Saturday, June 28, 2014

drawing challenge

This weeks host for the DC is Patrice and her theme is "nude". As you have probably noticed by now I draw women ;-) And most of the time I think about issues as gender, feminism, women's rights but also beauty and how we look at ourselves and how society does this. So you would think that this theme fitted me perfectly, so did I at least! But I'm torn between two perceptions. My first thought was that I wanted to show something that expresses that you should be happy with your body. There are so many people (also men, but sorry, I don't like drawing men;-) who struggle with their body and how they look. I also have these times where I'm not happy with my body. But then I look back at pictures when I was younger and I see that I had nothing to worry about. I try to remember that when I have these times now. I probably will look back and think the same… So the first thing was: look at yourself and be happy about it!
But then I thought about al the nudity we see in papers, magazine and online. How we are used to these images of almost naked women who look perfect and we all want to look like these women even we know that most of them are photoshopped. That young girls think that the less they wear the better it is. So in the end this drawing turned out to be a mix of a proud women with a mirror who looks at herself but at the same time she looks like a supermodel who thinks what am I doing here? I leave it up to you, I could not make up my mind. And one last tip: do not google "nude" for inspiration… oh my, I'm so naive sometimes…

For more "nude" please visit the wonderful blog of Patrice who again made me think this week!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

this is not it

I want to start a new series of drawings. This time no weapons but little girls in sexy clothes meant for adults. Like this girl has those "nipple tassels". A series about the sexualization of society. I think it is really getting to far what these girls see, wear or do. Did you know that you can already buy string-underwear for little girls? That is just bad! Anyway, I did a test with a drawing on shrink plastic and this is not working for me. I start again using pen on cardboard and lets see how that goes. You have to try things to see if they work but actually I'm just to impatient for that ;-)

Wish you all a good weekend!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

drawing challenge

This weeks host of the drawing challenge is Patrice and her theme is "upside down" with the question "what turns your world upside down?" For this week I just can't decide what to answer or which way to take it… My first thought -of course- was that I immediately thought about the really bad things that can happen to you, like loosing someone. Which really turns your world upside down, or in my case when I lost my mother: after 3 months it just hit me: the world keeps spinning… Then I broke down, nothing changes, I'm still doing what I have to do and so is the rest of the world, like nothing happened. But this does not happened on a daily bases ( really, it shouldn't!) and what I realized a while ago while talking to my sister because she has the same "problem". We both get really in stress if someone or something messes with our plans. That can be something little, like someone at work is sick and you have to fill in, which means I can't draw, which means there goes my week-planner. Nothing big, nothing with world troubles but I HATE THAT! That can even happen to me if the internet does not work for just one morning, but if I planned to do things where I need the internet, my world is Upside Down. Do you get it? I try to take that stuff an easier way but I find that very hard. So I choose a little painting which I made in 2010. I'm hanging upside down and my sister is standing next to me. My dad took pictures of us when we were children and I made paintings out of them. What I want to say I think is this: if your world is upside down, I hope that someone is right there next to you to catch you…

You can see all the 3 paintings I made Here and for more inputs on this theme please visit the wonderful blog of Patrice!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

in between things

Last saturday I went to the re-opening of the shop in Rotterdam were I made the art-prints for I showed you before. The prints are now for sale at their place. I also decided to make some smaller stuff for them. So I tried to make jewelry out of my "Pippi"-designs. I made some bracelets and necklaces and I think they turned out really well! For the moment I don't put them in my shop, because I have a lot on my mind and thinking about re-opening or starting a new shop myself. So I just have to think about that for a while and not making quick decisions. But if you like a bracelet or necklace you can send me an e-mail ( or leave a comment. The bracelets are 8 euro and the necklaces are 14. Depends on where you live I have to think about the shipping costs ;-)

I wish you a good week and thank you so much for the comments on my last post. It is good to know that I'm not alone with my fears!