Sunday, 30 December 2012

Behind the beautiful forevers

Last year i was in Mumbai, and I was a bit shocked by some of the things I saw. The first thing you see if the plane is ready to hit the ground is a huge slum. The second thing I saw was a modern, carpeted airport. Later I learned the slum is called Annawadi. It's a communitiy of 3000 people, who are mainly garbage-sorters. The airport and the expensive hotels are a big source of income for the people of Annawadi. This drawing is inspired by the book 'Behind the beautiful forevers' by Katherine Boo. She describes slum-life through the eyes of a few inhabitants. The name of the book comes from an advertisement-sign for an Italian tile-company. 'Beautiful forever' the sign says. I loved the book, beautifully written, and beautiful sentences. It's a non-fiction book but feels like a fiction book. (Here is an article in the NY-times about her book. ) It's a year later, and this time I will celebrate New Years in rainy Amsterdam. I hear firecrackers banging everywhere, and look forward to drinking some wine with my friends. I hope you have a good evening tomorrow.
A link for the dutch-readers who'd like to order the book.

Friday, 28 December 2012


Any of various timid long-eared gnawing mammals (order Lagomorpha) with a divided upper lip, long strong hind legs adapted to leaping, and a short cocked tail that have soft usu. Gray or brown fur tunring white is some northerns species in winter. Live in the open, feed chiefly on vegetation and bark.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Nrc Handelsblad van gisteren.

Een artikel over 50+ die internet-daten. Een mooie illustratie op de cover van de Mensen-bijlage en bij het stuk binnenin.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Sinterklaas heeft het land verlaten, het sneeuwt en in de verte hoor ik de belletjes van de Kerstman al tringelen. De Kerstman geeft nu twee exemplaren weg van het boek 'Verhalen van Nederland'. Een geschiedenisboek voor kinderen tussen de 8 en 14 jaar. Share mijn kerstkaarten en je maakt kan op zo'n mooi boek (door mij geïllustreerd). De Kerstman verloot ook nog een boek onder al degene die nog kaarten gaan bestellen of dat al gedaan hebben. Dit is de link naar mijn Etsy-shop. Dit
is de link naar mijn Facebook-post. Rechtstreeks bij mij bestellen kan ook natuurlijk. (het is de Kerstman himself die de lootjes komt trekken; over de uitslag kan dus niet gecorrespondeerd worden....)

Monday, 3 December 2012

I still need a title

And also not sure if im going to turn this one into a print, a postcard or just leave it be for a while. Sometimes, if you just wait a little things fall into place quite easily.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Happy 2013-airplane

Hi, just when I decided to put on my running shoes and go running it started raining, ok more coffee and more work it is then! This year im selling personalized New Years-cards, it is an airplane that fits four heads. I mount you, your family, your cat and even the parrot behind the little window and for 55 euros** you receive 50 large postcards (15 cm by 21 cm, a5). Im taking orders until the 15th of this month. Send me an e-mail or order via Etsy. Thank you and have a lovely sunday.
** price for customers living inside the Netherlands. For customers outside the Netherlands the price will be a little higher because of costs of sending.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Trouw van vandaag

In het mooie tijdschrift Tijd van Dagblad Trouw (dat onlangs een prestigieuze europese prijs won voor mooiste krant van 2012) een stuk over overgewicht (en het strenge toezicht van consultatie-bureaus) bij baby's en kleine kinderen. Met een illustratie van Stadsgiraffe.