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Fabrica Grafica - Jan Van Der Veken

One of the most distinctive and sought-after illustrators from the motherland of comics: Belgium.

Jan Van Der Veken is one of the most distinctive and sought-after illustrators from the motherland of comics: Belgium. Influenced by Hergé’s iconic atom style, art deco, and classic modernism, his personal technique bridges the gap between contemporary design and timeless mastery.

In Fabrica Grafica Van Der Veken explores a variety of very current, often controversial themes including sensory overload in our digital age, industrial espionage, and reaching the end of the career ladder. His seemingly simple style helps him to disarm such topics with charm and the wink of an eye without ever making fun of them, trivializing them, or being presumptuous. An essay by respected Belgian illustrator Ever Meulen elucidates the compelling approach of Jan Van Der Veken and other Belgian artists to visual communication.

In Belgium, comics and illustration are as fundamental to country’s cultural identity as fashion, good food, and films are to the French. Illustrator Jan van der Veken has developed a personal technique that melds the “international style”, art deco, and Belgium’s comics tradition into a visual language that is both contemporary and timeless. Even though some of his work might seem simple or even naïve at first glance, it is always thought through to the last detail.

Van der Veken works with a limited color palette and uses lines sparingly. He creates his own typefaces in the style of the 1920s or 1950s. To give structure to the individual visual elements in his work, he often uses an isometric perspective—similar to that used by the best-known designers of the Bauhaus era. Influenced by Hergé’s iconic “atom style” and "ligne claire", Veken’s book covers, posters, and editorial illustrations for international publishing houses and magazines such as The New Yorker have succeeded in capturing the mid twentieth century’s rational yet pioneering spirit. In his work, he bridges the gap between today’s lifestyle, design, and graphics and the timeless look of the masters of Belgian comics and illustration.

Despite the pleasantly anachronistic accents set by work clearly inspired by classical modernism, Van der Veken does not hesitate to explore very current themes including sensory overload in our digital age; brands, patents, and industrial espionage; medical ways to fight heart pain; reaching the end of the career ladder; and attacks on our legal system. The fact that van der Veken is visually anchored in a time after World War II in which many aspects of today’s world were mere dreams of the future, helps him to disarm controversial topics with charm and the wink of an eye without ever seeming to make fun of them, trivialize them, or be presumptuous. Given this achievement, we can all learn a lot from Belgians as masters of visual communication in general and Jan van der Veken in particular—a topic explored in further detail in the book’s introduction by the respected Belgian illustrator Ever Meulen.

The sought-after graphic artist and illustrator Jan van der Veken lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. He is very modest about his own person and prefers to let his images speak for themselves—which they do splendidly. His contract work can, for example, be seen regularly on the cover of the renowned magazine The New Yorker.

“Van Der Veken's line is so sharp that his world is beautifully streamlined. He transports us back to a time when the modern was exciting, everything was aerodynamic, people knew how to dress, and artists knew how to draw. He's a worthy disciple of the great Ever Meulen, and there's no greater compliment in my book.” – Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker

Editors: gestalten
Authors: Jan Van Der Veken
Release date: August 2013
Format: 21 x 26 cm
Features: 128 pages, full color, hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-89955-498-4

Ever Meulen has been an established comic strip artist and illustrator for almost a half-century. In addition to being recognized for distinctive cartoon creations such as Balthasar, the green stone eater, Meulen is primarily known outside of Belgium for his cover illustrations for The New Yorker. He also teaches illustration at Ghent’s St. Lucas School of Visual Arts.

SHIPPING COSTS

SHIPPING WITHIN GERMANY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION:

SHIPPING WITHIN THE US:

SHIPPING WITHIN THE UK:

SHIPPING TO ALL OTHER COUNTRIES:

  • €0.00 for orders above €60.00 EUR (value of goods) placed via our EU online shop
  • €40.00 for orders below €60.00 EUR (value of goods) placed via our EU online shop

Additional customs charges, taxes, and fees may be charged for shipments to countries outside the EU and the US.

 

SHIPMENT TRACKING

Once your order is ready to be shipped, you receive a confirmation email with the delivery details and a tracking link. Please note, that it can take some days before the tracking information is uploaded. You will also be able to track your order when you log into your account.

 

DELIVERY TIMES

Unless otherwise specified, 

  • deliveries within Germany usually take 2–5 working days, 
  • deliveries within the European Union, to Switzerland and Norway usually take 3–7 working days, 
  • deliveries within the UK, usually take 3–7 working days,
  • deliveries within the US usually take 5–10 working days,
  • deliveries to all other countries may take 3–8 weeks

from the date you receive your order confirmation (or, if advance payment  is agreed, from the date payment is instructed).

Please note that we don’t ship on weekends and public holidays and that there will be no deliveries on Sundays and public holidays.

If you have ordered items with different delivery times, we will send the goods in one shipment, unless we have made a different agreement with you. In this case, the delivery time is determined by the item with the longest delivery time that you have ordered.

