Take a blender. A very big one. Preferable a red one. Then collect every scrap of paper, photos old and new, scribbles, little sketches and paintings. Got them all? Ok.
Put it in the blender and press full throttle. Yes the biggest stand on the thing. Stir and blend for about a minute. And serve the most tasting smoothie you’ll ever taste.
That’s how I would describe Benjamin‘s work. A fantastic mix of materials, a very strong pen and pencil and, trying to describe it in 1 sentence, a dream made real on a piece of paper
Merel has a website. But not just a website for her. But a shared site.With her husband Benjamin Leroy.
Both are distinguished illustrators. I had the privilege to have these 2 in the same school. I was a couple years below them. So it’s very special to watch them grow. See the evolution. Knowing were they came from.
Merel found a voice that has a soft, crispy-old paper, glowing feel. Very clear details, but colored in such a way that you can’t stop looking at it. Especially her use of patterns are just mind blowing beautiful. In each drawing you feel the love for the work she does.
Time to talk about a very respected illustrator. Jan de Kinder is a very hard working illustrator, when not doing that he gives wonderful workshops.
But when I think about Jan, I think about a very young illustrator who was dumbstruck that Jan de Kinder read that illustrator’s first book on a exhibition. There I was, nervous, in front of a crowd, and preparing for a live drawing. But Jan’s calm voice pulled me through the ordeal.
And off course. When I look and talk about Jan’s work, I think about: red.
Jan has the power to make that colour the centerpieces of his work. Be sure to at least have 2 books of this man in your collection. And yes, you can choose which.
Stefanie has a very distinct style.
From afar you see a dark, brooding picture. You can even call it old. But if you come closer and closer, a whole world opens up. Tiny details, patterns, colour on different kind of paper (or so it may seem), photos. Every time there are new things to discovers. Off course, not all her work is dark. When she introduces light, it has a very ‘arabic’ feel.
A style to fall in love with.
A Belgian illustrator that has a hand in a lot of projects. Commercials, advertising, magazines, boardgames,books and more. Always with a warm and very tidy style. Everything with his trusty computer(I think), so thumbs up for making ‘veryrealdrawnandpaintedlike’ illustrations.
But back to the drawings!
Busy little bee. Sarah, after winning the distinction award from the academy of art in Ghent, has thrown herself in her work.
Advertising, cd covers, children books, magazines, brochures, posters, andsoforthandsoonandonandon. A lot!
Be sure to check the site for all the colour goodness.
A lot of everything with this illustrator. I can’t quite put my finger on a certain kind of style, but I recognize a lot of his work.
Tim is a Belgian illustrator who has worked for a number of big companies. And has a very clean website….eaten by monsters !!
Lea is a fresh graduated, brand new illustrator from the netherlands. After studying at the Art Academy of St. Joost she’s throwing herself in the big and beautiful world of children book illustrations. We wish her the best of luck and a birthday card now and then.
Steef Wildenbeest, with a name like that in dutch you’ll be noticed. (Translated is Wildenbeest: Wild beast)
Steef works the lot. He does comics, magazines, lots of free work and children books.