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For those of my fellow deviant who follow my journals, you know i have bought a 'Happiness' calendar. Every day i get a new quote and a related task, which would help in being more happy.
Yesterday te quote was 'In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.' from W. H. Auden (American-English poet). The task was: 'Name a characteristic of an animal that you would like to possess'.

I would extend that to a challenge. Draw, take a picture, clay or write about that characteristic. You can also search devianart for an artwork which embodies what you'd like, and mention it.
So i start with my dream...
Wings of Sirus by someday-evermore Ascent of Man and the Destruction of Magic by Ryer-Ord-Star Winged Horse of the Apocalypse by DragonSpark 

Stolen Wings by yuumei angels wings by icarus-ica
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  • Playing: Assassins Creed, the Enzio collection
Today i was yet again inspired by a quote on my Hapiness calendar.
"A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts." Harold MacMillan (British politician and prime minister)

Hence the suggestion of the day, giving and getting trust makes people happy. So i decided to trust my fellow deviants and give my newest sketches the 'Offer original file as a free download' feature. Hope you like it, and gives us all some extra hapiness ;)

            J2 by Strooitje  J6 by Strooitje

To bad Mr. MacMillan word weren't as original as i thought:
"He who does not trust enough will not be trusted." by Lao Tzu
"The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust." by Abraham Lincoln

I hope you will be just as inspired as i was, and decide to give a bit more trust...
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  • Reading: as many artbooks as i can
  • Playing: Assassins Creed, the Enzio collection
I bought myself the calendar of "The world book of happiness" (www.theworldbookofhappiness.co…). Every day i get a quote about happiness and a hint on how to achieve that happiness (usually related to that quote).
Last wednesday i got this: "People anywhere in the world have one thing in common: the desire for happiness and the desire to manifest themselves". Quote by Martin Heylen, Belgian journalist.
The suggestion i got that day was:
Write down the name of 5 people you know.
Add the way you think how they try to be happy.
And finally, how can you help them achieving that.

I liked this so much i wanted to share it with my fellow deviants. So pay it forward, you guys and gals...

For the starting artist who :+fav: my works, i always try to look at their gallery and find a work i like and write a positive comment. We all need a pat on the back from time to time.
Sohere it is one of my first figure drawings, and my latest work, just to show how weekly practice makes you better at drawing.

                              Chris7 by Strooitje
Hope it inspires you to pick up a pencil, charcoal, brush or drawing tablet. Enjoy!
Joeri
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  • Reading: as many artbooks as i can
  • Playing: Assassins Creed, the Enzio collection
Figure drawing class, started again, yesterday. For those who wonder what i did in the holidays, i was trying out my new markers from Promarker.
I drew R1 (the day after i saw Rogue One) with it, and a present for a friend (La vita e bella).
Further i made some cards to help my son planning his day. I made several cards based on a game he loves to play, called 'Clash of Clans'. I did the barbarian waving a giant toothbrush as a sword...
You might wonder why i draw children's cards for my boy, who will turn 12 this year. Well actually he has autism. Well he is what the dutch call 'Asperger's', which actually is a mild form of autism. As Wikipedia describes: Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.[1] As a milder autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it differs from other ASDs by relatively normal language and intelligence.[2] Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and unusual use of language are common.[3][4] Signs usually begin before two years old and typically last for a person's entire life.[1]Do your Hair Wizard by Strooitje   Brush Teeth Barbarian by StrooitjeGrab a pill Wallbreaker by Strooitje









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  • Playing: Assassins Creed, the Enzio collection
I didn't win at the comics contest  although there were, besides the first, 7 people that came before me www.stripspeciaalzaak.be/Wedst… (2 of them I myself rate better than mine), so fuck them (i won't be buying the comics, i like the HBO series better).
It probably has to do with the nudity (damn prud aH's). My wife said i'd better turned in the line art.
So i'm back to my last major work, Jarne's portrait with his dog Fientje...

