It started with drawings
About 1970 I made the first drawing in my spare time (with a crown pen), a butterfly inspired by Jugendstil.
In addition to various absurdist drawings, which I still have to scan, I soon made two postcards for an association for muscle diseases in Paris. The top one was clearly based on the shown butterfly.
At the Dutch (Central) Institute for Brain Research, where I worked for 10 years minus 1 month, theses were written, for which I was sometimes allowed to design the cover. The first one for Wil Honnebier has always been the best, I think. Aubray Beardsley and Melle might agree with the leaves under the womb.
And the right one is of Jan Dogterom (the ‘Wadden Sea bird’, who carried out measurements with radioactivity, originally from Utrecht and who had 3 promotores) designed in the period that the Dutch Central Institute for Brain Research had to surrender the C between its closure and restart in the early 1970s (see enlarged insert).
Of course I also obtained my PhD (in 1976) and designed my own cover
I was also allowed to draw the cover for the book that I edited with Margot Chamalaun based on a previously published series of articles in the magazine ‘Intermediair’. I also then developed a signature for cartoons in a science magazine ‘progress in neurosciences’.
like these three
Here are two examples of conference covers I was asked to design: the right one for a conference at the Brain Institute itself, the lower one for a neurophysiological conference in Geneva with research on multiple animal species, if I remember correctly. It was in 1978.
next drawings (book covers)
For another conference I had to make two covers, because I initially thought that the investigated animal was a mole, because research concerned ‘the third eye’ (the pineal gland), but it turned out to be a guinea pig.
I also made an etching of the second one (with the guinea pig)
Rather funny is this drawing for Michael Corner, which has been used a few decades after I made it in his last manuscript which he finished the week before he died in 2016. It depicts that when you transplant the skin from the back to the front of a frog at a certain larval stage, when you touch the abdominal skin, the adult frog thinks it is his back that he feels.