Saturday, September 25, 2010

Framed Memories

A few years ago I had an exhibition at Gallery Lambiek in Amsterdam showing drawings that fitted my 'Memories trilogy'. They also appeared in the small book 'Ingelijste Herinneringen', which came out in a signed and limited edition. The booklet is still available (send me an email if you're interested). In 2008 I showed the same drawings together with my 'Scherven portraits' at Lilys Gallery in the Hague. Now I also like to show my Framed Memories on this blog.
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Indian summer 1969

Ooievaarskuitenvet.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

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Have a bite

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The first time

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Christmas 1965

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Old newspapers

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Pep.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

Vrijdagavond.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

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Willem 2

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Bazooka Joe

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3 Corners penalty

Friday, September 24, 2010

Stripdagen Houten

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Okay, I'm a bit late. But tomorrow (25th of september) I will be signing Scherven (and my other books) at the Oog & Blik stand in Houten. If you consider to come don't hesitate and drop by! It will be a pleasure to sign a book for you and make a small drawing.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Scherven Portraits

Before I started drawing Scherven I had made portraits of all main characters. Not traditional portaits, but drawings combined with all kind of elements that tell something about each person. In the portraits I also have tried to bring in the atmosphere of the forties.

Victor.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

Esther.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

Chris.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

Corne.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

Maas.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

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Vrouw Maas

Krijn.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

Dingeman.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

Pieter.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

Rozenberg.jpg picture by erikdegraaf
Meester Rozenberg

Geert.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

Daams.jpg picture by erikdegraaf

Saturday, September 11, 2010

My inspiration map

Last week I saw something really nice on Forbidden Planet's weblog. An artist had made his Inspiration Map, in which he showed the artists that had had influence on his work. It inspired me to make mine.
For me it all started when I studied at the Academy of Arts in Rotterdam in the 80's. A fellow student made me discover artists like Joost Swarte (1) and Ever Meulen (2). Exponents of the underground comics in the Lowlands at that time. I was really impressed by both their 'Klare Lijn' style. After that I discovered more and more artists I started to admire. Especially 'Atomic style' artists like Daniël Torres (4), Floc'h,(5), Serge Clerc (6) and Yves Chaland (3). When I saw his work, something started to grow inside of me: one day I wanted to make my own comics, preferably in a style like Chaland. He still is my greatest example with his elegant and flowing style. I still find it a great loss that he lost his life at the 'periferique' of Paris at the 18th of july, 1990.
In the nineties I got to know artists like Seth (7), Chris Ware (8), Michel Rabagliati (9) and Adrian Tomine (10).All with their own characteristics and qualities. I admire the atmoshere and refinement of Seths work, the innovative and detailed style of Ware, the very acessible and sympathetic artwork of Michel Rabagliati and the strong stories and drawings of Adrian Tomine.
All named artists named inspired and influenced me in a way. It started in the Lowlands, moved more to the south (France and Spain) and then ended on the other side of the ocean (Unites States and Canada). Of course I'm also inspired by other work, but for me these ten comic artists are the most important inspirators that made and make me do what I do now. Hopefully one day I will come a little bit closer to their level.