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Nog éen cursus in Rotterdam, beginnend in maart

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 2:50 PM Comments comments ()
In maart (2018) zal de laatste teken/illustratie cursus in Rotterdam plaatsvinden.
Want na de zomer vertrek ik weer naar Australie.
De cursus biedt een gevarieerd programma dat alle kanten en facetten van tekenen
vooral, maar ook illustreren, belicht en in praktijk brengt.

De lokatie is direkt aan de Maas. Als je even niet tekent, kan je zo vanuit je stoel naar
de voorbijvarende schepen op het water en de mensen op de kade kijken.
Links zie je de groene torentjes van hotel New York en rechts de SS Rotterdam.

Deze teken/illustratie cursus is geschikt voor beginners en gevorderden.

Meer info op de website

De volgende teken en illustratie cursus is verplaatst naar 13 maart 2017

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 2:31 PM Comments comments ()
Het begin van de cursus tekenen en illustreren in Rotterdam is verplaatst van 6 naar 13 maart 2017. Voor informatie zie de het vorige blog of kijk op de website Bellen kan op 06 434 127 44

Cursus tekenen en illustreren begint 6 maart 2017

Posted on January 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments ()
Op maandagmiddag, 6 maart 2017 begint in Maaskoe, een voormalig kapitein´s huis aan de Maas, een teken- en illustratie cursus.
De cursus is al gehouden in Australie en in Duitsland. Nu gaat hij van start in Rotterdam.

Je leert de technieken en vaardigheden van het tekenen én illustreren. Bij tekenen alleen denken we vooral aan het natuurgetrouw overbrengen wat je voor je ziet. Bij illustreren komt ook de bijdrage aan een verhaal in afbeeldingen er nog bij. Dat kan natuurlijk ook natuurgetrouw zijn maar hoeft niet. Illustraties hebben veel te doen met hoe je een verhaal of situatie over wil brengen en waar je nadruk op wil leggen.

Deze curcus gaat over de combinatie van tekenen en illustreren. Als je al graag tekent zul je de cursus aanvullend en verrijkend vinden en een nieuwe kijk op tekenen erbij krijgen. En heb je nog nauwelijks getekend dan zul je, op een andere manier dan de al gevorderde tekenaar, een nieuwe wereld voor je open zien gaan.

De teken- en illustratie cursus is vriendelijk in gebruik en opzet, voor materialen wordt tijdens de les gezorgd. Maar vergis je niet, het blijft een intensieve cursus waarin elk belangrijk aspect grondig wordt doorgenomen en goefend.Tijdens de les is concentratie nodig en houden we de aandacht bij het tekenen, voor en naderhand is er altijd gelegenheid voor andere gesprekjes.  Er is plaats voor maximaal 10 mensen. Voor koffie, thee en lekkers wordt tussendoor gezorgd. Mocht je graag nog meer informatie willen horen of je willen opgeven dan kan je Veronica bellen op nummer 06 434 127 44 of een emailtje sturen naar [email protected] of [email protected]

                           (Over concentratie gesproken..)

Starting a Drawing and Illustrating Course

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 7:54 AM Comments comments ()
In about a month the schools have started again, and so will the Drawing and Illustrating Courses in Berlin. 
I offer on Mondays a course for children in the afternoon and one for adults in the evening (both in German). You can also do a course Online when that suits you better.
Online is more flexible, of course, as you are not committed to the Mondays.
And if you live in nowhere or somewhere far away from Berlin than an Online Drawing and Illustrating Course might be just the thing for you. 

The difference between Drawing and Illustrating, in my opinion, is that Drawing is what you see with your eyes and then draw on paper.
Illustrating also has to do with creating an illusion or depicting a little story or thought. An illustration does not have to look realistic but it should come over as believable.

In this Drawing and Illustrating Course we combine the two aspects, which gives you in the end the option to go either way or stay somewhere in the middle.

The courses in Stadtteilzentrum Pankow (in Berlin) go for 12 weeks, starting on the 8. September 2014. The Online Course you can start when suits you and you can take up to 12 months to complete. 

More info you will find on my website, 
If you have questions, please contact me under

Drawing book

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM Comments comments ()

drawing book, tekenboek

My many years of experience with drawing and illustrating as well as with teaching Drawing I have collected in a book. I can not tell you when I started this lesson book as that is really a long time ago, but I finished it end of last year (2013). 
It is printed on a good quality paper, in full colour and ringbinded so you can leave the book open on your table. It contains 100 pages full of illustrations, instructions, ideas and inspiration.

I always thought that lesson books are meant to be complicated and difficult to understand so that one gets the feeling of learning something worth while.
For me it mostly meant that I sooner or later had to drop out of whatever skill I tried to learn.

Many books about drawing and illustrating are filling my cupboard and I find most also difficult to understand and the tasks not easy to follow.
So I have really tried to write an easy going book.
But don´t think it is therefore childish. It might look at first sight like a fun book,
and it is, but it is also a serious lesson book and if you follow the instructions and take note of what is written and explained, you will quaranteed benefit from this book and your drawing skill and imagination (very important when you draw) will improve greatly.

But most of all, I think, looking in this book will make you feel like drawing!

The book is available for my students but anyone who is interested in drawing can order a copy  (ISBN 978-3-00-043028-2) over the website,

Illustrating course

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 5:18 AM Comments comments ()
Illustrating is like giving a drawing a purpose.

You can illustrate a letter, a story, or a whole book.
You can illustrate a powerpoint presentation for work, or a handbook with instructions. You can illustrate a boring study book in such a way, that students will find it easier and nicer to study and take more in.
You can illustrate a children´s book so that a child will remember it fifty years down the track. And of course, you can illustrate a card and send it away.
You can also illustrate a point you want to make or a joke. You can illustrate a little message or a task that needs to be done. You can also illustrate an upcoming event, like another drawing course..

