The classic detective story Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie was to be adapted as a theatre play by English Theatre Utrecht. Christie’s world famous detective Poirot of course stars in the adventure, alongside a host of colourful characters. In this particular adaptation Agatha Christie is also an actual character in the story - an interesting meta twist I very much wanted to work into the design. All other elements in the poster come forth from her imagination.
Character concepts for an upcoming children’s book by Alexandra Elroy, about a young boy with a very ‘magical’ grandpa. This grandpa comes from a mysterious land where the streams run unbuffered, and the Lion was never upgraded to the Mountain Lion…
More on this in the new year!
All the glorious gowns, dresses, hats and jewelry in British period dramas inspired me to do a series on some crazy aristocratic Lords and Ladies. I posted these to Instagram together with a short text, which established their character, background and fleshed out the world they lived in. The series was a lot of fun to draw, and really invigorated me regarding my other work.
Early in the talks for designing the album for trance musician Mees Salomé the idea came up that Mees’ music was like a special juice. One could take a sip to instantly feel good. I explored this idea further, as I found it to be enjoyably ludicrous.
The final design of the album depicts the DJ floating inside his juice zone, with a can sporting the title of the album. I then animated the image to be used on YouTube. Tap the image above to see the animated version.
Just Thoughts is the first single from DJ and producer Mees Salomé's debut album "Big Thoughts like Elephants", and I made the clip! I am very happy with how dynamic it all turned out - with shifting colours and flowing typography. The album, which releases later this year, will also feature art by my hand.
Do give the song a listen. It is a pretty catchy little beast.
Currently I am working on style concepts for several kids stories, one of which will be about a prideful king outlawing Christmas and everything it stands for. In the story, an old musician returns from a far away journey to bring back hope to the dark kingdom.
Baby Brinn was brought into this world little over a month ago, and the parents wanted a lively birth card inspired by the One for Sorrow nursery rhyme, which features magpies:
One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret, Never to be told.
I created a poster for English Theatre Utrecht, who performed the classic story of Pride and Prejudice as a play last February. It is ETU's explicit goal to promote relations between Dutch people and expats through theatre, so the cast was very multinational - with me being a part of it as well.
And... if you were wondering: I played the role of the lovable Mr. Collins!
Hidden History is a route for kids through Culemborg's old town currently in the works. The romanticized 17th century historical figure of Metje will be the face of this route, and act as a guide.
An energetic, young and lively character was called for, to stay as far away as possible from the stuffy old professor archetype - something that would instantly turn off the children from a historical walk like this. It was to be a scavenger hunt! An adventure!
For now, the character and promotional banner have been developed, with more coming next summer!
Artist Angelo Boltini released his song This Town, for which I designed the artwork on very short notice. It was challenging, but I am very happy with the way it turned out in the end.
Over the years, I collaborated many times with Angelo to create artwork for his releases. Common themes in his work are finding and exploring a different reality beyond ours, and looking at the world in a different way - gaining new insights in the process.
Two covers I previously designed below.
The happy couple of Alex and Peter were to be married, with the wedding's theme being both stories and autumn. For the occasion, they asked me to design the Save the Date card, so people would remember to partake in this autumnal revelry.
Sometimes a creative process leads you to weird places....
An early sketch in the search for a style and idea for Autumn Child's release "Wordless Poem for Fiona". This was explored in parallel with the concept of the distant woman, which ended up being the final album cover.
I am venturing forth into the interesting world of the one and only Dungeons and Dragons game. I play it with a group of friends, and in this group I assume the role of game leader and storyteller. So I conjured up a world for the players' characters to inhabit; a stage for their adventures to play out on.
To give the players a sense of space (and because I flippin' love cartography), I designed a set of maps for the world I created. This way, all the characters, locations and factions had an actual place to reside within this make-believe space.
A climactic moment in the story of Fate: the zealot scientist Brahms is cornered in her hidden lab, confronted by the team of heroes. Sly and devious - she is shrouded in shadows still.
I gather once in a while with a group of friends to play the game of Fate, in which you tell a story together and act out the thoughts and actions of your characters. I illustrated my vision of the four main characters of our story: the revolutionary welder, the devious secret police officer, the slick rogue and the scheming socialite.