Friday, June 12, 2015

de Bokkerijder

The first time I heard of the legend of the bokkerijders (Buckriders) I was 9 or 10 and I read about them in a comic book called Suske and Wiske. (yah Dutch so I don't a lot of readers will know about it). Anyway Buckriders are thiefs they made a pact with the devil and they rode on flying goats through the sky. (read about it here)

A few years later an attraction in the Efteling was based on this legend (see here),

In Zuid Limburg (the most southern part of the Netherlands, the part that sticks out between Belgium and Germany) are some monuments to rembember the people that were believed to be Bokkerijders and  were executed ( a lot like witch hunts),  There is some more info here, sorry in Dutch but maybe Google translate can help out if you are interested.

Sooo I asked Rick if he could draw a Bokkerijder and he did. I think it turned out awesome and has some nice Dutch style houses, which look inspired by Anton Pieck (he designed the Efteling and has some awesome darker images), so I tried to colour it in the style Anton Pieck would do, I love his drawings of night time scenes, I love the colours he uses to ge a bit gloomy athmosphere in his work.

Sorry for the long story, thought to explain a bit bout this image and the why I used the colours I used :-)

The background is made using the Gelliplate the paint used is Americana Acrylic paint by Deco Art (colours used:True blue, Red Alert, Titanium White, Lavender and Lilac)  The quote is written using Glass Paint markers in White and Black). The image is called "de Bokkerijder"and can be found here, also check out the awesome new skulls in Zibbehere and here  , If you are looking for a fathersday image, the new "Blokes"images are perfect

here a closer look at the image, it's coloured using Faber Castell Polychromos


  1. Love it. Very interesting image and colouring. Great job. Thank you for joining us at Forever dark this month. Hope to see your art work her again soon. Judy DT

  2. That image is certainly something you see and you remember. Thank you for sharing the story behind it. Fabulous colouring and gorgeous backround. Thank you for joining Dream in Darkness second challenge, still time to play more with us.

  3. Wonderful page, thank you for sharing the story behind it. Thanks for joining us at LOC this week.

  4. Monique, this is beyond fabulous!! I love the sentiment if only I could live that way! Love the story behind the image and everything about it!! Thanks for playing with us at Dream in Darkness this month! ~Nan, CT~ hugsxx

  5. This is FANTASTIC!!! Great artwork! And thanks for explaining the history behind it.

  6. So haunting and I apprecite you taking time to explain the history :)
    Brilliant coloring and fascinating composition. Love all the details. Thanks so much for playing at Dream in Darkness!~CT kim