Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Wednesday, 13 February 2013 01:42
Last week the second edition of the RAW art fair took place in Rotterdam. I was lucky enough to be able to show a small selection of my work during this big event. In the photo below you can see my pieces Domestic Hunter and Jazz Bird displayed at the exhibition.
I had a great time, saw a lot of great art and met a lot of nice people.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:38
This is one is from the end of December, but I forgot to post about it. I got featured again on the Juxtapoz website where they wrote some nice things about the editorial illustration I made for the Volkskrant (for an article about Raimondo Di Sangro).
You can view the feature on the Juxtapoz website here.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Monday, 28 January 2013 20:06
First new drawing of the year. I had a lot of fun drawing this one and I'm secretly hope more people will want me to draw birds for them. Or maybe just animal portraits in general. I've always loved old style biology drawings of animals and plants.
This one had to be drawn really fast, but it came out surprisingly well considering I had half a day to draw the entire thing. Now on to two other birds I have to draw. Hope I'll have those done by next week.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 15 November 2012 20:19
Last illustration for the series "het fantastische" which was published by the Volkskrant. In total I made 12 illustrations for the column, which was written by Tommy Wieringa.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Monday, 12 November 2012 00:03
Some time ago two very good friends of mine asked me to design the birth card for their baby daughter. I was very honored they asked me. We got together and discussed some ideas and eventually came up with the idea of illustrating a Robin bird, a symbol of hope and new beginnings.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Sunday, 11 November 2012 23:52
This illustration is part of weekly column entitled "het Fantastische" which is published by the Volkskrant.
This week's article was about Leendert Stoorvogel, a freedom fighter during the SecondWorld War who got arrested and spent 5 years in a death cel. Here he had to find ways to entertain himself and prevent himself from going insane. Which he did by memorizing information about the cel he spend all his time in trough poetry.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 01 November 2012 20:07
This illustration is part of an ongoing column titled "het fantastische" which is published in the Volkskrant every week. This week's article was about the Benedictine nuns in Tegelen. This group of nuns have devoted their lives to maintaining a prayer for 24 hours a day since 1875. Even at night, at least one nun stays up to keep the prayer going by candle light.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Saturday, 27 October 2012 15:54
Just received an email saying I got featured on Drawing Served so that's nice start of the weekend. The project that got featured is the Three Beggars, consisting of 3 drawings (the Crow, the Fox and Little Deer).
Maybe this is also a good moment to remind you these 3 pieces are in an exhibition right now and for sale as giclée art prints. You can view the prints here or feel free to send me an email if you have any questions.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 25 October 2012 23:02
I mentioned on twitter and facebook that last week the last illustration for the column got published, but right the day after I got an email from the Volkskrant redaction saying they really liked the column so it's being extended with an extra month. So this means some more illustrations from me will be coming your way.
This illustration got published today with an article about Ferdinand Cheval, a postman from France who spend his life building his ideal palace.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:57
This illustration was made for a column, het fantastische, in the Volkskrant. The article describes how some artists are obsessed with the sun and their struggle to successfully portray it in their art. Some have even gone mad trying to do this. Finally the article focusses on Olafur Eliasson and the Weateher project he made for the Tate museum.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 11 October 2012 16:02
This illustration was made for an article about artist and musician Jurriaan Andriessen. The article describes how he made a portrait of his wife. From afar the portrait looks like a black and white drawing of her, but up close you can see it's actually made out of music notes that form a music piece playable on the piano.
The article with this illustration is published in today's Volkskrant, so if you want you can pick up the newspaper and read the article.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Wednesday, 10 October 2012 06:22
Here's the illustration I made last week for the Volkskrant about Sam Rodia and the Watts Towers. I'm still trying out some new drawing techniques using the pastels I've been buying lately. Hopefully I'll have some more time to try some things out later this week.
A new drawing just got send off and is going to be published in tomorrow's newspaper, so I'll try to update my website again later this week with the new illustration for this series. I also finished another drawing last week (for something else). I still need to edit the scan before I can put it on my website, so maybe I'll work on that today.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Monday, 01 October 2012 15:45
Last week I made this illustration for the Volkskrant about Achilles Cools. I tried out a slightly different technique here. I've been slowly buying some Pan Pastel colors (they're quite pricy) and new types of paper to try out new coloring techniques.
I'm working with a lot more color lately, so I felt I needed to make some color studies and get better at coloring. I figured trying out new materials would also be a good idea, maybe to try and get a more blurry background and add detail and focus on certain subjects in the foreground.
