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.


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



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:






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….

MATS mini exercise – socks

This Black Friday/Cyber Weekend I decided to get the Lilla Rogers illustration course Make Art That Sells part A and B (short, MATS A/B). Yay!

I shared some work on the blog when I followed her course MATS Bootcamp. Loved to do it, but missed a few deadlines because of my busy schedule at that moment. This MATS A/B course (more or less a portfolio builder) is self-paced and consists of +/- 70 assignments and exercises, so loads to learn, to work on and to share!

Before I will start the course I’d like to be comfortable again with doing small exercises, to loosen up. This year a few of those mini assignments were shared by the ‘MATS-school’. This is one of them:


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For this one I set some rules/guidelines:
– I used squared paper I collected from old stamp books from my grandpa (which I never used before and have loads of…)
– draw approx. 5 or 6 socks per page
– work with felt pen, randomly pick four colours for each sheet of paper
– vary in colour and pattern per sock
– keep it simple
– to (extra) clarify it’s a series: sheepishly number the page, write down all the colours, the paper, and sign it.

After one hour I finished the socks and this morning I added the background with some old fashioned water colours (a left over from my childhood which I have never used again until now).





And….While making pictures with my Instagram app, I accidentally tapped a black and white filter…check this out….I find it a pretty cool unexpected effect…


Sadie Williams & Other Stories

“A short film created by London-based designer Sadie Williams and her brother Joe, highlighting the creative process behind the high-impact prints and signature textiles found in her co-lab collection for &Other Stories.” — by &Other Stories Youtube-Channel

I really, really like all of this! The stop-motion video, the geometric prints, the glitters, the designs, the music, the visual tactility, the geometric prints, the glitters….

For more info about their co-operation and collection you can check out the &Other Stories website or just go to one of the stores if you’re lucky to have one in your neighborhood (I’m not…).

Below there’s Sadie Williams with the shiny fabrics.
(Photo taken from the &OS website)

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And some pictures from the collection…