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Figure In Blue Light

Here are more experiments with light and material at our Amsterdam Figure Drawing sessions.

So these are watercolor again, but mixed with ink outlines. Was really fun with the blue light we added for this session.

Watercolor Figure

Watercolor on 30 x 20 cm cold pressed paper

Our model Piet came up with the fun idea to sit on a ladder, which made for some nice poses.

Figure on a ladder, Watercolor

Watercolor on 20 x 30 cm hot pressed paper

He also allowed me to take some pictures, so I can promote our Figure-Drawing meetup group. We’re having tomorrow the last session before the summer break. After that, we’ll pick up the slack in September.

Figure Drawing ladder

Model in Blue Light

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It’s Lift-Off for my Patreon Line Art Project

With this drawing I want to start a crowdfunding initiative! I’m looking for support for my line-art on patreon, with variations and projects around the general idea.

Patreon is basically kickstarter, with the supporters not paying once, but smaller amounts. Either per finished artwork or per month (what I’m going with). I’ve posted all the details on my patreon art page. Your your impression of the pitch or input and ideas would be welcome – and of course any support if you like to see more of this.

Patreon header drawing

The patreon header – made with Ink, Markers and Watercolor on Bristol paper. I’ll make the high res a patreon exclusive.

I really like patreon’s approach. It seems to me more fair than kickstarter, where backers can only hope to get a result maybe years later. This way you see the progress and can stop anytime. It also makes a lot of sense for me as artist – people are used to consume digitally and don’t necessarily need big originals to fill their walls. Even I personally don’t buy big original artworks. But I think people still like to support artists. So I’m hoping this concept takes off.

As usual I kinda overdid it, and added some little calligraphy for the headlines and drawings for the rewards… here are some pics of it.

Ink Calligraphy

The sheet when working on the headlines.

All images and lettering was done on paper (with some small tweaking later). I wanted to stay in the topic that I promise for the campaign.

Line art

Here is the line-art step, before I added the letter with watercolor.

The high resolution of the artwork is a patreon reward – as is a preview of my current bigger ink artwork. And as soon as I reach the 5 dollar milestone, I’ll post the final one.

More “Ich War Noch Niemals In New York” Costumes

Here’s the second batch of the Udo Jürgens Musical costumes. I’m really happy about the mixture of watercolors with digital in these – so hopefully I can do more of that.

Working on a update on another exciting new project, but I have to push it to next Tuesday – good time to nibble on the backlog of costumes I want to post still. These “Ich War Noch Niemals In New York” designs were actually to update the musical that has been running for a while before moving to Berlin, where it’s still selling really well.

Costume Illustration - Musical - Long Gown

Long light dress with soft violet color stains.

Costume Illustration - Musical - Long Gown

One of the main actors in a plain white suit.

Costume Illustration - Musical - Long Gown

And another long gown – this time with green and orange colors.

Niemals In New York - Costumes Photo

A closeup of one of the costumes on the stage.

Costume Illustration - Musical - Short colorful party dress

The party dress from the last update, now in the short version.

Costume Illustration - Musical - Long Gown

Long, dark green colored dress.

Costume Illustration - Musical - Long Gown

Another long gown – I used a watercolor painting from Aruba to make the colors.

Material Experiments for Figure Drawing

I’m still not quite settled on the media to use for Figure Drawing.

Pencils are definitely the one where I can get the quickest results for both shape and value. But the size is one clear limitation – filling areas takes a lot of time. Often it forces me to leave areas out.

Dressed Pencil Figure

Dressed Figure Study – Pencil on A4 Paper


I did some Copic sketches also (you can see more Marker Drawings from earlier), though I’m not too happy with the rough structure that shows up in the shading. It saves some time, but not enough to scale the works up.

Charcoal seems like the material of choice for traditional artists – but so far I failed miserably. Either the coal stuck so well to the paper that I couldn’t erase it, or when trying smooth paper, it just disappeared when touching the surface. I might post some of those later. If anyone has insight into which paper is best for charcoal, please let me know. I would really like to work bigger.

Figure and Lighting Study

Figure and Lighting Study – Ink and Marker on A4 Marker paper.

