The old NES-games were stored in those typical cardboard-boxes. To finished it off, the artwork from the card was used to make a real custom vintage NES-box! A few weeks before the due-date, we delivered the boxes and the original painting to Mama & Papa. Then the waiting game began. On Valentine's day we received a message from PAPA with the last details to be filled in into the print-ready file for the birth announcement card. We sent it to the printers and followed up the next day. Mama & Papa choose the printers- delivery service and the next day the cards arrived to be sent of to friends and family!
An amazing project to work on, which resulted in a beautiful birth announcement, which suits this family to a T. And after 9 months of waiting .... the real game's a foot!
This is the story of a little girl, who was about to become someone's baby sister. Mama and Papa were looking for a card to tell the adventure of this little girl. Big Sister loves playing in the garden: her favorite thing is the swing. She loves it when Mama and Papa push her on the swing, secretly wishing that one day she would swing so high that she could reach the top of the tree! She couldn't wait to meet her Baby Sister ...
Mama and Papa wanted a card with the silhouette of their two girls. They wanted bright colors and lots of texture. I made a few sketches and some quick color studies, each with a different feel and atmosphere. Mama and Papa wanted the two girls to play on a nice and sunny day, so they choose the card with bright greens. Mama and Papa wanted to add a few more details to the final painting. My personal favorite: the name of the two sisters engraved on the tree trunk. The text was added to a print-ready-file and then the waiting game started. On the 6th of October we received a text from Papa: Lucie was born. And as the card reads: big adventures start small ...
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This idea was sparked in the car when driving back from Gent comicon. We saw some hot air balloons flying by and that's when I thought of a kind of inventor-robot developing some wings for him to fly. A bit like Da Vinci's flying machines.
For the design of my inventor-hero, I looked at Da Vinci's drawings of his 'flying machines'. I didn't want a pose with both wings spread out, because I felt it might be a little too static. The wings are obviously too small for such a heavy robot, but that's something he will no doubt discover later on today! :)
To give it the Da Vinci-feel, I worked out a sepia background with some 'technical' sketches in pencil as a backdrop for the main character. I also added some details to give it a bit more life.
I remembered that Da Vinci used a secret code in his research note-books, just in case they fell into the wrong hands (because some of his research was cutting edge, but sometimes flirting with what was legal or acceptabe at the time-period). I used the same secret code in this painting: I mirrored the lettering done on a computer and then copied the mirrored text by hand. If you look at the illustration in a mirror, you'll be able to read a part of the adventures of our robot-inventor :).
I'm quite happy with the result. I like his goofy face, maybe he'll invent a time machine in a delorian next! :)
Then make sure your newborn will grow up to be one too!
We've developed a brand new concept for gamer-parents-to-be. A birth announcement card designed to look like your favourite game. Babystation, Xbaby, take your pick! We'll customize it with your little one's name and the text of your choice on the back of the card.
You can also order your matching babyshower sweets (suikerbonen). We'll print the customized design as a sleeve for a real game-case which you can fill up with treats for all those who come to visit your little one!
The back and the front of the sleeve are designed like a real game! On the back you see two screenshots and the usual smallprint you find on games ... but with a twist. There's also lots of room for a personalized text. You can order them with game cases, which you can fill with treats. An original way to announce the birth of your little one ... and more importantly secure a gaming future for your newborn ;).
Mama and Papa were looking for the perfect way to announce the birth of their little knight. They found the answer to their quest on our website. Mama and Papa contacted us quickly, because little Ethan was in a hurry. They choose a pick 'n mix card: a RPG birth announcement with a few adjustments to the text. We set up the file ready to go.
On the 7th of june Papa contacted us to let us know their little boy decided to be born the day before. We added the last details to the text and sent the file off to the printers. Two days later Papa picked up the cards at a pick-up point near their castle. Now they could announce the official arrival of young Sir Ethan to the world!
We loved being part of the first chapter of the story of little Sir Ethan and we wish Mama, Papa and Ethan lots of "hapily ever afters"!
You can be anything you want to be! :) This is a painting I worked on last week. It took a few sketches to get it right. Then a colour study and I finished the painting yesterday. It would give a different spin on the nutcracker, wouldn't it?
Congratulations to the parents of Lowie! His auntie ordered these magnets for his parents. They're ready to be sent off!
On a beautifull spring day, Papa walks past 4MINIgeeks at a comicon in Gent. Papa loves walking amongst cosplayers and lots and lots of geeky stuff. And ofcourse FACTS is the best place to do just that. Mama and Papa just discovered that they're expecting a little Baby Boy: he is to be born in october. Ofcourse they want something special to announce the birth of their little Baby Boy. On that beautifull spring day, Papa finds exactly what they are looking for: a fantasy or sci-fi birth announcement! So he picks up our card, and shows Mama as soon as he got home. They browse our website and one of the illustrations catches their attention: a big sturdy robot walking with a duck toy! But something is missing ....
Five months before their little one is due, they contact us for a custom made card. Mama and Papa know exactly what they want: the original illustration needs to be adjusted so that Baby Boy is the star of the card. A new painting is made and extra illustrations are added on the inside and the back of the card. Mama and Papa choose a background, the fonts and a papertype from the sample packet we sent them. Sketches are sent back and forward for approval. Mama and Papa also order their 'geboortesuiker' with us: magnets, buttons, colourfull boxes and VIP metal boxes printed with the design of the card ... and ofcourse filled with chocolate sweets (suikerbonen). We deliver them together with the original painting to Mama and Papa a month before Baby Boy is due, because you never know when babies decide to be born. ;) Then the waiting game begins: the digital file is ready to go, except for the date of birth ofcourse. :)
On the 2nd of november we recieve a proud e-mail from Papa: little Konstantin was born at 23:46 the night before. We send the file to the printers and the cards are deliverd to Mama and Papa one day later.
Congratulations to Mama and Papa with their beautifull little boy. We loved being part of the first chapter of his story and we look forward to meeting little Konstantin in his first cosplay outfit :).
These are hand painted t-shirts which I finished this week for an 11 year old boy and a 7 year old girl. For the boy I enlarged one of my existing illustrations. I think they turned out pretty cool.
because you can't start early enough