The book ‘Ballad’ (Een sprookje (nl)) by the French artist Blexbolex feels very compact and tactile in your hands. It is not large in terms of dimensions, but it certainly has volume. The paper of the cover is slightly embossed with ribs and is not laminated (fortunately). No layer of plastic between the reader and the paper.
Last May I moved into a new studio. I used to work from home, but now I’ve found a perfect spot in a former nursing home in the centre of town. I’ve been cleaning and painting it and moved in my stuff. It’s great working here; I’ve more space and my focus is even better. Isn’t that a good thing ;)?
The third and latest picture in our project of combining photography and illustration is also a portrait. A sweet little girl standing in front of a pastel coloured background holding a funny black moustache. The contrast of the girl’s innocence and the moustache intrigued me and so I wanted to develop this idea further.
Driven by mutual interest for each other’s work and the question how our disciplines relate to each other, photographer Irma Bulkens and I have worked together on a visual project. Our goal is to find out how her photography and my illustrations could strengthen and influence each other. LEES VERDER