Menze, let’s start from the end, what are your latest projects?
Well, I’ve done a lot of non-motorcycle projects lately. I did a few massive Christmas billboard designs for a mall in Switzerland. And I did some live illustrations for a campaign by Samsung. Other than that I am always busy with smaller motorcycle projects; shirt-designs, posters. etc.
How has your career evolved in the last years?
I started out as more or less a general purpose illustrator. And now, since a few years I really focused on motorcycle and related art. Not that I chose this, I always drew bikes, just never for money, haha.
Are you a biker? How did your passion for Two Wheels started?
Always had that bug, started on mopeds, moved to a motorcycle when I was 18 and stuck with it ever since. Now I ride a 1989 BMW R80GS in completele original condition.
Why Motorcycles are so inspiring?
Because they look cool. No deeper meaning regarding freedom or whatever, just cool. And they are a part of a whole life/art stlye that I really like.
Talk me about your technique.
Well, first I sketch the design. Then I take the sketch and sketch it again. And I keep doing this until I have a design I am happy with. Then I put the sketch on my light pad and draw with my brush pen.
After the inking is done I will scan the image and add color.
The motorcyclist scene is very stimulating, talk me about a collaboration or a project you particularly loved.
I loved doing the work for some local bike stores. I did the logo for the Rusty Gold Motorshop in Amsterdam. And he keeps putting it on all kinds of merchandise, so that’s cool. And there is a shop in Bruges; Hermanus. For him I do a lot of different work and he let’s me do my own thing, so that’s always good.
Nothing planned yet. The beauty of my job is not knowing what your next project is going to be. It just depends on who approaches me first and what he/she wants.
…what will you draw tomorrow?
I already did some drawing, and I drew a logo sketch and a bald eagle!