twikga work in progress

Here you will find stories about the making-of my illustrations, the websites and the twikga books. The corona pandemic has been going on for more than a year now. A good time to go through our archives. But like a lot of people we are starting to loose our patience. We are looking forward to travel again. To photograph wildlife in faraway places, to travel to friends and family, go to events, visit museums, to feel free again, instead of locked up…

Work in progress on Phanhabs Jungle book

Work in progress on Phanhabs Jungle book

We have just returned from a trip to Tanzania and Rwanda, watching primates. The hikes were sometimes long and itchy, because of the vegetation, but we took some amazing pictures of jungle landscapes with chimpanzees, gorillas, and a lot of other animals. It will be a lot harder to fill the pages of this Phanhabs book, because the jungle hides it's inhabitants well. The tracks and the sounds...

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Tata&Squack op werkbezoek in Amsterdam

Tata&Squack op werkbezoek in Amsterdam

Het nieuwe avontuur van Tata&Squack komt tot leven aan de grachten van Amsterdam. Na ons inspirerende werkbezoek aan het Samburu National Reserve in Kenia bekend om haar olifanten families, hebben wij ons teruggetrokken om het materiaal ieder op zijn eigen vakgebied te verwerken. In Amsterdam wordt de verhaallijn bedacht en in Hamburg worden de collages ontwikkelt voor de illustraties. Alleen...

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Where do you get your pictures from?

Where do you get your pictures from?

When people look at my books, they ask me: "Where do you get your pictures, from the internet?" They are surprised to hear that my husband and I take all the pictures ourselves. For my illustrations, I need pictures of animals in all kinds of positions. You couldn't buy a picture of an elephant walking away, in bad light, from a stock agency. Normally wildlife photographers do not take that kind...

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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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Winterzeit ist Bücherzeit

Winterzeit ist Bücherzeit

Winterzeit, die Tage sind kurz, draussen ist es dunkel und kalt. Der Garten lockt nicht mit seinen sommerlichen Temperaturen. Nur Duvel kriegt mich vor die Tür für einen Hundespaziergang, wonach ich gerne wieder ins wohlige Warm verschwinde. Dort pendle ich zwischen meinem Schreibtisch, der Kaffeemaschine und dem Küchentisch, wo immer eine Zeitung liegt für die kleinen Pausen zwischendurch. Die...

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The making of a new Tata&Squack-Adventure

The making of a new Tata&Squack-Adventure

The next adventure of Tata&Squack will evolve around one of the most special animals on our planet, Africa's largest land mammal, the elephant. A wild animal that has been in Africa for a very long time, much longer than man has. Known for their social behavior and intelligence, the elephants live a family life. We worked on the new story in the Samburu National Reserve, where we observed and...

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Preparing to visit the elephants in Samburu, Kenya

Preparing to visit the elephants in Samburu, Kenya

At the end of September I will be joining the Dekkers to the Samburu National Park in Kenya Africa, where we will research a new adventure of Tata&Squack. I will at last meet the plant, animal and bird life of a part of Africa which is especially known for it's elephant population. The Samburu elephants have been researched by Ian Douglas-Hamilton and his team of "Save the Elephants" for a long...

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The making of Moyo, the wildebeest named heart

The making of Moyo, the wildebeest named heart

The illustrations in Tata&Squack, The BIg Journey are a mix of photographs, drawings and collages. The photographs for the illustrations were taken in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and in the Masai Mara in Kenya. A lot of the wildebeest, especially Moyo, are ink drawings. To set him apart a bit, Moyo is slightly bigger and sturdier than the average wildebeest. I had a hard time with...

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The making of Tata

The making of Tata

In early 2008 we started to develop the story of Tata&Squack - The Big Journey and the characters in word and in design. Questions had to be answered: what would we like her to wear, which colors, what kind of body-lanquage do we want her to display in the illustrations. This development process I loved tremendously; the creation of something new. It took more than a few brainstorms to...

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Meet the adventurous captain Squack

Meet the adventurous captain Squack

Squack is more than a little chubby creature on a key chain. In the book Tata&Squack the Big Journey, he becomes Tata's friend. Tata's parents are researchers, who studied the migration of the Wildebeest in the Serengeti. When their assignment is over and they fly back home Tata is sad. The flight attendant passes by with a basket full of toys. She picks Squack. Suddenly out of a magic swirl...

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

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