Swan Market sketches

I was at the Swan Market in Utrecht last weekend, and while my girlfriend was busy selling her drawings, I drew some attendees on my iPad.

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New avatar

I felt it was time to update my corporate branding. My current avatar doesn’t really do justice to my hair situation anymore!

The base for the first avatar came from a daily comic I drew in 2010. I then used it to advertise my font, and soon it became my business card and website header when I went freelance. I updated it once in 2014 to add the beard. Since then I never really looked at it again. I did draw a new version of myself in my daily comics from 2015, but it wasn’t until 2018 that I felt the need to update my official avatar too.

A tradition that has snuck into these avatars is that each new version has the shirt I most like to wear at that time. This year was a bit of a challenge because it’s not as colorful as previous years, but I think the greyish-blue does contrast nicely with the orange.

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Suit-of-armor up!

One of my recent post illustrations for Yoast. The theme was ‘protecting your site with HTTPS / SSL’. You can see I had Horizon Zero Dawn on the brain when I drew this.

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Lights, hair, action

I felt creative this weekend but didn’t know which project to pour it into, so I spent some time speedpainting from photo reference.

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Instagram is a great source for crazy colors and compositions. I especially love hair that’s lit from behind or some similarly interesting lighting setup.

I recorded the one in the bottom-right. In the beginning these usually looks like shit, it’s a real process of sculpting with the brush. I wasn’t shooting for a 1-to-1 likeness either, just to capture the light and the wildness of the hair.

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Todd

I ate up Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency season 1 on Netflix recently, and it cemented Elijah Wood as one of my fave actors. I tried to capture his likeness here in one of his most confused moments as Todd, but only partially succeeded…

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