I'm still getting used to the new paper and materials I bought, but last week I felt comfortable enough to make this illustration with my new tools.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:03
This the fourth illustration I made for the Volkskrant for the column "het fantastische" this time the article was about an old train station named Hombourg. It's not in use any more but plans are being made to turn it into a big railway museum. For now the old trains are standing still on the tracks, abandoned and rusty.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Monday, 17 September 2012 14:57
Last week I finished this new illustration for the UitAgenda. The new issue comes out somewhere halfway september. This is an illustration for an article about the jazz bar Bird in Rotterdam North. This year they're organizing the 3rd edition of the Bird Jazz festival.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Sunday, 16 September 2012 17:20
Last week was quite a productive week. I managed to make 2 new illustrations. One of them had to be made in less than a day, so that was quite a challenge. Maybe it's not my best work but I made the deadline and the illustration got published in the Volkskrant last Thursday.
Speaking of which, after finishing 3 illustrations I think it's ok to mention I'm making a new illustration for the Volkskrant every week. They asked me to illustrate a column they're publishing every Thursday, called "het Fantastische". The plan is to write 8 articles about ambitious projects that have been realized (or almost got realized) by Dutch designers.
The one I made last week was for an article about the Dutch pyramid of Austerlitz. Right now I'm working on the next one for upcoming Thursday. This time I have more time to work on it so drawing in some nice details like I normally do.
I'll post the other illustration I finished later this week. I still need to edit some photo's of the original drawing. I really had fun working on that one, because I got to draw some birds! Can't wait to show it to you guys.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 06 September 2012 14:23
Here's another illustration I made for the Volkskrant. This is the second illustration for the column they're publishing every week about crazy, over ambitious projects by young designers. Today they published an article about Joost Conijn. This Dutch artist build his own airplane and flew it from Holland to Algeciras. The article describes his time at the art academy, how he realized this project and how he experienced the long, lonely flight to Algeciras.
I drew this illustration on Bristol board with graphite, various pencils and added color on the computer. I had some fun with this one using the "draw with your eraser" technique I use sometimes. Also, I've never drawn an airplane before so that was a nice challenge.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Tuesday, 04 September 2012 14:09
This is some free work I made for the Cats VS Dogs exhibition in Oppercleas. The drawing shows a Sphinx cat hunting a small bird, Bladkoninkje in Dutch. I made this with graphite, various types of pencils and used a little bit of pastel colors for the eyes. It's drawn on 50x70 cm sized 300 grams paper.
The drawing is now being exhibited at the Oppercleas gallery until the 22nd of september and is for sale. It comes in a white wooden frame.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Friday, 31 August 2012 17:43
It's been a crazy mess here the past two weeks, so I almost forgot to mention that a new illustration got published yesterday in the Volkskrant. They asked me to illustrate a new column about fantastic and ambitious projects made by young designers. This week the article was about an art piece and architectural proposal for hanging gardens in the city of Pittsburgh.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 30 August 2012 15:38
This Saturday a new exhibition is opening in the Oppercleas gallery and I'll be participating. Today I dropped off 3 new drawings I made specially for the exhibition and saw some of the work other people made. It's looking pretty sweet so far and I'm sure it's going to be a great exhibition. They have a really fun theme as well (Cats VS Dogs) and I was asked to back up the cat-team and make some cat themed artworks.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Tuesday, 14 August 2012 18:19
Just a quick update to let everyone know I'm back from my vacation. I had a great time and am fully recharged to get trough the winter.
I actually made a lot of sketches while I was relaxing on the beach or a terras drinking Portuguese espresso (it's so good!) but I forgot to take my sketchbook with me back home. Oeps. I'll try to ask my friends in Porto to retrieve the sketchbook and scan some things for me, so maybe I'll be able to show some sketches later.
Any way, time to get back to work.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Sunday, 22 July 2012 00:06
From the 23rd of July until the 13th of August I'm taking a break and going abroad to catch some sun.
I'll see you guys in 3 weeks! I'm bringing along a fresh new sketchbook, so maybe I'll have some summer sketches to show when I get back. Here's a sketch I made on the first page.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Saturday, 21 July 2012 20:14
I just finished another big assignment for the Volkskrant and it was published in today's newspaper. This was a really nice assignment to work on and I'm quite proud of the end result. I hope you guys like it too. I would like to make more illustrations in this style.
The article was about exploring new or unknown foods while you're on vacation and traveling. The article also gives you tips on how to find the best restaurants and points out some foods you should try in certain countries across Europe. Go read it, it's quite a nice article and it's useful if you're planning on going on vacation soon (like me).
