San Francisco-based agency Cutwater asked me, along with other designers from across the globe, to participate in an advertising campaign for Ray Ban's new Rare Prints collection. I was asked to produce an illustration inspired by the colourful patterns printed on Ray Ban's new range of sunglasses. The campaign was launched world wide, and was shown in stores, magazines, on-line, on billboards etc. As part of the concept and campaign, the illustrations have also been printed as a truly unique set of limited edition posters, signed and numbered by the artists.
Executive Creative Director: Chuck McBride
Creative Director: Travis Britton
Art Director: Marcus Cross
Copywriter: Marty Senn
Art Buyer: Justine Barnes
Print Producer: Miriam Lee
Photo NY bustop by: James Maher Photography
Logo artwork and packaging design for DrNo Effects, a range of vintage guitar effect pedals. It has been an absolute pleasure to work on this job as I always love to mix graphic design, custom lettering and illustration. This project had all of these elements. I started by doing some rough sketches, and created six different vintage styles, one for each guitar effect. Within each artwork, I tried to reflect the sound and style of the effect. I created custom letters to make every effect unique and special. Finally, I placed the sketches in Illustrator, traced them and added colour.
As I'm a guitar player myself I have to say these vintage guitar effects are truly amazing and really take you back in time. But I guess this goes without saying as Alain Johannes of Queens of the Stone Age is one of the many users of DrNo effects. The effects are produced using the best components and materials available, and every stomp box is 100% handmade by DrNo himself.
For more info please follow this link: www.drno-effects.com
Photography by: www.b13visuals.com
Nicke Andersson of Swedish rock band Imperial State Electric and former front man of The Hellacopters approached me to create the art for the vinyl album of his band. He asked for something bold and vintage to illustrate the record title 'Reptile Brain Music'. So I set to work, first I drew the hand of Zeus with my brush and ink, and then the crocodiles eating each other's tail. In Photoshop I placed everything together and then started with the lettering. Instead of using an existing typeface I thought it would make the album more special to create custom lettering. After finishing I added some filters to make it look like it was released in the 70's. It was so much fun to illustrate an LP album cover, as it is such a cool, tactile canvas to work on.
Personal work. This illustration is available for sale as a gallery quality Giclée print, a smartIphone case, and a laptop skin on: Society6.
It was later also commisioned by Feelgood Magazine to be used on the cover of their magazine
French fashion label Kothai commissioned me to create artwork for their collection of reporter bags. The brief was to create something typographic with a vintage feel – something I really love doing. I wanted to do an artwork in an old-school record cover and one in cassette style. They liked the idea, and after browsing my record collection for inspiration I created some sketches. When the sketches were approved I traced them in Adobe Illustrator and created a couple of different colour ways of the artwork. These Kothai bags are available in stores and online To order please visit their website.
Poster artwork for a series of soul related concerts at the Patronaat.
Edits is an exhibition at Amsterdam Central Station. Each designer was asked to produce an artwork inspired by a museum in Amsterdam. I was inspired to design this piece after a visit to Edward and Nancy Kienholz's 'The Hoerengracht' at the Amsterdam Historical Museum.
Poster design for Graphic Design Festival Breda. The Festival's theme was 'Decode'. With this poster I want to show how our brain interprets images. When looking at this poster our brain searches for recognisable information that corresponds with what we see. But it's not possible for our brain to decode the visual information correctly, so the image distorts and moves. Can we trust our perception?
This project depicts the 100 most important moments in the history of the Spanish city of Badalona. 100 designers/studios from all over the world each produced a 1m x 1.5m image which together form a 100-metre-long timeline on canvas. My piece is about actors Margarita Xirgú and Enric Borrás. Special thanks to the guys from www.brrothers.com
Vlisco honours His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands with commemorative fabric. His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, who is married to Her Majesty Queen Máxima, has succeeded the Dutch throne on 30 April 2013. Vlisco celebrated this historic moment with a commemorative design on fabric. During my employment at Vlisco I had the honor to create the artwork for this piece fabric. It is a Limited Edition, only 12.500 yards have been printed.
West and Central Africa is home to a rich tradition in which historic and important events are celebrated by the creation of commemorative designs on fabric. This tradition and the Vlisco heritage of 167 years of creating iconic and well-loved designs, as well as the strong link between the Netherlands and Africa, made it logical that Vlisco celebrated the investiture with the development of a unique “Wax Hollandais” fabric.
