Welcome and thank you for your interest in my work as an illustrator and comicbook-artist.

Although I'm an illustrator and comicbook-artist by trade I ' m interested in lots of others things and I figured it would be nice to share at least some of these interests with you.

Have fun!

Ben Vranken

Friday, August 24, 2007

Graphic Novel

Hi there,

back again with some exciting news. A while ago one of Hollands most interesting publishers ( www.uitgeverijxtra.nl )asked me to do a Graphic Novel. We both are very enthusiastic about this project because we think my work really fits in among the fine books already published by this publishing-house. We plan to release the book at the coming "Stripgidsdagen" in the belgian city of Turnhout(www.stripturnhout.be ) this december.
So at this moment I'm slaving away on the stories. I want the novel to consist of at least two short stories but I think it would be nice to have some illustrated pages in the book as well ( showing just a nice drawing with no connecting to a story I mean )
Anyway ; the working title of the book is "Schroot" (Scrap Iron )and the stories are mostly about loners who are crushed by their environment. Although I am aware of the fact that this is a returning theme in my work this time I try to handle the subject with a bit more lightness and offer the reader some light at the end of the tunnel.
My main goal, however is to draw this 'tunnel' as attractive as possible.
So there still is a lot of work to do but I will try to post examples of the pages every now and then.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Another gruesome picture

This is a drawing I did yesterday about the fact that ancient battlefields often produce very few objects related to the fight. I think it's because after the battle human scavengers visited the place and took the valuable items like weaponry and armour away. Not only the maggots and the crows had a feast after a battle.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

On line at last!

Well, it's been a while but here I am again with some great news. Since january my website is operational ! Thanks to the technical skills of my good friend Marly Weemen (check out her own website at: www.in-space.nl ) my work can now be found on the www.
It's a rather simple site but I think it's very special and it even has some animated features. The idea behind this website is to show my illustration-work and the comics I do to interested people all over the world in an easy way ( think of all the postage and the trainfares I can economize on! ).
I also had a postcard printed to tell people about my site and a lot of those were sent all over the world. I like to think you are reading this because you received one. In that case: welcome to my site!
I hope you enjoy: www.happybeet.com