You can view some more close-ups and process photo's after the break.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Friday, 20 July 2012 17:02
For those of you who didn't know yet, I also have a Behance page. So maybe you can take a look at it if you're interested. On a related note, I got featured on Illustration Served some time ago. This was a really nice surprise, it sure made my day.
I'm going to post a new illustration to my website tomorrow and I'll try to update some more stuff to my Behance page as well before I go on vacation. I really need to get some sun, the Dutch summer is quite disappointing as usual. I was wearing jeans and a sweater yesterday...
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Wednesday, 18 July 2012 15:34
Just a quick update to show an illustration I made for the Volkskrant 2 weeks ago. I didn't have the time to post this sooner.
Right after I made the cover illustration for the North Sea Jazz festival, they asked me if I could make another illustration for the festival, this time a spread. I made this in absolute record time, because as it turned out the deadline was the next morning. So basically I had one night to make this.
I didn't really have any time to come up with a great concept or work out the best composition possible, but I made the deadline and I got to draw some more jazz musicians.
By the way, last weekend I was working on another illustration for the Volkskrant. It'll be published in the Saturday newspaper, so go check it out.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Friday, 29 June 2012 15:03
I just finished a really nice assignment for the Volkskrant. They asked me to make a cover for their special on the North Sea Jazz festival. I love drawing musicians and I'm a big fan of the North Sea Jazz festival so I really enjoyed working on this assignment. Below you can see the result and after the break I added some process photo's.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Friday, 29 June 2012 01:08
Last Friday was the opening of the Nature exhibition in the Untitled gallery and some of my work was also featured in this exhibition. The opening was during the Route Du Nord festival, so there was quite a crowd and lots of other exhibitions to see during that night. I had a great time and here are some snapshots I made that night.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 21 June 2012 19:53
I know this is kind of last-minute, but my work will be shown in the upcoming exhibition "Nature" in the Untitled gallery. The opening of the exhibition will take place during the Route Du Nord festival in Rotterdam, which is tomorrow already.
The Route Du Nord festival is quite a new festival, they started organizing it in 2007 for the first time and since 2009 it has been an official recurring festival, organized each year with around 150 galleries participating. During this evening all galleries and and workspaces of artists will be open to the general public to visit for free. You're free to have some nice drinks and walk around the the old north of Rotterdam to see what this city has to offer when it comes to art.
The Untitled gallery will organize a big group exhibition during this festival, featuring artists like Raoul Deleo (one of my big idols), Dave Gray, Otto Snoek, Johan KLeinjan, Michelle Aimee, my good friend Rob Kemerink, myself and many more.
The opening will start at 18.00h and will be open till around 20.00h. The gallery is located at Bergweg 211, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
All work in the gallery will be for sale as well. I will be selling 3 of my pieces, Little Deer, The Fox and The Crow trough the gallery. You can purchase them just as a print or as a framed print. You can find more info here.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:27
Here is the Fish Pond painting I made some time ago. This is painted on a 150 x 150 cm wooden table with acrylic paint. I didn't paint this to be hung on a wall but to serve as a decorative table top. You can walk around the painting/table and it will look like you're viewing a pond from above. I finished this with a thick layer of transparent varnish to protect the painting and so you can actually use the table.
If you click the "read more" button you can view a video I made with a friend showing my painting process and I also made some close-up photo's.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Monday, 11 June 2012 17:30
Here's the spread I made for the Volkskrant 2 weeks ago. The illustration accompanied an article about hearing damage and what you can do to prevent your hearing from getting damaged.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 07 June 2012 16:12
I also made a big poster for the Summer Carnival. Same girl as the cover but full body this time so you can see her feathered costume better. There's a lot of these blue/green parrots living in Rotterdam. Nobody really knows where they came from. They assume they're escaped pets that managed to find a way to survive in the city.
Non the less, it's nice to see these tropical birds flying around the city between all the brown and grey native birds and I thought it was a very nice metaphor for the Summer carnival in Rotterdam, so I wanted to do something with the parrots in the illustration. I ended up making a crazy bird costume for the pin-up girl poster.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 07 June 2012 16:04
I'm back from vacation and here's the cover for the latest Uitagenda. You can pick it up at various places in Rotterdam this month. I usually don't work with this much color in my illustrations but I had a lot of fun with my colored pencils for this one. Maybe I'll start using some more color form now on.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Monday, 28 May 2012 00:01
I'm going on a short vacation from the 28th of May till the 5th of June. I'll see you guys when I get back and I'll post some new work I've been wanting to show for a while.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:54
It's been a very busy week. For starters, last Tuesday was my birthday. On Monday I threw a small party for my close friends and we had a barbecue on the roof. It was very sunny and warm, so I figured we had to take advantage of the good weather.