Poster drawing course. Poster voor tekencursus

One hand and your eyes are all you need to be able to draw.

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM Comments comments ()
Pigs fly. Varkentjes vliegen

A little while ago I broke my foot. The foot is now in plaster and I walk with one leg and two crutches around. There is quite a bit I can not do for a while.
I can´t ride my bike, can not drive        (I don´t have a car anyway), can hardly walk, can´t shower, can´t play a sport, etc. etc.
But I can still draw which I do more as usual now.
In my classes I have sometimes people with a handicap. They might not be able to use their legs or have maybe only one arm.
But you only need one hand and good eyesight (or good glasses) to be able to draw. I had a girl come to my drawing classes who could not speak. But she drew beautiful and often helped the other kids.
I would like to see more people with a handicap draw.
When I draw I feel free as a bird. I can draw whatever I like. We all can.
There is really nothing that could not be drawn. Nothing at all.

Starting a drawing course

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM Comments comments ()
drawing things. Tekenen                                                                       Starting a drawing course 

Another schoolyear has begun and new courses are starting everywhere as well.

I am also starting again. It will be my third year of teaching drawing in Berlin for young people from 9 years old up, in German, on Saturday mornings. 
You can read more in the  "Unterricht"  section on my website,
Next year I will also offer drawing courses for grown ups again, they will be held on Monday evenings.

My mum and I started to join a drawing course when I was a teenager.
 The classes were held on Monday evenings and we enjoyed going there together.
So we joined one more course and another three, until I finished High school. By that time we both loved drawing and painting.

Joining a course is a good way to learn to draw, or improve your drawing skills.
The lessons are structured and every week is a special theme, like drawing faces, drawing perspective, working with light and shade, working with colours etc. 
It does not matter if you are a beginner or an advanced drawer, you will always benefit from the lessons.

 You will find the drawing courses also invaluable when you decide later to go painting or to make sculptures or design clothes or houses, as you learn to really look good at things and develop your creativity.

And the idea is not to all to draw the same way, but to develop your own style. Many people don´t think they have an own style. But it is like your handwriting, something that is uniquely yours that you can further develop.

The drawing course is a social thing as well. Even though we really concentrate on drawing in the classes, we share the same activity which creates a lovely atmosphere.
And showing your drawings to the other students and looking at their work in return is another good way to get inspired and encouraged.

My mum and I have both kept drawing and painting over all these years.
 When I visit my mum in Holland, I still join in her drawing classes.
 She has held many exhibitions and sold many of her paintings. And when she comes to visit me in Berlin, she takes part in my drawing classes. She is 85 years old by the way. 

But no matter if you come with your mum, dad, sister, friend or alone, make sure you bring enthusiasm along as that is what you really need to succeed. 

How to make people recognizable

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 5:56 AM Comments comments ()
My nieces finished their school exams (and passed) !
Graduation day. Examen gehaaldTo make them recognizable I surrounded them with `props.`
Merel on the right has longer hair and she likes to wear high heels and dress a bit classic. Veerle has shorter hair and likes to wear sneakers and look more sporty.

Merel in Dutch is also the name of a bird, so I let the bird fly around her.
Veerle in Dutch sounds a lot like Veer and that means a feather. So feathers are flying around her. They also have a black cat who does not understand the excitement.
And last but not least, they trample the studybooks and let all the papers fly away so it is clear that we talk about the end of the schoolexams.

It is really not so easy to make faces recognisable without looking froozen.
 I would not try too hard and mostly only draw the obvious like a round or a long face, the hair, maybe earrings or jewelry that the person likes to wear.
Furthermore you can easily draw a tall person extra tall and a thin person extra thin, long legs extra long, etc.
 Clothes are of course instantly recognisable. Does the person normally wear lots of colours?  Prefers pants or dresses?  Does he or she has a favourite hat or scarf or shoes?
Does the person have a favourite bag? 
 Does he or she have pets, children, a friend, a car of bike that she always travels with? Does he or she play an instrument or play a sport? A football or a guitar can be great props too.

You will see that once you start, you thinks of more and more of these props.
It is a fun way to make a drawing and the person who it is meant for mostly really likes it, while it is very, very personal!

How to start and when to finish a drawing

Posted on May 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM Comments comments ()
How to start and when to finish a drawing

You´d think that the hard bit is the actual drawing you do,
but often it is the beginning and the end of a drawing that can be the biggest challenge.

What will be the purpose of your drawing, what will you draw and how will you start?

For instance, my nieces are doing their school exams and I would like to send them a card with a drawing for when they have finished.
I ride my bike and think. I do the dishes and think. I sit in the sun and think.
It is not so much thinking even, it feels more like daydreaming where ideas are floating around in my head and slowly I get a picture of what my drawing should look like.
I used to think very complicated things to draw but found out over the years that trying to draw them have given me more often a headache than not and often spoiled and my fun of drawing and the drawing itself.

So I keep it pretty simple and can always add if I like.
I am happily drawing away until I wonder when I should stop. If I keep going, will I spoil the drawing? Am I too hesitant and should I draw a little more?
What I do in this case, I scan the drawing and save it in a file on my computer. That way I always have this version of my drawing and I can keep working on it without worrying.

When I think I finished my drawing, I hang it up with bluetag on the wall (mostly in the kitchen).
In the next days I pass it and look at it. And I make then still little changes or even add things. Other people will pass it too and often notice things I did not even see (that I might also change). Once I stop working on the drawing and I am happy with it, well then my drawing is finished!

blue clown with coloured pencils 1
           I can not show you yet the drawing for my nieces, 
                         as the ideas are still floating around...