About a month ago I made six illustrations for a new beginners go book by the Dutch Go Association (Nederlandse Go Bond), depicting go players through the ages.
The book is now printed and landed in my mail box yesterday. It is called "De Kunst van Go" (The Art of Go) and has 72 pages full of pictures, rules and exercises for Dutch readers who want to learn the game. The photos in the book are really nice and show all sorts of different European go players, from pretty girls crunching their brains to kids playing pair-go with their grandparents.
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!
This blog post is the second edition of Looking Back, in which I look back on artwork I have made in the past.
Soon the 2018-2019 edition of the Dutch Go Association Yearbook will be published. Each year the Nederlandse Go Bond (NGoB) publishes such a booklet in which the most important seasonal go happenings of the Netherlands are recorded, along some major international go news.
As is becoming tradition, my go art is on the cover! This time it is my raccoon dog who drums his belly, a pun on the Japanese name of a famous tesuji combination of two stones played on the first line, capturing the opponent's group of stones in a spectacular way. The green marbling pattern was created by hand in 2019, then scanned and cleaned up digitally.
The raccoon dog on the cover of the 2018-2019 Dutch Go Yearbook is the fourth in a series of covers I have made for the Nederlandse Go Bond that feature animals, go positions and paper marbling. Here are the previous three:
And a picture of what the three booklets look like next to each other:
The cover of the 2017-2018 NGoB Yearbook features my go butterfly, which originally was a logo that I created for the European Youth Go Championships (EYGC) of 2015 that took place in Zandvoort.
The patterns on the wings of the butterfly show several tesuji shapes, such as the crane's nest and a snapback.
The 2016-2017 edition, probably my personal favourite so far, incorporates my drawing The Tortoise Shell, a pun on the Japanese name for one of the strongest shapes in go called 亀の甲 (the tortoise shell): a tortoise rocking the tortoise shell on his tortoise shell.
For the 2015-2016 yearbook I chose a design featuring Lee Sedol's famous move 78 that made AlphaGo go on tilt in game four of their best of five match in 2016. Lee Sedol lost the overall match to the computer program by 4 to 1 games, making AlphaGo the first computer to defeat a top level professional in the history of go. This wedging move by Sedol resulted in the only victory in the matchup for the Korean and became a symbolic victory of human capability.
If you look closely, you might notice a difference in the look of the elephant cover with the following editions: the elephant is black and white, since most of my artwork was still black and white in those days, but also unlike the subsequent covers the marbled background is one shade of colour and blends together with the go board. The original was blue and white, but an editorial decision was made to change it to brown. The future editions were not altered, showing a small difference in style.
Technically the NGoB Yearbook series with my artwork on the cover started with the 2014-2015 edition, for which my drawing called Fighting Spirit was used. I don't really consider this volume as part of the series, however, because it stands out from the rest. It is completely black and white and as I had not yet discovered paper marbling, there is no exciting background. On top of that, the actual go drawing ended on the back side of the booklet instead of the front. See pictures below. I also include some examples of what each yearbook I illustrated looks like on the inside.
My go art has also been published on two magazines of the German Go Association, called the Deutsche Go-Zeitung. The Raccoon Dog Drums His Belly and Fighting Spirit make their first appearances on the first DGoZ volume of 2015 and the second DGoZ volume of 2019.
Do you run or write a go editorial, magazine, bulletin, leaflet, website, book, you name it? And would you like to include my art? Please leave a comment!
I have been working hard on my frisbee designs for www.frisbeeshop.eu! Must say I am proud of the results and I cannot wait to get my hands on these. Tomorrow the first batch of marble design frisbees will be printed, pictures will follow.
Who knew that marbling and ultimate would be such a perfect fit?
Also stoked about my new drawing "Almighty Sun" that I designed especially for a disc (the patterns will look epic during flight!), and my rediscovery and editing of an old drawing, now titled "Frisbee Birds".
Do you like throwing frisbee and do you want to support my art? Get yours here:
- Marbled Frisbees for €24,95.
- Black and White Artwork Frisbees for €22,95.
- Colour Artwork Frisbees for €22,95.
Starting 2020 in style!
I have been into throwing frisbees for a while, and in 2019 I got hooked on disc golf. I started playing more, bought new discs, a fancy bag to carry them in and even a portable basket. Through the Facebook page of Disc Golf Nederland I got in touch with the community and ended up talking to Hans Krens, the owner of THE frisbeeshop in the Netherlands, where I bought all my disc golf equipment. Turns out he also plays go! It's a small world we live in.
I'm excited to announce that I'll be working with Hans on customised discs. This is the first test run with my The Tortoise Shell go-design on an ultimate frisbee. Soon more of my artwork will be sold on discs, available at www.frisbeeshop.eu. The prints will be high definition graphics in full colour, with possibly the option for me to incorporate a handwritten text on request. At the moment we are limited to ultimate style frisbees, but hopefully we will find a way to print on disc golf discs as well.
Which version do you like better: the one with or the one without the black line around the design?
Stay tuned, I will post an update when we handpick more of my art and the products are officially for sale on the website.
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