Pictoplasma Berlin 2011


This was the second time I went to the  ‘Pictoplasma‘ festival in Berlin and it was once again a great trip! It’s a 4 day festival filled with exhibitions, lectures, screenings, parties & performances; and it’s all about characters and art. It’s a pretty dense programme that really gets you high on inspiration. But before I put all that inspiration to good use, I quickly want to share few things that stood out for me there:

 At one of the screenings we saw ‘The External World’, a really bizar & awesome movie. It’s made by David OReilly, who told us that he found the script in a trash-bin and later on outsourced all the creative thinking to China… that explains a lot :]

 The Lecture of Ryan Quincy; animation director of Southpark, was great. He really got our attention by doing his whole lecture in a  monster-suit. He also showed us a new series he is working on, it really looked promising!

 I attended Matt Jones workshop who guided us through the process of making resin toys. We got some hands on experience and now I’m now ready to cast my own!

 The last lecture at the festival was from Keita Takahashi; the creator of the  Katamari games. At the end of the lecture he told us that  he switched careers from being game director at Namco to becoming a freelance artist. He did so to be able to do exactly what he liked. -That really got my attention, since that was roughly what I did last year. I was also able to finally shake hands with him, after I missed him before at the Dutch Game Award Show. There he presented the awards; and one of them went to Fairytale Fights. He told me that he remembered the game, so that was cool to hear!


Well, that covers one side of the story. The other thing that I really enjoyed was being there with a couple of fellow dutch comic artists. We spend most of our days there together and during that time we also made a few comics, just for fun. We did this during lunch, dinner and the subway- and train rides. So it all came out a bit rough and shaky :]

The basic idea was that someone would draw a few lines on a paper (picture frames), so we would have an empty comic page. Then each of us would  draw a picture at  a random location on the page. The challenge was connect the pictures and make a working story out of it. It was really fun to do and surprisingly, some stories actually made some sense in a weird way.

 Here are two examples of what we made that week:


The comic art was done by Yasmin Sheikh, Maaike Hartjes, Robert Pieschel, Edith Kuyvenhoven and myself. Also, Yasmin and Maaike both made a cool diary-comic from this trip, that you can soon find at their blogs. So if you like to know more about this trip, you can best go there.

Now I feel like doing some good with all that inspiration I got!

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6 Responses to “Pictoplasma Berlin 2011”

  1. janko

    Pictoplasma lijkt me super. Ben benieuwd wat je nieuwe inspiratie gaat brengen.

  2. Robin

    Pictoplasma IS Super :] En de inspiratie vloeit nu voornamelijk terug in mn huidige stripproject…en in nog 10 andere dingen :D

  3. Jeremy

    Wow epic stuff! I remember meeting you at Game in the City, I often check on your website and glad to see you’re still working hard.. You’re art is a true inspiration source and hope you keep on going! I just noticed we’re wearing the same shoes, epic stuff.

    Keep it up man!!

  4. Robin

    Thanks Jeremy!

    Ah, and the shoes are the secret; so you should do fine then :]

    (ps. I like the game you made where you can adjust the functionallity of the objects; CustoMasation. It’s really fun to play :])

  5. Jeremy

    Thanks Robin! It was for my pre-exams, sorry about the annoying music it’s not completely finished hehe! A question, if you have some time to spare could you review some of my new portfolio? I’m going to apply for a job soon and want to know what changes I should perhaps make.. Would be very grateful! My e-mail is woons@live.nl. A big thanks in advance! :)

  6. Robin

    Sure, I’ll send you a mail : )