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Wilder mann | www.Fennek.be

Mixed media op karton: acryl, potlood, houtskool, collage,…

De ‘Wilder mann” reeks van fotograaf Charles Fréger is het uitgangspunt en inspiratiebron voor een serie tekeningen/illustraties voor onze finale opdracht op school.

Van het eerste moment dat ik het boek Wilder mann in handen kreeg, was ik verkocht. Verknocht zelfs. Prachtige foto’s, kostuums zoals ik nog nooit had gezien en Europese tradities waar ik nog nooit van hoorde.
Het boek te pakken krijgen was een ander paar mouwen. De Engelse versie is onmenselijk duur (?) of niet leverbaar en de Duitse versie die ik uiteindelijk kon lenen bezorgde me nachtmerries van Duits-Nederlandse vertaalpogingen via google translate.

Het oorspronkelijke plan bestond uit het illustreren van  de figuren en hun achtergrond/traditie/oorsprong.  Onzekerheid besloop me dan ook toen na uuuuren vertalen duidelijk werd dat de begeleidende tekst zich beperkt toch uitvoerige smakelijk-Duitse beschrijvingen van de kostuums. Daar zat ik dan plots zonder inhoud…

Tijd voor plan B C, D en F:

Wilder mann | www.Fennek.be

Acryl (gewone en fluo- maar dat is op foto niet te zien) op kartonresten.

Wilder mann | www.Fennek.be

Olieverf op karton dat geprepareerd is met gesso.

Het is waarschijnlijk typerend, mijn eeuwige zoeken en soms teveel ideeën drijft me zoveel kanten uit dat ik verschillende technieken en storyboards uittestte, maar nog geen knopen doorhakte.
Wilder mann | www.Fennek.be  Wilder mann | www.Fennek.be

Wilder mann | www.Fennek.be

Zoals jullie kunnen zien werk ik vooral op (gratis gekregen) karton, wat vooral een budgetvriendelijke oplossing is :-)
Nu nog een paar dagen wachten tot het droog is- en ondertussen hopen dat er niet nog meer suïcidale fruitvliegjes zich onderdompelen in de natte verf.

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Wait for paint to dry…painting | www.Fennek.be

Now seriously. I recently read an article about the perception of time. How that – despite the rhythm of nature – is experienced by individuals. While a vacation seemed endless in our childhood, for an adult, those precious free days fly by with the speed of light.

In 1962 Michel Siffre spent several months underground in a cave (no sunlight, no clock, no calendar), and examined the effect on our biorhythms and sleep. With sleep when tired and food when hungry – a rather natural way of living- the sleep/wake cycle appeared not to be 24 hours. When the experiment finishes on September 14th, in his journal it was only the 20th of august.

A quote by Joshua Foer might give another solution in case you don’t want to be waiting for paint all the time :-) :

 “Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthily and live a long life, while experiencing a short one. If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next – and disappear. That’s why it’s so important to change routines regularly, and take vacations to exotic locales, and have as many new experiences as possible that can serve to anchor our memories. Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perception of our lives.”

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Zoo sketch | www.Fennek.be
This week and last week, we went drawing at the zoo. I hate to see caged animals but the Zoo of Antwerp is a beautiful place to draw. Is it the warmer air, the rays of sunlight that enter my tired brain or maybe some after-winter- evolution, I can’t tell, but I feel like I made some huge process.

I always had a problem with drawing any kind of architecture, large spaces or many details. It was some kind of fear. Like agoraphobia but on paper :-)
A few times I had to force myself to get started, but strange as it might sound, after some time I was just in a concentrated working flow.

One thing that helped me out the first time ( a few weeks ago in a building) was making a quick photo with my phone to have a visual edge of the scene, just to know which objects will need some space on my paper.

Zoo sketch | www.Fennek.be

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  1. Die laatste tekening is echt prachtig! Die zou ik zo inlijsten. Wat kan jij toch mooi tekenen. En ja, ook gebouwen :) Ga je nog eens naar de dierentuin?

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flubber (vegan) | www.Fennek.be

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.

(Mary Lou Cook)

flubber (vegan) | www.Fennek.be

So, I was working on a food illustration, but this vegan flubber didn’t work out the way it was supposed to be.
Tastefully, the flubber was looking for a way to slither down, spreading slimy across the floor.
At least the dogs enjoyed cleaning afterwards :-)

flubber (vegan) | www.Fennek.be

flubber (vegan) | www.Fennek.be

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boekbinden | www.Fennek.be
Such a discovery: making books.
Oh-so fun to do, not that hard (except gluing right parts and thinking about sequences) and the result is great- faults don’t matter because it’s just a notebook and it’s just nice to have something handmade :-)

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With the corporation as a central premise, the effects of their protected satus is examined: freedom, democracy, equality, dignity, humanity and many other values ​​are trampled by the ogling of money and power.

It’s staggering how much power corporations have. It’s sickening how they use people like you and I and many others, abuse and exploitation without remorse until we have nothing more to offer.

It is no longer about ‘free market’ nor ‘fair choice’, it is the threat of privatization of everything we have: our genes, air, water, nursery, seed, our food and even our thoughts.

Therefore I recommend you to watch this documentary, to be able to protect yourself, your future and the future generations.

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on the table | www.Fennek.be
Last week was kind of special: no classes just projects.
Too bad the organisation at our school s*cks, which affected the energy of this week. I was lucky to find a project which complemented another assignment, otherwise it would have felt like a useless time wasting way of keeping students busy. panem et circenses.

I am deeply disappointed with so much missed opportunities. This week is the best chance to get out of our little box, to learn new thing, to meet students from other classes and even other specializations. 25 projects were in the running by many different and very talented teachers and eventually we could choose from only 8. Normally this week is actually 5 days, but for some reason most projects were one day of 3 days. Last year we wrapped up with a very inspiring mini-exhibitions, this year I barely see other work because we worked at home for 2 days and just showed our work to our project-leaders.

Luckily, I have enough backup motivation :-)
Our project ( In search of the lost paradise)  covered small inventive actions of nature to survive in the city. A tuft of green, an unexpected flower, a world of possibilities between the gray concrete.
Although we were actively looking for beauty and traces of nature, I had to conclude that to me there was no paradise in the city. The more time spent in the city, the more I run from the overwhelming urban surrounding to find rest and peace in nature.  The city takes over my thinking, comes after me like wave of excitement and exhausts me with his intrusiveness.

For 3 days, I did nothing but translating this feeling into an illustration.
And it felt absolutely amazing to do nothing but drawing and painting for several days in a row. Suddenly you get the luxury to think, to experiment and to try again time after time while in normal weeks, I’m chasing one deadline after another.

In search of the lost paradise | www.Fennek.be

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