This weeks topic of Illustration Friday reminded me of our search during our recent holiday for fresh mushrooms. Although we were camping in France, we just couldn't find fresh mushrooms. Only canned mushrooms. And to top it, we didn't have a can opener in our luggage so I had to use my old armyknife to open the can. Of course that didn't work out well also, I'll spare you the details, so we were glad that our meal at least tasted as it was supposed to be.
And we couldn't find the wine we liked last year so much, either! Not to mention the weather. It was once again a remarkable holiday.



One of the (unexpected) advantages of my daytime job is that I can use dummies as sketchbook when they are no longer needed for presentation purposes for soon to be published magazines. I think that there are far to many magazines yet, but that's a totally different issue.
Anyway, above I drew a house which is located in Monschau, an old and pictoresque German city. Sometimes houses or buildings have a certain organic feel to me. For example this building seems to be pushed into the river, although it doesn't want that. I guess we all know that feeling.
I must admit that I made this drawing by photograph. Technique used: ballpoint on glossy magazinepaper.



It took me a while, but almost a year after I opened my website finally it's complete. Not until my recent vacation I knew what to draw for the last remaining page. As you can see it's quite a logical subject for an illustrators website, but sometimes you have to take a distance from it all to get a good view or clue what to do. Helicopterview, piece of mind, or whatever. Vacation can be such a revelation (in many ways...).
Anyway, on the way back home I suddenly had the lumineus idea to draw one of the tools which are used to make pen drawings. To be honest I must say that it was quite a pain in the ass to complete that section on my website, because I had completed the text almost two months ago.
You can see the result of it all here. I hope you like it as much as I do.