Republic Moto Rotterdam

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(photo from nieuwsmotor.nl)

Yesterday was a energizing day full of ‘social business’!

In the morning I went to Republic Moto Rotterdam. A lifestyle shop around motorcycles; high end accessories and (fashionable) protective clothing will be sold, a cafe and restaurant will stay open after shop’s opening hours and they’ve also big motor-related event plans. OPENING January 2017!

Together with a few other artists, illustrators, graphic designers I’ll be showing my work in their shop through a customized helmet. Their customers will be able to get in touch with us if they like our artwork on helmets, motor parts, accessories, or anything else.

I’m very grateful for this opportunity, given by the store owners Egbert Egberts and Jürgen van Son. And of course my colleague Arthur Spek for letting me customize his cafe racer helmet, where it all started…

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Arthurs helmet, photographed by Hans Zijffers from Craftwerk.
@Rotterdamse Roll Out.

 

eye spy

As I’m also doing the course ‘Make Art That Sells, part B’, I sent in a submission for Uppercase’s editorial assignment as well (click here for the first one).
As an artist or creative you have favorite things to wear, to work in or just to picture yourself in, although you’ll never wear it (e.g. because a lack of money, or inconvenience):

I like to picture myself in a big furry coat with some Marni and Gucci references, with a touch of sweet femininity (the flowers and pastels).
My tattoos, for some reasons they’re all about eyes in some way, had to be in the picture too.  And I’ve also just purchased a very cool blouse with eyes, quite similar to one of my tattoos…. So of course this all had to be a part of my editorial ‘fashion portret’.
I added plants, the night and a strange place too, whereas those are my recurring fascinations in illustrations lately.

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ELLE NL drawing contest

Behold: The fashion show of the future!
With no models and no audience the clothes just roll off a glass catwalk and after sliding/falling through a glass tube they’ll end on their final resting place; nature, where they’ll be digested by the plants, far away from the planet…

(just for the record: I’m not a model/fashion industry hater/idealist. I love beautiful designed clothes and shows!)

This was my first submission for the ELLE (NL) drawing contest 2016.
Acrylics, crayons, pencil, white markers en micro-pens where used.

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This is my second submission, placed on the given template page.
I only used pencil for this one.

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MATS MINI EXERCISE – shoes

I promised you another exercise from the ‘MATS mini assignment archive’. Shoes!

The exercise was about drawing your shoes for no longer than approx. 15 minutes. I decided to do it all in watercolour, the same I used for the other mini. Just to have another go on the material I normally never work with.

This is where I came up with:

MF-clarks

MF-timbers

MF-vans

MF-zwarte-nikes

MF-rode-nikes

I actually liked this exercise/experiment a lot, learned a bit more about watercolour and about myself: I’m not patient enough with watercolours… I wanted to rush over it till I’ve the whole shoe on paper, so thoughtful detailed lines and perfect dark shoe-insides won’t be found here…

The watercolours I used aren’t the best either. I shot these photos the same evening I painted them, pages still wet while sticking them on my wall…. (you know, not that patient…) The following day the paint dried up very flat and cloudy….