Illustration is capturing a snapshot, a point where everything comes together and where new events arise. It is a theater made up of different stages, filled with people and animals, sometimes socially critical, sometimes light-hearted, but always with a wink. My inspiration comes from the people around me, I just have to leave my studio and the world full of characters comes to me. Then it is only a matter of pouring the acquired impressions into an illustration. I usually work traditionally with acrylic paint, colored pencil or watercolor, but I am also not averse to the ease of use of digital media.
I am born in Kortrijk (1972) (Courtrai in English), an industrial town in Belgium famous for the battle of the golden Spurs in 1302. As soon as I could hold a pencil I started drawing on every surface. All my studbook, walls of my parental home, tables... nothing was safe. I never wanted to do anything else. They were therefore happy when I could finally go to art school in Ghent when I was 18 where I studied Graphic design and Illustration at Sint-Lucas. Ghent is a living city with many advantages for creatives. It has a rich cultural scene and there is always something going on in the many pubs and theatres.
After my studies I started working as a freelance illustrator. My studio is a small workers' house which I have completely restored. It's my safe haven, my sanctuary. I designed and made all the furniture myself. Each level of the house has his own atmosphere, white rooms for drawing and painting, colourful rooms for relaxation and reading. Through the front windows I can see ugly houses. On the back side I can see ugly houses and ugly garages. Like with many people the beauty is inside.
When I get a new assignment I read the brief carefully. Then I let it rest and take a walk, have a drink, do something else. When I come back to my table I usually have an impression of what the drawing will be.
I collect comic books. I have thousands and thousands. I really should stop buying them, or buy an extra house.
3x3 Magazine Merit illustration award, Applied Arts Magazine / Applied Arts winner, Brightness Magazine / Children’s book illustration Category award, Hiii Illustration / Merit Award, Hiii Illustratrion / Best of the best, iJungle Merit illustration award, Illustration West 61 / Gallery award, Japan Illustrator's Association / Grand Prix, Japan Illustrator's Association / Illustrator of the year 2022, Japan Illustrator’s Association / Best in Editorial, Northern festival of illustration / Shortlist, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles / Merit award
Abimo publishing, Averbode, California Teachers Association, De Gezonde bron, Deseret News, DieKeure publishing, EDG media, Financial Media, H.e.t. Ontwerp, Mideer Toys, PrimaVO magazine, Readers’ digest, Seedfactory, Waelkens