Merlijn

Merlijn vzw is a daycare center for babies and toddlers with multiple disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorder. I designed a set of illustrations, for their website and communication with the kids and their parents.

I designed the mascot animals of every age group as a coloring page and a stamp.


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2019 – The Year of the Pig

I live next to the Antwerp Chinatown, so I made this quick illustration to wish my Chinese Neighbours a great year of the pig.

Wall Painting Tom & Nele

He is a big fan of antique tractors. She plays the saxophone. They both really enjoyed their hiking holiday to Switzerland and still had a blank wall left in their living room. The rest is history.


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My Studio

I’m always inspired by seeing someone else’s workspace. I’ll show you mine in the hope you show me yours. My workspace is small and in constant evolution. The header always shows the last setting. Here you can find the previous setups in reverse chronological order. Sometimes I tidy up before I take a picture, but mostly I don’t.

October 26 2018
Pre-October 2018. Yes, I tidied up this time. And yes, the panorama-function went a bit wonky this time.

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Minor Ndako – Trajekt

Minor Ndako is a Belgian organization that helps young asylum seekers to find their way through the complex maze of the Belgian life and administration.

I made a set of illustrations to make the communication with young asylum seekers who are not yet fluent in Dutch a bit easier.


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“Women are actually not that complicated”

Sometimes Jelle Goossens writes about life. He mails me these writings and waits patiently until I send him back a weird illustration. Experts might call this “a layered multidisciplinary cooperation”, but we don’t use these expensive words. We have no idea why we are doing this. Read Jelle on Jasperwiet.be (in Dutch, the language of Peter Paul Rubens).

Back to the lab

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Some characters

An ever growing set of funny characters. I have no idea why I am making these. Maybe they’ll find a home in one project or another.

LVN april, the sketches.

On my porfolio you can find this illustration for the city magazine of Leuven. To give you some insight in the process, I’d like to share some stages of this illustration with you. The deadline for this project was very short, so I had to make everything in the course of one week.

N°1 The intitial sketch

The first sketch is a very quick. I make these with Autodesk Sketchbook Pro on a Wacom Cintiq 16″ pro. I already finished a small part in Affinity Designer to demonstrate the finalized look.

N°2 A cleaner sketch

is a more elaborate sketch on paper to get the details right. I love sketching on paper and I feel that switching back and forth from screen to paper helps me to be more creative.

3. The finished drawing

This is the finished and colored version of the sketch, again in Affinity Designer.

4. Recolored version

In the end, the city council of Leuven asked me to swap the colors for a color palette that matches closer to the branding colors of their city magazine.