I am delighted to share with you the lines behind my illustrations. It is a huge challenge to convey the feeling of layering, of actual paint, of blood sweat and tears through digital technology. And yet that is exactly what I am aiming for...
Whether I am drawing for Wende Snijder's song text book DE WILDERNIS, for the series ' Invisible lines ' commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut, or drawing after Paris Fashion Week in collaboration with SHOWstudio ...within all my projects I am after transIating energy and emotions into lines. After finding and depicting the essence, the soul of my subjects. The process of my searching is reflected in my often layered pictures.
March '21 I was invited by SHOWstudio to give my take on a selection of the collections presented during Paris Fashion Week. The GIF right here is showing some of my drawings.
The original artworks are available right here...
Ofcourse at my studio in Arnhem there is so much more to see! Appointments to visit can be made here...
Last but not least ...a wide range of artworks you can
An edition of 40 Silkscreen prints-
After an outfit by the incredibly admireable and inspiring designer Yohji Yamamoto I drew this silhouette- a massive jacket in combination with elegant black socks.
A drawing with just the right ingredients to turn into a screen print. In two shades of grey I created a picture as layered and detaild as the original drawing.
Left: Me holding one of the prints- to give an idea of it's dimensions.
DE WILDERNIS Wende Snijders
Happy to announce DE WILDERNIS songtext book is out!
The launch of this booklet coiïncides with Wende Snijder's tour DE WILDERNIS.
I had the huge honour to deliver drawings with all the lyrics.
Assuming I knew the meaning of my work I learned it changes as soon as it's context changes. Symbols suddenly appeared after being combined with the right song text.
Graphic Design by Sybren Kuiper.
Exclusively for sale at venues after each show.
A selection of the original drawings you can find
CLIENTS, PROJECTS & SERIES
A project with SHOWstudio May 2022
Nick Knight invited fashion illustrators from the SHOWstudio community to draw their own takes on the couture fashion worn in his interactive shoot for V Magazine.
I was inspired by an outfit by Gaultier.
The graphical transparant stripes as well as the top heavy silhouette immediatley inspired me to draw this series.
All in acrylic paint combined with oil pencil.
Two of the drawings you can purchase HERE.
The complete series you can see
DENIM DAZED- paper patch works
Solo show at I love illustration gallery, Amsterdam.
April- May 202
Bell-bottom, boot-cut, shrink-to-fit, stone-washed, 501.... just
a few famous denim treatments and designs, which inspired me for this show.
' Use what you've got' - is not just a powerful motto, but an
answer to the destructive side-effects of denim. We have got to our disposal a global mountain of great shapes, panels, pockets and shades.
Top ingrediënts for future designs, already proven by labels
such as Marine Serre or locally by Blazinbell.
When asked to present my work during Denim Days I knew
instantly it had to be on patch-working and recycling the famous fabric.
DENIM DAZED shows a series of raw works on paper - depicting female figures in poses referencing vintage advertisements as well as my personal interpretations of jeans.
'Patch-work' furthermore, is widely applied as a technique
in my drawings in which parts are drawn and covered up again.
The result is a vibrating, multi-layered body of work, expressing freedom, sexuality and life.
Invisible Lines for ' het Nieuwe Instituut'
How do you record an exhibition that hardly anyone has seen because of lockdown?
Art on Display 1949-69 featured fragments of historical exhibitions, focusing on the relationship between the spatial design, the artworks and the public. Would photography or film record it accurately? Or has the enforced absence of the public created an opportunity to use other media? What if we enlisted an illustrator to visualise the public interaction with the exhibition that was barely possible because of the pandemic?
Left: ' Giant' available in SHOP
Self isolation Self portraits in collaboration with SHOWstudio
The Virus continues....SHOWstudio asked their illustrators again to draw themselves in an outfit after their choice and depict a self portrait in self isolation.
I stuck to LOEWE as my source of inspiration:
"I'm very fond of Loewe. I think Jonathan Anderson comes up with brilliant stuff. I actually can't stand deliberately created holes in clothes, but somehow in this design it seems organic. It reminded me- styling-wise - a bit of Prince (could have worn this maybe with holes at the butt back) but thinking Controversy period. which i personally LOVE. But mostly the idea of endlessness/ infinity behind these holes. At the height of the heart centre & belly area...so symbolic. As if the holes invite us/ the wearer to go in one's deepest depths. which we are forced to slightly during Lockdown- so it perfectly fits this project and sense of self isolation."
It all started here...
Taking part at the group show curated by Alexander van Slobbe and Francisco van Benthum has been a starting point for my work as an illustrator.
In 2009 the exhibition GONE WITH THE WIND took place at the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkuizen ( NL).
In 2013 my drawn installation became part of 'WIT' , the group show at the Dutch Photo Museum by curator by Anne van der Zwaag.
Petra Lunenburg Illustration available at SUKHA Amsterdam
For nearly ten years now (!) 'SUKHA- Amsterdam' has been offering an exciting selection of my original artworks. Good to know for those visiting Amsterdam and like to see the Real Thing.
Regularly refreshed and never predictable- owner Irene Mertens picks her pieces with an open mind and fully in tune with today's needs.
And also handy....All framed and ready to hang on your wall!
Adress: SUKHA AMSTERDAM Haarlemmerstraat 110, Amsterdam
LIVE DRAWING THROUGH WEBCAM WITH ARTIST HELEN BULLOCK
IN THE WINDOW
...that is where we can show our work- uncompromised- showing real drawings sometimes framed but mostly bare naked- so one can feel a drawing's vulnerability and delicacy.
THE WINDOW is part of our studio in Arnhem's city centre.