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My brain goes all over the place. I get tons of ideas during a week, for paintings, stories, practising, organizing, subjects to talk about, characters, projects…I’m sure a lot of you can relate. I’m good at starting stuff and sometimes it’s hard to not act on something that feels like “It’d be so much fun!” but what would totally derail the projects you’re already working on. Especially if these projects get into a phase where…

We hear about success stories all day. They come to us through links on the internet, we see them on tv and we read about them in the paper. We love to hear these stories of great success happening, especially when it does to normal people. A single mother who becomes a best selling author, a guy who had a rough life who turns out to be a great singer, an art student who is…

The main feedback I got at CTNx was that my character designs looked stiff and I didn’t tell enough of a story with them, even in the basic designs it`s better to let the characters do something or react to something so we know what kind of character it is. I also stayed fairly on the realistic side, with not much room for more exaggerated expressions. Even though I consider my style to be at…

Hello all! I’m back from my trip to the US. I went to the CTNx animation expo in Los Angeles. It was quite the adventure. I’m so happy I have met a lot of my fellow Oatley Academy students and some of the teachers in person. We had a great time hanging out before the expo and after each day on the floor ended. To all the people who are on the fence about wanting…

On Saturday October 11th there was a unique event here in the Netherlands. It was called the Master Lecture, a day of lectures, demos and Q&A by artists Wouter Tulp, John Nevarez and Stephen Silver. Knowing their inspirational work, interviews and videos I had high hopes for this day and it didn`t disappoint! It was really well organized by Wouter and an enthusiastic team in a nice little movie theatre in Rotterdam. Every lecture was…

Hello all! A short blogpost for you today. In the next month I`ll be hard at work finishing my portfolio before CTNx and want to really dedicate the time to that. In between I might participate in this project: More on that later. I`ll be making the first few pages for Recollection City, since I want to gear my portfolio towards visual storytelling through comics and illustration. So that`s really exciting for me to finally…