TV viewer — stylized isometric illustration

14 April 2018

I love to experiment with different visual styles and techniques. Using the same style or technique starts boring me sooner or later, and exploring new media, styles, tools and techniques is as interesting to me as creating something.

This is an icon-style vector illustration in an isometric perspective, which I created using Blender 3D's 'NPR' line renderer named Freestyle. NPR stands for Non-Photorealistic Rendering.

As much as I like variation in styles and techniques, there are a number of recurring themes in my images, such as (retro) games, science, technology and a hint of satire every now and then.


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A Little Lovely Duck in a store

14 April 2018

During a visit to the Dutch city of Utrecht, I attended the Keck & Lisa store, where A Little Lovely Company's Duck lights were happily sitting on a shelf. I was the Duck's 3D modeler for A Little Lovely Company, and seeing it actually displayed in a store results in a warm, fuzzy feeling. 🙂


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3D duck model for A Little Lovely Company

06 April 2018

For a while now I've been sculpting 3D models for A Little Lovely Company products, such as these cute little Duck lights.

A Little Lovely Company provides character sketches, and my usual workflow is creating a base model in Blender 3D, then I head over to ZBrush for detailing.

Due to confidentiality, I can't show renderings of my 3D model, but the final product turned out to be satisfyingly close to it. I'm very proud of the result, and holding a physical version of your digital sculptures is a magical feeling, especially if it lights up. But even cooler is knowing that thousands of children across the world will fall asleep next to my illuminated sculpture, and that it will become a childhood memory.

The photos were shot by my wife Natasja. Check out her website dedicated to cuteness: Kao-Ani.


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Isometric pixel art style infographics animation scene

03 April 2018

Having a history as a pixel artist for commercial 16-bit games, I still love to create pixel art and pixel animation, such as this animated infographics scene.


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ZBrush 2018 Preferences defaults and tips

29 March 2018

ZBrush 2018 has been released, and it's pretty impressive! Lots of powerful new tools have been added, such as Sculptris Pro dynamic tesselation and a range of new deformers, including the versatile Project Primitive deformer.

One of the first things I usually do after upgrading to a new ZBrush version is restoring my personal customizations, such as custom brushes, custom materials and — maybe most importantly — my precious custom ZBrush UI and Preferences.

To make sure I don't mess up the Preferences too much, I like to know the default settings. So I created a quick 'n' dirty composition of the most important ZBrush 2018 Preferences panes with their standard settings, and thought to share it.

It can be useful as a quick reference of the available ZBrush Preferences, if you want to reset specific settings to the default values, or if you've opened Preferences settings from a previous ZBrush version and want to check if default settings have been changed in the new ZBrush.

Some ZBrush Preferences tips follow after the image...


Some tips regarding ZBrush Preferences settings:

  • Mem ➔ Compact Mem (Auto Compact Memory) has a default setting of 256. As there's usually plenty of available RAM in most modern machines, you can increase this value to avoid harddisk access for virtual memory. I set it to the maximum value of 4096.
  • Starting with ZBrush 2018, you can finally switch off the Transformation Border, in the Edit section of the Preferences. The Transformation Border is the thin grey square bordering your canvas. The margin outside the square enables navigating with the left mouse button, but if you're a right-click navigator (like I am), the border is superfluous and slightly disturbs your view.
  • You can add the Tablet ➔ Use Tablet button to your custom ZBrush UI, so you can easily switch on and off tablet pressure sensitivity. This is particularly useful when painting a mask.
  • Set the Tablet ➔ Lazy Pressure value to 1 for a full Lazy Mouse effect without tablet pressure sensitivity.
  • ZBrush sometimes automatically reduces the subdivision level during navigation, to retain speed. If you find this annoying, you can increase the Performance ➔ QTransTreshold (Quick Transform Treshold) value. I've set it to 3.
  • By default, ZBrush stores up to a massive 10000 undo history states for each subtool, while the complete 3D model is saved for each history step. This can consume a huge amount of memory when working with complex models, possibly causing ZBrush to become unstable after a lengthy session. Therefore, I decrease Undo History ➔ Max Undo History to 100, which is more than enough undos for most cases.
  • If you dislike the LightBox opening each time you start up ZBrush, switch it off with the LightBox ➔ Open At Launch button. Beware though, the button tends to miraculously switch itself on again as soon after you store the Preferences. The deactivated state is saved though. Hopefully this will be fixed in a future update.
  • You can change the contrast between active and inactive subtools using the Edit ➔ Inactive Subtool Dimming value.
  • Don't forget to use the QuickSave ➔ Delete QuickSave files button every once in a while. The QuickSave safety backup files can accumulate and take up unnecessary harddisk space.

Enjoy ZBrush 2018!

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Electronic music altar — isometric pixel art

17 March 2018

A combination of two things I love: electronic music and isometric pixel art.


If you really like this image, it's available as a print on all kinds of items in my Society6 store, alongside many of my other works.

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Familiar Face — pixel artwork

11 March 2018

My Sunday afternoon occupation of this week: Familiar Face, a shockingly macabre piece of isometric pixel artwork...


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Boat icon / logo design

08 March 2018

A boat icon / logo design in a minimalistic graphic design style.

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Midnight Menace — vector illustration

04 March 2018

I love experimenting with graphic design styles. Today I created a fairy-tale themed, engraving-style vector illustration.

You know how the old song goes:

"If you go down to the woods today,
You'd better not go alone!
It's lovely down in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home!"

If you really like this image, it's available as a print on all kinds of items in my Society6 store, alongside many of my other works.

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Films, my passionate pastime

02 March 2018

When I'm not busy creating imagery, one of my favourite pastimes is watching films, and writing short impressions of them on Letterboxd.

I consider film to be the ultimate form of expression, combining visuals, audio and motion to tell a story and convey emotions. It's like traveling to an alternate reality for a few hours, if the film is convincing enough.

Letterboxd is a great platform to create your own film journal, allowing you to express whatever you like about the films you've seen, including reviews, ratings and lists.

Here's my current film top 25:


As you can see, I tend to prefer dark, moody and often surreal films. I think those films offer the most interesting escape from the sometimes unbearable dullness of reality.

The Shining is my all-time favorite film. Stanley Kubrick delivered an audiovisual masterpiece in 1980, making effective use of state-of-the-art camera techniques. The estranging symmetry of the shots, the 1970s carpet and wallpaper designs, the "All work and no play..." scenes, Jack Nicholson's progress from sanity to insanity, and so on. Every time I watch The Shining, I recognize more of its magnificence.

You're invited to have a look at my full list of favourite films, and my hundreds of short movie reviews. I hope you'll discover a few gems.

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