This is the largest project I've completed to date, 12m2 in total: a mural for a bar in Amsterdam.
I've crossed a general 'Amsterdam' theme with the branding for Brewdog, (the British craft beer label beer opening the bar). As per Brewdog's brand, I went with a bit of a punk vibe for the illustrative style. My aim was to make something that offers something new with every glance.
This illustration was commissioned by Troubleman, an Amsterdam based theatre production house, set up to produce politically engaged plays by Sadettin Kırmızıyüz, a man who is both . 'Metropolis 1' will be one of four plays which are a cooperation between Sadettin Kırmızıyüz and the National theatre. It tells the stories of the Dutch city life and its inhabitants. Part one has an educational theme represented by the blackboard and the chalk skyline.
This is a logo I designed for an artisanal bakery in Amsterdam: a one-woman operation committed to natural, wholesome and delicious bread.
My aim with this logo was to capture the growing revolution demanding wholesome food. There is also something wild, rough and fierce to Het Wilde Brood's wonderful bread that I wanted the logo to connote.
Merel is an artist when it comes to baking and simply bakes the best bread in town. Sadly Het Wilde Brood had to close its doors and will hopefully reopen elsewhere in due time.
I've always dreamed of making art to complement beautiful music; music is my food, and it fuels my art. This dream was realised when Kathryn Claire, a singer-songwriter from Portland Oregon, approached me. Together, we share a certain kind of language: she sings and plays, and I respond in images like these. Listen to her music here, and see for yourself if I captured it right.
These images are for merchandise, poster prints, tank tops and trucker caps.
This logo was designed for a very special woman; a skilled comedian, brilliant writer, and an endearing example to many. Anke writes a column in Kek Mama magazine, and is publishing her second novel out this fall.
Attempting to capture Anke, and all of the lovely facets of her character, presented a unique challenge to me as an artist. The hand-lettered script with a mix of bold and delicate stems attempts to convey her warmth and fearless vulnerability. She is also headstrong and feminine, though, hence the curvy letters without hesitation. Finally, Anke is very much a woman of this time, thus the modern background pattern.
Anke Laterveer, buy her book 'Lefbek' and go see her when you get the chance. She's a phenomenon.
With hand-drawn letters, a text can be transformed into an artwork. I often experiment with lettering, simply for the love of it, and for it's meditative quality. I always work by hand, often digitizing the product afterwards if I'm using the lettering for another designing purpose, like a postcard, a t-shirt design, a poster or logo.
I also teach Hand Lettering workshops in my studio in Amsterdam West. To find out when the next workshop takes place, like my facebook page so you will receive updates in future.
By Fritz-kola I was commissioned this spring to design and make a cocktail menu from Fritz-kola for the super chill bar, Klein Berlijn (Little Berlin) in Utrecht.
had so much fun playing with the fonts and designing a chalkboard menu that was also a mural painting. This picture is from a half-way stage.
For this Craftbeer shop in Amsterdam I was asked to do the lettering. These may well be the biggest I've done so far. Go get yourself a nice beer in Jan Pieter Heijestraat and check out the lettering above the bar!
These chalkboards hang right in the middle of the Amsterdam's Foodhallen; a hip and happening food court in Oud West. The goal was to get a distinct and legible menu, but also to depict Vietnamese street food in an attractive and recognizable way.
I was amazed at the possibilities presented by chalkboard markers, especially when it comes to drawing food. The delicious fresh rice paper rolls certainly helped with inspiration!
Bagels & Beans
n the corner of Willem de Zwijgerlaan and Jan van Galenstraat in Amsterdam, you will find pretty colorful chalkboards above the coffee counter. They are quite the eye-catcher in this cosy café.
I used a range of colors in these chalkboards, creating color blocks.
Here are a couple of the posters I designed.
'Een mooie avond om te zingen' is a poster for a concert by pupils at the Koningstheateracademie in Den Bosch.
The picture I used is a photograph of one of the pupils participating in the concert. To be fair, all I did add to it, were the bowtie and the conductors wand.
'Dance like nobody's watching' was part of the wedding design I did last year. The same picture was on the wedding invitation, as this quote was the wedding-theme. Like with most of my other designs, I lettered it by hand first before digitizing it.
'Welkom DIY concept Store' is a posteredesign for a local DIY shop in Amsterdam. They are situated on the Postjesweg, go and have a look if you're in the neighborhood, they've got great stuff!
This card was very special to me, as it was for my very own first baby niece, Elsa.
Her last name (and mine!) means 'juniper branch'; as the youngest 'twig' on the family branch, I decided on a visual pun. Using watercolors, I went for an illustrated 'story book' feel.
The haiku is a reference to a song by Feist, a favourite musician of the parents.
These are some of my original Christmas card designs. Cheeky, festive, nostalgic, or cosy - I like my postcards to carry a certain emotion to complement the greeting written upon them.
There is something indescribably enchanting about Edinburgh. Whilst doing my exchange with the Edinburgh College of Art, I fell in love with her sandstone buildings, and her grim-yet-cute atmosphere. I spent autumn and winter in this gorgeous old city, noticing many cultural differences from my Dutch upbringing. I wanted to shout something from the rooftops, but wasn't quite sure what. While looking for the right things to say, this series came into being.
For a local Deli in Amsterdam I made this mural. It's witty, nutty and full of color. Just look at those delicious pecans! While making this mural I discovered how much I enjoy drawing on walls with Posca pens.
This hand drawn tiger is still one of my personal favorites. It was commissioned by Stefany June for her first Single 'Dibadi'. It was digitized and edited to fit into the rest of the design by Gaynelle Szobozlai.
This is an original and happy design, made for musician Stefany June. The artwork itself was inspired on one of her first music videos, in which the singer dangles from a bunch of microphones. The restricted color palette makes for a striking design and reduces printing costs.
These illustrations were commissioned by a Student Association in Groningen. Symbolism was a critical element of this series, so each illustration is a visual metaphor. I combined hand-drawn digital sketches with mixed-media collages in black and white.
A Swedish wedding musician commissioned a series of music-themed illustrations for her online gallery.