Tip: have a look at Fishink blog

Sometimes others do what you would like to do. And they do it so well that, in stead of trying to compete with them, it’s better to give them the credits and point people to their work. There is this blogger, Craig, who has created the “Fishink” blog, which is packed with nice stories about artists; illustrators in particular. There is the odd piece of ceramics now and them, or a peek in a gallery, or art fair, but mostly it is about visual artists.

His articles are concise, and well written. They contain the information you need, without being bloated, or pedantic. His posts are packed with images. Often he refers to a publisher, like in his recent article about Edward Bawden, where he refers to the precious Mainstone Press.

For me Craig’s blog is a regular source of inspiration, and his extensive list of links to artists and online resources is a real treasure trove. It must take a lot of time and research to build such a great collection of stories, and references. So, if you love art, especially the art of illustration, don’t hesitate, but go over to Fishink and enjoy.

Craig’s charming work at www.fishink.co.uk (reproduced with permission)

And yes, before I forget. Craig is an illustrator/designer too. I really like his funny colourful quirky style. If you’re interested, see for yourself.

“Just take it easy man”

“Just take it easy man”

Over the edge

One of my latest acrylic on paper paintings.

Over the edge, acrylic on paper, Eelco Bruinsma 2015
Over the edge, acrylic on paper, Eelco Bruinsma 2015 / all rights reserved

Rembrandt Acrylic paint (Talens) on Hahnemühle 350 g/sm Fineart Acryl paper. 23 x 42 cm. Intended as book illustration for my forthcoming book.

The somewhat coarse structure of the paper goes hand in hand with the excellent qualities of the Royal Talens ‘Rembrandt’ acrylic paint. The high pigment content can give you deep colors. I use a combination of highly diluted paint and loaded brushes. With layers of retouching varnish I get the deeper glowing effects that are commonly more characteristic of oil paint glazings.

Giant low-poly bear

Some weeks ago the industrial port in our distant part of the country was visited by a gigantic cruise-liner. The appearance of the ship attracted quite a few interested people.

I saw it both by day, and by night. It was awe inspiring to see this contraption that could easily swallow a few medium sized apartment buildings. People were walking around, and through the zoom I discovered that technicians were working hard to put the final dots on the i’s.

On the upper deck an enormous bear put his paw on the roof of the pavilion. A very contemporary bear, because it is designed according to the ‘parlance of our times’, which is low-poly. The effect is quite interesting though.

Cruise ship with low-poly bear
Cruise ship with low-poly bear

technicians working to finish the details
technicians working to finish the details

The bear seen from another point of view
The bear seen from another point of view


The discreet art of the book cover.

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