Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Half way with The Sketchbook project

40 pages in 40 days is a big challenge, but at the same time i see that ideas come very easily. I would like to choose some pages, which i like. My goal for next year is to make more paintings! In the end that's the most important thing.

Rose. Blue pencil on blue paper and white fineliner.
Time. Blue pencil and acrylic on paper.

Apple. Pencil and acrylic on paper
What can i say. There is so much girly kitch inside of me that has to come out.
Pearls. Pencil, blue pencil, little beads and acrylic on paper.
Prince. Acrylic, ballpoint, red ballpoint on paper.

Cupcakes. Acrylic, blue pencil and ballpoint on paper.
I love these girls who make very lovely broches, illustrations and crafty things: http://laprincesita.bigcartel.com/products Check the donut! So cute it hurts.
Ponyhunter. Acrylic, pencil and fabric on paper.
This fashion girl has beautiful pictures. Used an image as example of her blog: http://lunasupernova.blogspot.com/
Jellyfish. Blue pencil, plastic, acrylic on paper.
I'm loving this one. Under water themes are always my favourite. Maybe because the water is everywhere around you and makes you weightless, isolated from the rest of the world...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New pages for the Sketchbook Project

Finally! I made some pictures of my sketchbook pages...
It was hard to pick a nice day to make some photo's of my book outside. (for the best light)
The weather is very very cold.
 It's snowing / raining in the Netherlands... and it's getting dark allready at 16:00!
Viktor & Rolf. Fineliner, white colorpencil, acrylics, ballpoint on texture paper.

Last year i went to an exhibition of Viktor & Rolf and i love their designs and the concepts they have. I think they are magicians with clothes. When i saw a photo of them with the hats i wanted to use it.
 Couch. blue ballpoint, acrylic, blue pencil on texture paper.
One day i want a couch like this.
 Little shell. (Blue) pencil on paper, natural paper in the background.  My friend is getting married next year and while we were checking out some dresses i saw a very nice one. Short on the front and big layers in the back.
 Queen. Pencil, acrylic, goldpaint, red ballpoint on paper.
I found an old queen playcard and i thought that it would be interesting to draw the queen figure again but then in another way.
 Snowby. White marker, ballpoint.
I wanted to give here white eyelashes but i don't have a small fineliner for that. I think it doesn't excist.
Looking for that for a long time. So i changed her eyes and now they are freaky blue.

Tulle. Acrylic, (blue) pencil on paper. 
Sometimes i find strange animals on the internet. Like this little kittycat. It looks like he smashed his head against the wall. Still: Really cute.
Kittycat. Pencil and fiber on paper.

Stamps. Pencil, acrylic and poscamarker.

 Mouth. color pencil, white fineliner on paper.
I made little details with a white fineliner and i just love to make this page.
 Bunny. White fineliner, posca marker, pencil on postnotes.
I try new things so i can use it later if i want to make paintings in 2011.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Sketchbook Project of Arthouse Co-op

The Sketchbook Project: 2011
Last week I joined The Sketchbook Project.
I ordered a sketchbook and i have 40 days to fill 40 pages!
Then i send it back to the United States.
"Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country" Arthouseco-op says. Click on the image for more information.

A very nice idea don't you think? 28728 artists from 94 countries around the world are participating!
Intro page. Pencil, blue pencil and acrylic on Moleskine paper.
On the left there will be a pocket with my biography but i made an info page on the right too.
Spread 1. Blue pencil, color pencil and acrylic on old book paper.
The paper in the background is from a very old book with old fashioned dutch language.
Spread 2. Acrylic, (color)pencil, fineliner, wallpaper and ballpoint on Moleskin paper.
I want to give this book a feminin style with all the things that i love in it.
Spread 3. Acrylic, (color) pencil and ballpoint on paper.
I have to paint a bracelet, so i used this page for it. I love to freestyle and see what happens.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Prints for sale!

Because the holidays are coming i have 5  art prints for sale. 
Fine art print on super smooth 200 grams paper. 
You can choose a black or white frame with it for €20,-.
This is excl. the shipping costs or transfer costs.

How to order?
Go to www.marjoleincaljouw.bigartel.com
or send me an email on info@marjoleincaljouw.nl

If you want to see bigger pictures go to www.marjoleincaljouw.nl

Sunday, November 21, 2010


 I made some dessins. It is a new way for me to fill a picture and i learned a lot about the color dodge and screen options in Photoshop.  You can use the same flower and make it look like you draw it many times.
 Baby blue color in the background and it gives another feeling.
Colors can change the whole picture and it's fun to play with it.
These are the roses i used.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


 Here i'm working on a painting based on an old sketch i made for a wallpainting in a hotel in Brussel, Belgium. My friend Rosa, wanted this painting for a long time, so i changed the sketch and added some things because i wasn't happy with the old sketch.

 Pencil on paper. 21 cm x 29,7 cm.
 I added some flowers and changed the composition and the girl as you can see above, but Rosa wanted the old composition...
 Pencil on paper, 21 cm x 29,7 cm.
Here you can see i changed the composition. The girl keeps her legs closer to her body and the tree is curved. Because the canvas was square i had to cut of a part of the sketch.

