A Day In The Life Of Coen Hamelink
Where are you?
Together with my lovely girlfriend, I live in the beautiful old city Utrecht of Holland, until my new home is finally finished in Castricum, a large, old Roman village at the coast, near Amsterdam. As you can see, my new studio at home will be beautiful (in the end…). While I’m drawing, I will see my girlfriend enjoying our nice green garden. When the weather is nice, I will be there too. Of course.
I love the beach, big open skies, the wind, Nordic countries, theatre, animation and music which are all big influences to my work somehow.
What inspires you?
When I’m not drawing or painting, you will find me somewhere riding my bike in nature, sleeping in nature or playing some swinging notes on my trumpet to get some new inspiration.
How did you get into illustration?
One of my first conscious experiences I had with illustration and design, was when I bought my first real skateboard. It had a fantastic illustrated print with a nice thick ‘slick’ coating. That way the print would last for a long time. And it did. Skateboarding was my life adn it was all about art, graphic design, illustration, animation and music. About independence and creation. A true life style in those days.
The funny thing is that I didn’t realise that it was possible to learn about design or illustration in school until my sweet mother mentioned the graphic design school in Rotterdam where you could learn the skills. Shortly after I started this course. And I found about about the Willem de Kooning Academy that really opened my eyes about illustration.
How do you work?
For my illustrations I use a pencil, ballpoint pen, paint, brushes, illustrator, photoshop and photography. At this moment my work is shifting from vector based illustrations to a more painterly style, which I’m still developing and bending towards a personal style. Most of it is made digitally. Once I’ve moved, I’ll pick up the real brushes and canvas again.
When I’m creating, I like to keep the process open for new small details that pop up. That way it’s more exciting and fun. This ‘fresh’ energy is very important to me. It’s great to discover new possibilities. Sometimes fine tuning is needed before it’s really finished.
What is your ultimate goal?
My ultimate goal is to keep wondering about the world like a small child, discovering something new everyday and learning from it. I think personal development is the key to enjoy the creative process every single day. I always try to keep that in mind.