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What kind of products can I make for you?
I draw on real paper with real tools, but I digitize the finished drawings and can combine them in a variety of ways. For example, my reportage artwork can be turned into printer-ready posters or folders or even into video clips (talk to me about the various options.) Individual illustrations ("impressions" or studio pieces) can also be provided in a variety of formats, depending on what you need. Reportage images will only be available in digital formats, while "impressions" and studio illustrations can also be provided in their original paper form.
How long will it take?
Every project is unique, but here are some indications about how long it takes to complete a project.
For reportage illustration, a whole day on location is ideal. Finalizing the project in the studio will take around two weeks.
The individual drawings made on location ("impressions") will take approximately one hour per drawing, plus one or two days for finishing work.
For live drawing, I will go wherever the action is. So no worries if what you do involves tramping through mud, boarding a boat or being in other unconventional settings where you need things like rubber boots, special gear etc. I will make sure I am fully equipped for the location. In true fly-on-the-wall style, I come to observe, and no special arrangements need to be made for me. I want to be able to see, hear, smell and feel everything that is going on - all these atmospheric aspects find their way into my drawings. I make sure not to get in the way of any people working on location. I draw quickly, so there is no need to hold any poses for me. I can draw standing up and even lying down if necessary, so I will always find a spot to draw from and will not take up a lot of space since I do not bring a lot of drawing gear. If possible, I will ask clarifying questions about what it is you do to give me a better understanding of what I am seeing.
I make realistic drawings, using materials that feel appropriate for the subject. Most of my work is in mixed-media style, combining pencil, ink, watercolor and colored pencils, sometimes adding stamps. My aim is to convey the feel of a place in addition to being as technically accurate as necessary to bring across what is happening there. I finish some of my live sketches on location, others I take to the studio to work on some more. However, the images that started out as sketches on location will usually retain some degree of unfinishedness - they will not be as polished as pure studio pieces, helping to bring across the energy of the situation.
I will always come prepared, having researched your project beforehand. This gives me an understanding of what I can expect on location and what might make for interesting drawing subjects. Preparing also helps me to choose the materials I will bring and the color palette I will work with.
Why drawings and not photos?
In a drawing, you can focus on and zoom in on the decisive elements of the action without losing sight of the big picture (unlike when you zoom in with a camera.) A drawing is much clearer and less cluttered than a photograph and can be made extra instructive by adding explanatory text. You can also include bits of conversations overheard on location or facts and figures about the place. The fact that I am there observing everything with all my senses lends great immediacy to the drawings and gives them an energy that differs from that of a photograph or a studio illustration.
Get some outsider insights!
What is the benefit of letting a stranger get a behind-the-scenes look at what you do? When you let an outsider observe your processes, the results are often unexpected. Someone who sees what you do for the first time will probably notice (beautiful) things you are taking for granted and are therefore no longer aware of. In addition, it is often easier for an outsider to get to the gist of things and explain them to a lay audience because they do not have all the specialist knowledge that can obscure the basics of a process.
Since no two projects are the same, this is something we will have to discuss once the scope of your project is clear.