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My entry for the contest of ... is finished and sent...
Check out the competition : www.stripspeciaalzaak.be/Wedst…
Let me know how i did ;)
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I'm thinking about entering a drawing contest. The subject is your favorite Game of Thrones character... I like a lot of George Martin's characters, so, i'm doing this contest :
Whoever scores the most points can give me his/hers favorite GOT char... I'll do the art ;)
You can use any means to get your information (Google, DA, Facebook, KGB, mediums ...), just be recourcefull, extra info may get you extra credits, so dig in...

( 2 Points ) My name:
( 2 Points ) My last name: 
( 5 Points ) Take a stab at my middle name (i have one male and one female :D):
( 2 points ) How old am I:
( 3 Points ) What's the colour of my eyes: 
( 3 Points ) Who am I in love with:
( 2 Points ) Where did we meet (as in if im in love with someone): 
( 2 Points ) What kind of car do I drive:
( 2 Points ) Where do I work: 
( 3 Points ) Something that I am afraid of: 
( 2 Points ) Do I smoke: 
( 3 Points ) Do I drink:
( 3 Points ) Do I have any siblings: 
( 2 Points ) How many: 
( 2 Point  ) Which actor do I have a (not so) secret crush on: 
( 4 Points ) What's one of my favorite things to do: 
( 2 Points ) How many piercings do I have: 
( 2 Points ) How many tattoo's do I have: 
( 2 Points ) Name a song that I love: 
( 4 Points ) Am I shy or outgoing: 
( 3 Points ) What's my favorite color: 
( 3 Points ) Name something I hate: 
( 4 Points ) Do I have any pets: 
( 5 Points ) What is the color of my bedroom: 
( 5 Points ) Give me a movie or TV quote that I love: 
( 5 Points + on creativeness ) If I were stranded on a desert island, what would I bring: 

70-77 Points; Stalker Extraordinaire!
60-69 Points; Hard-Working Stalker
50-59 Points; Decent Stalker
20-49 Points; Stalker-In-Training
00-19 Points; Fail Stalker or New Stalker
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I've started a drawing based on the silverpoint technique, used in the Middle Ages to make drawings. Instead of silverpoint i'm using cents. Yes, that's right i'm drawing with 'money'.
The only thing is that it's proved to be a monks work (especially the darker parts)...
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I finally finished the drawing of my son Wannes. It's a present to my wife for mothers day, last sunday. She was so moved when she saw the first raw sketch, she had tears in her eyes...
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I sent one of my drawings (strooitje.deviantart.com/art/R…)  to boomerang.be and will be printed (if 'liked' enough) on a free card (available in cinema, stores such as fnac, scholes).
So to all my supporters with a facebook account, please click the link and 'like' it as much as you can ;) : www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…
Thanks a lot you guys and girls !
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I've started studying the best... I'm doing studies/drawings after paintings or drawings of masters of Art.
Currently working on a detail of 'The Triupmh of Bacchus, or the Drinkers' by Diego Velázquez.
Already finished :
Lily Grenier by Toulouse-Lautrec strooitje.deviantart.com/art/L…
La derelicta by Botticelli strooitje.deviantart.com/art/D…
Practice makes perfect...
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A new work in the series 'PetrifieD' (strooitje.deviantart.com/galle…) is in the making.
Today i started positioning and drawing the castle.
It's once again a medieval flemish castle. I've chosen to put it on the head of a famous actress. I won't tell who she is (she might turn out somewhat different, to fit in  the series).
The castle i've chosen is 'het kasteel van Beersel'. More info on wikipedia: nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasteel_…
It's a moated castle near Brussels. I'm wondering how long it will take to finish this one...
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SAATCHI ARTPARIS Showdown
'Regina Bruggia'

I joined the SAATCHI online contest, which could give me the right to exhibit my work 'Regina Bruggia' in Paris...
So if you like my work and want others to see it, please register and vote for me on SAATCHI.
You can vote for me here : www.saatchionline.com/art/view…

My Current Showdown Standing: 1521 out of 3777 entries.

