First comic strips of many to come

The past three months I have been working hard on elevating my drawing skills and working out an efficient working ethic.
I did this while creating three comic strip pages for an upcoming publication by the Pari Center (Italy), where last Summer I attended a conference in remembrance of David Bohm and David Peat, two fascinating scientists that touched the hearts of many.
These comic strips,  largely focused on science, philosophy, metaphysics and spirituality will be part of a project called “Looming Perspectives”.

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A mobile-friendly version (cut in separate panels) can be found on the website or on my Instagram profile. There are a couple of beginner’s mistakes but i think i nailed it fairly well :).  Due to the printing constraints the pages were limited to a smaller size and a black and white layout. As an experiment, i did a digital monochrome version in blue of the last strip.
Future work will be in color mostly.
I also worked out translations in dutch, to get some local outreach.

Also coming up is a more accessible comic project called “Wind sun clouds”, which will be published in the coming months on a regular basis through the website, Instagram and other social media.
These strips will of course also be published from time to time to this newsletter.

+ I recently took the liberty of adding a couple of people to this mailing list (sorry if you feel annoyed by this, only your first name and email address are stored in Mailchimp and are not shared with third parties, and you can unsubscribe at any time via the link below).

Stay tuned, and much love!
Sky

More info on the wonderful Pari Center and its events and publications:
http://www.paricenter.com/
http://parinetworks.org/

P.S.: as an extra, a recent experiment in clay

 

02018, it is now or never…!!

First of all, i wish all of you a healthy and prosperous new year.
My two long-announced comic strip projects will finally get launched, meaning very, very soon, so stay tuned!!!

NY card (0217 – “Imaginary Snaaskerke landscape with heron” brush + ink & watercolor)

Cartoons inspired by Frans Masereel

Past Summer Mu.Zee Oostende, in the light of their Frans Masereel exhibition,  had organized a cartoon contest on Instagram. I sent in 3 entries (and a 4th one after the final deadline) but probably due to the minor exposure and the low feedback their promised prizes evaporated.
Activist art and capitalism don’t mix well apparently… :)

Link: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/muzeecartoon/

Work in progress + newsletter test

Since January i have been working on new material for two upcoming comic strip projects: “Wind Sun Clouds” and “Looming Perspectives”. As i had not drawn extensively for about ten years, it takes a while before my artistic faucet runs properly again.
I am running a few weeks behind schedule, but it is coming, slowly but surely… :)

This post is also the final test to see if the newsletter and social media integrations work as expected.

More to come very soon!!

Major site updates!

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02015 quick oil pastel sketch

Aside from minor layout & content changes and added links, two new comic strip projects are in the pipeline…

It is also very probable that i will make most pages multilingual soon (in English & Dutch for starters).

A newsletter and enhanced RSS syndication are on their way as well :).

recent commission

Friends asked me to draw them a funny invitation card starring themselves… :)

This one took some blood, sweat and tears, and the water coloring went awry, but since i hardly have any experience on that level, that is not such a surprise… I just need more practice :P

Let Charlie be Charlie

cartoon wederom cartoon

“CIVILIZATION” (02005)

Around 2005 i aspired to be a professional cartoonist, but in the end, i realized i did not want to spend my time commenting on the daily sensations in the news. It is all too easy to shock or offend…
Several times in the past i have browsed through Charlie Hebdo, and the magazine never appealed to me – too childish and too rancid –  so i don’t feel like identifying with its authors after the tragic events of this week.
Freedom of speech has to be defended, no doubt, but i am not Charlie. Let Charlie be Charlie.

In the end, the numerous good-hearted teachers, social assistants, even religious figures with authority in the impoverished neighbourhoods have done more for democracy than a couple of shocking cartoonists. Community organizers and friendly open-minded people are the real unsung heroes.

It is easy to divide people. Connecting and finding common ground is the real challenge.