year of birth: 1980
Q1: When did you start making art?
I guess as long as I remember haha. I was the kid that was always drawing instead of taking notes in school but never really took it seriously and to be fair I wasn’t that good. Better than most of my classmates and friends but not exceptional. I ended up doing a more design related study because I was sure I wanted to do something art related but also be able to live from it. I only got really into drawing an painting again about 6 years ago. And while I had the eye, I really had to work on getting my skills up to par again and I’m still leaning and failing every day
Q2: What does inspire you?
A lot of things. 80s cartoons, b-movies, music, graphic design, fashion, animation, typography etc. I try to be as diverse as possible and not look at the same thing all the time.
Q3: What are your techniques?
My digital tool of choice is photoshop. I’ve been working with it for about 15 years now and it’s like the swiss army knife of digital imaging. Next to that I like randomness and unpredictability to start a lot of my work. I spend a lot of time creating shapes or brushes which in their core have a shape that I like but behave very erratically. Once I have something I like, I switch to regular brushes to further develop things
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
That there is no idea. I’m a stream of consciousness kind of artist who always goes with the flow without thinking too much in my personal work. For client or studio work I’m way more structured in solving design problems doing lots of research and such, but for my own stuff I just like to have fun.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I don’t have a main colour preference but you could say I’m a fan of using a muted palette most of the time. I all depends on the theme and project though. I’ve worked on games which were all happy joy bubblegum looking with bright colours as well.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Everything all the time haha. It’s an artist curse I guess. But I really like to get better at dynamic figures.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I’ve got a couple of things cooking slowly but surely. I’m looking into doing some t-shirt designs and I’ve got an idea for a series of illustrations about Dutch ghost stories and legends.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of LennartVerhoeff.
Ehhhhh. Big dumb face. :p
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
This HERE is my first digital painting I put online.
You can view the rest of the journey HERE.
I was a muddy mess with black shadows, too much soft brushes and horrible anatomy.. Took a while before it got any better :p
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Besides the obvious technical improvement, my influences got broader and there’s lots more variation in my work now.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
It’s what I do. Even if I’m not working I’m still drawing or painting. Or in my studio making music, which is another form of art :p
I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.