Glass, brass & gas

instruments in the Oval Room, Teylers Museum
instruments in the Oval Room, Teylers Museum, Haarlem, NL

Working on a project for Teylers Museum Haarlem, NL), I shot some video notes to work on back home. Still fragments of these images often have a special aesthetic appeal of their own.

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Forest on the edge of a large fenn (Fochteloërveen, Drenthe, Netherlands)

forest
forest, Fochteloërveen (fenn), Drenthe, Netherlands
Observation Tower
Interior of an observation tower, Fochteloërveen (fenn), Drenthe, Netherlands
forest on the edge of a large fenn, Drenthe,  Netherlands
forest on the edge of a large fenn, Drenthe, Netherlands (Fochteloërveen)
Observation tower
Observation tower

Sögel, a bronze statue in Schloss Clemenswerth

Photo of a bronze statue in the garden of Schloss Clemenswerth, Sögel, Germany
Bronze statue in the garden of Schloss Clemenswerth, Sögel, Germany

Minds

minds, portraits of famous physicists in Paris
portraits of famous physicists in Paris, Marie Curie, Pierre Curie, Paul Langevin

Colour

happy colour swatches
a selection of happy colour swatches
thoughtful coulour swatches, made in Adobe Kuler
thoughtful colour swatches, made in Adobe Kuler

When working on illustrations it’s easy to forget to save the colour schemes you invent on the go. That’s how I discovered the real advantage of Adobe’s online tool ‘Kuler’. It’s also great fun to use the colour samplers and try to compose a strip of 5 colour patches, or swatches. The limitation of only 5 colours, and the feeling that there should be some sense to the composition brings it very close to composing a haiku. This form of poetry which only allows for 3 sentences with 5, 7, 5 syllables, used for the description of seasonal observations, needs a disciplined and focussed approach. So does the invention of a strip of 5 colours accompanied by a name that makes some sense.

Sunny scene … high point of view … tilt-shift

Vicarage, seen from above
Vicarage seen from above, tilt-shift effect applied

Geysir (Iceland)

This is not the actual Geysir geyser, but a curious brick construction along the path leading up to Geysir and Strokkur. It is as if the very small people who are living there are cooking very hot stew on their open fire. People from the Sagas perhaps. A miniature Egil, or Skallagrim, living there in the sulfurous fumes for ever and ever.

path leading to the Geysir and Strokkur plateau
path leading to the Geysir and Strokkur plateau (Photo Eelco Bruinsma)

Sigur Ros

Somehow listening to music by the Icelandic band Sigur Ros (Fer) with a Wacom Cintiq and DeviantArt dA Muro at hand creates an atmosphere that favors a form of écriture automatique.


Concept sketches