Dec 5, 2009

Dutch dream job

About 6 weeks ago I got a text from Garry that somebody had bought a piece from the Mundane show. ROCK! He didn't know who it was, I guess they hadn't emailed him about it but just ordered through the website. Total mystery.

Later that day I get an email from an address I don't recognize, asking if I'm available for some freelance work: Mr. Floris van Bommel of van Bommel Moergestel, Holland, a 9th generation shoemaker, the same guy who bought my piece and ended up being one of the coolest clients I've ever worked with.

He asked me to make an illustrated version of his family tree, going back to the late 1600's, in whatever style I wanted as long as it had plenty of monsters and alien tentacles. No joke. So sweet. I sent him a sketch just to see how far I could take it, and his only major criticism was that there weren't enough monsters and aliens on it.

Up top here is a microscopic version of the finalized AI file (it'll eventually be blown up to about 14 feet by 6.5 and projected onto the wall/ceiling of a new shop in Berlin) and below are a few detail shots of the ink drawing I scanned in.

This stuff was a ton of fun to do; I don't usually work in Micron pens, so there was a little bit of a learning curve before I could loosen up on some spots.
I'm really happy with how the drawing turned out, and I definitely learned a lot about how to do this kind of thing faster and smarter in the future (so as to leave more time for creative invention and less time for "holy sh**t I gotta finish this in a week ohgodohgodohgodohgod"). Live and learn, right?


Summer said...

If it ain't dutch, it ain't much. I should show you some of the window display pictures I took in Amsterdam. The dutch like it whacky. Not as cracked out as the Japanese culture, but gettin' there.

By Scott Flanders said...

Super cool gig Kevin.