Maps by my illustration students

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Anouk: on the left the paper cuttings, on the right the finished map



These maps are the result of an assignment in the illustration & digital course I teach. They made maps of their favorite places (imaginary or real) using paper cutting and painted structures.

Poor Edwards Etsy shop

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A good friend started a screenprint brand named Poor Edward.
He just opened his Etsy shop, filled with shirts and tote bags with quirky prints. The focus is on eco friendly materials and printing method combined with a premium quality.
I've already got myself the tote bag with 'half woman | half hipster' print, which I find very funny ;-).
It made of a beautiful heavy weight cotton, perfectly printed, an overall very good quality bag I can say!

So, still looking for the perfect holidays gift for a nerdy brother or hip sister?
This is the place: .

A Winter Comfort Box

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Ok, this is the final Instant Comfort Pocket Box design I made for christmas (or winter): a little snowman in a snow globe winter wonderland.
Together with the 'stars in a jar' and 'happy tree' boxes they form a modest but (hopefully) wonderful holiday collection, enjoy!

Thanks to everyone who responded (on the blog and on Instagram) to my question about what text to add to this box, wonderful it is!

Week against child abuse - Week tegen kindermishandeling

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Next week - 16 to 21 november 2015 - is the week against child abuse (in dutch: week tegen kindermishandeling). I designed a postcard for it that will be spread throughout the country to call attention to the theme of child abuse.
In the Netherlands 119 000 children (also the amount of cards that will be spread) are abused annually. That's an average of one child per class!

If you want more info or want to know how you can help, go to: (in dutch).

The little snowman / new instant comfort box design

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I've been working on another new instant comfort pocket box design with a winter theme: a little snowman in a snowglobe.

What do you think, should I add the text 'you're just wonderful!' or 'you're amazing!' to this design?

Christmas... comfort box

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I know I know, it's only the beginning of november but... like last year, I know christmas orders will come in just after thanksgiving so I'd better be prepaired and started making christmas items for the webshop already.
This christmas tree instant comfort pocket box is back from last year and there's also a new christmas card design! Check it out here and here.

the cat in the box

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This post is about a new Instant comfort Pocket Box that was waiting to be designed for a while.
Most box designs contain animal drawings: a dog, a piglet, even a lobster but one was missing... a cat! Even though I had e few requests to make a cat design, I was a bit reluctant about it.

The thing is, I am not really a cat person, there, I've said it.
The animals I choose to draw are the ones I like. But, somehow this week I felt like drawing purring fellas. And, with this said, I'd like to introduce a little nerdy mr whiskers, I'm even smitten with!
Also some scatches (ok, sorry for the lame puns, can't help it now I'm getting comfortable with the cat world) of the process above ;-)

Of course the new cat box is available at Kim's Little Mosters Etsy shop.

Sketchbook pages

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Oh sketchbook, I do love our occasional meetings, even though it's not as often as we like ;-)

Ps: there are still a few spots left in the upcoming Illustration Workshops

Custom Workshops & Lessons

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On special request, I've added a new service to my bizz... custom workshops and lessons.
If you're looking for a specific thing to learn about illustration, drawing and technical skills, I'm your girl!

Today I teached, for example, (technical) fashion illustration to a student. She wanted to learn to feel more at ease drawing clothes and fashion details to be more comfortable in her new job in the fashion industry. I've designed three lessons, each of two hours, for her to work on drawing technique and
to help her gain more confidence in overall drawing skills . Today was the first and we focused on the basics of drawing a garnment and developing more skill in drawing 'free' lines (it's all about confindence, exercise and a few tricks!).

Is there anything you'd like to learn in illustration that you can't find in the other workshops or courses? Maybe how to draw people or animals? Or would you like to be more confident in drawing? Or what about starting your own illustration business, need some guidance with that?
For more information, see the workshop page on this blog!

Or try the online illustration workshop if you're not able to attend in person.

Workshop Indigo, Sashiko, Shibori & Sakiori at The Textiel Fabrique

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One sunday in oktober, me and my mother took the train to Rotterdam for a whole day of indigo dyeing, and japanese fabric techniques at the Textiel Fabrique.
(In my excitement I forgot to bring my camera so you'll have to do with these not to0 sharp iphone photos, sorry for that!)
In her cosy studio, Maaike showed our group of excited participants to make a pan full of indigo paint, and a variety of dye techniques, embroidery, weave and traditional japanese mending.
Amazing how much you can learn in one day! We went home with our own indigo dye scarf, a few fabric experiments and lots of inspiration.

I also took a little indigo-starter-kit to dye at home... now I only need to find the time :-)
That's the good thing about doing a workshop right? That by joining you make time to focus on a specific technique to learn, that you'd otherwise would not have (or make) time for in everyday busy life.

The Textiel Fabrique offers an exciting range of workshops from weaving to dyeing with natural material, indigo and much, much more!
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