BubbleConf speaker gifts

These are the cups/saucers I hand-illustrated as speaker-presents for a conference I organised last September together with a couple of other people. Each saucer has a personalised image drawn onto it.

Shown above (lr/tb):

See more of these on my Flickr account

Doughroller for Nynke

doughroller illustration I put together last-minute for my friend her birthday (actually did this one before the one I made Bart). animated gif below, it’s a little fat on the megabyte-side so please allow it a second to load:

if you like this kind of stuff also see the the doughrollers I did back in april and may.

Doughroller for Bart

a few weeks ago my friend Bart turned twenty-something, as a small present I made him this doughroller. party was at his place at the end of the week, destroyed me — came up with some decent inspiration and illustrations that night though. (there’s an animated gif below, please give it a second to load)

if you like this kind of stuff also see the the doughroller I did back in april (also more photos on flickr)

^ happy camper Bart with his cat and doughroller.

Liquid Brain Rape — mermaid edition

with the whole sailortheme-thing on the wooden shoe I did for Maikel I thought it’d be nice to include a letter-in-a-bottle as a small extra. I found the bottle on a flea-market and it was actually tiny enough to fit inside of the clog. Liquid Brain Rape is an initiative of a friend, the texts/illustrations on the label(s) are hand-drawn by me (dip pen + india ink)

Maikel happy with his new shoe (more photos/original post here)

Maikel happy with his new shoe (more photos/original post here)

Wooden shoe for Maikel

my latest, complete illustration done with black ballpoint pen only. this one was commissioned by fellow programmer Maikel Sibbald ages ago when he saw the ones I did for my friends in denmark.

as a base for the illustrations on the clog I took the classic sailor theme, but I also included hints to other subjects such as christianity (although I do not see myself as religious person) and russian organized crime (truly not as odd a combination as it may seem).

one side of the clog displays a ship by night sailing towards storm/the kraken, the other side has ship-wrecked sailors floating in the ocean by day. the text on the front ("my exit unobserved / my homesickness absurd") was taken from the lyrics of mewithoutYou’s My Exit, Unfair, written by Aaron Weiss — brilliant musicians and brilliant lyrics. I thought these words very fitting to the overall story/message in the illustration.

more photos/larger versions on flickr

failed photograph sneak-peek of my latest — will be posting pictures somewhere this week.

failed photograph sneak-peek of my latest — will be posting pictures somewhere this week.

Henriëtte/Cornelia

last weekend my mom celebrated her 50th birthday, as a gift I illustrated two plates made of wood that fit into eachother. one depicts my mother as a young girl (past) and the other as an old woman (future, although I jokingly told her this was her now).

in the 'past' illustration I tried to put emphasis on roots and the innocence and purity of heart of young blood from the dutch countryside. among its composition of plants and tree-branches this plate carries the text "who knows", which I thought would be very fitting in the light of what I was trying to accomplish with this illustration. the other plate has the text "where time goes", which refers to age. combined, the two texts make the title of a song by Eilis Kennedy, whose music means a lot to my mother.

in the 'future' illustration I tried to make a composition consisting of plants etc that can be found near where my family lives and things that are dear to my mother — such as orchids. In the background, behind the old woman, I drew our house — whereas on the other plate the house where my mom grew up is shown.

when the 'past' is placed inside the 'future' plate, the borders spell my mom’s full name; her two given names in the top, and her last name and maiden name in the bottom:

more photos/larger versions on flickr

I’m hoping to be posting more of my artwork from last week on friday. for now this’ll have to do though — please give the animated gif below a second to load, proper frame-rate bumped it up to about 4.5 megabizzle:

sorry guys, been working my ass off this week on some new stuff, new posts coming up after the weekend.

- Ruben

Apakalisp

drawing I made in 2008 for a friend from back then. done with dip pen and india ink only.

watercolor paint and hanging out with friends.

watercolor paint and hanging out with friends.

Pirate Poo

a one-page comic inspired by a bedtime story my little brother (back then at the age of 5) came up with.

(drawing done with dip pen and india ink, larger version on flickr)

another collab with my little brother Peter, done mid-october 2009.

another collab with my little brother Peter, done mid-october 2009.

(Source: Flickr / rubenswieringa)

collab with my little brother Peter, made somewhere in september 2009.

(another one of these coming up later today, stay tuned!)

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(Source: Flickr / rubenswieringa)

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