Jan creating digital paintings and sketches of all kinds of things!

My name is Jan. I am from the Western Cape, South Africa. I am an ex-architect and I also do 3D visualizations of buildings, interiors, etc. on computer.
For a long time I searched and experimented doing paintings and digital sketches. I photograph people, places and other stuff and then create or paint or sketch from the photographs with a G-pen on a Genius tablet. And I make use of all kinds of software, plugins, processes, etc.
God loved me first and I love Him and I love Jesus!


34 responses to “About

  1. Dear Jan,

    I love this page. But you say so little on the About page – is this ridiculous female modesty? I’d love to know more about who and where you are, what your artistic history is, and, most particularly, how the sketching process works: do you transfer the images – or create them on a computer?

    • Hi Kate,

      Thank you for looking at my stuff!
      Other people also complained about my About page and you got me to do something! Now have a look. They are digital sketches created on a computer.

      Have a great week,

  2. Hi Jan,
    I like your work as well! The feeling you’re able to get across not just with the photos themselves but the way you craft them is quite amazing.
    I’m always looking for new links to put on my blog, do you mind if I put a link to your blog on mine?

    • Hi Kelly,
      Thank you for your very kind comments!
      You are welcome to put a link up. I am honored!
      I’ve got your blog on my blog roll as well if you don’t mind.

  3. thank you, Jan, for visiting my photoblog. i think your sketches are beautiful and unique. best wishes with them and your fundraiser. cheers!

  4. Thanks for your comment on my blog.

    You are a very skillfull artist, I really like your work! I wish you good luck!

  5. Hi Jan, Your work is beautiful and I like that it has a message. I am very interested in understanding the process of digital sketching. Is it over the photo or how does it work? Good luck on your fundraising efforts.

    • Hi Peggy, Thank you for your very kind comments! No I do not work over the photograph it is in actual fact digital sketching in several processes the one after the other. All the best to you!

  6. lovely to know you. thank you for your continual support of my writings. I have a friend who is going to South Africa for the summer. seems like a great place to visit. beautiful sketches capturing people ๐Ÿ™‚ blessings!

    • Thank you for your kind words about my sketches. I support your writings because there is always something new and inspiring.
      I hope your friend enjoy the time in South Africa.
      May God bless you!

  7. Hi Jan,
    Fascinating, and wonderful expressions of beauty in a different way. It’s a God given-gift to be able to isolate the glimpse of beauty within a scene or a passing moment. Keep blessing us!
    P.S – the story you commented on took place at Marina Beach on theSouth Coast.

    • Hi Jerry,
      Thank you for your very kind comments! And thank you for being a beacon of light for our Great God!!
      In 1971 me, my wife and son camped at Marina Beach in a caravan. I still remember the boat that took us to and from the beach!
      God Bless You!

  8. What a worthy cause and how incredible this digital art is. I really like the “look” you are achieving!

  9. Hi Jan –

    Thanks for your kind words on my blog. I’ve never seen art in this form…very cool! You’re blessed to have found a creative outlet that also serves to help people! I’m adding you to my blogroll…I’ll start a new category…”Creativity”!

    Africa is at the top of my list of places to go…Have a wonderful weekend!


    • Hi Sherry,
      Thank you for your kind comment and looking at my stuff!!
      You are such an inspiration travelling all over the world and doing all kinds of things, that
      I am putting you on my blogroll as well.
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  10. Hi Jan,
    I have been to the Cape and it is so very beautiful, with contrasts of everything – from light to colour to social and political textures… your work is fascinating!

  11. emmaustrekker

    Thank you Jan for visiting my site. I am happy to see your love for God in Jesus Christ is also evident in your caring for the marginalized. May you continue to take His Gospel to them that they may have life and have it abundantly. God be with you always.


  12. Wow!
    I really like your works!
    I was born in the cape and lived in Durbanville for quite a while… Now I live on the South Coast in KwaZulu-Natal…
    I miss the Cape terribly!

    • Dankie vir jou vriendelike kommentaar! Ek is weer oorspronklik van Pretoria en is nou so 13 jaar in die Kaap. Eers Stellenbosch en toe Strand.
      Ek is weer in Durban gebore.

  13. These are such extraordinary images. I didn’t know there was such a thing as digital sketches – now I do!

    I found your blog via Kathy of UP’s blog. Like you, I also live in Cape Town. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Hi Jan,
    Thank you for visiting my site. I enjoy your sketches, love the style of your people portraits! Is that really all done on the computer? They are very poetic.

    • Hi,
      Thank you for your kind comments! And yes everything is digital.
      I used to sketch with pencil on paper, but not anymore.
      Everything of the best!

  15. Wow! So glad you commented on my blog because it meant that I worked my way to your’s. Your sketches are incredible. I love them! It’s a very inspiring set of pictures.

  16. Hello Jan, I think your sketches are gorgeous! They do evoke a feeling within me when I see them. That’s the mark of excellence when that happens! I have never seen pictures of Dubai and yours show the culture so well. Since you follow me on my blog, I would like to follow you also and put your link on my blog. I hope you don’t mind. And I agree with the others that it’s great you’ve described how you create your art.
    Best Regards,

    • Hello Lorrie, Thank you for looking at my stuff and your very kind comments! And
      thanks for the follow and putting me on your blogroll. I am adding you as well.
      Dubai is something to see and experience, but very hot and humid!
      All the best to you,

  17. Hi
    i’m author of stars of india.hope u remember me….I’ve started a new blog…

    do visit my blog i want ur comments and ideas……


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