Today is World Pet Day! I remember, when I was a child, my dream was to have a dog hotel. I was crazy about dogs, trusted all of them and was petting every dog I came across in the street. I was lucky, never been bitten. The whippet in this concertina book is so decorative, he was literally begging to be painted!
With the floral explosion of an extraordinary spring, our garden is like paradise. I had the irresistible urge to make a painting of this abundant amount of greens and bright colors. So here is the final print! I'm very happy with the colors. I was inspired by our own garden but also by old Indian embroideries. These prints are available through my Etsy shop. Click on 'sale' to see more!
Not my own work this time, but from my talented daughter. For her Master's project she worked on this children's book about jazz and jazz musicians. Since the target audience are children, she used animals alternating with musicians and charming short stories about their lives. There was also a CD included with songs from the book. Below some spreads of JAZZZOO!
I love butterflies and I never get tired of painting them. Here's two details of a concertinabook I made in 2009.
It requires a lot of work and time to come to a final piece. Lots and lots of trials and errors before a piece is finished. Not to mention countless sleepless nights. Now and then I have to clean up my studio and make decisions of what to keep and what to throw away.
Since 2001 I'm making these oblong concertina books. The term 'concertina' refers to a method of parallel folding with the folds alternating between front. This picture shows a detailed view of two of these books. Mustn't read too much into it: the top one is just a compilation of different paintings and text blocks without any cohesion. The only consistency would be color. The bottom one is about an long adventurous trip I made from Belgium to Iran.
This was one of those moments of tidying up my drawing folders, finding a whole lot of pieces of paper with trials and testings from over the last fifteen years and having to decide whether to keep them or throw them away. Well, in the meantime most of them are gone but I've made some pictures of everything because they can inspire me for future pieces. Next time I'll post some other ones!
Tekst: Paul Cleempoel
Dit werkstuk dateert uit de tijd voor ik begon met illustreren. Ik realiseer me nu dat ik nooit meer zoiets maak. Dingen veranderen voortdurend. Aan het einde van de jaren 90 had ik het gevoel dat ik een groot deel van de historische lettervormen in de vingers had: van Romeinse minuskels en kapitalen, over gotisch, uncialen en half-uncialen tot de karolinger en zijn variaties. Ik kon ze redelijk perfect schrijven en dat was dat. Dan begin je je te realiseren dat het daar stopt of dat daar een nieuw avontuur begint: op zoek naar een eigen stijl. Het was niet eenvoudig, maar uiteindelijk vond ik mijn eigen stijl: het combineren van kalligrafie en illustratie.
This is an older piece from the time before I started illustrating. I just now realize that I never make pieces like this anymore. Things are constantly changing. At the end of the 90's I had the feeling that I had become master in most of the historical letterforms: from Roman minuscules and Capitals, over Gothic, Uncials and Half Uncials to Carolingian and its variations. I could write them fairly perfect and that was that. Then you start realizing that that's where it ends or where a new adventure starts: looking for your very own style. It has not been easy but in the end I found my own style: combining calligraphy and illustration.
At the end of 2017, I started up an Etsy shop. It was hard work but I'm happy to announce that, at this moment, I have more than 20 prints available. Please drop by now and then, there will be new ones in the future.
Click on 'SALE'.
Eind 2017 startte ik mijn Etsy-shop. Het was hard werken, maar ik ben blij jullie te kunnen meedelen dat er momenteel meer dan 20 prints beschikbaar heb. Kom nu en dan eens langs, er komen regelmatig nieuwe bij.
Klik op 'SALE'.
Een tijdje geleden ontdekte ik in mijn kast dit kleine kruidenboekje van jaren geleden. Ik stond aan het begin van mijn letter-avontuur en voelde toen al dat ik kalligrafie zou gaan combineren met illustraties. Het kursief schrift is nooit mijn dada geweest maar ik ben toch tevreden met hoe het boekje eruitziet. Als ik me niet vergis heb ik toen alles met een zelfgesneden ganzenveer geschreven.
A while ago I discovered this small book of herbs that I made many years ago. It was the very beginning of my calligraphic journey and I already knew I wanted to combine lettering and illustration. I've never been good at cursive writing, yet I'm happy with the whole concept. I think I remember having written everything with a hand-cut goose feather quill.
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