Typographic artwork for DrNo-Effects' Holy Wahcamoly. A full range “Wah Rocker Pedal” with a wide range of possibilities and never heard before “sweat spots” suitable for the Raw vintage player. For more info on this pedal please go to the DrNo website
Photography by: www.b13visuals.com
Q-Dance commissioned me to create the main campaign image for Defqon.1 Festival 2014.
DefQon.1 is an annual hardstyle festival held in the Netherlands and Australia. The audience has grown to 40,000, with tickets selling out after 39 minutes. The theme of this year is ‘Survival of the Fittest’. To emphasize this concept of evolution I created a new species of tiger that has evolved into a fierce 'super-being' with extra senses, which I translated in my design creating extra eyes, ears and mouths. I was also asked to create 6 icons that are used for different events during this festival.
Art direction by:
Frank Burghout - Q-Dance
I created the artwork and logo design for the new album by Dutch musicians Def P & Beatbusters. The album title ‘Hard op Weg’, Dutch for ‘well on the way’, can be interpreted in a positive or negative way. I wanted to reflect this double meaning and came up with the idea of illustrating the album title as an ambigram, a typographical design which reads exactly the same when viewed upside down, while the decoration in the background shows a positive or negative image at the top depending on orientation. The colour scheme – black outside, gold inside – and two inlay illustrations continue the theme.
I created this illustration for a 9-step tutorial in February's issue ofDigital Arts Magazine. In this tutorial I explain how you can lend a dynamic feel to an image simply by adding lines and patterns. Be sure to pick up a copy if you're interested in how I create my images. You can find the tutorial online as well, click here.
If you ask guest curator Fontanel to host an exhibition, with the help of Graphic Design Festival Breda. What do you get? An explosion of colours, more than 100 designers, more than 100 posters and just €10,-. It's cash&carry and all money goes to the famine in East Afrika. You're more then welcome to come down to the exhibition, which wil run until 25th of November 2011, in The Hague, The Netherlands.
For more info go to Ship Of Fools
Logo and T-shirt artwork for BB-Selfdefense.
Poster design for New Year's Eve Vintage Vegas event at Patronaat.
The Great Carnival is my graduation project at the School of Arts. The concept of this project is the culture of haste. These days our culture teaches us that faster is better. But in the race to keep up, we all suffer the consequences. I invented an imaginary carnival to make us aware of how this generation perceives and manages its time. For more info please visit the website.
All posters are for sale in my webshop
T-shirt design for the Irish Folk band Preachers Son. If you're into dark swamp-rock with craggy guitars and weighty vocals, go check them out at www.preachersson.com
Illustration depicting a cucumber apocalypse for the design blog Fontanel.
I was asked to create a portrait of Aretha Franklin for the Xerox Rochester NY International Jazz Festival. The festival, now in its tenth year, has grown into one of the biggest and most respected jazz festivals in the U.S.A. I created a design in an artistic style which taps into the classic look of the jazz genre and conveys Aretha's longevity and sophistication. The illustration is for a book which Xerox, the sponsors, will give away at the event as part of a competition. Festival-goers will be invited to complete the book by collecting printed materials from around the event for a chance to win a prize. The artwork will also be used in brochures and posters around the festival.
Through my agency I was asked to create a CD cover for KPM Music House, which is the production music branch of EMI. All of their music is for use in the media, and is not for sale commercially. The brief was to create something that would immediately show to their clients what kind of music is on the CD by looking at its cover art.
Poster design for New Year's Eve Dynamite Disco event at Patronaat.
Collection book illustrations for Dutch shoe designer Fred De La Bretoniere.
T-shirt illustration for the new brand JIMIJIMMY, an apparel/soft goods line that pays tribute to popular classic rock guitar riffs by capturing and visually portraying the 'essence' of the riff and by integrating tablature and/or chord symbol notation, which would allow a guitarist to learn and play the riff being represented. Commercial use of this illustration is pending.
Acrylic paint and ink on secondhand shoes. Self-initiated project. These shoes are not for sale unfortunately. I plan to create a whole bunch of them in the future, and I'll put them up for sale in my webshop. Please subscribe to my mailing list on my contact page if you like to stay updated about this.