Below you can find several of the bigger projects on which I had the pleasure to work during the last years.
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For 32 months the Dutch magazine Roots featured a section on Raptors and Owls. The writings of bird expert and Roots-editor Paul Böhre together with my illustrations and infographics offered the readers an inside into the life and habits of the birds. Over a periode of two years I worked on putting everything together as a book. It counts 256 pages and describes the 21 birds of prey and 10 owl species of Northwest Europe. The book also features new illustrations, additional information and tips for in the field. The book is available in Dutch and in German.
Publishers : Roots | Fontaine Uitgevers
256 pages | flexibind | ISBN 978 90 5956 724 5
German edition : Kosmos | EAN: 9783440159323
French edition : Editions Artemis | EAN: 9782816012446
WASIT WETLAND CENTRE
The WASIT WETLAND CENTRE is a natural reserve in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). It has a very diverse ecosystem, which comprises coastal sand dunes and salt flats, linking ponds and a large, open lake. The reserve also contains many lagoons. This gives a home to many bird species. Including numerous migrating and rare birds. The centre aims to educate people on this diversity and it offers its facilities to the public and researchers. It contains eight bird hides, each providing detailed information and sign-boards about the birds that frequent the area, while binoculars and golf carts are available to take visitors through the wetlands and to the bird hides.
This is one of the bigger projects I have worked on as an illustrator. I made identification drawings, silhouettes and distribution maps of over 75 bird species. These are used all over the reserve on the information panels, in the bird hides and as decorative elements on the buildings. There are also several vector drawings for child-friendly educational installations.
The layout and design of the final panels was done by Sophy Cave and Abjad Design.
The centre won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2019.
Here’s a selection of the illustrations and some pictures of the final displays.
AL HEFAIYAH MOUNTAIN CONSERVATION CENTRE
Located at the base of the Hajar Mountains outside of Kalba, Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre celebrates
the rich biodiversity of the region’s mountain habitats. Through conservation initiatives and community education,
the Centre is committed to protect both the delicate landscape and its vulnerable wildlife for future generations.
With Landscape enclosures and many displays, Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre draws visitors close to
the flora and fauna of the mountains, and highlights the strong connections between the animals and landscape and regional creativity and culture. The Centre is home to 30 species, many of them on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Endangered species include the Arabian leopard, Arabian wolf, striped hyena and the Arabian tahr.
They where kept and bred at the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife in Sharjah who’s efforts in the protection of Arabian wildlife are indispensable.
All the identification drawings and silhouettes featured on the information panels across the centre have been produced by Joris De Raedt. The layout, pictograms and design where done by Sophy Cave and Abjad Design.
KHOR KALBA MANGROVE CENTRE
The visitor centre informs the public on the richness of this protected mangrove area. It is an important (breeding)site for many species of birds and marine life. In fact the biodiversity in this reserve is one of the highest of the country. The mangrove forrest even has its own subspecies of Collared Kingfisher. The endangered Todiramphus chloris kalbaensis is only breeding in this Ramsar protected area on the border with Oman. There are only about 140 of them. For many juvenile sea turtles and sharks the estuary is a safe haven as well, rich in nutrients and more protected than the open waters. Making illustrations and silhouettes of about 70 species that live in the area. They are used on the information panels in and around the centre. You can have a virtual tour in this video by Khaleej Times.
KALBA BIRD OF PREY CENTRE
Right after graduation I was commissioned to deliver all illustrations, distribution maps and graphics needed for a new raptor visitor centre in Sharjah, UEA. The Kalba Bird of Prey Centre in Kalba is a dynamic and engaging facility in which visitors can see and experience the power of birds of prey in the Arabian Peninsula during live demonstration and displays.