Exhibition Carll Cneut

Illustrator Carll Cneut won the Boekenpauw audience award this weekend!
Congratulations, Carll!

His book ‘De Gouden Kooi’ – the golden cage – is my favourite illustrated book at the moment. His use of colour and texture as well as his compositions (so basically everything about his drawings) are a-mazing.  I had the honour of seeing the original artwork up close, visiting the exhibition ‘In my Head’ in Gent together with a group of talented illustrator friends.

If you haven’t been, please do so! You’ll not only get to see many many wonderful works of his, but also get to know the story about the man behind the books. If you’re lucky he will be signing books too (mostly in the weekends)!


exhibition in my head carll cneut in gent

de gouden kooi gesigneerd door carll cneut

expositie carll cneut in gent

nederlandse en belgische illustratoren bij expositie carll cneut

From left to right: Els Vlieger, me, Nelleke Verhoeff, Carll CneutLien GeeromsVera Van Groos and Ine Beerten (missing: Sil from Pencilory Pencilory and Vicky Lommatzsch.

Art Rotterdam

I was bouncing off the walls with excitement when Citizen M e-mailed me to test drive their Rotterdam hotel and even included two tickets to Art Rotterdam!

Needless to say me and my birthday girl sister had loads of fun.
(everything was remote controlled! including the moodlight-lit-bathroom-space-cabin!)
(there even was a Moleskine sketchbook waiting for me in the hotel room!)

Ellen Vesters visiting Citizen M and Art Rotterdam Ellen Vesters visiting Citizen M and Art Rotterdam Ellen Vesters visiting Citizen M and Art Rotterdam
Ellen Vesters visiting Citizen M and Art Rotterdam

The stand I absolutely loved the most was that of art gallery Canvas International Art, promoting artist Shen Chen.
Let the landscape below hypnotize you…

Shen Chen Untitled No10277-0912 Acrylic on Canvas

Thank you Citizen M!

Rob Hodgson

Since Kim’s ‘5 questions to…’ I have been a loyal follower of Rob Hodgson‘s work.
And now the man came up with these fantastic pencil sets.

Have. to. have.

Unfortunately Urban Graphics is not yet responding to my obsessive questioning as to when they’ll be in the shop.

Update, 03/02/2015: “Hi Ellen! The pencils will be in stock around April, follow us on Instagram at @urbangraphic for all news on our latest product releases :)”

rob hodgson pencil sets

rob hodgson pencil sets

rob hodgson pencil sets