• Illustration variations - The Nutcracker (with ballet video)

    Illustration variations – The Nutcracker

    Is Christmas Christmas without the Nutcracker? Even though Hoffmann’s tale is really sweet, I hardly think it would have reached this many kids, had there been no ballet created by Tschaikovsky. Before creating my own series, I took a look at the Nutcracker-literature, and found some wonderful pieces that I’d like to share with you […]

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  • 5 art lessons from nature for beginner and advanced artists

    Illustration variations: Beauty and the Beast

    Here’s a question: what is the first image that pops into your head when it comes to Beauty and the Beast? Am I wrong if I say that 10 out 10 of you thought of Belle’s yellow evening frock? It is interesting to see how some stories have such iconic imagery that they practically burned […]

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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 […]

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  • Book review – 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 […]

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  • New art supplies – 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 […]

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  • 3 classic illustrators to get into the Christmas spirit

    Even though I’m a great fan of modern – sometimes even minimalist – illustrations, it often happens in December that I get absorbed in looking at the old classics. There are many wonderful illustrators who have managed to capture the wintry atmosphere, but for me – unsurprisingly – it’s the British, who are closest to […]

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  • 5 illustubers to follow

    A couple of months ago Youtube has sucked me in so deeply that I was watching the screen day and night. Not that I hadn’t used this amazing platform before, but the time had finally come when I wasn’t looking for videos according to topic, but according to creators. This is how I met the […]

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  • Book review – Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady

    Edith Holden’s notes about nature have already come up last year as side-notes to my downloadable calendars. However, I thought that Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady deserves an entire blogpost. Apparently, it is a habit of mine to bump into beautiful works of British illustrators somewhere abroad (like I did with In and out […]

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  • Recipe time – Cherry-yogurt breakfast jar

    Ahoy, my recipe coloumn is back! :) This little breakfast is my own invention – created mainly because I feel so starved during the long office mornings (and because I don’t eat my jams otherwise…)

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  • Recipe time – grilled salmon skewers

    To avoid putting on further pounds, the next recipe I’m sharing with you is as far from cakes as it can be: today we are grilling salmon! To tell the truth I chose to paint this recipe because I absolutely can’t stand fish (or any other creature coming from water) so this way I could […]

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