Wednesday, November 19, 2014


For a project I am working on I need to draw some sloppy boots, so I thought I'd experiment a bit. If you know how these lyrics continue then you HAVE to watch this video.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

how to become a marine biologist

Here is a great blog post on how to become a marine biologist: Some of the tips Michelle gives count just the same in case you want to become an illustrator, or even if you want to become a marine biologist AND an illustrator, like me :) (some folks just want it all, don't they?).

The story is on the blog 'Basin-scale exploration of Atlantic plankton', which I have the honour of illustrating at the moment. The blog covers the experiences of a team of ocean scientists cruising the Atlantic in search of plankton - tiny ocean creatures.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Santa Claus 2014

Of course Santa Claus can be who he/she wants to be, too!

This illustration is actually available here as an art print as well as on all sorts of products including phone skins.

Monday, October 6, 2014

be what you want to be

One of Holland's main children's festivities is Sinterklaas. Like Santa Claus, Sinterklaas brings presents to kids in winter, only it happens on the 5th of December. Sinterklaas wears red clothing, only different. Sinterklaas has helpers, only they aren't reindeer, they are dark-skinned people. The helpers are called 'Black Petes' and they are funny and a bit stupid.

This may have been fine half a century ago, but in today's day we find that discriminative and offensive. So there is a restyling movement for Black Petes happening right now. First, we will be calling them Petes, and second, their skin tone is becoming more flexible.

Sinterklaas himself, in the meantime, remains a white male and I cannot help but ponder on this now and then. So here is an alternative Sinterklaas for you to enjoy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

kids' page for DHKDZ

DHKZ = Den Helder kust de zee [untranslatable word pun], our BEST local bulletin, has a whole kids' page filled by me 
My first comic ever...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


After the most amazing Indian summer, autumn finally seems to have arrived. Where I live it's so windy the leaves are blown off the trees before they turn the famous autumn colours. I thought I'd just paint some instead.

Monday, September 15, 2014


I am reading 'A fish caught in time: the search for the coelacanth', by Samantha Weinberg. Also doing a book review of the recent Dutch translation. Coelacanths don't walk on their leg-like fins on the sea floor, contrary to popular belief. However, they do stand on their heads in the water when you scare or surprise them.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

scientific misconduct

'Scientific misconduct', one of my illustrations available for licensing from SaltyStock. Also in Dutch.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

(one more) crazy cat

One more crazy cat to celebrate the new Crazy Cat Lady Diary that is finished, with illustrations by 50+ Dutch and international artists - including one of mine but not this one. The diary will be available from 1 September and can be pre-ordered from Ankepankesshop.