Gongrats to the parents of Roxanne! Their little girl was their very special Valentines gift last week. Mama & Papa met us at Elftopia and decided that the story of little Roxanne needed a big friendly dragon in it. They contacted us for a custom made birth announcement card and ordered a big version (40x50 cm) of the original painting. The size of the painting allowed alot more detail. The big friendly dragon will be joining little Roxanne in her room :).
Sketches were sent back and forward: Mama and Papa have a passion for sailing so a boat on the card was added, their pet turtle was moved from the water to the land (because we learned land turtles can't swim), and their lovely dog also found a place on the front of the card. Mama and Papa thought it would be a good idea to decorate the little jars with treats (suikerbonen) with the theme of the card, so they ordered some stickers for the lids.
With everything ready, the waiting game begins. Around midnight on Valentine's day, Roxanne decided it was time to meet her parents. Papa sent us a text and a few days later they could pick up their cards from a pick-up point near them. We hear that little Roxanne is a good sleeper, so maybe the back of the card was a self fulfilling prophecy ;).
Nine months ago, Mama and Papa found out the great news: Liene is on her way!
Mama and Papa started looking for the perfect birth announcement card to share the news .... and they actually found it two years ago at our booth at F.A.C.T.S. They decide to visit our home to brainstorm and tell us about their plans: they decide to go for a RPG-card with an illustration from our website which will be slightly adjusted to match the format of the card. Ofcourse Big Sister also has a part to play: she makes a cameo appearance on the inside of the card, holding on to her favourite cuddly toy! Mama & Papa also order matching boxes for the "suikerbonen"/sweets. The boxes will be filled with M&M's, so they order boxes in matching colours!
Papa's talent as a mobile app designer, also prooves very usefull: he's got great idea's for the gamecard-lay out for the front of the card. The result is a beautifull gamecard birth announcement in co-creation to welcome Liene into the world! Mails go back and forward untill we have a card design that suits them to a T. We make a print-ready file and the waiting game begins. Mama & Papa drop by our house to pick up the boxes. On the 9th of may we recieve a textmessage from Papa: little Liene is born. She's a healthy little girl of 3.95 kg and 52 cm! We fill in the last details on the card and send the file off to the printers. As soon as we get word from the printer, we send Papa a message so he can pick up the cards at the pick-up point near where they live!
Congratulations to Mama and Papa with their beautifull little girl.
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 ...
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! :)
because you can't start early enough