Groundhog Day

It’s Groundhog Day! We’re celebrating either six more weeks of winter or not; and I’m celebrating that my Groundhog Design for the Spoonflower contest came in sixth place, securing a place in the coveted Top Ten Bundle!

This is the drawing I made:


And this is what it looks like on fabric:


In July, I blogged about my first exploits on awesome fabric-design-site Spoonflower, and by now my shop has grown to this (and this is not even all of it yet):


Most of these designs were made for the weekly contest. I love to get inspired by these diverse themes, and working on a design is a nice change of pace from working on my newest book, Global Power: a Discovery in Comics, which is rather content-heavy.

Here are some of the designs I particularly liked making:


For the Calligraphy contest I chose this John Lennon song text.


For the Library contest I crammed in a few literary (and one graphic novel) references – can you spot all four?



I loved the Cat Damask contest and my design actually did quite well, coming out around fiftieth place out of over 300 entries. If I ever live in a country house and need special wallpaper for the library/drawing room, I’ll use this!



For the Rhino Contest I drew Nine Rhinos on Bikes – and lo and behold, they now adorn a children’s bedroom in the North of Holland!



The Neighborhood contest was all about drawing you own surroundings. This is the street we live on and the park in fron of our house. A world unto itself!



The Tennis contest was fun although I’m not sure this came out as well as it could have. It’s fun to look at, though. Maybe I shouldn’t have used the computer-tennis fields.



I didn’t know what a Toile de Jouy was until the contest asked for one with a wintery theme. So here it is – if I have any antique chairs to upholster, I might opt for this design. Or a simple tea towel might be nice as well.

All these designs are for sale – as fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper. You can order them from my Spoonflower Shop. If you want a certain design done a little differently – in size, or color, or whatever – just contact me and I will make it so.


The current contest is Rocket themed. Below is my entry – if you like it, please vote for it here!




De Heer DeSigns

A few weeks ago I joined Spoonflower, a site where you can upload your own designs and order them as fabrics and wallpaper. Since then I’ve been having a lot of fun thinking about tiled patterns, color schemes and original themes. This is what my store on Spoonflower currently looks like:


I started out looking for illustrations in my archives that lend themselves for this kind of purpose, and came up with a Burlesque fabric – I drew these models in Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School which I blogged about here – that came out like this:



And some whimsical English Country Houses I drew in Oxford that came out like this:


And I even made a wallpaper plastered full with the Scientific Method as I drew it in my book ‘Science: a Discovery in Comics’ – that came out like this:


But the most fun I had was coming up with new designs. Spoonflower has weekly design contests with different themes, and this is what I came up with for the current one, ‘Fishing Lures‘. If you like it and want to vote for it, please click the image and it will take you to the contest page with all the al-luring (haha) designs:


Next week’s theme is ‘Rhinoceroses’. I drew nine rhinoceroses on  wheels, and it came out like this:


After that, the theme is ‘Herb Garden’. I really pulled out all the stops for this one, especially considering that I have no green fingers whatsoever:


I liked it so much, I also made it into a tea towel, which looks like this:


If you consider buying any of these, please note that not all designs are up for sale yet (I need to see the swatches first to colorproof them). But keep an eye on my Spoonflower shop for new stuff being added! There’s a lot already, and definitely more to come!