Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Your Lips Are Venomous Poison

I hear you calling and it's needles and pins (and pins)
I want to hurt you just to hear you screaming my name
Don't wanna touch you but you're under my skin (deep in)
I want to taste you but your lips are venomous poison

A warm-up sketch of Alice Cooper, inspired my iTunes shuffle. I love the song Poison, although I'm not really a fan of Alice Cooper in general. You've got to love that guy's look, though! 

Ink on paper (Papermate Flair, Pentell pockt brushpen, and Tombo brushpen) digital colors. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Vacances en France

And again more than a week between posts, and again I had skipped town. I spend the last week in France, far, far away from modern things like internet, television or even cell-phone signal.

The drawing above is a sketch of the house where I stayed, together with a good friend of mine,. The house is owned by his parents, I did this sketch as a gift to thank them for letting us use this place. It was great, the weather in Amsterdam wasn't too great when we left but in France we had sunshine almost the entire week!

After the hectic graduation year it felt good to take a break from everything, I got some good rest and feel ready for the next step. I did some more sketches that I will shre with you later this week, I wanted to upload this one now though, since I'll be giving it away tonight.

Ink and color pencil on light grey sketch paper.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Animal Sketching

This morning I went to the Amsterdam zoo, Artis. Earlier this year I became a member of Artis, giving me free admission for a year. Since the zoo is at walking distance, it seemed like a smart investment. 

So now I can drop in whenever I feel like it. The last months I have used the oppertunity a lot. (Artis is awesome at the moment! They had a real babyboom this summer: there's a lion cub, a baby elephant, a baby giraffe and two baby gorillas, just to name a few.) Of course I always bring my drawing kit, but for some reason I wasn't happy with my last sketches. Drawing animals is always a challenge and I often suspect them of conspiring against me. (When I approach them they are in a great pose, sitting perfectly still. But the moment I put pen to paper they begin to move, usually opting for the hey-how-do-ya-like-my-behind-position.) 

But today I can't complain. I was in the zoo for almost four hours, the animals were great and I got to do some nice sketching. I sure hope you like 'em too! (All sketches were done with a Papermate Flair, and/or Tombo Brushpen. Colors added with Photoshop)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Skateboard Dude

A sketch I did in my sketchbook. I threw some quick colors on it with photoshop. It was based on a pic from the satorialist

Monday, November 7, 2011

American Storyboarding Workshop

As I mentioned in previous posts, last Saturday Daan Jippes and me gave a workshop on storyboarding at the special edition of the Klik animation festival, here in Amsterdam. Daan of course was the main attraction, my role was mostly a supporting one.

During my internship with Daan I heard him tell many great stories about his experiences as a storyboard artist over at Disney, Warners, Dreamworks etc. At the beginnnig of our workshop we sat down and I asked Daan about some of those things. We hoped that these experiences would shine some light on the differences between storyboarding as it is done at the major (American) animation studios and the way storyboards are used in Dutch productions.

After this little chat we got down to business. I had prepared a storyboard based on a scene from a book by Elmore Leonard. I had worked it out digitally in Photoshop and pitched it from a computer. It is quite cool to see your boards up on the big screen. Of course I was a bit nervous, (I think there were 40 to 50 people at our presentation, including some very talented artists) but it was a lot of fun!

Here I am pitching my board, below are four panels from this version. I will post more soon!

Daan of course had many suggestions on how to improve this scene so when my pitch was done it was his turn to step into the spotlight. The great people at Klik had arranged this amazing projector for him to use. Using print-outs from my boards Daan could use this projector to draw on top of my panels to show exactly how he thought they could be improved. Everything he did was projected on the screen, so everybody could immediately see what his improvements would do. 

He invited the people in the audience to join in the critique wich worked very nicely. A lot of people had questions and suggestions about this board and storyboarding in general. It was a real fun atmosphere where everybody felt free to say what he or she thought about our presentation. 

Daan's advice on my board was, of course, rock solid. This is the main reason why I post so little of my board now, I have all his notes and will use them to do a final version that I will post here as soon as it is done.

A big thing in Daan's critique was a note on screen direction. I had made some errors on this, Daan showed how these errors were based on me thinking logically. He illustrated his point with a story he heard from Simon Wells during the production of Balto. It was a story about an argument between Spielberg and a cameraman on the set of Hook. The cameraman argued that a character had to enter the frame from the right because of the set-up within the previous frame. Spielberg acknowledged this thought but argued that logic was not the concern here. Since the character had moved from left to right in the previous frame, for the audience it would be confusing if he would suddenly be moving in the opposite direction: senses over logic.

The whole workshop was a lot of fun and before we knew it our time was up. I need to thank my friend Dennis Kleyn who took all these awesome pictures. And of course I want to thank everybody who was there for the amazing experience. We sure enjoyed it and I hope you did too!

Friday, November 4, 2011

When in Rome... - Conclusivo

Today it already a week ago that I returned from my trip to Rome. Although the weather in Amsterdam is pretty good for this time of year I'm afraid that Rome has it beaten. I sure miss walking in the sunshine. Not that I did much walking this week, I had to sit inside because of this stupid cold/flu/coughing combination that I mentioned in my previous post.

Good news is that I seem to be getting over it, although I'm still coughing like a 67 year old, chain smoking miner. If you want to find out how this sounds exactly don't miss tomorrow's workshop! 

People have been asking me if they need to reserve tickets, since it's in the smaller room of the Kriterion  theater I think it might be advisable but I'm not really sure if it's actually possible to book single tickets online. (check the klik site for more information) I hope to see all of you tomorrow, I'm anxious to present my storyboard to you. And of course I am very anxious to hear what Daan Jippes has to say about it! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

When in Rome - Numero Due

Two more pages from my sketchbook. The first shows some details of everyday Roman life, the second one is the interior of a museum. I miss Rome a lot, especially since I fell ill the day we got back, not the best way to return to the Dutch fall. I am quite literally sick as a dog: I have been barking two days and nights and it is annoying the hell out of me.

To make things worse I am still working on my storyboard for the Klik festival. I want to do a real good job, but I'm not sure I will have the time to do everything the way I want it. It might be a bit rougher than I intended, we'll see...

I hope to feel better soon and I hope to see many of you at the Klik festival this Saturday. (Yes I will be there, sick or healthy, 11.00am, Kriterion, Amsterdam!)