This is what happens to her in the first days:
Have a nice day!
So many people do art challenges. I love to see them. And so I wanted a challenge for myself. But it had to be one that was fun and doable. I love robins, I see and hear them on a daily base when I walk with my dog. So I challenged myself to make 30 robins. The colors should match but that was easy because I used more or less the natural colors of a robin. And I want them in a square. I have to say these parameters arose during the making. Most challenges are 30 … in 30 days but I was afraid to put the pressure to hard so I decided to take as long as I need.
But I did 30 robins in 30 days, it was fun and I really enjoyed it! Also because my followers on Instagram and my friends on FaceBook where enthusiastic. And I love applause and support!
You can see an election robin which I made on election day in the Netherlands. I did two singing robins, I tried a Mondriaan robin. One is a photo I made last year, I edited the photo on Photoshop. You can find my thumb print, a garden robin and a embroidered robin. I have to confess I did that one with a marker on paper but is was so much fun to make the pattern for which I lent a photo from the internet. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I even sold this Robin to a woman whose name is Robin, isn’t that cool! I love that name for a woman.
And a very dear friend made a mug with the robins for me! I love it!
These are my favourite robins, do you have a favourite?
Thank you for being here and have a nice day!
For the art club ‘Twee Taartjes’ I made a painting of Alice Neel. I saw a documentary about her life and it was not an easy life. Despite everything that happens in her life she kept on painting in her own way. I admire her for that.
Her oldest daughter died very young and I can imagine that this sad episode was always in her mind the rest of her life. So I wanted to take that as the subject for the painting. And I used this photo as a reference. It is Alice with her oldest daughter. Later in her life she had three more children.
I made a video from the process of the making. You can see how I wrestle with the composition and with making a realistic painting. The moment I decided to do it on my own way I had fun was able to finish the painting.
Thank you for watching and have a nice day!
Last weeks I made a lot of Christmas illustrations.
Happy holidays! Fijne dagen!
Omdat ik alleen cadeautjes geef Sinterklaas heb ik, naast de kerst labels, ook Sint labels gemaakt. Voor mezelf maar ook voor jou!
Zie de maan schijnt door de bomen vind ik een leuk liedje, maar ik hou er nog meer van om het echt ‘s avonds naar de maan door de kale boomtakken te kijken. Voor mij hoort dat bij de Sinterklaas tijd.
Je kan ze hier downloaden. sint-cadeau-kaartjes (523 downloads)
Print ze op 200 gr wit papier, knip ze uit, een gaatje erin en een leuk touwtje of lintje en je hebt heel originele cadeau labels.
Because I only give presents on the 5th december with Sinterklaas, I also made free downloadable gift labels for that celebration. I love the song: See the moon is shining through the tree’s. And I love watching the moon at night through the tree branches.
Hope you like them and I wish you a great Sinterklaas this year! Veel plezier met Sinterklaas!
For the first time in my live I made Christmas gift tags. We don’t give presents at Christmas, we give them at Sinterklaas. (5th december)
In the last illustration lesson (illustration studio Claudi & Valesca) the assignment was to make Christmas gift tags en make a PDF so you can give them away. I love that idea! So I hope you give presents at Christmas and I hope I can make you happy with these free tags.
You can download them here. And print them on 200 gr/m2 white paper. You only need a scissors or a cutting machine to cut them. And off course a fancy string to finish it off nicely.
Thanks to Valesca van Waveren who designed the template of the tags. I changed them a bit but is was so great to know what to do!
For the creative and curious, this is what I did. I started with little pieces of leftovers (from the moth stamp) to make nine little christmas tree stamps. I glued the stamps on cupboard, made prints. They needed a bit of something and I draw trees over the stamps with a marker.
I made four ‘analoge’ tags too, you can see them on my instagram account together with other interesting stuff.
You know me, I couldn’t stop. So I made a pattern in three colors with Photoshop. You can order them as fabric or paper at Motiflow.
Have a nice day! Herma
I learn so much at illustration studio Claudi & Valesca! I don’t have time to post…
A quick show of the last assignment. Forest was the main subject. I choose for Tom Thumb (=klein Duimpje). I made three illustrations (the assignment was one) to show the progress in the story. I hope you know the story…This is the end: He and his family lived happily ever after.
I have so much fun with illustrating poems. It is a lot easier than illustrating a story because you don’t have to make different drawings with the same characters. You can concentrate on one illustration.
It started with the haiku’s of my son. I illustrated 26 haiku’s. Of course all these illustrations have the same style. I hope it will be a little book one day. You can see two examples here.
I bought a book this summer: één gedicht is nooit genoeg. (one poem is not enough) It is a book made by plint (poezie en beeldende kunst). I read so now and then some poems and I enjoy the illustrations a lot! That inspired me to take another book out of the bookcase. Verzamelde liedjes van gedichten van Willem Wilmink. He was a Dutch poet. I really like his poems. Simple and moving.
I took random a poem: Boterhammen smeren (= making sandwiches) and I illustrated it. Real fun. Did it in one morning. Finding the right font was the most difficult part.
And I did it again, same procedure but it took some more time. This poem is called twee vriendinnen (= two friends).
I’m sorry for the English readers, I can’t translate the poems. But I hope you enjoy the illustrations.
I visited museum de Fundatie in Zwolle. Very special on the outside and also on the inside.
To create more space they build a kind of egg on the top of an old building. I love it!
This is the view from the inside to the outside. Also very beautiful!
But that is not where I want to talk about. There was an exhibition by Rob Scholte. He collected old embroidery, bought that for next to nothing and put a frame around it with the back side on the front and put his name on it. Now he sold it for a lot of money (I heard). And the museum showed it to us…
All the embroidery was nicely sorted by subject. That look very interesting because of the similarities and the differences.
But when I walked there I constantly thought I’m fooled. This can not be serious. Is that what people thought when they saw expressionisme for the first time? Or the urinal by Marcel Duchamp? Is it brilliant art? Is it a new trend? I really don’t know. I’m confused.
For now I think it is ridiculous. I’m sorry Rob Scholte…I’m sorry de Fundatie.
I’m curious about your thoughts on this!
I surprised myself. A couple of months ago I decided that I want to concentrate on painting and illustrating. For years I wanted to teach but I realized that I didn’t do anything to teach. Only in my head. So no teaching….
I’m a member of Skillshare and I really like this creative community. You can always find a nice lesson and I learned a lot. I made my logo in a lesson.
A few weeks ago there was an email from Skilshare. They liked my projects and asked me to join a teachers challenge in may. I had to publish a lesson before June 1. I was exited and anxious at the same time. I talked it over with friends and family. And I again decided not to do it. (Not the right time)
But they send a mail with an invitation to follow the lessons and then with other deadlines. Every time I got exited and before I knew I was following the class. First just for fun but in the end I really did make a lesson! And after one day I already have 17 students!
Crazy world the internet. I never met them but they are following my class. (I do hope so…)
Is this an example of let go something before it comes to you?
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In the lesson I show you how to draw and paint your own character. I made these two faces. You draw with a marker, paint with watercolor and make interesting hair with gesso.
I would love to see you there!