Long time no see


As a kid I didn’t like comics with a lot of text. Text in comics is (most of the time) dialogue and dialogue means talking heads. In movies talking heads can be interesting because of the content of the dialogue, the acting of the characters or the editing. In comics talking heads are a boring and visual poor element. Some authors solve this problem by putting the whole dialoge in one long-shot. As I make my graphic novel for ‘screen’ I have to keep my dialogues as short as possible and concentrate on the ‘acting’ of my characters.

Beatrice


Many times I walked in the old (1224 AC) Amelisweerd-forest near Utrecht. Sometimes, when passing the Nieuw Amelisweerd estate, I hear the giggling of young girls. Since there is always a lot of a human activity (like children having birthday party’s) I didn’t pay much attention to it. On a rainy afternoon last December however, I was taking some pictures when one of the girls actually showed up. She just stood there at the other side of the pond saying nothing. I took her picture but she didn’t seem to care. Back home I found out her reflection didn’t seem to care eighter…

Ourobouros


The Ouroboros is the worlds oldest symbol depicting a serpent eating it’s own tail. It represents the cyclic, re-creating reality of life. My story is not a frame- but a ring-story. Check my version of the Ouroboros in the image above. The snakes head is not on top of the ring (as it should be) but on its side. I could not draw a ring in this position, showing the snakes head at the same time so I solved the problem by drawing it this way. Don’t tell…

Boxing


Next few days I will be working on some dialogues. Talking heads are not very interesting from an eye-candy point of view. Will keep you posted anyway…

Ink it?


Off course Borro & Tjepan spend their spoils of war on drugs and whores. But why show it to the reader? Is it important? Sketches feel good… Wanna see it?

Pitchblack


People don’t believe in ghosts because of the enlightenment. I mean the literal enlightenment. The light in our streets and houses that makes us overconfident. The very moment this electric circuit shuts down, we will be seeing them again. Have you ever spend a night alone in a pitchdark forest? Try it, I assure you, they will be there.

Props


 
In ‘the old days’ I used to be a purist. Tipp-ex was just not an option. Any failure resulted in throwing away the whole page, no matter how much work was lost. In the new days the drawing is no final product but a beginning. As a matter of fact I do not have one single finished drawing. It is all in the computer. The Photoshop document is the final product. It makes things much easier.

The Sky, the limit


Back in those days I painted skies in Aquarelle. Totday I take a ride in the countryside, snapshot some crazy clouds and shop them in the background. Call it lazy but to me a drawing is just like a word in a book: it may be a very bad or beautiful word, its function is to tell the story.

Fail


There is a flash of an image in my head and I want to put it on paper. During this proces it happens the result is different from the image in my head. Sometimes it is a better version but most of the times I have to start all over again.