Project Sketchbook

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From last month, page 10.

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STEM JIJ OOK? ik dacht al dat ik het rook.

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A while ago I had an idea to get rid of all the second hand frames I have in my studio-at-home, combining it with “putting my work out there” off the screen.
The idea was to make little illustrations of whatever comes to mind (read: original artwork, not tweaked in the computer), frame it, and leave it somewhere in the streets of Rotterdam for someone to find under the name (and hashtag) Finders Keepers MF.
Or….some extra filling for the community garbage cans….(fingers crossed it won’t be the last. )

Yesterday, when having a shower (ideas pop up in showers, you know that), I thought of my somewhat “election stress” for the upcoming Dutch election Wednesday the 15th of March….and for whatever reason I thought of a song a teacher of mine sung when we had to walk back for thousands of hours (1h or so) to our dorms after a long day during our exchange in Germany (I was 14 years old).

She sang (with a conspiracy voice to each of us…):

Zweet jij ook? 
Ik dacht al dat ik het rook.
Ik vraag je heel vertrouwelijk
Zweet jij ook?

(and we had to shout back…of course we did…):
JA, IK ZWEET!
VAN M’N OKSELS TOT M’N REET!
IK ZEG JE HEEL VERTROUWELIJK
JA, IK ZWEET!

Free translation (unfortunately not rhyme):
Do you sweat?
I already thought I’d smell it
I’m asking you very confidentially
Do you sweat?

YES, I SWEAT!
FROM MY ARM PITS TO MY ASS!
I TELL YOU VERY CONFIDENTIALLY
YES I SWEAT!

Well, this has always stayed with me as you can imagine, and just pops up in my head from time to time. This time, in the shower, I somehow made it into this:

Stem jij ook?
Ik dacht al dat ik het rook.
etc.

Free translation:
Do you vote?
I already thought I’d smell it.
etc.

The song kept in my head, I thought of the framed illustration idea again, I thought of March 15, and the combination was made.

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Detail with glitters, very important…glitters.

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Hopefully if someone finds it and decides to keep it and unwrap they will share it on social media with  #finderskeepersMF @madamefourmilion. Won’t that be cool? Free gift versus free advertisement. I could only dream….

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Luckily there was no one paying attention to me at 8 a.m. this morning…

sketchbook project continues

When there are some blank spaces in your planning you (sometimes) go back to things you once liked so much, but stopped doing because of other priorities. This happened to me last night…

I added a new page to my Project Sketchbook, which I started at the beginning of 2016.

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This once is still from 2016…

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This is the new one!

OWN

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The second, and last, assignment in the Make It In Design Winterschool 2017 was creating a pattern with the theme: OPULENT, WONDROUS NATURE, with the words in mind “animals”, “eclectic”and historical”. (Click here to check out the first one.)

I’ve chosen to draw (fantasy) insects with a touch of Jugendstil details and some soft colours. This time I did a mock-up, just to see how it would be on a wall….also because I found the photo was very suitable for this pattern ;).

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My moodboard (pictures via Pinterest; credits for the original makers, of course).

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After inking all the illustrations with the help of my lightbox, I scanned them in, cleaned them up in Photoshop and made a composition in Illustrator.

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I coloured the pattern in photoshop and voilá…
The first picture is the repeat pattern tile (quite a big one…).

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This mock-up photo was course material, provided by Make It In Design.
Would you decorate your home with this wallpaper?