In which I reveal the poster for the End of Summer Nerdfighter Gathering

Poster

Tadaa! The poster I designed and illustrated for the End of Summer Gathering this August. What is this gathering you say? It’s a large Nerdfighter gathering that happens in summer in Utrecht, we’ve held it twice before and this will be the third one. The group of people showing up is so large that we can’t just walk around the city centre and hang out in a public park anymore, so for this edition my friend Roland who organizes the thing reserved a venue. Of course venues cost money, so people will have to buy tickets. To make it extra appealing I’ve designed this poster, so if you pay more you get this snazzy thing to remember it by and to put on your wall. We plan on making it a fun event with lots of interesting things to do (we’re thinking about maybe doing a small scavenger hunt for those who want to participate, similar to the one in Arnhem earlier this year) and people can bring games and play them and make music (there is bound to be someone with a ukelele).

I think you need to be a member of the Dutch and Belgium Facebook group (see here) to be able to see/join the event page, but check it out if you are curious!

I’ve used illustrator for the illustrations and indesign to put everything together. I don’t use illustrator as often as I would like, and I had some frustrating moments in which I had to get used to how the pen tool is slightly different in it than it is in photoshop (where I use it a lot for cut outs), but I am very happy with what I’ve been able to do. I hope you like the poster as much as I do. 🙂

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In which you get to see an illustration and a link to the newest issue of The Anglerfish

Jennifer

My illustration of Jennifer Lawrence for the newest issue of The Anglerfish! It is the illustration for an article called Jennifer Lawrence Stands Up For You, about body image and misrepresentation in the media. Jennifer Lawrence speaks up about these things, loving her body and loving food. So I gave her a pizza halo. 🙂 She likes pizza, nerdfighters like pizza, I like pizza, it seemed logical to me!
Go check out the issue! It’s full of Hunger Games awesomeness and other things.

Do you like this illustration? Let me know in the comments! I’m also thinking of using this type of headlines for my posts more often, like the chapter descriptions in old adventure books. “In which our hero discovers an evil plot and tries to warn the Countess” So let me know what you think of that too.

A Supernatural Anglerfish

If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a new issue of The Anglerfish out! This time it is full with all sorts of Supernatural things. It also contains an interview with the awesome Emily Graslie of The Brainscoop fame, something which I love. I think Emily is amazing and watching her videos make me excited about science and learning about the world.

But the illustrations I made this issue were not of Emily, but of Supernatural! This time I tackled the Supernatural Fandom article: The Moose, the Pie-Eater and the Angel, written by Melissa-Lynn Heineman. When I was working on them I teased the sketches I was doing on instagram, and this is how they changed into the final product.

First I made a drawing of Dean Winchester:

And then I scanned it and made it into a white drawing on a black background. (To match the title page I had already made digitally, you can see that in the issue on page 7.)

Dean sketch

Next up was Sam Winchester!

Sam sketch

Finally I put them in one illustration and this is how they appeared in the issue:

Sam and Dean

I like working on the design and the illustration simultaneously because I can match them exactly. So I can fit it so that the edge between Sam and Dean matches up with the fold of the pages. If I had started the illustration way before the design, I would not have been able to match it so perfectly. It’s how we get such a fun mix of different kind of pages in the magazine, some of us work with both the design and the illustration (go look at the awesome pages on Vampires, and Werewolves, and Ghosts, oh my! and The Myths of Saint Patrick, made by David Pantoja and Kat Taylor!) and some of us illustrate and then hand it over to a designer. I like working with awesome illustrations done by others too. 😀

The Anglerfish #12, all about Nintendo

It's all in the hands

My illustration for the 12th issue of The Anglerfish! Go check it out, it’s a fun issue full of all things Nintendo.

This illustrations goes with the article It’s All in the Hands, the top four reasons why Nintendo should concentrate on handhelds. Pictured is how I hold my own Nintendo 3ds when I’m playing Animal Crossing New Leaf. 🙂 It was a nice exercise in drawing hands, and in making my digital drawing look a little watercoloury. I’m still getting to know all the ways in which I can use the photoshop brushes, and how to paint with them. I am going to try more digital painting like this, just like I love the watercolour brush in Paper on my iPad I like it when I can get Photoshop brushes to behave similarly. Onward to more digital illustrating!

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