Over the years I have worked in oil, acrylic,
watercolor, gouache, papercollage, tempera,
pencil, charcoal and digital. I have done
woodcuttings, silkpainting, claywork and
fiberglass projects. Each medium works
differently and each fits to a certain project.

Most of the time I have worked in acrylics
because this medium dries fast and allows you
to make changes easily. The impact of digital
editing however has made it easier to work in
watercolors. Making corrections on a
watercolor paintings is almost impossible but
with digital editing this is possible today.

The process of an illustration starts with a
specific scene or subject matter. Let's say I am
illustrating a garden scene with a child playing
with a cat. The first thing to do is to find a
specific scene. What game is the child playing?
In what position is the child and what is the cat
doing? Once I have decided in what position
Article in Once Upon a Time magazine about how
illustrations develop with the artist over the years.
Article written by Marc Remus

the kid and the cat is, I have to choose a perspective. Do I want to illustrate the child with the
cat from a frontal perspective? Or do I choose a bird-eye perspective looking down on them
from a tree? There are many options.When the perspective is clear I have to select an
environment. Is this an English, French or Japanese garden? Is it winter, spring or fall? What
plants are typical for this type of garden?

When all these things are clear I start sketching in pencil. I am trying out different angles and
different layouts until I get to the final sketch. When this is done I start the drawing. I choose
a paper that is always 1/3 to 1/2 size bigger than the printed illustration because by reducing
the painting in size the image always tightens up.

Once the drawing is finished, the client can take a look at it and make suggestions for changes.
These changes are then incooperated into the drawing. After a second check and an okay
by the client I start illustrating the image.

I choose an illustration base to paint on. Depending on the medium it can either be an
illustration board (for acrylic paintings), a watercolor paper that will be stretched (for
watercolors), or a piece of canvas/wood (for oil painting). Then I transfer the drawing onto
the board.

When the drawing in on the board the painting begins...