Space and beyond

As a kid I wanted to be an astronaut (yes, that’s the reason I always draw these space-things). Then I went to highschool and discovered you actually had to be great at science, physics and mathematics. Yikes. Another dream down the drain.

Thank god for people like André Kuipers to give people like me the next best thing, the opportunity to see space through his eyes. This video NASA made from the photographs he and his colleagues made just gives me the goosebumps everytime. And my favorite bits aren’t even seeing the polar lights or comet Lovejoy, but seeing the earth with parts of the ISS, like you’re actually sitting in the spacestation yourself. Amazing!

This song is currently on repeat since I decided to join this year’s NaNoWriMo to practise my writing again. What better subject to write about than space? Well, it’s not really about space, but about a man who thinks he’s an astronaut. I mean, why not? We all have dreams, don’t we? What’s was your childhood dream?


Landscapes and Things

Today I ran into an former colleague of mine. We chatted about this, that and kids, and it turned out he had done a photography course. I took a peek at his website and it made me so happy, I love his work! I’m a big fan of wide open spaces, of urban landscapes, of industrialization and decay. It actually made me miss my own photography so much, I really missed going into the harbour myself to take pictures of the rawness of the area like I did years ago. In fact, I just missed photography, period.

I really wanted to share his work with you as a little inspiration. Who knows, maybe it’ll inspire me to pick up to the camera again…

Photo by Michel de la Vieter

(photo by Michel de la Vieter)

Walk The Walk

On October 25th 2013 I decided to set a goal for myself: run the Rotterdam mini-marathon (4.2 k) on April 12th, 2013. I was totally out of shape, my pregnancy-fat was still very present and I couldn’t run a mile if my life depended on it.

On April 12th, I crossed the finishline on the Coolsingel after 25 minutes and 24 seconds. As The Little One is almost nine months old, I have lost all (and more) of my pregnancy-fat and I’m in better shape than ever. I’ve worked very hard with the help of the most wonderful personal trainer ever, and even though I know I could’ve run a better time (but try getting through a mass of people who run slower than you do, it’s impossible), I’m actually very proud of myself. I did it, yay!

Oh, and I treated myself to a Pentel Brush Pen, which I just had to use for this quickly made illustration.

Mini marathon Rotterdam

Immer Urlaub

I might have mentioned before that I love illustrator Ellen Vesters and her conceptstore Immer Urlaub? Well, combine that with another great illustrator, Marloes de Vries, and a workshop on illustration and assignments, and you just know I had a great afternoon in Utrecht!

As I would love to work for magazines, I choose to make an illustration for an article in the Dutch magazine Flow. Others chose a poem or a childers’ story to work with. First we had to associate freely, draw whatever popped up in our minds. Then we took a different approach and made a mindmap. From there we had to sketch more and finally make one illustration to accompany the article, poem or story.

It was a very inspiring and educational afternoon. It was so interesting to hear tips and tricks from illustrators who do commissioned work all the time. They talked about building a portfolio, about ways to approach clients, do’s and don’t’s, we talked about freeing the mind and finding your own style… My head almost exploded from all the information I wanted to soak in, I learned so much! I also really enjoyed Marloes’ personal story on becoming an illustrator. Very inspiring!

So, to go further down that illustration-road, I’ve treated myself to Lisa Manuels mini-summerschool this summer. I’m sure I will learn lots and lots and dig deeper into my developing my own style. Four days of illustrating, I can’t wait! Will I see you there?

Inspiration Friday: Show Your Work

Recently I came across this article, ’10 ways to share your creativity and get discovered’. I thought it was very inspiring and wanted to share it with you. I love every single step that is described here (allright, except maybe number 9, although I understand where he’s coming from). I just wish I had the time to actually follow all these steps! I wish I could teach more, I wish I could share something with you guys every day, I wish I could tell good stories all day every day. But the reality at this moment is that The Little One takes up most of my free time, and even though that’s perfectly OK I would love to find a way to follow these ten steps nonetheless.

How about you, what do you think of these ten steps? Do you agree, disagree, like them or loathe them?

10 ways to share creativity