Last friday, the 3rd Illustration Biennale (short version) was held at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam. I was invited to be one of the four professional illustrators to talk in front of an audience of about 70 people. I was scared shitless. Ignoring the tremor in my leg, I think I sort of pulled it off, showing a combination of my personal works and the things I love. With a special thanks to the fabulous Leigh Bowery who’s performance at Wigstock totally broke the ice for me!
Proud to be part of this calendar that was put together by Glamcult and inspired by Converse. It’s filled with sassy black and white pictures of creative people and their take on life.
As I was flicking through it, I did feel proud, but I was also disappointed to see that only creative professions were represented as a source of inspiration. Not only is the amount of ‘free spirits’ a little discouraging, but personally I feel deep respect for people that are good with numbers, or that take care of animals or other people.
What it comes down to is that I want to put a disclaimer on my page (wednesday september 17th) saying that I don’t glamorize my life as a creative person at all (it’s hard work actually, and I sit by myself, wearing ugly sweatpants for hours on end). And that I want to give ‘my date’ to someone that’s good at math.. any takers?
photo: Jasper Rens van Es
Much appreciated illustrator-colleague Erik Kriek gave me a copy of an H.P. Lovecraft audiobook last friday. All sounds by Geert de Beelder and the wonderful artwork on the cover by Erik Kriek himself. I love this house on a [most likely] haunted hill!
buy it here!
This funky and sexy 1984 discotrack by Loukas Thanos stole my heart today, thank you Intergalactic fm for playing it!
The biggest drawing festival of the world will come to Rotterdam on saturday 4 and sunday 5 october. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen will be the host for this event that is held for those who love to draw, and those who think they can’t. The weekend is filled with exhibitions, tours and workshops for everybody… free of charge!
I will be in a little glass house, somewhere on the premises, playing records and making 56mm buttons together with my buddy Johan Kleinjan. Drop by please!
Cool sixties movie: Peeping Tom (1960)