Joost Vlieg, disc golf player and employee of Next Move, asked me to make a logo for the disc golf Winter League in Groningen and surroundings. The winter league starts in October 2020 and will consist of an indoor putting league every Thursday and a sanctioned event once a month in Stadspark Groningen.
There was no clear concept for the logo, which as a designer is both difficult and fun, because I was free to make what I wanted, but did not have any guidelines to work with. After talking some more and asking some specific questions, it became apparent that "winter" had to be the main theme. Joost also told me that the league will be sponsored by Next Move, Eagles Wings disc golf and Prodigy Disc. The name "Eagles Wings" immediately resonated with me as a designer, since I often use animals in my drawings, and I suggested that I'd include an eagle in the logo. Joost was enthusiastic about it and quickly after I came up with the idea of a basket being part of a snowman and an eagle throwing a disc in the chains. I ended up making two versions, one in color to be used for the promotion of the league, and one in black and white to be used for the printing of discs. Most likely the design will be printed on discs as a hot stamp, so I am excited to see how those will turn out.
Time pressure was lifted to a new level for this design, not only because I have several design projects lined up and because the deadline for this design was end of September, but also because I am in the midst of moving to a new apartment. It is a crazy busy time for me and I keep surprising myself with the time and energy I don't have but somehow find anyway.
I'm looking forward to the disc golf Winter League and to joining at least one of the events to chuck a disc with my own design!
The discs I designed for disc golf club DSA and the AMSterdam Challenge 2020 tournament have finally arrived! I'm stoked about the end result. In the above video, main organizer Paul Sterk unboxes the discs that were produced by Latitude 64 in Sweden, also the main sponsor of the tournament. Big shout-out to them for the top quality product.
These discs are Sapphires, light weight and speed 10 drivers. They come in the colors white, yellow, blue and two types of orange/red with many different colors of hot stamp.
Want one? Take part in the tournament on 3&4 October in Amsterdamse bos!
The Dutch Go Association (NGoB) asked me to make a series of black and white portraits for a beginners-book they are publishing this year. The portraits will be accompanied by short stories about the individuals. Some of them are fictional characters and some are real people. The pictures and stories take you through the ages of go players:
- 5th century BC: Li is described as a Chinese student aspiring to become a high functionary. To become one, he must master the four arts - calligraphy, painting, guqin and weiqi.
- 8th century AD: Zhou is a soldier who travels along the coasts of Japan and Korea on a Chinese trade ship. During his travels he plays go on deck with the other soldiers and the high priest.
- 13th century AD: Takashi is a Japanese samurai who learned to play go during his training to become a warrior. He is the strongest go player of the empire and is looking forward to the upcoming castle tournament.
- End of the 19th century: Oskar is a German engineer who learns to play go from a Japanese professional player during his work time overseas. After returning to his homeland, he aims to spread go in Germany and writes the first Western book on the topic.
- Halfway through the 20th century: Kees is a student from Amsterdam who studies Japanese. During his time in Japan he learns the game from a Japanese student. Back home he starts a go club and aims to establish a national go association.
- 2015: Demis is the director of DeepMind and is the driving power behind the making of a computer program that should challenge the best go players on the planet. AlphaGo will eventually do exactly that and defeat the strongest human go player alive.
I made more thumbnail designs for Frisbeewinkel, the biggest frisbee store of the Netherlands.
This time for the category dog frisbee. I never knew there was such a thing, it's spectacular how dogs can fly through the air and have so much fun catching discs. If I were a dog owner, I would not hesitate.
#dogfrisbee #hondenfrisbee #frisbeeshop #frisbeewinkel
Cool video about dog frisbee
These two designs did not make the cut:
Hans Krens from www.frisbeewinkel.nl asked me to make new designs for his website. They will be used as thumbnails on the page for disc golf to illustrate the 5 categories "Putters", "Midrange Discs", "Fairway Drivers", "Distance Drivers" and "Maximum Distance Drivers".
I started with the Putters design in the colours orange, red and blue. I was happy to rediscover gradients in Photoshop as it can create stunning effects. On Hans' request I adjusted the background colour of the circle to green to match the colour of his shop's logo. He also suggested to keep different colours to a minimum so I ended up making the designs uniform in colour: the background in gradients of green and the silhouettes of the disc golf players in black.
This was a really interesting commission. The final designs are very neat and "tight", and quite different from my usual style. I am happy with the outcome and I am looking forward to seeing them used in the shop soon!
On the 22nd of May I was invited by artist Joanna Klęczar to take part in an art share on social media, posting one of my artworks every day for a week. Normally I do not take part in challenges on Facebook, but this time I thought it would be a good excuse to look at my old folders/sketchbooks and share some art that I made in the past.
I have so many old works lying around, so choosing which to share was tough. It proved impossible, so in the end I randomly picked a drawing each day.
I took pictures and uploaded them on Facebook and Instagram. These are the results.
I am working on updating my website and including more of my work. A lot of it is not online yet and many old drawings remain to be scanned. Want to see more of my (old) work? Anything in particular? Let me know in the comments below.
