hourly comics, and a burlesque lady.

here we are again… Last monday I tried to do Hourly Comics, but failed miserably. I only completed 5 hours of comics, after which I just got fed up because I found out I just had too little time to do what I wanted (the quality is shit). Later, when seeing Lucy Knisley’s hourlies I hit my forehead when realizing she uses much smaller panels. well, for next year. Also, I’m gonna try and do an hourly comic at least once every few days to flex my muscles. Anyway, here are the hourlies I did manage to do, crappy as they may be:

Hourly comics

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looking back, looking forward.

So, 2010. The year we made contact and all that. Last year was a pretty shitty year for me, with no work, and shitty health. But at least there were good books, tv, music and movies to cheer me up!

Favourite 3 books:
City Of Dreaming Books- Walter Moers. My favourite of the year. I’m incredibly thankful to my friend Petra for introducing me to this book. Moers really is just the most imaginative writer out there.
The Death Of Bunny Munroe- Nick Cave. It’s Nick Cave writing the blackest possible sex comedy . what’s not to like?
Godverdomse Dagen Op Een Godverdomse Bol – Dimitri Verhulst. The Flemish: still making better dutch language books than dutch writers.

Favourite 3 graphic novels:
Ergens Waar Je Niet Wil Zijn – Brecht Evens. stunning watercolour stuff. to be published in english this year, under the title, "The Wrong Party".
The Book Of Genesis – Robert Crumb. lovely pen and ink renderings by the master.
Wonton Soup part 2: Hyper Wonton Soup – The Quickening… Soup by James Stokoe. worth it just for the title. batshit insane stuff.

favourite TV:
Doctor Who – The End Of Time. loved it, despite having as many endings as Return Of The King.
Sons Of Anarchy. hell yeah. great acting, great action, great music.
Bored To Death. My favourite new show. see it people!

favourite music:
IRM – Charlotte Gainsbourg (with Beck). It’s a Beck album, with a whispery french lady singing. There apparently is nothing more I need from an album.
It’s Blitz! – Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Not just a fantastic concert in Paradiso, but thankfully, also a great third album by the New York three.
Two Suns – Bat For Lashes. I liked it most of the year, but only started loving it when I went to see her live in October.

Favourite movies:
Up. best dog I never owned.
Let The Right One In. okay, so I technically saw that one late late last year, but only saw a GOOD (legal) version of it this year, so it counts.
Inglourious Basterds. excellent Tarantino stuff. Just amazing.

favourite videogame:
Uncharted 2, Uncharted 2, Uncharted 2. okay, and Flower.

So… 2010, what will you bring, culture-wise? I’m looking forward to the following:
music:  new Beck (hopefully), new Grinderman, new Fleet Foxes.
movies: Fantastic Mr. Fox (yeah, thanks Hollywood for your shitty staggered internation releases), Iron Man II, Gainsbourg – Vie Heroique (t’s Joann Sfar doing a movie on one of my favourite singers), Clash Of The Titans, Inception… and most of all Scott Pulgrim Versus The World.
tv: more Bored To Geath, Sons Of Anarchy, etc. and Jack Bauer’s final day of DAMNITs. Also, Treme and Song Of Ice And Fire.
books: more Walter Moers? catching up with Steven Erikson before the final Malazan book appears.
graphic novels: Craig Thompson’s Habibi, Paul Pope’s Battling Boy (and hopefully the complete THB.. one can dream), more Multiple Warheads, and a shitload more I’m forgetting.
games: Red Dead Redemption. and hopefully The Last Guardian.

and now, drawing time!

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hello there! Long time no post. Too busy finding a new job and working on them comics. Read a lot of great books ( Walter Moers’ City Of Dreaming Books is simply awesome) but I wanted to specifically mention The Art Of Osamu Tezuka: God Of Manga. A great book with lots of art and photographs of the man at work (always great to see artists you love using crow quill pens). As a bonus you get a dvd with the book, which features a 45 minute doc on the man and his incredible work ethic (20 pages a day!). I highly recommend it. Anyway, I’ll be posting more soon including lots of artwork. Stay tuned….

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Now in Colour!

Spent the weekend at my girlfriend’s parents, brought my Pitt Artist Pens and decided to colour some of the Efteling drawings:

Two more drawings…

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went to the Efteling, and all I got were these lousy drawings…

 Went to the Efteling theme park today, which contains lots of fairytale stuff based on drawings by Anton Pieck. Did a few drawings based on what I saw (pencil, Pitt Artist Pens, in a Moleskine sketchbook).

More drawings under the cut…

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YYY, awesome Euro-comics art…

So, last week  my girlfriend, two of our friends and I went to see Yeah Yeah Yeahs in Paradiso, Amsterdam. It was a pretty awesome show. Karen O has so much energy, it’s insane. I think it’s quite rare to see a singer smile so much on stage, it’s a nice change.

Currently reading a lot of comics, King of Flies vol.1 by Mezzo & Pirus. I think it comes out in english next year from Fantagraphics. you can see some pages here: www.sherpa.nu/preview/prev_hallo_34.htm Very much Charles Burns-esque in its art and story, and that’s not bad at all.

I just had to share these awesome panels from the french edition of Donjon Monsters – Les Profondeurs. Killoffer takes art duties on this one, and the whole thing is insanely detailed, leading up to the final pages which feature panels like this:

and finally this bit of INSANITY:

I wonder how long it took him to do that panel. the mind boggles…

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It’s my birthday! (in fifteen minutes)

I did this one for someone else’s birthday, but I still really like it. yeah, his arms are too long, but the face is pretty good, if I say so myself.


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