Wow, this past month got so busy at the studio that I am just now able to get back to sharing some news and updates. Can’t say this won’t happen again (till I’m ready to hire a media intern or press agent—ha!) so thanks for the patience. My philosophy anyway is that producing awesome work and projects always comes first and shouting about it is for later!
Moving on to the news, this year I had a great honor to collaborate with Cincinnati Opera for its 2018 Gala, A Night of Passion & Fashion—a black tie event gathering for the glitziest and most creative personalities in town. The commission, which launched on July included a bespoke illustration and handwriting for the event’s visual identity as well as a live portrait drawing session at the Gala on November the 16th located at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. The Gala program included a fashion show of opera costumes created by the fashion design students of University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning; and an auction, which also included the original handmade illustration I did for the Gala with part of the proceeds directed toward supporting the Opera.
For the portrait drawing session, the guests were given the opportunity to purchase a 20 minute appointment to get drawn by me and keep the resulting artwork, done with mixed media on 500 x 650 mm size fine art paper. The exclusive drawing sessions—a whopping 13 appointments in total—took place in a private room at the Gala with champagne and a private hostess entertaining the guests while they had their portrait done.
Check out images from this unique collaboration below. Big thanks to photographer Tony Bailey for sending the last three action shots from my drawing session!
Very excited about my recent commission to illustrate the models at s.Oliver’s in-house fashion show live as it was happening on September 18th! This special collaboration includes the live fashion illustrations and portraits of select personalities of the German fashion company headquartered in Rottendorf. Here showcased are a few snapshots of the resulting live action drawings and the scene at the event.
On August 24th I was commissioned to illustrate live the glitzy performances of Cincinnati artists including wigmaker Stacey Vest and the performance group Forealism Tribe, all the while portraying VIP sponsors by appointment at the gala's cocktail hour. The ones who opted for a drawing got to take home an exclusive memento of the fabulous evening while the other guests could experience the process as it was happening!
Continue scrolling to view snapshots of the artworks as well as a few "making-of" photos, kindly provided by CAC.
Stoked about my collaboration with Coca-Cola Design, to bring a creative, inspirational dynamic during the photoshoot of the Coca-Cola 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia program. Scroll down to see select resulting illustrations and a making-of time lapse video by The Coca-Cola Company. Please get in touch if you'd like to learn more about this collaboration and how my (live) illustrations can help create buzz around your project!
For this year's RISD summer faculty exhibition I decided to show a test piece I did for a new series of experimental artworks with a working title 'Localz'. Composed of expressive and reactive paint splashes and lines on cement this new series is an attempt in larger scale, substantial work for large spaces.
I had a blast sketching the energetic fashion performance of the New York style icon Tziporah Salamon yesterday at the Cincinnati Art Museum. What a fun and fabulous event this was! The performance was preceded by a private Sunday cocktail reception and followed by a lovely seated luncheon at the museum. Invited by chief curator Cynthia Amneus and the event sponsor Moe Rouse I was able to capture the action straight from the front row.
This was also the first time using my spanking new 12.9–inch iPad Pro with Procreate illustration software. You can view a selection of the resulting instant sketches in the above slide show. Let me know what you think!
A few photos from the presentation of my 'A sketchbook as a diary' and Papyrus Swatch Box in Mechelen, Belgium on Tuesday, January the 30th. To make the event extra special I made live illustrations of guests on Fuego Felt 260 g/m2 paper from the Swatch Box and the paper that was used for my diary.
An interview about my work and the release of my new notebook–calendar 2018 'A sketchbook as a diary' on the online edition of METAL Magazine. Click the above image or here to view the full article on the METAL Magazine website. Published on 14th of December 2017. Thank you Yolanda and team for the beautiful feature!
Truly stoked about this feature about my live illustration work on the Belgian TV channel één (English)!
Please click the below link to view the video:
A few photos from the launch of my new limited edition publication 'A sketchbook as a diary' by Stockmans at the Copyright Bookshop in Antwerp with live illustrations, Finnish vodka, and wonderful hors d'oeuvres prepared by Hilde of Copyright. Among the guests that struck a pose for me was the amazing Belgian top model Anouck Lepère — it was such fun creating her portrait and a great honor! Big thanks to Copyright, Stockmans, and everyone that came by, a few copies are still available at Copyright — get yours while the supply lasts!
Proud of my new publication ‘A sketchbook as a diary’ by the prestigious Belgian publisher Stockmans 😍 Signing and unique portrait illustrations by appointment at the Antwerp Book Fair 2017 on November 9 and an exclusive launch event at Copyright Bookshop in Antwerp on Nov 10. Limited to 365 prints and 12 signed versions including a fine art print — get yours while the supply lasts!
At–the–moment illustration work for RISD Museum's Lines of Thought exhibition opening gala on October 5th 2017.
For this commission I was honoured with the task of portraying selected philanthropists as they arrived to the museum's exhibition viewing cocktail. The portrayed personalities were thrilled about the idea and meanwhile the rest of the crowd could experience the process as it was happening! The resulting artworks were signed and handed out in custom presentation cases as a unique gift from the museum.
Please scroll down to view a selection of the drawings as well as photos from the performance taken by Franky Claeys.
Interested of having me draw at your upcoming special events? Please don't hesitate to get in touch with my manager Carina De Becker or me.
It was a very busy summer for me, but so glad I just made it to the Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons exhibition at The Met. Above are a few sketches that I made from my favorite silhouettes!
Beautiful things in the making! Stay tuned for more information.
My selected top collections from the RISD Apparel, Collection 17 show — straight from the backstage and runway! From top: Teagan Lindsay, Atalanta Shi, Paige Ryan, Redat Davison, Daniel Cloke, Jamall Osterholm, Reira Saito,
Very thankful for the great honor to have my work featured in the company of masters such as Karl Lagerfeld, Paul Poiret, Georges Lepape, and Piet Paris in the Belgian de Standaard magazine — an article about the iconic fashion illustrator Mats Gustafson by Veerle Windels.
I was delighted to receive this in my mailbox today just before the weekend! My live portrait illustration of Fiona Hering, a special gift from Chanel, featured on her column on Vogue Netherlands.
My live portrait illustration of the legendary press officer Kuki de Salvertes of Totem agency that I made backstage at the AF Vandevorst Spring 2009 fashion show was recently included in his retrospective exhibition Kuki de Salvertes: La Vie dans la Mode [or "Life in Fashion"] at the Joyce Gallery in Paris' Palais Royale. For more information about the exhibition please read this in–depth article on WWD.com
Got a chance to capture the energy of the fashion icon Diane Pernet yesterday at her A Shaded View on Fashion Film screening at MFA Boston yesterday! I had the honor to meet her the first time in 2007 at the Noovo fashion festival in Santiago de Compostela and since then she has featured my work a couple of times on her website A Shaded View on Fashion. Really stoked to see her again in Boston and wishing her safe travels back to Paris!