journalist pass and stumbled upon mister Lee there and we stood there taking photos together,
after a while i sat in front of the stage and was able to take a photo of him and Jean Luc who helped us since we got there.
I think i had the best time of my life, i sold so many prints, i made lots of money there, met such fine and kind people, i was given a hotel room for free, car rides, i was so happy.
After this festival i wanted to try once more. So i searched for other important Festivals in Europe, and managed to get accepted at Castlefest, again i met Omnia and Faun and myfriend Kaat Geevers, this time i slept in a Squat in Belgium because i could not stay at Tillian`s once again, , quite and experience, , and i experienced the best and the worst situations i ever had. Airfrance lost my luggage, i spent more than 50 euros calling from a public phone to find out where my luggage was , one of the kids that lived there at the Squat was very depressed, he has serious personal issues, we had the chance to talk, he looked for me to talk to somebody, i noticed he was way too depresed, we talk for hours and he cried a lot, this kid was really in pain emotionally, i wish i could have done more but i had to leave to the festival next day, that was the last time i saw him... My cousin who was in Paris came to meet me and help me with my things and enjoy the festival aswell. We traveled with some of the paintings i exhibited at Trolls et Legendes, those re pretty heavy and uncomfortable to carry and pack, it was real hell, but we also had a great time, a friend i made on Messenger, Nicklas, came all the way from Denmark by Bus! to meet me and hang out at the festival. My cousin and i had to sleep in a Hotel nearby where Omnia was spending the nights, they gave us a ride to the hotel in the Omnia Van hehe, thanks Steve and Jenny! a guy named Fero at the reception was too curious about us and the festival, and knowing we could not afford staying at the hotel for the next four days he offered help.
He was insanely kind and this was the deal: He worked at night at the hotel, so he would pick us up from the festival at 10pm, and we woudl drive him to the hotel and take the car and drive to his appartment ( some 40 minutes drive? and sleep there, at 6 pm we would drive back, he would take us to the festival and he would drive home to sleep during the day. AMAZING! we owe him half our lives.
I met more crazy and fabulous people who are still in touched by email, facbook or messenger. Hanged out with Faun members once again and they invited me to go meet them in Germany for Burgfolk Festival a few days ahead and show my art there once again. But before going to Germany we decided to go to Amsterdam and stood there for two weeks at Bob´s Youth Hostel, i sat on cafés and parks to make quick portraits and helped ourselves stay longer. This kid i talked to at the squat commited suicide while I was in Amsterdam, i made a portrait of him a few days before i went to Castlefest, i got this email from Tillian asking me to call him right away, I was so so sad, this was terrible, and it seems i was one of the last persons he talked to and i felt bad i could not do more, i tried to convince him there was more to life than what he believed, that all this pain, if he could hold on longer it would eventually pass, that there were many things in life more important and with so much more meaning than a girl who did not love him. He used to drink too much, this kid was ill, emotionally ill, so young, only 17! In complete denial he was about life, i as so worried when i left, the look in his eyes was something i will never forget, completely blanl, lost, but also so desperate... When i went back to Leuven i went to his funeral with the rest of the kids, the family put the drawing i made of him on the top of his coffin, i cried and hugged people i never met before, his siter came to talk to me and ask me what was the last things he said to me. she hugged me, his mom, his dad, i did not know this people, but we cried bitterly...i was torn to pieces.
My cousin said goodbye the next day i think. I traveled by myself to Germany, and helped Faun at their merch stall, it was great talking with each one of them, and help sell T-shirts, stickers and albums and show my art. I met Melly there: i made a portrait of her:
I met her first through Myspace. And later that night i walked with Faun members back to their hotel and Oliver kept on apologizing for not reserving a room for me at their hotel, so so sweet! In a way i´m glad he didn´t it´s a secret. But Bianca ( another friend ) another guy from Faun Forums and Niel from Faun and myself spent the night drinking beer at the hotel lobby, talking about music, Nine Inch Nails and we had this amazing energetic conversation with each other until it was 5 am when i walked back to my hotel absolutely drunk and laughin histerically.
This is Niel:
I went back to Belgium, packed my things after one Month in Europe and returned home with this crazy idea of moving to Europe ( Fail ). It has taken a while to get used to live here after all the things i experienced and saw there, i love my country but i have this feeling always of returning everytime i see possible. I felt at home. I found my clan. I feel out of place here.
This led me to want to make my own music and my own clans right here, so i started experimenting with music here at home, i used to play the recorder and so i kept on working on it. Got good at it after a few months.
I´m also taking singing lessons and my project is called Istalindar. We had some small concerts but as things in life, it dissolved for personal reasons. Still hopefull i will be able to keep with it and release my own music one day.
And well, i managed to get into a few small local festivals over here but never was able to make as much money as i made in Europe, the investment is too high for me to recover it at these events. People over here really enjoy my art, i´m grateful for it, but unfortunately, i´m trying to live from this, because this takes time and patience and working materials and research, i wish i could just give away my art but not in this life. I´m looking for opportunities to illustrate books, make cards, or covers, or anything really, because i do love doing this, i get commissions regularly so i´m open to new projects and ideas, even collaborative work, if you need anything, just ask and i will give you more info about how i work.
Art is developing well, and i´m learning new techiniques and will keep on adding more samples here as the time goes by. I have a few goals for this year, i will tell you later.
I have new manips ( not so new at Deviant Art ):