A few years ago, I discovered the sport of disc golf. I have always liked frisbee, I regularly used to throw ultimate style frisbees with friends in the park and even took a frisbee with me on a trip to New York back in 2012. It was actually in Central Park and on the beach of Coney Island that my good friend Michał and I came up with our own "precision frisbee games": awarding points to the person who manages to hit a tree trunk or the base of a light pole from a certain distance, whomever gets to X points first wins. It must have been around that time that I also saw disc golf for the first time on YouTube, and Michał and I realised that what we had come up with already existed. After that week in New York, I forgot all about it for a while, because it was only in winter 2017 that I tried disc golf for the first time. Michał and I got back into frisbee and decided to order some of the specialised discs for disc golf on Frisbeewinkel.nl: 2 putters, 2 midranges and 2 drivers. Our first disc golf course was in Sloterpark, Amsterdam. I immediately loved the game, but didn't have time to play much, until I got really hooked on disc golf in 2019 and started playing regularly. I became a member of DSA, which is the disc golf club of Amsterdam that gathers in Sloterpark, and played my first tournaments. I started watching loads of videos on the sport, particularly the tournament coverage by JomezPro and I joined the PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association).
Above: video by JomezPro of a skins match featuring some of the top disc golf pros like Paul McBeth, Ricky Wysocki, Eagle McMahon and Nate Sexton.
In essence disc golf is a golf variant that uses frisbees instead of balls: the goal is to get from point A to point B in as little throws as possible. Point B is not a hole, but a metal basket (also called a "polehole") to throw the disc in. Many standard golf terms have been adapted by disc golf: if you are already familiar with par, birdie, bogie, eagle, starting off the tee, driving, putting and all that good stuff, you will fit right in. Not that it is necessary to know them at all, I had never played golf in my life and did not know any of the terminology. Once you start playing disc golf, you will also start hearing other mysterious abracadabra proper to the game, like "inside the circle", "hyzer" and "anhyzer", "flippy discs", "overstable" or "understable" discs and so forth.
Disc golf uses special discs that are smaller than normal frisbees. They are specifically developed for the sport and they are not suitable to catch, but intended to throw as far or accurately as possible. There are many types of disc golf discs for different purposes and in different types of plastic. The different discs are designed to fly in different ways: curving to the left when thrown straight ("stable" or "overstable"), curving to the right ("understable" or "flippy") or simply dead straight. There are discs to throw super far with (if you "have the arm"), discs to throw upshots or approaches with and of course the putters for up close.
There is something very satisfying about throwing a disc and seeing it fly exactly as you intended. The struggle to get to that point is what really gets you hooked: it takes some time to learn how the different discs fly and it is all the more rewarding when something finally clicks and you manage the perfect flight. Throwing the disc into the chains of the basket is probably the best part of the game, as you get rewarded with a loud clatter of the chains hitting the pole. Definitely the Pavlov sort of thing.
The Netherlands has about 20 disc golf courses. I played five different ones so far: in Sloterpark (Amsterdam), Groeter Zandgat (Groet/Schoorl), Buitencentrum Almeerderhout (Almere), Van Tuyllpark (Zoetermeer) and Park Oudegein (Nieuwegein). When I was in Poland half a year ago I made sure to also play the Vesec course in the Czech Republic, just over the Polish border, close to Liberec.
AMSterdam Challenge 2020
Around the time I became a member of DSA, in the winter of 2019, Paul Sterk asked me if I would like to design a disc. Justin Long designed two new club discs with a distinctive Dutch theme (as is tradition for the DSA discs): he placed the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer in a disc golf setting, one version with her smiling at a putt being made in the background, the other one with her frowning in agony at a missed putt.
My design would be used for one of the biggest, if not the biggest, disc golf tournament in the Netherlands: The AMSterdam Challenge that will be organised in the weekend of 3-4 October 2020 (if Covid-19 allows it). Since the tournament takes places in Sloterpark and this is the disc golf course I played most on and know best, I decided I wanted to make a design that celebrates the park and its character.
I took the hill in the centre of the park as inspiration: a hill that defines hole 9, one of the signature holes of the course, since you throw from the top of the hill all the way to the other side of the grass field. It is the longest hole of the park, a par 4 that spans 209 meters (according to UDisc) from the tee to the pin with a picturesque panorama view. The hill itself is a defining feature of the park, because you cannot miss it when you walk around. On the top of it there is a big sculpture created out of weathering steel called Groot Landschap ("Grand Landscape" in English) made by Wessel Couzijn in 1974. The shape of the artwork to me resembles a giant anchor of sorts, the enormous bones of an alien creature or perhaps some kind of rock formation. Interestingly, the plaque at the bottom of the hill reads "this artwork represents nothing but itself", suggesting that the title "Grand Landscape" is not so much a description of the artwork itself but instead a hope that it should be a natural part of its surroundings. Another reason for me to choose the hill as quintessentially Sloterpark is the rabbits that you find everywhere in the park. The entire hill of hole 9 is their home, a giant warren with many holes and underground burrows.
