Drawings of everyday life





Toon Tellegen at the Amsterdam Public Library

My brother filmed me while drawing.

Drawing on the iPad

And this is the final drawing:

Toon Tellegen at the OBA

I used the Sketches app by Tayasui.

Instead of going to the Draw Club

Every Monday evening Coen Rens organizes the Draw Club: a get together for everyone interested in drawing. I went once and did draw some JKPP portraits. I wanted to take my teenage daughter there last Monday, but she  wasn’t interested. She was interested though in drawing together at home. This is one of the the results: I drew first with pencil on paper, photographed it and then traced and colored it in de iPad app Paper.


What is cheap art?

“The world’s greatest museum of art and design”, that’s what the Victoria and Albert Museum in London calls itself. I think I agree. I visited the Victoria and Albert Museum this summer. They had a very interesting exhibition Disobedient Objects, about the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. Among all the interesting things I saw, I really liked the Cheap Art Manifesto from 1984 by the Bread and Puppet Theatre in New York. “Art has to be cheap and available to everybody”. why-cheap-art-manifesto.-001-703x1024

I like the manifesto so much, because it represents the way I see myself when I’m drawing. I’m not drawing for a museum, for money, for business. I do it because I like it, because it soothes the pain, because…

This drawing I made on my iPad on the fiftieth marriage anniversary of my parents. They are the musicians Joop and Jessica.

Joop en Jessica, op 50 jarig huwelijksfeest van Jaap Keller en Erica Keller. Made on iPad with paper

Piano performance

At the end of the school year the music teacher of my daughter, Fonsa ten Velde, organizes a performance afternoon. All her younger students play for the other students and their family. Fonsa is a wonderful teacher, her youngest student is 7 years old, her oldest 89 (!) years.

This drawing was drawn from life on my iPad with the Paper53 app.


Looking at his iPad, while I drew him on my iPad.

via Flickr http://flic.kr/p/kun2zV


Election day in Iraq

On April 30th there were elections in Iraq. Everybody got three days off. The whole town was full with little yellow (KDP), green (PUK), blue (GorranChange movement) and other color flags and portraits of candidates. This is the view from the house we stayed in.

Iraqi Kurdistan

I’m visiting Iraqi Kurdistan. It gives me ample time to draw, spending lots of time among conversations I can not understand. I made these drawing with the Zen Brush app on my iPad. The app is very limited in it’s possibilities, that’s what I love about it.



Christmas scene in February

I drew this in February, it would be a good image for a Christmas card.

Made on my iPad with the Paper53 app, drawn from life.