De Zuilense Salons - Season 1 Posters

This was a really cool job! I got to make all the posters for “De Zuilense Salons”, an irregular recurring event where Dutch artist Beatrijs Wind invited musicians or storytellers or other interesting people together with an audience in her living room. She made all of them food and generally some magic happened.

I’m already looking forward to the next season….


Find more about Beatrijs Wind here.

"Knuppels en Gekakel" Theater Poster

The title is really quite hard to translate…

“Knuppels” are sticks or bats to hit someone with and there is a Dutch expression where this refers to “Een knuppel in het hoenderhok gooien” - literally: throwing a stick in a hen house which means something like stirring things up. “Gekakel” is the sound hens make. So make of that what you want… :)

It’s a play about prejudice and intolerance, but very funny and with lots of music.

The “hens”, in this case, are the three actresses and creators of the play. I knew one of them. We used to dance tango together.

I still haven’t seen the play itself. Hope that changes soon….

The grafik Brut Project (4)

I "sampled" the white line from a monoprint by the Dutch artist Beatrijs Wind, and stole the title for this one from her work as well. The cloud is a monoprint I did with a piece of cardboard, the boat itself is a piece of cardboard multiplex box with a nail in it, and the rest of the background is a picture of a big, round vase I once made.

I am not all that sure the French is correct. But I'm not gonna correct it anymore if it isn't...


The Grafik Brut Project (2)

Two posters today. Neither one looks like what I actually intended to do, but I decided to go with the flow, and I guess I'm not totally unhappy with them...

Both were drawn digitally, using different brushes from the standard collection in Gimp and the Clone tool by which I can use the textures found in photographs as the digital "paint". I like this technique a lot and use it often. I feel it doesn't hide its digital origin but at the same time looks quite organic. 

See you tomorrow for another poster...


The Grafik Brut project (1) - not ready, getting started anyway...

Right, here we go...

About two weeks ago I decided I was going to start a daily project again. I used to do something like that on Google+ (remember Google+? Yeah.... well....) Back then, my project was called "The Daily Doodle" and it ran for over two years, I believe.
I posted something each and every day. Sometimes it was a cartoon or an illustration. Often it was just a sketch or an actual doodle, other times it was a whole poster or a book cover. I didn't really make something every day. Sometimes I made several things in advance so I could have a few days off. It was a really great exercise, which taught me a lot. 

Below you can see some snippets of the work I did back then.


Some of it was crap. Some of it, I think, was the best stuff I ever did. 

But at some point, I quit.


And now... I feel like starting it up again.

A new daily project, with a new name: The Grafik Brut Project.

Grafik because it is going to be a poster each day.

Brut, because brut is good. Brut is fine. Brut is what it is going to be...

Ok, ok, I'll explain all of this in more detail in further installments. Now I just want to get this show on the road. 
I was postponing the launch of this project for "when the time was right". Ha! Yeah... The time didn't feel like getting right. Actually, the time is pretty lousy today. But I'm gonna start anyway. 

I don't know how long I am going to keep this project going. Maybe just a short time. A month or so. Maybe much longer. Maybe I'll stop and start up again after a while. I'm also not so clear on the rules yet. For now: It's going to be a poster a day. Nothing else. Just posters. (Again, in one of the following posts I'll talk a bit more about why I wanna do posters). And for now, I'm thinking I am actually going to make something each and every day, not just post something daily. That means, on some days, there will not be very much time to make something, but I am going to do it anyway, and it might be crap. It might make no sense. It might look stupid. But it is going to be the poster of the day.

So there.


Today, I made my first poster.

Wanna see?


More tomorrow...