Ink and pencil seems like a nice mix. Since the ink shows up strongly, it allows for more messy hatching with the led. So the last picture is bigger than the other two.

Ink and Pencil Figure Study

Figure Study – Ink and pencil on A2 Bristol paper

Costume Illustrations for the Udo Jürgens Musical

These are fashion illustrations I made for the musical “Ich war noch niemals in New York” – which is based on songs by the German Schlager singer Udo Jürgens.

Costume Illustration - Musical - Long Gown

This is the long gown variation with a flower pattern.

Costume Illustration - Musical - Long Gown

A short skirt version with pastel color pattern.

Costume Photo - Ich war noch niemals in New York

Some of the dresses in the finale.

Costume Illustration - Musical - Long Gown

Blue pattern (They’re all done with watercolors).

Costume Illustration - Musical - Long Gown

A variation with white trousers.

Costume Illustration - Musical - Long Gown

Another short skirt dress, with a violet watercolor patches.

Costume Illustration - Musical - Long Gown

Long gown with a soft green pattern.

Linking Metaphors in Film and Art

A little link collection again – starting with some research on metaphors.

  • This video by “Every Frame A Painting” analyzes how Akira Kurosawa used cinematic techniques in his films. A lot of it is about movement and transitions, but many can be helpful when painting. Specifically the ubiquitous use of weather and the elements as metaphors, and groups of people and extreme poses to emphasize emotions. But more generally the way of thinking: To use every element to bring the message across.

  • Anyone is curious about the metaphor topic will find the Metaphor Lab interesting. It’s a bi-weekly Meetup in Amsterdam by researchers about metaphors. The next meeting on April 14 being about metaphors in animation movies.
    Usually these meetings start with a talk, and a little discussion – was really insightful the last time.

  • And while we’re about events in Amsterdam: there is a new exhibition in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum about Rembrandt’s late works. With some rarely shown works that are in private collections. I’ll go check it out the coming week. Here’s my current favorite Rembrandt…

    Jan Six - painting- Rembrandt van Rijn

    “Jan Six” – oil on canvas – ca. 1654, by Rembrandt van Rijn

    …though Rijksmuseum is anyways always worth a visit. Even just for the renovated insides with the murals of George Sturm.

    Recently a Dutch organization called ‘Ambulance Wens’, that fulfills wishes for terminally ill people, helped a lady to see the Rijksmuseum one last time. Good sometimes to have such convincing reminders that art matters after all.

Sick Woman in Museum

Woman watching Rembrandt portrait in the Rijksmuseum

Ink Lines and Pencil Squares

Running out of titles huh? Here are three new figure drawings of recent.

Figure Drawing, Pencil 1

Figure Drawing, Pencil on A4 paper

Figure Drawing, Pencil 2

Figure Drawing, Pencil on A4 paper

Figure Drawing, Ink

Figure Drawing, Ink on A4 Marker paper

Random Links of the Week

A couple of things I came across in the last weeks, that are worth sharing…

  • …like Robert Sapolsky talking about his new research into the Toxoplasmosis, the parasite that can change human behavior. It’s actual aim is to influence mice to take more risks. And to paraphrase Sapolsky: It knows more about the brain than all neuroscientists.

  • As we’re at good speakers, it’s worth checking Ricardo Semler’s TED talk on radical wisdom. He is most known for setting up a company without hierarchical structure – where employees can even set their own salary. But I like how he extends his thinking to education and even everyday life choices.

  • I really liked the New York Times article on The Cost of Paying Attention . It’s spot on with “…we have allowed our attention to be monetized, if you want yours back you’re going to have to pay for it.”

    I noticed myself when visiting Russia once, how relaxing it is not to have commercials plastered everywhere. Though it might have gotten worse since then. In Europe there is still at least some respect of auditory peace. In Japan on the other hand it was always surprising to me that every machine at home or in public are constantly speaking something. Political campaign-cars are driving through town spouting slogans through the streets. This and their aggressive commercials everywhere are an interesting contrast to their Zen image.

  • Back to art. Here’s a tutorial about composition by the amazing Robh Ruppel.
    First off the final result:

    Robh Ruppel - Trees and Path

    Robh Ruppel – digital image for the Composition tutorial