 Acrylic and oilpaint on canvas, 100 cm x 100 cm.
The final painting took me about 5 days. I'm quite happy with the result, there are more girly paintings to come.
Acrylic and oilpaint on canvas, 100 cm x 100 cm. Close-up.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Space Granny.

Above: Acrylics and oilpaint on canvas 50 cm x 50 cm / 19,7" x 19,7"
Above: Pencil on paper. 

This painting was made for the lottery of "Willeke Alberti" a dutch singer. She had a gala yesterday in 'Hotels van Oranje' where she gave our book "Kleine Dingen Met Liefde Doen" to a lot of people. We were invited and it was great to be there. I hope Willeke can help a lot of (lonely old) people with her foundation. I finished the painting in a rush so i hope it's allright like this. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010


I made a calendar design. With this kind of things i'm happy that i have a graphic design background! Every month there's another new illustration above. On the right there is a little description about the illustration.

I realized that the week starts on a different day in America than in Europe. In Amercia for example it starts with "sunday".The dutch calendars starts with "monday" ...i always thought this was kind of weird because when we learn the days of the week as a kid we start with sunday. So i prefer the American way...

Monday, October 18, 2010


Acrylics on Rives BFK paper. 43,5 cm x 31,5 cm.
Finally finished this personal work. It was nice to try different kind of paper. I think i prefer the hotpress watercolor paper from Arches. I like the way she looks, i wanted to give the illustration sphere.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Beautybox fashion illustration

Pencil and Photoshop. Another fashion illustration. This is still on a smallsize paper but the next ones are going to be bigger. So i can make more details. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


You have a lot of blogs these days, but i realize that there aren't videoblogs from illustrators, so i'm going to do this more now!  This is a 5 min movie where i show you around in my atelier / workspace. I thought it would be nice to show where i work and paint.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cover illustration: A.L.O.I.S

I finally finished my project A.L.O.I.S. with six illustrations for a little book. It's about people who struggle with addictions. I had different keywords like selfknowledge, convinced or succes to work with. It was great to make a serie and did a little character design because i had to draw the figure 6 times. Here are a few proces pictures.

The cover should show a figure who looks at himself in the mirror and standing in a fightposition. I changed the elements a little. The hands don't need boxing gloves because i think it's more natural without them and otherwise you refer to sport. The guy is smashing the mirror and breaks his own image. Sometimes you have to break with old habbits to build new ones!

Friday, October 1, 2010


Pencil and Photoshop.
I tried something new, i will post a tutorial about it.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Illustration 5: Succes

Pencil and Photoshop.

This is the last illustration for the book A.L.O.I.S. but i'm not finished yet. I also have to make a cover.
The little book is about people who struggle with addiction. I uses in this illustration a lot of happy colors and it's a natural design. Succes is something you can't touch but you feel it. I symbolized the fact that people grow if they are succesfull.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Soap bubbles

Pencil on paper.
Bijschrift toevoegen

I'm working on some sketches for fashion illustrations. I like to look at fashion designers & trends and combine this. This one is for my sister in Spain!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Self knowledge

Pencil and Photoshop.  50 x 70 cm.
This illustration is one of the 6 illustration i'm making for a book that's about people who struggle with all kind of addictions. When i thought about self-knowledge i had to think about knowing yourself really good in your life, which decisions you should make, which not, that's why the figure is holding a book with brains on it. You can imagine it's a map or something where he looks at with his laserglasses.  I chose to use owls, because they are sybolism for wisdom. If he walks the ground lights up with every step, just like the movie clip from Michael Jackson (which i think is very cool). The illustration is darker than the other ones but i think it's better for the concept.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fashion girls & 50 + Event

Pencil on paper.
I made these sketches for wooden bracelets but i could also use it for clothes, like a t-shirt design. I have so many ideas to work out, but i work on several projects now.

Last year Roland Pupupin, photographer, and i made a book: "Kleine Dingen Met Liefde Doen".
It means doing small things with lots of love. The book shows how i made a 328 feet wallpainting in a nursing home in Amersfoort. Roland made lots of portraits of the old people and of the making of.
If you want to order the book, just contact me. info@marjoleincaljouw.nl

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

NDSM werf - Painting outside

Spraycan and acrylics on wall.

A while ago i painted outside with Shake, Nozm, Kwibus. I'm very busy at the moment but I think it's nice to relax once in a while. The weather was really nice.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Freestyle sketches

Pencil, colorpencil and acrylics on paper.
I'm using different materials in my sketchbook again. You can surprise yourself easier if you do whatever you want without thinking. 

Pencil, colorpencil and acrylics on paper.
This was for a wallpainting in Amsterdam.
 Pencil, colored pencil and ballpoint on paper.
Gemma Ward on the left. She has such a special beautiful face. Joris on the right at a sketchmeeting in the park in Utrecht. I'm thinking about modelsketching again because it's always the best thing to do!
Girl-stuff. Ballpoint on paper. I really want to paint on big canvasses soon, but i'm busy with 6 illustrations and a chair right now.