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Getting my fingers dirty again

Getting my fingers dirty again

Finally, after 5 years I have my own creative workspace again. Moving countries, building a house, getting settled took time and crowded my head. Maybe the lockdown gave me the peace of mind to unpack the boxes which were still in our cellar. I still do not have the peace of mind or inspiration to create really new things, but for now it is great to just get my fingers dirty again. It was great...

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twikga is on the move again!

twikga is on the move again!

In 2016 the twikga publishing company was closed down and we thanked our fans for supporting us. In 2017 we moved from Hamburg back to Holland. In took some time to build and get settled into our new house. I used the corona lockdown to go through my archives, to evaluate where we stand and to redesign our websites. The twikga name now stands for the illustrations of Tanja Dekker and the...

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Creating Duvel and the 3irds

Creating Duvel and the 3irds

The corona lockdown gave me the chance to go through my archives and look back on what I have created during the last 10 years. I realized that I have been making phantasy birds for a long time. Birds are everywhere. You see them in your backyard, they wake you on an early spring morning. That makes them easy to study. They are great to create and tell stories with. The first time I created a...

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Elephants on the drawing board

Elephants on the drawing board

This story goes back to 2013. The making of the last twikga book, Tata & Squack - Mission Elephant. Only recently I went through my old sketchbooks and decided to add some of the pages to this post. For more sketchbook galleries have a look under the tag Sketchbook... The making of the next Tata&Squack was in full progress. The pictures we took during our visit to Samburu, Kenya in 2012...

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Kreativer Abschied

Kreativer Abschied

Abschied von Irene. Es fällt mir schwer. Nach mehr als 10 Jahren trennen sich unsere Wege. Ich kam in 2004 zu Irene zur Mappenvorbereitung für mein Studium an der Bildkunst Akademie. Nach meinem Studium war sie mein Creatives Gewissen bei dem Entstehen der Bücher. Später habe ich bei Ihr an meinen Collagen gearbeitet. Viele Montage habe ich zusammen mit verschiedenen creatieven Mitstreitern in...

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The making of Phanhabs Savanna’s change of seasons

The making of Phanhabs Savanna’s change of seasons

The illustrations in my books are a mix of photographs, drawings and collages. The picture of the elephants on the left was taken by us in the Masai Mara on one of our safaris. I used it to illustrate the change of seasons in the savanna, where thunderclouds building up announce the rainy season. For the illustration I changed the background of the picture and the light on the elephants became...

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Wild Picha, more than the photos behind twikga illustrations

Wild Picha, more than the photos behind twikga illustrations

We started taking pictures, when we made a trip around the world in 1992. Since then African wildlife has been the focus of our photography. What started as a means to share our stories with the people back home has become a profession for Tanja. She uses our photos to create illustrations for her children's books. In 2010, she started her own publishing company, twikga. We were lucky to travel...

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Arbeiten in (künstlicher) Stille

Arbeiten in (künstlicher) Stille

Jeder arbeitet anders. Bei manchen geht es nur mit lauter Musik, ich kann mich nur bei absoluter Stille konzentrieren. Gerade versuche ich fotografische Wimmelbilder für meine neues Buch zu bauen. Aber leider ist die Stille, die ich dafür brauche im Moment weit zu Suchen. Meine Nachbarn haben mir eine Baustelle vor die Nase gesetzt. Ungefähr 10 Meter von meinem Arbeitsplatz entfernt wird von...

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Have a look at Wild Picha Stories…

The stories of Willem & Tanja Dekker Photography, far away and close to home. Books, awards, events and other stories…

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