Weird and Wonderful - Volume 1
After more than a year of working on it, I am proud to announce the release of my newest book: Weird and Wonderful - Volume 1: Extraordinary Moves by Professional Go Players.
I co-wrote it with Peter Brouwer and it was published in December 2021 by the Kiseido Publishing Company.
It is available as a hard copy on the website of Kiseido (click here), on the website of European distributor Schaak & Go winkel Het Paard (click here) and as an e-book in the SmartGo web store (click here). Soon it will also be available in other go shops worldwide.
This is the first volume of what will be a series of three books:
Volume 1 is a collection of creative, bizarre, exquisite, rare and funny moves from professional play. Suitable for players of about 10-kyu to 6-dan level.
The book counts 246 pages and contains the following 18 chapters:
If you've read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section!
Flying Off the Shelves
This December my go mugs are flying off the shelves!
Earlier this year I had my first batch of go mugs made, featuring my go-playing cat. A month and a half ago or so, they sold out and I decided to order more with the upcoming holidays in mind. I then also added two new mugs to the store, sporting my go turtle and butterfly. Recently, that batch also ran out! The cat was the most popular, but the turtle also did really well. Only 3 of the butterfly mugs remained.
Today the third run arrived: 15 cats and 10 turtles are now back in business. I chose a fourth design to print on mugs as well: the raccoon-dog that drums its belly. Unfortunately those turned out too dark and too unsharp, so I won't put them in the shop. I am currently getting that misprint rectified and I hope to have a proper version of the raccoon-dog mug up online soon.
If you are interested in my go mugs, have a look in my Etsy shop by clicking here.
After many years of walking into any thrift store we stumbled upon and looking for treasures, Justyna and I have decided to take our passion to the next level: we've started a shop with vintage and antique items! The shop is called Vintage Kadijk, inspired on Hoogte Kadijk, the name of the street in Amsterdam where I grew up. I've created above logo for the occasion, featuring the typical shape of the houses on Hoogte Kadijk and a brown-red cat in loving memory of Chan, who lived there with my parents, my sister and myself.
Currently there are 19 listings in our shop and plenty more to come. Have a look by clicking here.
If you see an item that you like, but you have questions, feel free to send us a message.
On the picture below you see some examples of the items you can find in our store: these are recent arrivals and we are working on slowly putting them in the shop one by one.
NGoB Yearbook 2020-2021
The cover of the 2020-2021 Dutch Go Yearbook is the sixth consecutive one in a series I have made for the Nederlandse Go Bond. The covers feature animals, go positions and paper marbling.
The toucan artwork is a creation from 2019. The organization of the Latin American Go Congress commissioned me to make a drawing for its edition that year, and to print 1000 postcards for the event that took place in the Nihon Ki-in da América do Sul in São Paulo, Brazil.
The toucan is a bird species indigenous to large parts of South America, and is taking the place of legendary go player Honinbo Shusaku in this design. The go match in the artwork is one of the most famous ones ever played, known as "The Ear Reddening Game". The match is at its most vital stage and the toucan is about to play a move that went down in history. Reportedly, when Shusaku played move 127, it mentally shook his opponent, Gennan Inseki, so much so that his ears turned red. If you look carefully at the cacti in the drawing, you can see that their fruit are starting to blush.
I'm grateful to the NGoB; this series of yearbooks is becoming quite something and I hope future Dutch go players will enjoy my covers as much as I do. The 2020-2021 edition will be printed and distributed among the members of the Dutch Go Association in early 2022.
Originals for Sale
I've added a new category to my website: ORIGINALS (FOR SALE) under PORTFOLIO. Have a look by clicking here.
On this page I plan to regularly add the originals of my artwork, which are for sale. You will be able to purchase them by clicking on them, which will redirect you to my shop on Etsy.
Yesterday I scanned and uploaded 6 of my drawings. I have over a hundred drawings made between 2006 and 2021 that I still need to scan, take proper photos of and put online. It's a big project, and it will take some time.
If you are interested in buying an original from me rather than a print, keep an eye on my social media (Instagram and Facebook) and my Etsy shop: I will slowly start selling art that I've never shown to the world wide web.
The disc golf starter set that I designed for Frisbeewinkel last year has recently been produced by Disc Golf UK and is now available for purchase online! If you are interested, click here.
I am mostly impressed with the look and feel of the Bumblebee. It has a micro bead and reminds me a bit of the Whale by Innova, my favorite putter, although it is more flexible than the Whale. The Stag Beetle is even more flexible than the Bumblebee, and is an overstable midrange. The Dragonfly is the most stiff and sturdy disc of the set, and is an understable fairway driver.
I wrote more background information on the design and the symbolism of the stamps in a previous post that you can read here. Below are all the different color-variations of the discs. The Bumblebee comes in 5 different colors and the Stag Beetle and the Dragonfly both in 3 colors.
Go Mugs in my Etsy Shop
For the go and cat lovers out there, I've printed mugs with my go playing cat artwork on it.
I only have 15 in stock, it's available in my Etsy shop.
Happy New Year!
Happy new year everyone! To a better year for everyone in 2021, hopefully soon without covid-19.
Congratulations to Alexandra Urban and Harry & Judith from EuroGoTV! I did an art raffle on social media between Christmas and New Year's day and they were the lucky winners. They won A4 art prints from my Etsy shop and could choose 1 poster each from the ones below, since I already had printed versions of these lying around.
My Etsy shop has grown significantly over the Christmas season. Thank you to everyone who bought my art, left sweet reviews and supported me. I am going to do more sales this year around the holidays and I am looking forward to add new artwork to the shop and grow it even more!
Printing Process for Etsy
While working on an Etsy order for the USA today, I thought it would be nice to show the process of how I make my posters and postcards. In these videos I am printing an A3+ size poster of my artwork "The Ear Reddening Move", a series of 10 Go postcards picked by the customer and I am manually cutting a postcard sheet to create postcards with the best quality!
Starting today, I am doing a Christmas sale in my Etsy shop.
All items 20% off until the end of the month.
If you want to support me, this is the perfect opportunity. The 20% discount also extends to the originals of my work that you can find on this website.
I also lowered all my poster prices:
A4 posters (21 x 29.7 cm) for €12.50
A3 posters (29.7 x 42 cm) for €14.95
A3+ posters (32.9 x 48.3 cm) for €15.95
If you are looking to decorate your walls and want to support me, now is your chance.
Have a great December 2020 everybody!
Welcome to my website! My name is Kim Ouweleen, my artist pseudonym is Murugandi. I am an illustrator, author, proofreader and go teacher from Amsterdam.
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