Wip – Study C1

Quick study of the face of  Charles of Burgundy, on a small canvas board (30*25). It is not finished but needs to dry first. Several corrections to be made: bigger chin, wider lips, eyes, eyebrows, more contrast. Plus shading of hair, coat, background. The collar is for when everything is completely dry.

Note that the colour is not rendered entirely correctly in the photograph. Also, the real painting will be on a panel, which will make it look smoother.




Death by door, blood on the floor

In lieu of an inktober pen drawing here is a pencil sketch of Charles VIII, king of France at the end of the 15th century.

Trivia: Was engaged to Charles TB’s daughter when he was a child. Died in 1498 at the age of 27 after bumping his head on the lintel of a door in the castle of Amboise.

Ran into him at Langeais. My mother was very amused. In hindsight it was one of those ‘Gideon is coming’ moments.


The fruit is for another day.






9096 – Wie het kleine niet eert…

Een mens is nooit te “groot” om met Playmobil te spelen.

Ik verzamel vooral de kleinere, speciale setjes, bv. Halloween figuurtjes, eenhoorns, engeltjes en duiveltjes en zo. De adventskalenders die er binnenkort weer aankomen zijn soms ook wel leuk al heb ik er daarvoorlopig nog  geen enkele van.

Ik geloof dat ik een hele poos geleden op deze blog geschreven heb dat ik uitkeek naar setje 9096 –  Alchemist en laboratorium (in het Nederlands is hij een tovenaar, btw). Het heeft nog wel een tijdje geduurd eer hij ook werkelijk in de winkelrekken of online te koop was.

Hier is ie dan met zijn ratje en zijn schedel en zijn minilabje. Nu eerst wat werken en dan mag ik lekker gaan spelen :). Wel eerst de kat buitenzetten.



A few more wild sketches

An attempt to depict sleep paralysis. Not quite what I had in mind. Charcoal and Pandas

Having a bit of fun with de Croÿ. Pencil and Pandas


Chancellor Rolin with the tiny hands and bad haircut after a van Eyck.

Same, but after van der Weyden


Next post: maybe something about forbidden fruits.


Wednesday update: The devil is in the detail

Attended two sessions at the local art school, the two paintings I’m working on are almost finished and I can start a new one next week.

I have not been well the past couple days, so here are some bad photographs of rough sketches, none of them finished drawings,

Sketch after a painting of Dürer’s father

Girl with cone hat, after an old painting

Quick sketch after a picture of Vanni (see comments in earlier post)

Impaled at Nancy, testing some ideas for CIII (not sure if I already posted this or not)

The slightly updated pastiche of a Caravaggio

My pc is acting strangely so I made back-ups yesterday evening. I came across some pictures of the stunning Lucifer that is seated below the pulpit of Liège’s cathedral (sculpted in marble by Guillaume Geefs). I took them a few years ago, they’re not so great but I’d like to share one of my favourite details of the sculpture: the bite marks in the apple at his feet.

The side quest is going well, made some more progress. But, today I came across something funny when I was reading an article about the symbolism in the Feast of the pheasant organised by duke Philip, which was apparently one of the most impressive banquets in medieval times (aka how to squander tax money, nothing new under the sun). In the article it said that the Golden Fleece order was based on the myth of Jason and his fleece (not his a tv blanket), but also biblical Gideon who also had a fleece, also not his tv blanket. Philip the Good at squandering money on useless objects also had some Gideon (Gédéon in french, who, btw is a Judge from the bible book Judges, hey, doesn’t that ring a bell?) tapestries made. This rung another bell. In July, about a month or six weeks before this side quest popped up, we visited Albi, walked through the town and went down to the river, following a walking trail. There was a notice board, partially hidden by a bush, announcing works on the trail. Somebody had doodled a bird and some words on it. I took a picture of it because I thought it was funny, though I had no idea what it meant:

In hindsight it was kind of prophetic, ha ha.