Above: photos of the rabbits and their warren, the hill of hole 9 in Sloterpark, taken in August 2019.
Below: video impression of the hill, its rabbits and the artwork Groot Landschap (sorry for the music).
I ended up creating two versions of the design: rabbits with and without hair. At first I thought the better design was the rabbits without hair, but later I started appreciating the rabbits with hair more, as they look more real. Unfortunately the requirements for printing on discs made it clear that printing too many details close to each other could result in blurring and smudging, so DSA chose to go with the "white" rabbits in the end.
The design will be printed as hot stamps on discs by Latitude 64, a disc golf company from Sweden, which is also the main sponsor of the AMSterdam Challenge 2020. The disc mold that will be used will probably be the Opto Sapphire, a distance driver, in a variety of colours, probably also with different colours of the hot stamp. I have never thrown the Opto Sapphire, but it looks gorgeous and I am super excited about it.
The second sponsor of the tournament is Matt Moonen Arbeidsdeskundigen, so both logos were included in the design. Above the hill and the sculpture, I placed the logo of DSA, which incidentally looks like a sun in the sky.
I am excited that every player of the tournament will receive this disc, as it will be included in the player pack that each player gets at the tournament after registration and payment. A once in a lifetime disc that will become a collector's item amongst lovers of Dutch disc golf.
If you want to know more about the playing times of the tournament to come and watch or you want to participate, have a look here.
There were many stages to the design, several moments when I thought it was finished, then coming back to it to tweak something, include logos, resize certain parts for printing, and an unforeseen stage of vectorising. In the end I am happy with the design and grateful for the opportunity to design my first disc golf disc. I cannot wait to hold it in my hands and throw hole 9 with it.
Congratulations to Maja Brouwer for winning my first ever art raffle and taking home the original of "Sniffing the Third Line". And congratulations to Dan Iugulescu for winning 14 different go postcards with my designs!
Today at 19:00 o'clock I randomly picked two winners live on social media amongst the people that followed my page and commented under the drawing I posted on Instagram and Facebook.
Want to support the artist? All my originals are for sale and I also offer postcards and posters of all my art. Stay tuned for my new art and art lotteries in the near future.
My girlfriend Justyna and I got the idea to make a drawing together. I've recently been enjoying watercolour so that became the medium of choice. We also used a bit of ink. It took us a few hours to make and is smaller in size than most of my drawings: 13.2 x 25.2 centimeters, on special watercolour paper. The artwork shows a sleeping fox at night, lying in the grass next to a goban with go stones on it.
On the 13th of April, Justyna and I did our first paper marbling session in 2020. In this blog post I share the pictures of the process and the final results.
Paper marbling, also known by its Turkish name ebru or by its Japanese equivalent suminagashi (墨流し), is a technique of aqueous surface design. Marbled paper dates back to at least the 12th century AD and has traditionally been used for book binding and other decorative purposes. By dropping paint on the surface of water or a thickened fluid called size, and by manipulating that paint, all kinds of wonderful patterns can be created. The designs are directly transferred from the size onto paper or other materials such as fabric.
I discovered paper marbling in 2016 through a short 1970's documentary called The Art of the Marbler. Since 2018 I have been incorporating marbled designs in my art, particularly in my series of designs on the game of go that include animals. I sell those designs as posters and postcards to go players, go tournaments and other go organisations such as clubs, national associations/federations and schools.
It is always a lot of work to prepare a marbling session. Personally I mix a powder extract of carrageenan seaweed or a thickener with water to create the size. This has to be prepared the day before you want to marble, as the mixing creates air pockets that need time to disappear. It is possible to marble with air bubbles on your size, but this will result in white circles on your print where the bubbles touch the paper. In most cases that is not the desired result.
For the paint I use "ebru boyası" by the brand Art Deco, especially made for marbling. I have tried many types of paint, water, carrageenan extract, paper, you name it, but my best results came after I bought a ready-made set from Dodin's Marbling, a shop from Israel. Later I bought the same paint from an online marbling store in the Czech Republic and some additional tools like brushes with horsehair bristles from shops in Turkey.
The great fun of marbling comes after all the preparations have been taken care of, once you can start dripping paint on the surface of the size-fluid. The drops of paint expand and flow, patterns in all colours appear with ease and are just as easily changed with the touch of a stylus or a comb. It is satisfying to control the fluid motions of the paint. At the same time, you are never fully in control, since the paint finds its own natural way to flow. Marbling always surprises: one moment you have a beautiful pattern, then it changes completely when you drop a new colour in the tray. Or you think the colours look so-so in the tray, but when you transfer them onto paper all of a sudden they come to life. There are so many techniques to create different styles of patterns. Marbling is a bottomless well, an endless source of unique art that reminds me of nature and the cosmos.
Pictures of the process
The final results
Would you like to see more of my marbling? Have a look here.
The originals of these marbles on paper are for sale for 7,50 euros each. Let me know if you're interested!
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