Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016

Will be for the next two days at the Frankfurt book fair where Flanders & the Netherlands are this year’s ‘guest of honour’. Promoting one or two new translations in German, another one in English & meeting over a brand new, mute book in progress for next year… Looking forward seeing all the people we’ve been mailing  with for the last 5 months (and some real German readers;-)) ‘live’.


Meanwhile, we found this fine printed magazine about Flanders in our real mailbox and I turned out to be ‘officially representing’ our capital, while speaking fluently German! Jawohl, no kidding.

magabook2 (more…)

Encyclopedia Otto-biographica

This book seems to be translating itself, but in fact it took some hard work negociating, translating, (hand)writing & re-writing stuff… THX to Gunther & Liesbeth at Lannoo’s foreign rights & everyone abroad!







That last one above’s the original and here are some more home made efforts: (more…)

PUH! So ein glück!

So lucky this little seed we planted last year somewhere in France, also found it’s way to fertile Swiss and German soil (and all the way back to the working table where it was originally created;-)).


As you can read in a more elaborate post from last year, the book covers the life of a tree. Growing slowly on each page, throughout all seasons & weather, surviving all nature’s & other threats…


From a tiny little acorn fallen from an old tree in the woods, found & hidden by a passing squirrel…


… to a solid oak in the end, happy to be hosting the new, young inhabitants of it’s garden. (more…)

Leuven in Vervoering

Qu.Chantant 44

is the name of a local campaign, introducing a slightly adapted traffic situation to the inhabitants & visitors of the beautiful medieval (university) town of Leuven. Here’s the official city magazine:


It’s goal is both instructional &’ inspirational’, I suppose, because often these changes – often in favor of pedestrians & cyclists – lead to massif complaints & social unrest among shopkeepers…


So I ‘simply’ copied the new traffic map & turned it into a funny face (trying to please everyone:-)) (more…)

Big Draw


Last year, I’ve been lettering the entrance of Leuven’s M museum  for the Big Draw (with only 4 molotow pens as weapons). Didn’t see any work of my colleagues that day – due to too much homework waiting; I was also lettering my encyclopedia around that time – & didn’t even share any of my activity for the same reason, but now I found these pretty pictures by Andy Merregaert…


Last Kwintessential cover

Here’s a magazine we did find in our real mailbox after Summer break:


For almost 25 years Kwintessens‘s been a ‘quintessential’ magazine about design from Flanders and in their very last printed issue they focus – more then ever – on the social role design can & should fulfill in these most confusing and rapidly changing times. I was offered a spread inside for a ‘visual essay’ about the tragic events in & around our capital on & in the aftermath of the 2nd day of Spring… not exactly your typical children’s book illustrator assignment.


The first thing coming to my mind were slogans we’ve been hearing through all kind of media…


and the image of a country – or a whole continent – at war, combined with extremely wet weather, probably lead me back to WW1 (when a tiny bit of little Belgium was saved by drowning it). (more…)