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Vaslav Costumes – Part II

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Thomas | Artworks | Tags: , , , |

On to the other half of the Vaslav costumes (see the first dresses for the Vaslav play here). I can also go and quote some nice reviews.

Diaghilev in the suit


I should note that as with all the other theater costume projects the designer is Yan Tax. I paint them after his directions. Still of course checking for any reviews if they say anything about the costumes! Being glad that almost all mention them – and always positively:

  • Theaterparadijs says: “The costumes of Yan Tax are an especially beautiful representation of the time in which the theater piece is set – which gives the actors an extra dimension.”
    (De kostuums van Yan Tax zijn een bijzonder mooie weergave van de tijd waarin dit toneelstuk zich afspeelt en geven hiermee de acteurs een extra dimensie…)
  • Volkskrant says: “…is totally perfectly produced, exemplary in dresses, decoration and light.”
    (…is het allemaal perfect geproduceerd, voorbeeldig in aankleding, decor en licht.)
  • Parool says: “Yan Tax (costumes) created impeccable evening dresses for the men and fittingly boisterous gowns for the ladies.”
    (Yan Tax (kostuums) bedacht onberispelijke rokkostuums voor de heren en gepast uitzinnige jurken voor de dames.)

Here are some nice photos I found on the DeLaMar Theater’s Facebook page:

Romola's Mother - in gown

Romola’s Mother
(you can see the costume drawing in the last post)


Vaslav and Diaghilev

Vaslav in dancers dress


On to the drawings:

Russian upper class costume: Diaghilev with fur coat and top hat.

Diaghilev with a fur coat.

Early 20th century - upper class costume: Emilia in a stylish white coat with pattern.

Emilia in an stylish white coat with pattern.

1910s beautiful gown: Romola in a nice evening dress.

Romola in a festive dress.

1910s - upper class tuxedo: Vaslav in an evening suit.

Vaslav in an evening suit.

Early 20th century - upper class costume: Vaslav in tuxedo and coat.

Vaslav in a black coat.

Vaslav in a early 20th century dancers dress.

Vaslav in a dancers dress.

Russian early 20th century costume: The servant in simple coat and cap.

The servant with simple coat and cap.

Russian upper class costume: 1920s Festive Gown.

Romola dressed for a ballet premiere.

The PR Push: A GameKings Video Interview

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Thomas | Games | Tags: , , |

The indie-game I’m working on is slowly getting closer to release… can you believe it? For all the Dutch-speaking readers, here is a very nice 20 minute video feature by GameKings about our whole Caromble! team.

I’m only seen a couple of times. Anyways it gives a good view into how we struggle work. One thing I find curious is that I always try to highlight the fact that I do the textures on paper (like I outlined in the stylized textures posting). I thought it’s an unique aspect of our game. But again – as in several interviews before – it didn’t end up in the feature. Not sure why… maybe to an average person that doesn’t seem unusual? Would be interested in opinions. I might scale down my focus on this topic in future interviews.

So yeah, learning lots about marketing. And we’re actually getting better at it. More stuff upcoming soon.

If you didn’t do so, please help us by voting on Greenlight for Caromble! About 2000 more votes to go.

Caromble team working

Team working really concentrated.

The “Vaslav” Costumes, Part I

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Thomas | Artworks | Tags: , , , |

This week the play “Vaslav” premiered in Amsterdam’s DeLaMar theater. So I’m posting the designs right now and skip some older projects. I saw it on Tuesday – and liked it a lot. It’s about the early 20th century Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky – often called the greatest dancer of all time.

Mainly it’s about his relationship to his mentor Sergei Diaghilev – which results in lots of monologues and dialogues about artists and their drives, intentions and pressures. I was surprised how short the piece felt, despite actually being two hours long and never letting go of this heavy topic.
The stage design was really cool too.

The costumes itself are very close to the authentic early 1900 Russian upper class style. Which was a nice continuation, since for Katia Kabanova I did late 18th century Russian dresses.

Vaslav Nijinsky in a simple dress for dancing.

The main role: Vaslav Nijinsky the russian dancer (played by Maarten Heijmans)

Upper class costume: Diaghilev 20th century coat and cane.

Diaghilev – played by Jeroen Krabbé.

Early 20th century pyjama.

Obviously some romance scenes going on there.

Russian upper class: creme dress with long black skirt.

Vaslav’s wife Romola (Noortje Herlaar).

Russian upper class costume: Fine dress.

Romola’s mother in a festive dress.

Upper class costume: Creme Summer Suit.

Vaslav in a suit – for a Mediterranean scene.

Russian upper class costume: Diaghilev with 1910s fur coat.

Diaghilev with a fur coat.

Russian 1910s costume: Servant Chauffeur dress.

Peter, the servant.

Scantily Clad Male Hero … Model Sheets

Posted on February 22, 2014 by Thomas | Artworks | Tags: , , , , |

Some artworks from the game “Quest’n’Goblins”, that sadly didn’t see the light of day.

These are designs for the male hero (female one and some other stuff following in other posts). The “Model Sheet” is the final goal here, which means it’s not a marketing artwork, but directly for production: posed and dressed for being modeled in a 3D software.
I worked a lot with pencils for this project – especially for the early sketching. And then colored the final chosen ones. A very effective and fun workflow, that prevents the endless doodling and redoing that can come from working digital all the way.

Hero Pencil Sketches

Pencil sketches for the male hero design….

pencil sketch male hero

…of which the client chose the first design, which I then detailed out.

