This is a small herbal book from the time long before my current concertina books. I remember writing it with a quill after I learned how to cut one. Since that time, I hardly ever wrote italic again. I realized that it wasn't my thing. Uncial, however, and capital letters, feel much better to me. And I still had to discover the beautiful rounded shapes of Carolingian minuscule! Most of my books now are written or drawn in some kind of Carolingian script.
Back in 2000 I designed this poetic text for a headstone. At the time I just started drawing Roman capitals. Looking back now, I'm not too disappointed but spacing between letters and words could be a lot better. I don't like the ligature on the second line and the tail of the R is too weak. This design would benefit to be improved :) The text is from a German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. Here it has been translated in Dutch, and I'll try to translate into English, as good as I can :
Two pages in my sketchbook. I have been re-working a stamps collection and chose for a limited color palette of 3 colors: orange, blue and light blue. I'm inspired by existing stamps but don't copy them. Some details are left out, certain fonts are adjusted and, anyhow, colors are customized. For orange and blue I used fine microns, light blue is executed in colored pencil.
When spring is coming, I feel like being in the garden, smelling the first flowers, having the delight of watching ladybirds, bees and even a few butterflies. Time to prune lavender, roses, butterfly trees and eucalyptus. I made this concertina book last year in the springtime and it makes me realize how time flies!
My concertina books are too long in size, so I have to show them in smaller parts. Otherwise minor details are being lost. Each book measures 75 cm (29.5") with a height of 14 cm (5.5"). For this one, I only used black pigment liners, some watercolor for the yellow bits and I worked on cold pressed paper which, as you can see, has a rough surface.
This space control toy in bright turquoise blue dates back to ca. 1950. I'm planning making many more drawings of old toys because of a sense of nostalgia. No one better than Bill Bryson to describe the spirit of time of the 50's and 60's:
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