Erik De GraafÂ is a Dutch art director who started doing his own strips as an antidote for client-driven, deadline-littered jobs. Â The subject of his first comics, which were published in 2003 and 2004, were his memories of his youth. Â They excelled through Erik’s style, which takes the ligne claire to the max, and infuses it with elements from commercial art and children’s books. Â The illustration above was lifted from these stories.
Recently, Erik has been working in a new project, called Scherven (Splinters). Â Although this story will be based on his family history as well, and the experiences of his family members in the Second World War, it will be a fictionalised account. Â This will allow Erik to broaden the themes of his story, and maintain a broader perspective. Â Â Judging from the illustrations below, which set the mood for the book, it’s going to be another great work. Â I can’t wait to see it.
For the moment, none of Erik’s works have been translated into English, save for a short story in the Drawn & Quarterly Showcase #2.