Friday, February 13, 2015

12 ideas to keep sketches organized

Over the years I've sketched on so many papers, it's sometimes hard to find a nice place for it.
Especially large papers...Do you keep them under the bed, rolled up somewhere?
Ruined sketches, damaged paper, spilled coffee on your favorite work?

Here you can find 12 ideas to keep your sketches safe!




Current projects = quick access

If you are working on some projects for school or for an assignment, you need some quick access.
#1 and #2 are perfect for that, because you can put it on your desk. 
I would prefer #2 because of the difference in height, so you are able to read the labels quickly. 
If you want to hide your projects #3 would be nice. You could even take it with you. 



On the wall = overview

If you prefer to have a clean desk you can get a magazine/mail holder like #4 from Ikea 
(name: Kvissle). I like the idea of the clear plastic folders she used and labeling the holder.
The vintage clipboards #5 look cool and you can switch sketches easily and you have an overview of what you are doing. #6 Is such a nice idea don't you think? I love walls that look like moodboards.



Storage older sketches/illustrations

If you have a lot of different sizes, a carousel like #7 would be nice, 
especially for people who are working with different materials / making collages. 
If you can't find a round 'clip-it-up-carousel', you could also use clear folders and a small rail. 

We have all seen #8 in the stores or in the classroom.   
A big open shelf closet, where you can organize all your papers.   
'wish I had that at home!' is on your mind, but...this is hard to find. I've tried.
However, I saw a d.i.y. version here:  
#9 are those handy reading boxes that you can find anywhere and this is something I use as well. Labeling the folders makes it even better.

#10: #11: marcy penner #12:

Storage for BIG sketches and artwork
#10 is an open shelf made of Linnmon table tops from Ikea. Very smart idea. 
The tabletops are very cheap. 
#11 is a very big wooden box that you could fill with big clear folders. 
 #12, which is one of my favorite solutions for organizing my prints, 
my big sketches and moodboards! They are really affordable.

Which one is your favorite or are you already using one of those ideas?

Do you have another great idea?

Share it in the comments.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Illustration of Chriselle Lim

I've made a little illustration of Chriselle Lim. 
You can watch the making of video below:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

'Wintersleep' available in online auction now.

You can buy this painting in an online auction.
Till wednesday november 19th 2014.
Go to
Bid on "Wintersleep" by making a comment.
Starting bid is only $150,-
Buy it now option is $500,-.
Acrylic on heavy Canson paper.
9,45" x 11,81" / 24 cm x 30,7 cm, 2014.

It's the first time that I've tried Canson watercolourpaper.
Although I normally don't like rough surfaces, I loved painting on it!
If I paint on Rives BFK or Arches hotpress paper, the paper absorbs so quickly, that I don't have enough time to blend it. Maybe that's a good thing for watercolour artists, but for me it's kind of annoying...
I love to blend and just take my time. I know that painting wet in wet would be a solution, but I just want to paint without have to think about if my paper is still wet enough.
With Canson everything went so easy, it felt like a relief.




Thursday, October 23, 2014


 Pencil, acrylics, oilpaint on heavy watercolourpaper.
14,7 x 21 cm / 5,51" x 8,27", 2014.

*Not available.

I saw this awesome dog on Instagram. His name is Nigel. I just had to draw and paint him. Streamlined and white...a beautiful combination. His boss made lots of pictures from different angles, so it was hard to choose.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lodestone, little painting

Nederlandse illustrator, Marjolein Caljouw
 Pencil, gold ink, acrylics, oilpaint on heavy watercolourpaper.
14,7 x 21 cm / 5,51" x 8,27"


I'm not totally satisfied with this outcome. I like paintings that have a little mystery, or some transparency. 
This seems too obvious somehow.
Dutch Illustrator, Marjolein Caljouw, Painting, oils, sketch, model
This is the part I like because of the textures, gold glow and the birdskull. I went to a natural museum a while ago and took so many pictures.
Dutch Illustrator, Marjolein Caljouw, Painting, oils, sketch, model
If you want to see if a portrait is anatomical correct you can look in the mirror while holding the painting and you will see the "mistakes" you've made. Or you can flip it in Photoshop to see the difference. 
birdskull, sketch, pencil on paper, drawing, artist, illustrator, Marjolein Caljouw

birdskull, sketch, pencil on paper, drawing, artist, illustrator, Marjolein Caljouw

birdskull, sketch, pencil on paper, drawing, artist, illustrator, Marjolein Caljouw
 Process of the sketch, while I was visiting my sister in Spain.
birdskull, sketch, pencil on paper, drawing, artist, illustrator, Marjolein Caljouw

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Leave, little painting

Leaves. Pencil, acrylics, oilpaint on heavy watercolourpaper.
14,9 x 21 cm / 5,51" x 8,27"
Available at my online store.
 This was a rough sketch for an assignment I did and I wondered how I would approach it if I could do...whatever I want. This was the result. I don't really like it, but I promised myself to move on to the next even if I'm not satisfied.

 Gold paint is my friend!

 Sketch fase. Pencil on paper.
Because I couldn't choose...I've posted 2 versions online to ask for a second opinion.

Fingertips, painting

 Pencil, gold ink, acrylics, oilpaint on heavy watercolourpaper.
14,7 x 21 cm / 5,51" x 8,27"
Available at my online store. 

I noticed that I collect a lot of pictures of poses where you can't see everything of the face. Sometimes a pose or hands will tell enough. When a person shows the inside of their wrists, they are more 'open' to the other person. However her body language is closed and vulnerable. 
The girl on this picture is a girl on Instagram, called Lauren Isabeau, which has some beautiful elegant pictures.

Often time people ask me why I'm drawing with red. The pencil is a little harder to erase and it smudges a little less than the regular pencils. 

This painting is also available in my new online store. 

Lauren, painting

I've been painting a lot these last months and although they are little I enjoy the little improvements.

 I started with a colour pencil sketch.

 The white lines are painted with Golden Fluid, which makes it easier to paint thin lines.

This painting is one of the few little paintings that is available in my new online store:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


 Pencil, gold ink, acrylics, oilpaint on heavy watercolourpaper.
14,7 x 21 cm / 5,51" x 8,27"
Available in my store:

I wanted to keep this painting quite transparent, just like "Fall Deep" but I never do the same trick over and over again and I keep trying new things which leads me sometimes to unpleasant surprises...

The hand needed some adjustments, but I've painted the background with acrylics. If I want to paint the exact same colours with oils, it's very hard. The texture is different, the colours blend, let's say it's almost impossible. Somehow I made it work, but I will approach the next one differently.

Honey Hunter, my new logo

logo, animation, bumblebee, graphic design.

 My new logo. Transferred in Illustrator CS6.

Stop-motion edited in I-movie.

When I studied Graphic Design, the first thing they told the students, was to simplify your logo. The less lines, the better.

My work contains a lot of lines and detail and I think it represents myself well. The bumblebee is always busy and looking for sweetness. It can be cute, but people can be afraid of it. It's social and it can sting if you are pushing them into a corner. It flies and it's free.