A few weeks ago I graduated from my Master with great honours. It feels strange to finally be done with school. I took some time off to catch up on some much needed sleep. However, I decided it was about time to show you guys what I’ve done for my final school project. Without going into much detail, I developed a story and told it trough my illustrations. My overall goal was not to make illustrations that were technically impressive but it was more about achieving a certain atmosphere and focussing on the feeling of a piece so that it would best fit with the story.

Not focussing too much on the technical aspect also helped me to quickly achieve a good result, I spent quite some time on making thumbnails and small sketches before I started working on the final illustrations. This approach helped me to do one or two illustrations a day. This resulted in challenging myself to do 15 illustrations in 15 days, a really great exercise from which I learned tons of stuff. In the end I decided to present the illustrations not as a complete storybook, but as individual pieces built around the same story. Our very own Michael Meier helped me by printing these illustrations (as you can see in the pictures I took below) on high quality paper (Giclee on Hahnemühle Cotton Paper).

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For those interested, I started an ETSY store where I’m selling the illustrations as Numbered Limited Edition Prints. To visit my ETSY store follow the link –> Etsy Store

Looking back at my last year at school I feel a big relieve that its all over, I’m excited for whats to come and I’m looking forward to start a professional career as an illustrator & concept artist (preferably freelance). So my next goal is to get some work ASAP!

Without further ado,




Pol said...

they work great!! Congratulations!

Nénent said...

Fabuleux !!! congratulation, it's fantastic Brun :)

Ben Greene said...

Well done! It's gotta feel great to have that accomplishment. I'm looking forward to following your progress from here on out!

Wouter Bruneel said...

Fantastic work! Great colour palettes.

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Jason said...


Stuff looks great, also...sweet presentation for them.

Brun Croes said...

@pol: Thank you!

@Nénent: Merci Beaucoup!

@Ben Greene: It does, thank you!

@Wouter Bruneel: Thanks! Glad you like it!

@Jason: Thank you!

Ems said...

these are truly amazing! can't wait to see what you'll be up to next

Ole Tillmann said...

Saw these on GA and they look amazing! Congratulations on graduating, too.

Mr Rémimo said...

Ho :) , le panel des couleurs que tu utilise est magnifique.

Brun Croes said...

@Ems: Thanks Ems, I love what you've been doing lately, great stuff!

@Ole Tillmann: Thank you, those are kind words.

@Mr Rémimo: Merci beaucoup!

Erik D. Martin said...

really great polished work!

Anonymous said...

This is really cool! The presentation is great. Mind if I ask how you made the wax seal? I'd love to make my own some day.

Brun Croes said...

@Anonymous: I didn't made myself, I designed it of course but the actual stamp was made by a professional company focussing on wax-seal stamps.

Mathieu Beaulieu said...

Now that's totally awesome!!!

Andrea Alemanno said...

OH MY GOD! it's wonderful! I LOVE IT!
AMAZING packacing, amazing illustrations!! UAO!!!!

coquillaud lilian said...

Le rendu est somptueux. c'est un très bel objet que tu nous as produit.

Brun Croes said...

@Mathieu: Thanks!

@Andrea: I'm glad you like it!

@Coquillaud: Merci, votre travail est très inspirant.

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Marie Alice said...

Gorgeous and haunting work ! It must be awesome to produce such a beautiful "book", and hold it in your hands. Congrats for your graduation. (I just discovered your work at gallery Nucleus - Great !)

Brun Croes said...

Thanks guys!

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