Since I started picking up drawing and painting in 2010, my style has evolved and changed. These last years I can say I developed my own personal style for my drawings and paintings. But how did it all start in 2010? Well, I'll tell ya. It started with a pencil, paper and watercolors...
Fantasy style watercolor paintings
I don't exactly recall how it started. I think I bought a book about painting fairies by Linda Ravenscroft. One afternoon I decided to start and draw a fairy. This was going so well, that I also wanted to 'color' her. I picked up my watercolors, and before I knew it, there was this serene looking fairy on the paper, which I called Moon.
The background contained a moonshape in which I created a stained glass effect, by sprinkling salt onto the wet paint. The effect is clear, and I was very happy with the result. So much so, that I continued with Sunset and Bird of Paradise.
But you know how it goes. The same stuff over and over again can become tedious, so I started on acrylic paints. Blooming Orchid and Flight of the Monarch were added to my collection of paintings. My style started to change, and I started mixing different mediums. Like watercolors and colored pencils, or watercolors and acrylics.
In-between I also started drawing digitally, after having been sketching on our balcony on a sunny afternoon. Suddenly this little dragon was looking up at me from my sketchbook.Kelvin was the first in a series of digital dragons.
Another digital drawing I created after doodling in my sketchbook, was the Banshee (Witte Wief). This illustration clearly shows my inexperience in this field. Crooked eyes out of proportion, ugly finished lines... But, if you look closely, you'll see here the turning point towards drawing and painting large heads and big eyes. In this period, I was drawn to the artwork of American lowbrow artist Jasmine Beckett Griffith.
The transition to acrylic paintings
Slowly but surely I started developing in the area of painting. I liked working with watercolors, but I found it taking too long to get an actual result. I'm patient, but I'm just not thát patient. So I started experimenting using acrylics. Genuine paintings were taking their place. My first painted dragon (instead of digital) was the Cherry Blossom Dragon.
Around this time I started attending painting classes at the studio of artist Jan Naezer in Rijswijk. I wanted to learn more about the glazing technique; adding layer after layer of transparent paint.
I winded up attending these classes for three years, and they very much helped me to evolve in the area of drawing and painting.
Paintings with a deeper meaning
2012 was another turning point. Where at first I just drew and painted nice images, my artwork started to have a deeper meaning behind them, after my mom was diagnosed with cancer. Painting became a way of venting and channeling my emotions. And it still is. Sometimes I try and create a picture 'just for the fun of it', but it's less satisfactory to me than putting emotions or thoughts onto paper or canvas. And I personally think it shows. :-)