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Grafixx EXTD. #6 © Illustratie: Charlotte Dumortier | Ontwerp: Louis Reith Illustratie: Charlotte Dumortier Ontwerp: Louis Reith

On 22 May, we sat down for the sixth EXTD. with three fascinating lectures straight from artistic practice. Art director Tim Oeyen (HUMO) talks about what goes on behind the scenes of a magazine. Illustrators Charlotte Dumortier and Trui Chielens explain which pitfalls they would rather have avoided when starting their careers. Finally, Sebastiaan Van Doninck goes over his rich experiences with the field, and looks to the future.

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Charlotte Dumortier

Charlotte Dumortier ‘s drawings are full of crazy characters, and have already graced newspapers, biscuit boxes and children’s books in Belgium, Germany and the US. She likes to experiment with riso and screen printing, and organises festivals and exhibitions. Last year, she locked herself away for a few months to illustrate The very best children’s cookbook by chef Lizzie Mabbott, which is just out in Dutch and English.

Sebastiaan Van Doninck

Sebastiaan Van Doninck grew up in a foster family in Gierle, on his parents’ farm. He worked on numerous illustrated picture books that were translated into more than 26 countries and won him the Boon public award, among others. In recent years, he has been using autonomous practice more as a breeding ground for paintings, drawings, graphics and ceramics. He recently published Morris, a collaboration with Bart Moeyaert.

Trui Chielens

Trui Chielens graduated with a series of pencil drawings to Josse De Pauw’s theatre text Zetelkat. She publishes children’s books with publishers Querido, De Eenhoorn and Lannoo, illustrates cultural campaigns, and makes work for theatre houses, newspapers and magazines such as De Standaard, De Tijd, Feeling and Knack. Her melancholic illustrations hover between poetic dream and reality, with the figure as the benchmark.

Tim Oeyen

Tim Oeyen has been working as an art director for various magazines in the media landscape for 20 years. Every week, for instance, he puts together a cover for HUMO and supervises the photography and illustrations for the articles. He also works as a graphic designer with the design duo Oeyen and Winters, which produces work with a strong conceptual slant for very diverse clients, focusing on typography, colour and graphic elements.