Philip Hopman’s drawings are, in his own words, intended to make you feel like you could get lost in them. His work is bright and vibrant and often full of hilarious details.
Hopman initially wanted to become a fashion designer, but soon realised he was more adept at wielding paintbrushes than a needle. He illustrated his first children’s book back in 1988, and has done so for around 200 books since, including the ‘Jubelientje’ series by Hans Hagen, the ‘Farmer Boris’ series by Ted van Lieshout, and Abeltje (also known as The Flying Liftboy in English) by Annie M.G. Schmidt.
The Children’s Book Museum is currently presenting Philip Hopman – In the picture, an exhibition featuring a wide selection of Philip’s best drawings, from those he did for his first book, Een reuze heksentoer, to those from the book he wrote and then did the illustrations for himself, Givenchy.
Please note that this exhibition is not offered in English – however, knowledge of Dutch is not required for you to enjoy it.