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August 4th, 2017

Designer or Illustrator?

Or maybe something else? Being a crossmedia creator has often made people wonder what I actually do in life, both professionally & in my spare time. Often I try to give a brief insight in my daily habits, knowing I couldn't ever explain my passion for art, design & technology entirely. Most of the time the result of my hasty talk is people think I sit at a desk all day, playing videogames, reading facebook and drawing sketches a lot. Because of that - I hereby will try to gif a brief, yet complete introduction to being a designer - or atleast from my point of view.

Since childhood I've been a passionate illustrator, drawing characters, portraits, still life and from my imagination. My interests shifted over the years from figurative illustrations to graffiti, afterwards typography and game design. At this point I was studying graphic design, but I kept hungry for more. I couldn't just solely design a flyer or posters… playing with fonts and colours. I wanted to create stories, just like in videogames. At that point I decided to shift my interests back from printdesign to digital design. At this point all my interests started to grow together once again. When I create logo's for brands, I often sketch out ideas and digitalise them as a final products. Typographic guidelines are defined in a brandbook and afterwards I start visualising stories, products and platforms for digital media.

Mostly in my spare time I still enjoy illustrating by hand or creating digital content on my Wacom (drawing tablet)(as you can see in the images linked to this post), but as a professional my goal is to create, sort and combine content into structured, digital products. I listen to what the client needs and try to come up with solutions to tell their stories and bring their business online. Telling stories, mainly for brands, through websites. That is basically what I do as a designer.

March 31st, 2017

Challenge & Change

The first trimester has passed and I can proudly say a lot has changed recently in my life.
The biggest change is I’ve quit my job at King George and signed a new contract early 2017 at Code d’Or, a full service web agency located in Ghent, as their new webdesigner. This change has given me a mental boost, relieved me from a ton of stress and has given me the opportunity to work in a more structured, positive environment and crew. This has driven me to learn a bunch of new programs in a really short time-frame like Sketch and Adobe Experience Design, but I’ve also started reading a dozen courses on user experience, interface design, app design and design all together. Currently my functions as the sole webdesigner (and partly art director), lies in creating websites, brand identities, giving client-presentations and working closely with front-end developers to create interesting websites, apps and tools.

Also, I’ve freshened up my personal identity, as I’m doubt whether or not I should start working as an actual freelance artist as a secondary occupation. It’s fair to say the graphic landscape is flooded with so-called designers that handle a “cheap design for a cheap price”-mentality, making me nauseous upon receiving yet another cheaply designed flyer created in a ‘comic sans/Wordart’-style. Making it hard to make people understand why a proper design runs with a higher price. Any advice on this topic is welcome!

Apart from work I’ve taken up my readings on gamedesign, we’ll be adopting a kitten shortly, we remodelled our apartment partially and Theater Flanel will be hosting a new performance called “Fausto” next weekend, featuring the wonderful illustrated work of Flore De Ruysscher.

December 18th, 2016

All Hail Television

When I'm not working I enjoy playing some video games or relax with an intriguing movie. With 2016 nearly ending I think it's fair to share a list of both my favourite games & movies that I've played in the past year! In videogames as in movies I look for a good story that really touches me. Specifically for videogames I try to play a mixture of both indie & company games; with a main interest in indiegames - as I have the dream to one day realise one of the many game-concepts that I've been thinking on over the past years.
Besides having a certain preference towards indiegames, I've been getting more frustrated with major game companies since purchasing my PS4; as you have to purchase a PS plus account in order to play most of the games. Because of this, you won't find games in my list like Battlefield 1 or StarWars Battlefront.

Games (top 12): Dishonored, Fallout 4, Firewatch, Beyond Two Souls, Bioshock Infinite, Shadow of Colossus, FEZ, The Trail, Beneath the Lighthouse, Limbo, Bastion and Swords & Sworcery

Movies (top 10): The Big Friendly Giant, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Room, Zwartboek, Captain Fantastic, The Theory of Everything, The Jungle book, Fantastisc beasts & where to find them, Kubo and the Two Strings and Alice Through the Looking Glass


Looking forward to:
Games: Hyper Light Drifter, This War of Mine, Let It Die, Gravity Rush, Hitman: the complete first season, The Last of Us: Part 2, The Last Guardian, Horizon Zero Dawn, We Happy Few and Stardew Valley

Movies: Finding Dory, Inferno, A Monster Calls, Blade Runner 2049, War for the Planet of the Apes, Despicable Me 3, Kong: Skull island, Beauty and the Beast, Gigantic, Avatar 2, Beetlejuice 2, Toy Story 4, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

November 28th, 2016

Life is great! It's great to live!

Since Spring 2016 I have committed myself to create graphics for Theater Flanel, a local theater group that is led by some of my now closest friends & girlfriend. It all started with the task to vectorise the logo that was created by Flore De Ruysscher. Afterwards I kept on working for them, starting with the production of the program booklet and beach flags which were first used during the performance called 'Sunjata: de leeuwenkoning van Mali'; a piece written by Pieter Embrechts. New visuals will keep coming as performances and events come and go within the company.

October 1st, 2016

The magical side of graphic design

Today I went to the travelling Harry Potter exposition that has landed in Brussels. I was so excited to see what the exhibit would have in store for us, but couldn't help myself getting geeky over the graphic design that was made as part of the set design. Does someone really, only create design to be used as movie props? Image that! Combining my love for movies & graphic design. Who knows… maybe one day!

April 3rd, 2016

3 years without 3Dsmax

It's been three years since I started goofing around in 3Dsmax for the first time, so I wanted to take off the weekend by refreshing my memory as for 3D modelling and animation. I ended up modelling the front of the 'UP' house and afterwards took this little robot for a spin. Although it was really rusty… I'm always super excited to open up 3Dsmax, but unfortunately I rarely find time for it.

September 1st, 2015

Ready? Set? Publish!

I can now proudly say I'm an internationally published graphic designer! I have been looking forward to this moment for months now, but the book has now finally dropped on the european market! As from today Studio Sampersand is officially, internationally published in the artbook by Sandu Media & Gingko Press called 'RSVP: Invitation design for special occasions'. No need to say I'm honoured to be in this graphic artistbook with my design which was created for Jo&Co Fashion Agency. Want to see more? Visit this page

June 29th, 2015

Signpainting? Challenge accepted!

Last weekend the opportunity popped up to do some sign painting at a local barbershop (called Oscar in St-Nicolas) during the shopping days. One of my companions joined to create some illustrations, whilst I did all the hand-drawn lettering on the sign and window for the store. Needless to say we had a lot of fun in the sun! Great way to celebrate my birthday!

April 24th, 2015

All Work & No Play

There is no harm in taking a break for educational or inspirational purposes once in a while. So I put on my shoes and visited the ‘Art Brussels’-exposition! Besides multiple artworks of great artists such as Keith Haring, Panamarenko, Marcel Broodthaers and Jan Fabre it was good to discover new names within the art-circles! However… it was curious to see fashion & design-trends being applied to contemporary art, making it less resistant to time.

The main trends & materials?

Marble, gold, transparancy, fluorescent colours and surrealism. No big surprises here!

Summary?

Here you will find a top 10 of my favorite pieces at the exposition. More information on: ArtBrussel