I didn't have too much time to celebrate though, because I had to work on a very cool new assignment for the Volkskrant. So on Tuesday and Wednesday I was working on the new illustration all day. I literally send it off to the art director a few hours ago and it'll be printed in tomorrow's newspaper! So don't forget to buy the Volkskrant tomorrow to read the article and see my illustration work printed as a huge spread.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:46
Lately I get commissioned a lot to make illustrations regarding social media and smart phones. Here's another one, this time it's a bit more anti-smart phone. The illustration was for an article about young people consciously choosing to keep their old phones because they don't like the obsessive way people look at their smart phone all day.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00
Last week I was working on a really nice assignment for the upcoming Uitagenda. They asked me to illustrate the cover and to make a huge spread illustration about the Summer Carnival in Rotterdam. The illustration I made for the spread is extra nice because they're going to print it in the center of the magazine, so you can also hang it up as a poster.
As you might know, the Summer carnival is all about the huge over-the-top feathery costumes, loud happy music and lots of dancing, so the illustrations had to reflect this. I have to say, I don't think I've ever used this much color in an illustration before. Here's a little preview of the centerfold illustration in the making.
The new Uitagenda is coming out at the end of May, so I'll post the new illustrations around that time.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Friday, 11 May 2012 16:23
Here's another quick sketch I made with the Inkling. This time with warm colors and a happy flower pattern, because it's very sunny and warm today.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:29
Guess what finally came in the mail yesterday: the Inkling! I was supposed to get this thing for Christmas, but the Wacom factory got flooded, so there were some delays in the order. But hey, my birthday is in less than 2 weeks so this is actually good timing.
I was quite busy this week with an assignment, so I only got to try the Inkling out yesterday. Some people have been asking me about the Inkling, if it's accurate etc. I don't really know yet, because I only tried it out really fast, but here's my first impression of the Inkling so far.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:17
Some time ago, the 11th of March, I went to the Rotterdam tattoo convention with David and My. It was quite impressive and we had a lot of fun. David finally got around to editing all the material we shot into a nice little movie. Check it out:
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Wednesday, 18 April 2012 00:10
I figured it was time for another wallpaper, so here you go! You can download the preferred size by clicking on the links below the preview image.
On an unrelated topic, I've been working on a few new illustrations this past month, but I can't show them yet. I'll post them as soon as I can. I'm hoping I can post a new illustration later this week or maybe next week.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 12 April 2012 15:25
Some time ago I made an illustration and a logo design for We Own Rotterdam, which is a very useful website if you want to go out in Rotterdam but need some ideas for where to go. They finally uploaded my illustration and the logo I made for them and I'm very proud to be a part of their website now. Go check it out:
Something equally awesome, is the postcards they printed with my illustration on it! I can't wait to get my hands on some of these.
By the way, I got the photo below from Florian's Instagram stream. He's one of the founders of We Own Rotterdam, so maybe you can go check him out.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Wednesday, 04 April 2012 13:11
Last weekend I finally started painting again after a long time. I've actually been asked to paint on a large piece of wood panel which will be used as a table top. I've made a design showing 3 koi fish swimming in a pond.
I'm really excited about this assignment and I can't wait to finally see the end result when the entire table is done. This is something I've never done before so it's a nice experience to try something new. Plus, I get to paint again!
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Monday, 02 April 2012 21:49
I've been painting all day so I made this thing to distract myself. I love my new flower shirt... More about the new painting later. It's been a while since I've painted something, so it's taking me a while to get back into it.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Wednesday, 28 March 2012 16:05
Hi guys, I just made another tutorial!
This time I'm focussing more on the actual drawing work. I made a lot of photo's to show the entire process in as much detail as possible. In this tutorial I explain what tools I used (and why), how I come up with an idea for an illustration and set up my sketches. And like I said, I also made a lot of photo's to show the whole drawing process since it's a bit harder to just talk about this.
Just click the "read more" button to view the entire post and don't forget to leave me a nice comment when you're done reading. Feedback is always welcome and it helps me improve my tutorial posts.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Tuesday, 27 March 2012 14:27
This is something really silly I've been working on in between jobs to keep myself entertained. I think only Milo and Eva know why I drew this, or maybe you'll get it if you were following my Twitter page two weeks ago.
Any way, I think squirrels would make perfect ninjas. They're already hyper and have all kinds of ninja-like moves. This would make a lot more sense than a ninja turtle. But who am I to judge. I'll get back to my regular work now.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:43
Another fast update today, because I have to leave for an appointment in 5 minutes. Here's something I was working on yesterday for the graphic novel I was working on a while back. I'm done drawing and coloring the first novel and now they asked me to make an illustration for the cover of the book. So I've been making some sketches to try out color schemes and techniques for the final illustration.