Thanks a lot
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Who will wear the next castle...
I'm working on a serie of works where woman/girls are kinda wearing Castles...
So who catches my 15000th view gets to send in a picture of his girl, wife, mother, child, to be immortalised with a medieval castle...

1th one strooitje.deviantart.com/art/L…
2nd one is done  strooitje.deviantart.com/art/R…
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Yes, yes, yes...

Tree times because all my three works where preselected by the regional jury, for the CANVAS COLLECTION.
And here are the lucky works :

strooitje.deviantart.com/art/d…
strooitje.deviantart.com/art/R…
strooitje.deviantart.com/art/d…

Let 's hope that the national jury comes to the same conclusion...
We'll know by tonight
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Canvas collection

I decided to join the canvas contest. canvascollectie.canvas.be

Now i need to send in 3 artworks which are most likely to be "art". I sure can use some help in figuring out which ones are...
So please comment me on your favorites of my work, and if you could add why, i will be much obliged...

My Clubs

:iconportraitpencilart: :icondamnbelgians: :iconeliteartists: :iconline-artist-inc: :iconblackandwhiteclub: :iconcelebrityportraits: :icontraditional-artists:
(in chronological sequence)
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Enjoy yourselves during this holliday time
And a bit naughty ain't no problem to Santa, or his Mrs...
Merry Christmas
:thumb147754541: Merry Christmas by Strooitje happy xmas 2008 by Joysuke Xmas '09 by drcloud
:thumb72511520: :thumb147804256:

Mature Content

:.Under the Mistletoe.: by Sayda

Unwrap your presents - Xmas 08 by sygnin Santa Leily :Merry Xmas: by BlossomPPG Naughty Or Nice by Codax Outback xmas turkey by Loopydave

Feel free to add your own naughty Xmas wishes or Art
Over the years i learned to draw in the mangastyle, but i use my own style too...
Here are some examples...
By the way, i'm having a contest for the 10.000 pageviewer.
I will make you an illustration of what you want !
So be sure to visit...
Red Mrs Claus by Strooitje Halloween Witch by Strooitje Warrior Woman 1 by Strooitje Gangsta Princess Color by Strooitje
Lady of Versailles by Strooitje Sister Mary by Strooitje Pirate Babe by Strooitje

Mature Content

Liberty by Strooitje

Mature Content

Submissive Artist by Strooitje

So click to my deviant page ...
strooitje.deviantart.com/
Hello friends, followers of my art, passing browsers...

I'm near 10.000 page views. To celibrate i will make a portrait, illustration, ANYTHING on paper, YOU WANT IF...
you can show me that you are the one causing me to go over the 10.000th view...
Go to my page at strooitje.deviantart.com/ and
take a printscreen, mail it to me at strooitje@hotmail.com
Closest call wins, so even if you're 10.054, mail...

May the fastest WIN !!!
These are some samples of what i can make for you :
Springtime by Strooitje

Mature Content

Down by Strooitje
RAGE by Strooitje Lucifer by Strooitje
Fien and Friend by Strooitje

Mature Content

2500 Pageviews by Strooitje
Michelles mum by Strooitje Cowgirl on a porch by Strooitje
Hey people, fans, friends,

Maybe you can find the time to vote ?

My entries :
4.   Bijou2626 by Strooitje Bijou2626
10. Foudroyant PPA Contest by Strooitje Foudroyant
40. Lucifer by Strooitje BfME2

Or decide for yourself who's the best...
portraitpencilart.deviantart.c…
You can only vote once.
Voting will end 9 March 2008.

Thanks for all the support
Strooitje AKA Joeri

:iconportraitpencilart:
We managed to get 60 fabulous entries for this contest! Really, I'm quite amazed at the work and interest people have shown in this.  Now onto the voting.

VOTING:
Vote for 1st, 2nd and 3rd preferences.
Vote via a note titled "Contest vote" or commenting to this journal entry.
You cannot vote for yourself. You can only vote once.
Voting will end 9 March 2008.

Example vote:
1st: 74
2nd: 80
3rd: 66

Thanks
Strooitje AKA Joeri