Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Did you know I build a new online store?
Now I'm able to share more pictures of prints and original work and it's very easy to order.

I recommend Storenvy instead of Bigcartel, because it's user friendly, you can add more products and pictures and it's free. If you are looking for an online store to make: go for it!
Pencil, acrylics, ink on heavy weight paper, 2014.
14,9 x 21 cm / 5,51" x 8,27"
You can buy it here.

Lately I've been making a lot of female figures, just to focus on a subject which is challenging for me and to experiment with techniques. I enjoyed it a lot, but I love many other things that are so interesting to draw. Marine life has always drawn my attention and this is one of the ideas I had in mind.
This one was quite challenging but I like the outcome. I started this sketch when I visited Draw Club in Amsterdam. A small group who likes to meet up and just sketch and talk. Want to visit it more often.

 This tiny detail is my favorite part because I like to make up a story in my mind, like this jellyfish is floating around and he's blowing bubbles into the marine life.
 So, something different. And more is coming up!
Don't forget to follow me on instagram.  I did have more updates there.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Feature Tattoo Extreme Magazine Taiwan

I haven't done an update for ages, but a lot of people are following my Instagram. 
Follow me there if you want!

I've been featured in Tattoo extreme magazine a while ago.
I've been following some tattoo artists on Instagram,
although I wouldn't get a tattoo myself I can definitely appreciate the skills of some tattoo artists!

Maybe it says Marjolein Caljouw is a crazy psycho, I don't know, but it still looks cool. 
 Soon my site will be www.marjoleincaljouw.com

 Little insight...

Soon I will be updating some of my work and I'm starting some interesting projects.

Friday, May 23, 2014

'Emerge' illustration & feature Peaxs

Acrylics, oilpaint on Arches hotpress watercolourpaper.
14,9 x 21 cm / 5,51" x 8,27"
Available: €110,00 / $150,66
I started this painting a few months ago, but it was just a plain boring black and white pencil drawing. I decided to add a mix of colours just to practise.
Layer 1: pencil.
Layer 2: acrylics.
Layer 3: Oils. 

 This work  reminds me of Never Neverland because of the colours and the face between leaves and I would like to make a few variations of the same painting.

 I like the little white dots in her eyes, so this is something I'm going to take to the next one.
I'm featured on PEAXS! An inspirational platform for marketing people, event agencies but also for users who want to see some new locations, event specials or artists.  
Take a look: www.peaxs.de

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

D.I.Y. whiteboard for ideas & sketches

I'm moving next month. I've been thinking about my new workspace for weeks now and how I can improve it. Just moving my boring old whiteboard with the ugly magnets wasn't an option.
So I upgraded it!

- Old whiteboard
- Magnets (maybe you have some ugly ones laying around)
- A sanding machine
- Gold effect: Schmincke pale gold powder with Amsterdam gel medium.
(Gold paint will do the trick too)
- Washi tape (bought it in Japan!)
- Window corners (hardware store got them. I also saw them at the artsupplies store.)

Do this:
1. Sand your frame.
2. Cut your washi tape and put it on each corner.
3. Glue the window corners on top.
4. Paint the top of your magnets.
5. Yeay, ready!

While I was surfing around I saw another cool idea for atelier / workspace / office.
You could paint a whole wall or furniture with whiteboard paint.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Figure drawing | process of paintings.

 Graphite, coloured pencil and ballpoint on paper.
 Graphite, coloured pencil and ballpoint on paper.
This month I gave a lecture at The Graphic Design Academy in Utrecht.
My old teacher invited me to join his figure drawing class in the evening.
Had a great time and it's very good practise.

Graphite and coloured pencil on hardwood panel.
 Graphite, acrylics on hardwood panel.
Graphite, ballpoint ink, colourpencils on hardwood panel.

I'm working on several works on hardwood panel. 35 cm x 50 cm.
Because I'm always experimenting with different material on one background, it's fun but also quite challenging.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Acrylics, ink, gold ink on watercolourpaper.
8,27" x 5,51" / 21 cm x 14,6, 2014. 

It's been a while since I've uploaded something. 
These last months were pretty busy with other things. 
This illustration even went with me to Japan, back and forth. 
 I've painted the first layers with acrylics and added slowly more layers to it with pencil and ink. Finally gold ink. It was finding the right balance between the values. I've decided to make the background darker, because I wanted the eyes to be the center of attention.
 The first idea was to let it fall into the water, make it a nest with little birds inside, or little houses on top, but everything was too much.
 I've bought some close-up filters for my Canon Mark2, it's...amazing! I love it.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Featured on Juxtapoz

Last month I was featured on www.juxtapoz.com
Very happy with that!

Fashion Illustration Caitlin Power Kenton Magazine

27,5 x 27,5 cm / 10,63 x 10,63" Red pencil, graphite and ink on Arches hotpress watercolourpaper and Photoshop, 2013. 
Made for the contest: Draw a Dot.
Dresses by fashion designer: Caitlin Power
Alexander Liang, the Editor-in-Chief of KENTON Magazine has chosen 3 looks from Caitlin Power F/W 2013 collection.
I've chosen 2 dresses because they would fit better together. I always like to know the background story of the collection and when I heard about the architecture I could see that in the graphic lines Caitlin is using.

After watching 'behind the scene' video's, I came up with these keywords:
- Strong/ powerful/ fierce
- Bordeaux red, silver, black.
- Matt / shine / transparant.
- Gloves
- Graphic shapes
- Dark and edgy
- Paris and London Architecture
- Steam punk mixed with new romantic.

I sketched several poses because I was looking for a powerful pose that would show the front of the dresses and a little bit of their hairstyle.
I combined the graphic lines with the rounded shapes of the ladies. I used this before in other work, so it was nice to experiment a little more with that.
I like the gloves they are wearing, so I brought them to the front by making them black and I think it gives it more 'edge'. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

B . H . D E S I G N S | C O N C E P T F A S E

I am working on some bra designs and patterns for a new bra brand. It's still in the conceptfase but very exciting to see the development. I looked at a lot of natural shapes, little animals and vintage patterns from Morris.

This is the first sketch page of natural elements.
I'm going to mix and match them to a pattern/design. 
 Photoshop. I like the white outlines.
Here I'm working on my Wacom Cintiq.
The first fabric colors are going to be: red, black and white.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

GIVE AWAY: WIN a little painting / giclee print / phone hardcase

I have a GIVE AWAY on my Facebook.
1st prize: Original painting 'Bird Braid' + smartphone hardcase of your choice.
2nd prize: One giclee artprint 'Exhale' + smartphone hardcase of your choice.  

H O W   T O  E N T E R ?
1: Like Marjolein Caljouw & MrPhone
2: Like photo and share.
3: Comment
The winner will be selected randomly 14 May. 

Bird Braid. This is the little painting you can win on my Facebook.

 Red pencil on heavy paper.