This guy is one of the main characters of the story and I really like drawing him. He likes bad whiskey and I like drawing guitars so this seemed like the logical thing to draw.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:22
I've had this lying around for a while now, figured I should upload it. I made a portrait of Florence (from Florence + the Machine) a while back and this is an alternative version of it with different colors. The old one is more true to the original drawing on paper. But I wasn't too sure about the end result and I wanted to try some different things with the colors. So here's the result of that.
I also have been working on some new assignments, but can't post anything on that yet. I'm hoping I can post some things next week, I'll keep you guys updated.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Monday, 19 March 2012 19:09
Just a quick update today to show another awesome feature of my work on Design You Trust. They featured me last Friday, so this sure made my weekend. Now back to work!
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:27
So I've been having this idea in my head for a while now. I just finished a big assignment, so I finally had the time to work it out. It took a little longer to finish this than I thought, because I ran into some problems. I already scanned this in last week, but when I saw the final scan on my computer screen it didn't feel right.
Sometimes I have this; the thing looks ok on paper and then something's missing after scanning it in. Normally I just try to let it go, but this time I decided to try out some new things to fix this. So I ended up trying out some new things in Photoshop, which took some time.
I also tried out the powdered graphite on this illustration. I really like the stuff, makes the drawing look a little bit more rough and it's a lot easier and faster to darken certain areas. Hope you guys like the result.
By the way, I documented the process of this drawing really well, so I'm also hoping to make another tutorial soon. This time I want to focus on the actual drawing process and try to show in more detail how I work. But I have to work on some other things first, so more on that later.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:43
Do you ever start a new drawing and think something along the lines of: "This is going great! I'm drawing so fast, I'm totally going to finish this today and the drawing is going to be awesome!!!" And then it turns out you were wrong, the drawing is taking forever and the more you draw the more you hate everything about it?
Well that's kind of what's happening to me right now. I've entered the dreadful 3rd stage of the creative process: Self-doubt and self-loathing. I figured I'd get out of it eventually, but so far no luck. That's why I've decided to just forget about my current project, put it away for a few days and then take another look at it.
In the mean time, here's a fast drawing I made today to cheer myself up. I also drank liters of coffee and ate a lot of pie. Seriously, for some reason people just kept giving me pie today. It was good timing though.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Friday, 24 February 2012 16:01
This week things have calmed down again and I finally had some time to work on my own drawings. I have a lot of new ideas and things I want to draw, so I've been sketching and doodling a lot lately. The past few days I've been working on a new portrait and I tried out some new tools I bought some time ago.
One of the new things I have is powdered graphite. I have to say it's some really great stuff. I always used to work in a very clean, controlled style. Most of the time I just drew everything with my trusty mechanical pencil. But lately I feel like I need to loosen up more and try new things. So I've been buying a lot of new (rougher) tools like thick chunky pencils, charcoal, pastels and now I bought powdered graphite. It comes in a little paper bag so I put the powder in a jar which I can now re-fill whenever I run out.
And like I said, the stuff is fantastic. It's great for covering large areas without straining your hand too much. You can just brush or rub some of the stuff over your paper. It's also great for loose sketching and shading. Maybe I'll make another tutorial to explain more about it later on, but I need to try some more things first.
For now, here's a little preview of what I'm working on at the moment. I wanted to finish this drawing yesterday, but writing the tutorial took longer than I thought. So now I'm hoping to finish this today. Let's get back to the drawing board!
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:27
I've had these photo's lying around for a while now. I made them to write another tutorial about my drawing process, but things were so crazy around here that I never really felt like writing the text. Luckily things have calmed down a bit this week so I took some time to make new drawings and also write you guys a new tutorial.
I'd like to show the process from start to finish for the illustration you can see on the photo below. And also talk a bit about the entire process of the assignment I made for Label Magazine some time ago. In this tutorial I will explain a bit more about making sketches, show some other tools I use and there is some info on my work space and working habits.
Just click the Read more... button to view the entire article.
Written by Sabine ten Lohuis Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:44
Also, I got featured again on the Juxtapoz website! You might remember they wrote a short article about my Beard Project some time ago. This time they featured my entire portfolio, so that was a very pleasant surprise.
I'm still hoping one day they'll ask me for an interview for their magazine. I love their magazine and really enjoy reading the interviews they make, so that would be a dream come true.
You can view the page with the feature here by the way.