What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I work as an illustrator. Allthough I am creative by nature, nothing gets me motivated more than a commercial assignment. To find interesting creative solutions within the restrictions of a briefing is the ultimate goal.
In a way, I do puzzles.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
That's my entire portfolio. Check the icons below to see the galleries.
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Inspiration at itself, I think, can't and shouldn't be explained. Creativity on the other hand is a muscle that can be trained. I also think that inspiration can be stimulated. Gather knowledge and be interested in as many things as possible. Fascination leads to inspiration.
What is art?
To the viewer, art is as you see it. Therefore the concept of art changes by the moment through each individuals life. Art, as life, is perception.
To the creator, art should be a matter of devine quality and is always a collaberation of concept and discipline.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
If you REALLY want to make me choose...;
-How to Explain Paintings to a Dead Hare, Joseph Beuys, 1965
-Still-Life with lobster and the drinking horn of the Amsterdam Guild of Saint Sebastian, Willem Kalf, ....
To get more ideas check my favorites at deviantart;
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
An artist doesn't have a choice; It happens.
It's almost as if he/she is human.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
We have that in a way in The Netherlands. In the past, graduated artists could get money from the state for four years. I think it's not good for every artist, most of them tend to get lazy and dramatic. I am more of a working class 'artist'.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
No. The process gives you an experience. Than you have to let it go and move on.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
As an illustrator I tend to think from what is expected of me rather than what I want to make. That gets confusing at times. But it always bounces back in the 'right' direction.
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
I am selfmade uptill now, with succes. However, I have been looking for representation in the UK and USA. The ones I'd like to be represented by don't seem to be very interested yet....
Commercial thinkers in our business can't risk too much. I think that there'll always be a struggle there because creative people don't think commercial most of the time. That struggle is a good thing, we learn from eachother.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
Editorial (mostly childrens' educational publishing) and advertising.
See http://www.doodle.nl for examples.
Do you personally collect any items?
I'd like to be a collector, but I'm a cheap bastard :D Nah, collections fascinate me. I have huge collections in my brain-chambers. And some traded art of friends/colleagues.
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Behold, amaze and practice.
What is your blog address? What subjects do you deal with?
http://digi-sketch.blogspot.com , shared blog with Wouter Tulp.
Did God create the world in seven days, or do you believe in the theory of evolution?
God made the world evolve in seven days. We haven't reached day seven yet. It's a matter of different timelines.
Do you believe it is true that humans only use 10% of their brain capacity?
No, we're only aware of using 10 percent.
What do you use: Mac or PC and why?
Do you defend urban graffiti?
As long as the mentality is old-school (strict rules of the game) and quality is a goal, yes.
What is the secret to happiness?
That knowing is nothing without doing.
What is God?
You, me, life.