Easter Bunnies.

Illustration of a trio of goofy bunnies, decorating an egg. The oldtimer clearly has seen his share of Easter eggs during his lifetime!

Bald Eagle.

Back to studying animals tonight. Here's a rough sketch of a bald eagle.

Little deer jumping.

Rough animation for a small project. A simple, little deer making a jump. Had to be on a loop, using as few frames as possible!

Happy New Year!

Hi Guys! Hope you all had a great Christmas! I'll try and post more stuff next year! Let's act like Marty and Morty and finish the year with a Bang! Happy New Year!

Tom Poes!

This week, Toonder published the very first Tom Poes story in thirty years! After reading it I just had to do a couple of drawings of the main characters, Tom Puss ("Tom Poes") and Oliver B. Bumble ("Olivier B. Bommel"). They're so much fun! These are very popular Dutch characters, created by Marten Toonder and first published in Newspapers in 1941.

In all, an amazing 177 stories were published until 1986. Known as 'text comics' these stories consisted of three panel daily B&W strips with the story accompanied beneath the illustrations. Actual full color comicbook stories also appeared in the Dutch Donald Duck weekly magazine between 1955 and 1988.

You can read more about the new book 'Het Lastpak'on Toonder's site.


Some more Disney related sketches I found tucked away somewhere on my harddrive!

Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch.

Okay, time for a little tech update! I recently bought the new Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch and it’s amazing! Of course I already owned a Cintiq, but this latest model is HUGE!

Measuring a whopping 77x46.5 CM (that’s 30.3x18.3 inches for you folks in the US), the drawing area is almost 70 cm or 27 inch measured diagonally. So if you are traditionally used to working on regular A3 drawing paper like me, this is even bigger than that! Wow!

wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch
The new Cintiq has completely abandoned all buttons. Instead it now has a thin portable remote (much like your TV). Using interior magnets you can attach it anywhere you like around the main drawing space, so there’s no more problem if you are left or right handed! It has 17 buttons that can be custom programmed differently for every program, besides having an unlimited amount of Wacom's custom on-screen (touch) menus, which you can pin anywhere and populate with your favorite commands. The Cintiq also has five USB 3.0 ports to hook up all your sticks and drives etc, while the remote works for up to 160 hours and is rechargeable (comes with a small usb cable).
Of course you still draw with the a Wacom Pro pen which now comes with 2048 pressure levels while the screen has a resolution of 2560x1440, so way higher than full HD. The display is capable of 1.07 Billion colors (I didn’t even know there were so many!) and there are many different settings to choose from and adjust to your own liking as far as screen color of brightness etc.

The Wacom 27QHD comes in different versions. I purchased the high-end model, which has Multi-Touch features enabled, meaning I can now use the rotate, pan/zoom features just by using my hands, like I would in real life on my drawing table and that to me, is so amazing! There have been some complaints about the responsiveness of this on the net, but from my experience so far, I can honestly say, it all depends whether or not the software you are using actually has touch features implemented.

Besides Photoshop, I work with several different drawing/animation software programs that I own (including 3D software) and so far ‘Manga studio’ (recently rebranded ‘Clip Studio Paint’ here in the West) seems to be most responsive to the touch features. But Photoshop also works nice. For more on all the features of the Cintiq 27QHD, check the Wacom site.

Logitech G602 Wireless Mouse

Beside the new Wacom Cintiq I also bought an amazing new mouse, which I can heartily recommend. Wireless mice have been around for a while. I know, I've been working with a wireless mouse for years. But for Gaming mice it's different. They usually are still wired, as they have much more functions to fulfill, demanding a very high level of acuracy.

The Logitech G602 is actually the first wireless 'gaming' mouse and comes with ‘Delta Zero’ sensor technology working at 2500 DPI, meaning it is really accurate on screen. What made it really interesting for me, is that it comes with many different buttons that you can program with unlimited Macros (much like Photoshop actions). So it let’s you record a series of button clicks, needed to do very specific tasks in any software, which you can then store under a single button, to use with just a single click. The buttons of course can have different settings in various software you are actively working in. So that’s another amazing gagdet I thought I'd share with you guys.

Below is the drawing I worked on during my first trial run with the new Cintiq, I thought a 'touchy' subject would be appropriate!


Haven't updated the blog much lately, been so busy working in 3D stuff. To make up for all that, here's a little Marty & Morty comic! Happy holidays guys!

Traditional tools.

Some of the stuff that I use when working traditionally. I love pencils, how they flow across the paper. I've always used 2B pencils because they're just so soft. They do give you a lot of smear tough.

But the best pencil ever made and used by all artists back in the day in the animation industry was a 'Blackwing' 602 pencil, produced by Faber/Castell, which had wax added to the lead.  All the amazing classic animated features were drawn with it and I hear even writers, like John Steinbeck used it exclusively to write all his novels with. It had a very distinctive look, with a square eraser at the end and their catchphrase 'Half the pressure, twice the speed' running on the side of the pencils.

Now, the original 'Blackwings' aren't produced anymore, but a while back, Palomino gave their best to try and reproduce the pencil in matching quality and I must say it's an amazing pencil. They say it's smooth as butter and that's the best way to describe how it feels to draw with it. I also like to use colored pencils when I'm drawing, but I'll leave those for another post.

One of the more annoying things if you're working traditionally, are of course ink stains. That's why I just love this ink from Rohrer & Klingner, it's really black and water proof and it comes in a very handy little eyedropper bottle! Of course you can always emulate this by emptying any eyedropper bottle you can find and putting your own favorite drawing ink in it.

The brush. There are many different kinds, some are synthetic, others are made from natural hair. In my experience, natural brushes tend to have a higher 'learning curve', but they do last longer. The synthetic ones are easier to manipulate (thick to thin) but don't retain their natural form easily, so they have to be replaced much sooner, they are however much cheaper than natural brushes.

I use several, but I love Kolinksy sable brushes from the German company 'Da Vinci'. They're actually used for water color painting, but I like them for inking because they can hold so much ink in the brush. Preferably a small size, like the one depicted on the photo, which is '00'.

Erasers. While I have several, I use the Pentel click eraser the most, which I can hold and use almost the same as my stylus on the Cintiq, when I'm working digitally. It has tube like filling inside the holder which you can adjust downwards and outwards as you reach the end of your tip, really handy.

Oh yeah, the kneaded eraser is actually used more for flexing muscles, warm up or just when you're really anxious and you have a terrible deadline!