Author Archive for tjarda

Cover van de Eeuw – derde

Cover van de Eeuw – derde

Pinokkio werd derde. Dank aan iedereen die op ons stemde!

Opening Omslag!

Opening Omslag!

Paneel van Vijselaar en Sixma op de expositie Omslag!


Foto © Ruud van Empel

Opening met op de achtergrond het (gele) paneel met taboe onderwerpen, waaronder Michiel’s Loekie de Leeuw omslag over het einde van de ster reclame uit 2002.

Foto © vijselaarensixma

VPRO Gids covers expo

VPRO Gids covers expositie

Vandaag werd in het Graphic Design museum in Breda de tentoonstelling Omslag! geopend over 85 jaar cover ontwerpen voor de VPRO Gids. Hier enkele covers in een vitrine.

Foto © vijselaarensixma

Michiel vond vandaag zijn eerste VPRO cover ontwerp als student grafische vormgeving uit 1982. Het is nog uitgevoerd ook!

© Michiel Vijselaar

Je kunt trouwens stemmen op je favoriete ontwerp. Onze favorieten zijn van Jona Rotting en Claudie de Cleen.

Het boek Een kleine geschiedenis van de VPRO-vormgeving aan de hand van honderden gidsomslagen van 1926 tot nu is ook online te bestellen bij bol.com.

Interview Erik van Schaaik

Interview Erik van Schaaik

Five questions to Erik van Schaaik, animator of the Illumations of Vijselaar and Sixma

1) Tell us a little about who you are. What job do you do?

I am an independent filmmaker who makes animations, documentaries and short drama productions shown on festivals or made for TV.

2) Can you describe a recent animation project you’ve worked on?

Recently I made the short film Pik (Pecker) for the series “Ultra Kort” (Ultra Short); It played in 70 Pathé cinemas as a supporting program of Shrek IV. Pik combines stop motion clay animation by Patrick Raats with 2D animation by myself.

3) How are the illumations in collaboration with Vijselaar en Sixma made and what is your part in the process?

Michiel and Tjarda usually contact me when they’ve made a first sketch for their client. We then discuss the concept and technical issues i.e. what the action will be, which parts will move, what the sound will be, etcetera. After that Michiel and Tjarda start photographing the props and send the separate parts in a Photoshop file. I then use different pieces of software for animation. Most of the sound effects are downloaded from the Internet and mixed together into a fitting sound track.

4) Why do you call them illumations?

The word Illumations is a joining together of Illustrations and Animations. It also has the connotation of “illuminating a certain topic” for me.

5) What animation techniques do you use for the illumations?

That depends. Usually I work with computer animation (After Effects, Anime Studio). But every now and then I work with stop-motion techniques too.

Have a look on the website of Erik van Schaaik to see his animated films.

Art videos

Art videos

(The Art works of Tjarda Sixma and Sixma and Vijselaar have been moved to this blog.)

From 1984 to 1993 Sixma and Vijselaar made brief narrative video films in which painted sceneries and scale-models featured prominently. These filmed tableaux vivants were shown at various video festivals and museums in the Netherlands and abroad.

Hochzeit Im Schnee (1986)  was made for the VPRO television series Het Lab (The Laboratory).

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Digital photo works

Digital photo works

In 2000 Sixma returned to staged photography. In the Dollhouse works she enacts domestic scenes by “photoshopping” herself into carefully built miniature rooms full of references.

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Paintings

Paintings

In the 1990s Sixma started painting and made the Statuettes series, depicting kitschy baubles.

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Staged Photography

Staged Photography

In the late 1980s Sixma became known for her work in staged photography. In these works she took on archetypical roles with the use of painted backgrounds as décor.

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July 1 2010 – KLM Herald

Holland Herald magazine

Final_Cover_noclouds

And this is how the final cover looked. Doesn’t it make your mouth water just looking at it?

Cover © Vijselaar en Sixma / Esther Tji

(Unfortunately I had to close down the possibility to comment on the posts. The blog has been getting bombarded with spam.)

May 27 2010

In the end the pictures were put together in Photoshop changing the scale, the contrast and the colours. Also the sky was replaced by a computer-generated image. Finally the picture was retouched. We made two final versions: one with the pink candy clouds, and one without.

Montage_A

Montage_B

Montage_C

Screenshots © Vijselaar en Sixma 2010