In this blog entry, I will tell you a bit more about my (almost already forgotten) summer holidays. And if you want to read more about what I did this summer, find the first part here.
After the trip to Germany, we took a plain to Spain. This time, and in order to avoid the problems of a crowded and very messy airport (yes, I am speaking about Schiphol and yes, it is overcrowded and messy since they cut in personal), we decided to flight via a very small airport. In my experience, the process was not only a lot easier but people at the airport were also a lot friendlier and much more helpful than in Schiphol.
Spain was basically “hot” so I mainly used the time there to rest and recover from the hard working year. I eat lots of watermelon and had the traditional second breakfast in the terraces of my parents village.
Back at home, I used the free time to continue learning (or should I say messing?) with watercolors and reading books about visual thinking and illustration.
Happy with my most recent merch haul. Most of the items are from a comicon.
Now that the summer holidays are over for me, it is time to try to summarize them in my illustrated journal. This summer I visited Leipzig and Berlin; this was my first visit to Germany and I have to say that I really liked it. Even the trip was enjoyable as we travelled first class in the high speed train. It is so comfortable that even though it is a long trip, we arrived rested and fresh to our destination. We had Wifi, we read, talked, listened to music, took coffee… I even managed to do some nice sketches while watching the scenery!
I especially, and in contrast to what I expected, enjoyed Leipzig; a very nicely restored city full of nice buildings and musea. We of course visited the Bach’s museum but also Mendelssohn’s house and several historical musea including the Stasi museum. The latter, situated in real headquarters in which East German police operated during the Cold War, really impressed me. Berlin, although also a very interesting city, is so incredibly big and crowded that I felt a bit overwhelmed. Still I have to mention that the Brandenburger Tor and The Wall impressed me a lot.
In Berlin I also had the opportunity to visit a huge art supplies shop and bought a wonderful (and expensive) box of Schmincke watercolors. Finally I have professional watercolors!
You can read more of my summer adventures soon, so like they say in TV series:
TO BE CONTINUED…
This drawing is inspired by both “The orange perfumery“, an acrylic paint I made in 2011, and a Christmas inspired watercolor called the “Mulled wine recipe” by Anita Gadzińska. Anita is a great artist I follow in YouTube not only because her drawings are always beautiful but also because to listen to her while she is painting is very relaxing and inspirational. I of course don’t claim (nor intend) to be able to paint as nicely and detailed as she does but her painting reminded me of my old one so much that I felt again the motivation to paint, and this is something I didn’t have in months so I am really happy and grateful for it.
“The orange perfumery” and the “Mulled recipe wine” paintings side to side
Disney just released the “Kingdom of Cute: a Vinylmation series by Jerrod Maruyama and I am totally in love!
My favorites are the people move car and the “mystery chaser”, the jungle cruise boat.
I made the illustrated February in a new journal. Size wise it is a bit smaller than the previous one but taking into account I don’t have much time for drawing, this is not such a bad thing. The paper quality of this journal is also fine so, at least for the moment, I am quite happy with it.
The most important event of the month was probably the birthday of the little one (although I have to say she is not so little anymore). The birthday celebration is still a “work in progress” because we are celebrating it at different moments with different people.
Dick Bruna, the illustrator of Nijntje died at old age. You can see his famous little rabbit sticking out her head in my illustrated page for February.
In Valentijn’s day I received one of the nicest chocolate bars I ever tried (unless you are one of these people that don’t consider white chocolate, real chocolate). Whatever it is, I really recommend it to all of you: white chocolate raspberry with crackling sugar. To celebrate this day, I also did some “lettering” with the ipad. Below you can see the result:
We enjoyed a bit of snow this month. The ice that followed the snow was not so fun though…
I added a few more items to my “Blond Amsterdam” collection. These ones are from the collection the artists created for the Eftenling. I also bought some retro cups like the ones my grandmother used to have.
The bad news is that lately my asthma is getting a bit worse, the good news is that the last days of the month are holidays for me so I have been recovering and sleeping as much as I can. It is nice and relaxing to see the rain through the window when you can rest.