if it’s sunny, they glimpse their shadow and get frightened, so they get back into their cave, which means that winter will last long. If it’s cloudy, they don’t have to hide, so spring will shortly arrive. In honour of this funny superstition please welcome Timothy the bear on this month’s downloadable calendar. Timothy is a little bit of a feminin creature, but despite this (or perhaps precisely because of this) many people love him. Will you also befriend him?

If you subscribed to the newsletter, you’ll get the printable version of this calendar soon. As a new feature, I made all 12 months of the year available in my Etsy, pop in if you like. :)

Forest animals - hand-painted watercolour wallpaper calendar

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. If you need a different size, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (smart phone)


Book review – Gnomes

Beautifully illustrated book review - Wil Huygen, Rien Poortvliet: Gnomes

Do you remember that feeling when you got Harry Potter in your hands and the world that you had thought to be a myth was suddenly described with such sincerity and detail that it didn’t only become believable but almost real. Well, this is more or less the case with Wil Huygen’s book Gnomes.

You are not supposed to judge a book by its cover but let’s admit, this is practically impossible in the case of Gnomes. Anyway, you are not making much of a mistake if you do so, because the inside is full of just as beautiful illustrations as the cover.

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New art supplies – Christmas haul

New watercolor art supplies (brushes, paints, paper) - Christmas haul

Ever since I write a blog I can’t wait to finally write a “haul” post – art supplies are really pretty after all – the only problem is that I hardly ever do a “haul”. It is in the nature of watercolours that you don’t run out of them easily (in fact I’m still using an old set I brought from home 9 years ago), I buy brushes one by one according to my needs and I cannot quite expect watercolour papers to bear the weight of a blogpost’s success.

However, my SO surprised me with a bunch of art supplies this Christmas, so I’m grabbing my chance. There are a few well-known pieces as well as new ones: a set of 12 watercolours in tubes, some brushes and 2 blocks of watercolour paper. Obviously, I had to test them first thing. So let’s see them!

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