artis zoo schetsen XXIV

It has been so long since I went to sketch the animals at Artis!  I was very rusty and only produced a couple pages which I wasn’t satisfied with.  But I decided to try a quick paintover with the Cintiq, using photo ref for a color palette, and I think I was able to resurrect them a bit, at least.


the sea of ideas


He noticed that while people were ready to make use of men who excelled at eloquence and intellectual power, they still looked on them with suspicion and constantly strove to humble their pride or to detract from their reputation.

Nicias, therefore, did his best to evade any difficult or lengthy enterprise; whenever he served as general he played for safety, and if he was successful, as he naturally often was under these conditions, he never claimed credit for any foresight, or energy, or courage on his part, but thanked his good fortune for everything and gave the glory to the gods, being well content to sacrifice his reputation in order to escape envy.

– Plutarch



In this way he proved that rhetoric, in Plato’s phrase, is the art of working upon the souls of men by means of words, and that its chief business is the knowledge of men’s characters and passions which are, so to speak, the strings and stops of the soul and require a most skillful and delicate touch.

The secret of Pericles’ power depended, so Thucydides tells us, not merely upon his oratory, but upon the reputation which his whole course of life had earned him and upon the confidence he enjoyed as a man who had proved himself completely indifferent to bribes.

– Plutarch

too late, all gone

” The more we change, everything stays the same.”


This is a reworked, color version of the Janus Squid, sketched last year at Absenta Bar, in Barcelona.

I intended to make this for New Year’s (for hopefully obvious reasons) but just got around to it.

UPDATE: This isn’t done, and the colors are way off.  My plan is to post an update to this and a few other recent paints soon.