maandag 1 september 2014

Old projects, new life...

Wow, I haven't updated my blog since February. Now that's a long time! Sorry for that, guys.

I've been pretty busy the last couple of months with a new 'old' graphic novel-project that I started like 4 years ago. It has been dormant for all those years because I wasn't certain if i wanted to finish it or not. I think it was kinda too much for me at that time and I just wasn't up for it because of reasons.
 Some people have also been asking and reminding me about the project last year, during the preparations for the Jangton Brothers Retrospective. I pretty much took that as another subtle hint to take the project on again after years of silence.

The first pages I made four years ago have been lying around in my atelier ever since, collecting dust and many stares on blank saturday mornings. Yet, at this point, I actually feel pretty motivated to work on it it and give it the proper ending it deserves. It will be my first graphic novel, my debut, so it's pretty exciting for me!

There will be a short pre-publication of some pages on Pulpdeluxe.be, so keep an eye on it during
the upcoming months.



In other 'old' news:
Back in March and June, I made a couple of new illustrations for Trends-magazine.

The first drawing accompanied an article about 'Vrije Beroepen'/'Free jobs'.
The second drawing accompanied an article about supermarkets and their everlasting discount-wars to attract (more) customers.

Both drawings were quickies to do in between the activities of my teacher and ICT-coordinator-jobs at different schools. The wicked know no rest...





zondag 2 februari 2014

Mensch, erger je niet! - Logo and illustration

My girlfriend and I have been working on a logo and accompanying illustration for the Belgian DJ-duo Mensch, erger je niet! during December 2013 and the beginning of January 2014.
Quite a busy Christmas holiday that was... 

We both presented some sketches and styles for the logo to the deejays, but one of mine designs was eventually chosen to be fully worked out.
Still, my girlfriend did an awesome job digitally drawing the outlines of my sketch! (PROUD!!!)
I finally added the color, and the logo was ready to go public...  




The illustration in which we implemented the logo was realised a short while after fully finishing the logo. I did the drawing and inking/outlines both by hand this time around. 
The colors were, just like with the logo, added digitally afterwards.





Trends Eindejaarsspecial - De Wereld in 2014

I was once again asked to make an illustration for the end-of-the-year-special of Knacks Trends, back in December 2013. Kinda late to post this, I know, but i didn't have time to update my blog until now...

The illustration was the opener of the chapter 'Industry' and accompanied an article about American companies regaining their top-position within the economics market because of things as utilizing new energy sources.

Comparing this drawing to the one I made for the 2013-special (my first publication in Trends too!), I'm pretty happy the way I progressed and evolved within my work throughout that one year.



woensdag 13 november 2013

Wall project in Rue de la Loi - Brussels

I've been working since the end of August 2013 in the office of Rijkwaterstaat in Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat in Brussels at a big mural painting. The biggest illustration i've ever made!
I finally finished it last weekend, on November the 10th 2013, with some help of my lovely girlfriend. Quite the opportunity too to make somethin for one of the most important streets of Belgium and even Europe!

For this mural, I used portions of the design I made for Amsterdam and integrated it in an illustration that connected more with transport (ships, trucks, etc.) and the data-collecting-tasks of the organisation.  
It was originally intended for the individual windows to show things like monuments, transport, etc., of every European country that is a member of the organisation...
Yet, because I was running out of time and none of the members came up with suggestions for something to represent their country in their respective window (this was originally the plan), I finally extended the views left and right, with the boats, train and truck, beyond the windows. In the end, i'm pretty happy I did this instead of overloadin each window with all sorts of stuff. It would have been too busy and chaotic...

To tell you the truth, another reason why I took this assignment, is as a reaction to the Amsterdam project that i've already mentioned earlier on this blog. The project is overdue more than a year now and it has been frustrating me for a long while now. Also, I haven't seen a penny for any work i've realised for it during all that time...
Yes, I must admit that I made some bad and dumb decisions too regarding that project, but there were some personal things playing too back then...

You can see the working process on the wall in Brussels during the period of August-November on the photos below (Note: i'll be posting more photos of the work process later on, since i've been having lots of problems with the image uploader on Blogger while writin this post...)




The finished mural painting:



zondag 13 oktober 2013

The Jangton Brothers Filmposters Retrospective @ Mekanik Strip *UPDATE*

 

After months of hard work, severe meetings, pressing calls and desperate messages, this saturday, the 12th of October 2013, we were finally able to realise the very first Jangton Brothers Filmposter Retrospective Exposition at Mekanik Strip in Antwerp.

The Jangton Brothers Expo is a duo-exhibition in which we show off 12 filmposters of fictional, made-up films by the enigmatic Jangton Brothers, a directing duo from the small village of Peerboom, Belgium. The expo is a result of the collaborative project I started with comic artist and illustrator Jangojim about a year ago...

You can still visit the exposition at Mekanik Strip, Sint-Jacobsmarkt 73, in Antwerp (Belgium) up until the 2nd of November 2013. You can also order a print of the filmposters we made. 

A4-print = 20 euros
A3-print = 35 euros
A2-print = 45 euros
Poster-format (Exhibition-size, 100x70 cm) = 65 euros

The prices and sizes are also listed in the exhibition itself. Just ask one of the friendly people of the store to write down the order for you then ;) You can also mail to either anton.van.steelandt@gmail.com or jangojim@gmail.com.

The filmposters shown during the exhibition can now also be viewed on this blog as low-res pics:










                               
                               









         
         
         
         
         


  

woensdag 31 juli 2013

Publications in Trends

I made two illustrations for Trends-magazine this past month.

To start off with the most recent one...


This illustration accompanies the article "Last of the Mohicans"/"De Laatsten der Mohikanen" in Trends nr. 30, published on 1/8/2013.
The article talks about people with professions like shoemaker or baker, and the way they are struggling and putting up a real fight to survive in our modern-day society.



The following illustration was published in Trends nr. 29 (18/7/2013) and accompanied the article "Free information feeds the knowledge-economy"/"Gratis informatie voedt de kenniseconomie".
The article talked about open data, data the government makes accessible for companies and the public, and a new European guideline that must make the data more easy to access as individual.
It's also my first double-page I did for them :)







woensdag 22 mei 2013

Nautical Men

I was asked a couple of weeks ago to contribute some work to Ode to Gaming, an exhibition that, as it names clearly suggests, makes an artistic, visual ode to all things game-related...

Next to an illustration I made for Trends-magazine last December, I also contributed the brand spanking new illustration you can see down below.
Nautical Men is a fictional arcade videogame that follows the adventure of two 'nautical men' facing off the absurd and wicked dangers roaming their oceans and seas. From gigantic, fish-controlled robotic mermaids to the god Cthulhu himself...
I made this drawing for the exhibition with a special reason in mind, too. Let's say it contains more things than the eye would first suspect and that it is, in a way, already another wink to the future exhibition i'm preparing with Jangojim.

The exhibition can be visited during Free to Play, an awesome, gamecrazed event at Designcenter De Winkelhaak in Antwerp (BE) until July 13 2013. From 9 am till 6 pm during the week and from 2 pm until 6 pm on saturdays...