Hi my name is Brigitte Liem (1973) and I live in picturesque ’s-Hertogenbosch in the south of The Netherlands. I work from home and it gets lively out here by a little girl running around, a structural engineer who’s into snowboarding and me getting good vibes listening to quality music like WHAM! and the soundtrack of Dirty Dancing (so tacky, it’s cool).
I graduated in architecture at the Technical University of Delft and developed into a lighting designer and an illustrator.
My sister Francis and I started a studio for illustration and design called Studio Limón. We love to cheer up the world by making colourful drawings. To see our style you can take a look at studiolimon.com http://www.studiolimon.com and at our FaceBook fan page.
Sketchbook is my personal blog and outlet to all the characters and situations that come up in my head. It’s pretty crowded up there, so I’m glad I found a way to let them run free and share them with you.
I set myself the goal to produce one drawing each weekday and I must say it is very encouraging to have an audience. So a big THANKS for visiting Sketchbook.
The ideas for my posts come from everywhere: daily life, people, films, music, architecture, interior design, internet, travelling, books, stories, small things like wrapping paper, the numerous pictures I collect, etc, etc.
Inspiration since forever is my favourite illustrator and graphic designer Mariscal with his funny and cheerful style.
The work of artist Marc Johns showed me the fun of making images combined with text and (dry) humour.
What I like about drawing is starting with a blank piece of paper and making something new appear completely by hand.
I prefer to draw loose, not too precise, first in pencil and than in ink. The best part is when I erase the pencil leaving only the crisp ink lines.
Mostly I don’t know what I’m going to draw in advance. I just see what comes to mind and often it surprises me too: a man with a huge beard or a walking tube of toothpaste appears. Afterwards the situations are easily backtracked to things I’ve seen, heard of experienced before, so: welcome to my world!
PS ...if you feel like it, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.