1. Big in Japan 1

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    Recently spotted in Japanese travel magazine Tabi.

    A journalist & photographer (+ interpretor!) of the magazine visited Belgium at the occasion of the Tintin-movie-launch and asked me some interesting questions about Hergé. Unfortunately I can’t recall the answers (and sure can’t read them). The small pictures of paintings below the article appeared in a catalogue of a recent group-exhibition of Belgians in Japan. Am I big in both now?

  2. Plaizier 2 : wrapping paper

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    I designed a 50 X 70 cm sheet of wrapping paper for art-print-shop Plaizier in Brussels. Their previous wrapping paper featured a sophisticated pattern, elegantly designed by the ever brilliant Ever Meulen, and I decided to go for something completely different with a bric-à-brac of elements I found in my image bank and  that refer to the shop’s hometown of Brussels.

    Depending of the size of what you buy, you ‘ll find  the whole, the half or one fourth of this imaginary map of the center of Brussels wrapped around your present.

  3. Plaizier 1 : postcards

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    For the courageous ones who continue sending Christmas cards – and other post cards – in these hard, digital times, there’s still the one and only Plaizier art shop, located within walking distance of the Grand Place in Brussels. I designed two new cards for the “Pleasure Shop” to add to their unique collection of old-school Christmas cards, black & white vintage pictures, and other printed paraphernalia.

    One is really made for the season…

    … the other already has that summer feeling.

  4. Boekenoogst 4 : Sinterklaasboek

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    Vanaf gisteren is in Nederlandse C1000 winkels een nieuw sinterklaasboek (het tweede in een serie van drie) verkrijgbaar bij aankoop van twee verpakkingen Douwe Egberts koffie!

    Het boek heet ‘Piet verliefd’, werd geschreven door Ronald Giphart, geïllustreerd door ondergetekende en is in één (d)ruk mijn meest gedrukte prentenboek ooit. Ik ga voortaan al mijn boeken aanbieden voor twee pakjes koffie, denk ik.

  5. Yesterday ended with chemistry…

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    This week, an interactive exhibition about chemistry and its influence on daily life  took place at Brussels’ Palace of the Academies (next to the Royal Palace). Although chemistry classes weren’t exactly my cup of tea at school, I was asked to design the poster for this event, which was optimistically called ‘Tomorrow starts with chemistry’.

    Unfortunately, the show ended yesterday – hence the title of this blog – and our youngest son doesn’t seem to be so happy either on the shot I took of him at the exit.

  6. Prix Saint Exupéry

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    ‘Le Fabuleux amour d’Aucassin & Nicolette’, un livre que j’ai réalisé en 2009-2010, avec texte de Sylvaine Hinglais, vient de recevoir le prix Saint Exupéry 2011 (France) dans la catégorie Roman jeunesse/Album enfant.

    Je n’étais pas présent à la réception, mais je suppose que la petite fête resemblait plus ou moins à la dernière scène du livre…(légèrement inspirée par les fins d’albums de Nero, héro de BD flamand)

    Voici la version ‘hiver’ réalisée en 2009 pour le salon du livre de Montreuil avec tous mes héros de jeunesse présents. Entre-eux/entre-autres ce fameux Nero (à côté de Lambik)

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