Hero Model Sheet

The final colored model sheet. There is not much armor – as those you would collect in the game.

Here is one little sketch that was left over:

Buff Goblin Pencil drawing

Not a model sheet – but I like this design of a buff goblin.

Dinosaur Feminist Reading Glasses

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Thomas | Artworks | Tags: , , , |

A new Marker drawing – based on three random words by fellow Draw Clubber Laetitia: Dinosaur Feminist and Reading Glasses.

Thomas Schmall: Marker Drawing - Feminist Reading Glasses Dinosaur

Markers on A4 paper.

Dream Diaries

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Thomas | Artworks | Tags: , , , , |

Here is a drawing I did for a friend as an cover for his “Forest” concept album.
It’s specifically for the song called “Dream Diaries“, you can listen to it below. The story has some fractals in it, so that was a good fit.

The album is not yet finished, but you can already check out the songs “Ballad of the Tree” and “Paradox“.

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“Dream Diaries”, markers on A2 paper

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Here are shots of some of the fractal patterns I used. Had to draw it in A2 to get all the detail in – I’ve added a poster of the original size to my web shop.

Dream Diaries - Detail Dream Diaries - Detail Dream Diaries - Detail

Links Are in the Eye of the Beholder

Posted on January 3, 2014 by Thomas | Knowledge | Tags: , , |

Happy 2014 everyone! Lazy as I am I used too much of my holiday time for surfing the web. Here are some links I found, that should be interesting for you creative types.

  • For example a recent study that asked 7000 people where in the body they experience certain emotions (safety copy). The results were quite consistent across cultures.
    It also maps nicely to common sayings I think. And besides just making for a cool image, it’s a good hint on what to exaggerate when portraying such emotions in paintings.

    emotions in the body

    PNAS/ Aalto University/ ERC
    Warm tones show where bodyparts that were felt stronger per emotions. Blue colors show less activity.

  • Check your skill of figuring out whats toddler art or abstract art.

  • Did you know the CIA subsidized modern art?

  • …or what color the sky had in ancient Greece?

    Bronze! There was no word for blue in the ancient Greek language. The nearest words to blue – glaukos and kyanos are more like expressions of relative light intensity than descriptions of color. So when the Greek referred to the sky as ‘bronze’, they meant that it was dazzlingly bright, like the sheen of a bronze shield, rather than actually bronze-colored. It seems the ancient Greeks described things based on other qualities, so when a word is used that, to us, seems to indicate ‘yellow’ or ‘light green’ really just means fluid, living and fresh, and was therefore used to describe flowers, blood, the sea and sheep. It would appear to us that the Greeks were referring to all of these things as yellow colored, but that’s because of the way we describe things. Interestingly, in Russia, there are two words for blue: goluboi and sinii, one word referring to light blue, the other dark, which to Russians are two different, distinct colors, not shades of the same color, much like other cultures perceive pink to be a shade of red, rather than a color in it’s own right.
    (Originally from the “The Book of General Ignorance“)

    Which reminds me of the Himba Tribe that sees different colors than Westerners do.

New Poster Prints for Sale – Accepting Beautiful Bitcoin!

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Thomas | News | Tags: , , |

Accepting bitcoin as payment

Time to dump BTC!

I’m filling the shop bit by bit – now there are two new A2 prints of oil paintings available. And right in time for the enormous crash on the Bitcoin bandwagon!

When checking out, you can choose the Bitcoin option to transfer the payment without fees. It’s a bit of an experiment, and my little part in supporting this wonderful idea.

1B33KuZx2kDn42mgCMsH6zYUQpesFnQ3DX is my wallet to send to. You can also use the QR-code on the side. Up up and away – to the future!

The “Little Black Spiders” Costumes

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Thomas | Artworks | Tags: , , , , |

A little costume job that I haven’t shown yet – they are for the movie “Little Black Spiders” from 2012.

The story is based on real events in Belgium, where in the seventies pregnant teenagers were forced to give their babies away. Let’s start with the trailer.

Costume Design - short jacket, white blouse, jeans

That’s a girl arriving in the facility for pregnant girls.

Costume Design - skirt and dress with dottet pattern

Take a bet whether the principal there is a nice person.

Costume Design - simple white night dress.

Thus everyday-life is pretty boring.

Costume Design - plastic dress with tape loops

In an act of defiance the girls make dresses out of taped up plastic sheets – and play dancing.

The rest of the dresses are from that scene, you can catch some glimpses in this teaser.

Costume Design - plastic dress with squares made of tape.

Costume Design - tape in cross shapes

Costume Design - makeshift dress in a sphere of plastic

Costume Design - a puffy dress

Costume Design - make-shift dress witth straps of paper

Guardians to the Wall

Posted on November 6, 2013 by Thomas | Artworks | Tags: , , , |

Another drawing done at Amsterdam’s weekly Draw-Club. And with this I added new features to the webshop here: You can order this as poster print.

I’ve done this one without a plan or sketch (except for the dragon). Got me a very odd perspective there, but the flow and eye movement feels better to me than I even could have planned.

Guardians - Marker Drawing

“Guardians” – Markers on A4 paper

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So in the shop next to the original, is now an A2 print. It’s the first one, I’m planning to do more when this works well. Was quite a bit of work to figure out the shipping and setup.

A2 Poster Print - Guardians Drawing

The A2 Poster shown on the wall.

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