"better late than never.." After awareness comes realization and then incorporation into your self, bringing with it a life-long responsability, making it impossible for you to ever lie to yourself about it anymore.. This is a self-propagating process as I think awareness breeds ever more awareness, creating something almost like a cognitive-chainreaction, feeling like a train that keeps speeding up!
Biography: Born in the summer of 1971 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I have lived near or in that city all my life. My first 23 years in a very multi-cultural suburb. There, we lived in a 9 storied flat, where I spent my youth happily playing in and among the trees and abundant greenery, the carless roads and in the parkings. Later on, the neighboorhood got a little less nice, but I still enjoyed living there, on my own for 3,5 years, after which I moved more to the city proper. Right now, I live near the center. From an early age I drew and painted, much as any other kid. The only difference being that I was more talented, but I've only realized and admitted that recently. Even as a child, my drawings tended to be detailed, a style I like and love but would like to be able to 'abandon' on certain projects. That's something I'm in the process of learning to do. My character Haazz has helped me convince myself that it's something I'll be able to make my own. With peaks in production, I've been drawing from the time I've been able to hold a pencil. Inspiration is a fascinating thing, coming and going or catching you unawares. Certain projects (like my Fontainebleau picture) cost a lot of emotional energy to complete, as I can get completely immersed in the process, sometimes approaching or even going into a state of flow, drawing for hours straight without realization of time, hunger, thirst and then, suddenly, snapping back to the present, reality. That is what happened with my Fontainebleau-drawing anyway. It sometimes took an hour to complete a part the size of a square centimeter, because of the technique I used.. After deciding that the drawing was finished, I felt artistically if not emotionally drained. But very pleased as well, as it had been a major, major testpiece for me. Still, it did not completely convince me that it showed I was a real artist, that I had both the vision and the talent to accomplish this.. and more. I knew I could do even better, as the process of drawing this picture had taught me so much: to trust my intuition, that I had a sense for colour, that I could do this! A step in a process long underway and, hopefully, to come to first fruition this year, 2004, as I've decided to try and find a way of earning my living through using and further developing my talent. Over the last couple of years I've had some assignments, including two covers for PhD-theses, a birth announcement and a t-shirt design for a climbing-contest. Next to that, I also do some unpaid artwork for the climbing-zine of a climbing association I'm a member of. I mainly draw in pencil, both black and white and color. My style is (very) detailed and I usually draw on A4 or A3 sized paper. I also use the computer quite a bit. Still mainly using CorelDraw, but now learning Illustrator. I'd like to move on to designing webpages and logos. I love designing logos and styles! Slowly, my career is starting off. I show people my work, they show it to other people and eventually something will come of that. Publishing stuff on the web is another method of attracting attention! Some personal info: male with a passion for climbing, higher education (unfinished university study), philosophical, broad interest.. Currently looking to find a way into the design/art-world to finally make use of my talents..
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