 

PAYMENT OPTIONS

We accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit card: MasterCard, VISA
  • Paypal
  • Google Pay
  • Apple Pay
  • Shopify Payments
  • SEPA direct debit
  • Sofortüberweisung
  • ideal
  • eps-Überweisung
  • Bancontact

FURTHER DETAILS ON PAYMENT:

The currency used in our EU online shop is Euro (€) and VAT is included in all our prices. The currency used in our UK online shop it is GBP (£) and in our US online shop it is USD ($) and all prices are expressed as exclusive of any VAT or other sales tax payable unless otherwise stated.

All prices and product information on the gestalten online shop are subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

We will only take payment from your credit card, debit card or your Paypal account once your order has been dispatched.

For card purchases we work with an authorized payment agent that helps us to check directly with your bank that the card is valid for purchases. Our payment agent processes your card details in the correct way according to the international security standard PCI DSS, which was developed by the card companies VISA, MasterCard, Diners, American Express and JCB. This means that your card details are processed with a very high level of security. To make card purchases with us as secure as possible all information is sent in encrypted form using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). This means that the information is passed through a secure connection and that your card details cannot be read by external parties.

For further information about Paypal or to create a Paypal account please visit paypal.com.

When paying by SEPA direct debit, you authorize us to collect the invoice amount from the specified account by issuing a corresponding SEPA mandate. You will receive a pre-notification at least 5 days before the date of direct debit collection. Please note that you are required to ensure sufficient funds are in the account on the announced date. 

 

RETURNS

You have a 14-day window to revoke your contract without specifying any reasons. To exercise your right of revocation, please notify us accordingly.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

Please note, that gift cards and downloadable software products are non-returnable.

Upon revocation, we will provide a full refund using the same payment method you utilized. You are responsible for covering the direct costs associated with returning the products, especially any shipping charges incurred. Repayment may be withheld until the products are returned to us. For further details, please refer to the section on Revocation Right.

Jan Van Der Veken is one of the most distinctive and sought-after illustrators from the motherland of comics: Belgium. Influenced by Hergé’s iconic atom style, art deco, and classic modernism, his personal technique bridges the gap between contemporary design and timeless mastery.

In Fabrica Grafica Van Der Veken explores a variety of very current, often controversial themes including sensory overload in our digital age, industrial espionage, and reaching the end of the career ladder. His seemingly simple style helps him to disarm such topics with charm and the wink of an eye without ever making fun of them, trivializing them, or being presumptuous. An essay by respected Belgian illustrator Ever Meulen elucidates the compelling approach of Jan Van Der Veken and other Belgian artists to visual communication.

In Belgium, comics and illustration are as fundamental to country’s cultural identity as fashion, good food, and films are to the French. Illustrator Jan van der Veken has developed a personal technique that melds the “international style”, art deco, and Belgium’s comics tradition into a visual language that is both contemporary and timeless. Even though some of his work might seem simple or even naïve at first glance, it is always thought through to the last detail.

Van der Veken works with a limited color palette and uses lines sparingly. He creates his own typefaces in the style of the 1920s or 1950s. To give structure to the individual visual elements in his work, he often uses an isometric perspective—similar to that used by the best-known designers of the Bauhaus era. Influenced by Hergé’s iconic “atom style” and "ligne claire", Veken’s book covers, posters, and editorial illustrations for international publishing houses and magazines such as The New Yorker have succeeded in capturing the mid twentieth century’s rational yet pioneering spirit. In his work, he bridges the gap between today’s lifestyle, design, and graphics and the timeless look of the masters of Belgian comics and illustration.

Despite the pleasantly anachronistic accents set by work clearly inspired by classical modernism, Van der Veken does not hesitate to explore very current themes including sensory overload in our digital age; brands, patents, and industrial espionage; medical ways to fight heart pain; reaching the end of the career ladder; and attacks on our legal system. The fact that van der Veken is visually anchored in a time after World War II in which many aspects of today’s world were mere dreams of the future, helps him to disarm controversial topics with charm and the wink of an eye without ever seeming to make fun of them, trivialize them, or be presumptuous. Given this achievement, we can all learn a lot from Belgians as masters of visual communication in general and Jan van der Veken in particular—a topic explored in further detail in the book’s introduction by the respected Belgian illustrator Ever Meulen.

The sought-after graphic artist and illustrator Jan van der Veken lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. He is very modest about his own person and prefers to let his images speak for themselves—which they do splendidly. His contract work can, for example, be seen regularly on the cover of the renowned magazine The New Yorker.

“Van Der Veken's line is so sharp that his world is beautifully streamlined. He transports us back to a time when the modern was exciting, everything was aerodynamic, people knew how to dress, and artists knew how to draw. He's a worthy disciple of the great Ever Meulen, and there's no greater compliment in my book.” – Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker

English Gestalten Illustration Visual Culture

Editors gestalten
Authors: Jan Van Der Veken
Release date: August 2013
Format: 21 x 26 cm
Features: 128 pages, full color, hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-89955-498-4

Ever Meulen has been an established comic strip artist and illustrator for almost a half-century. In addition to being recognized for distinctive cartoon creations such as Balthasar, the green stone eater, Meulen is primarily known outside of Belgium for his cover illustrations for The New Yorker. He also teaches illustration at Ghent’s St. Lucas School of Visual Arts.

SHIPPING COSTS

SHIPPING WITHIN GERMANY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION:

SHIPPING WITHIN THE US:

SHIPPING WITHIN THE UK:

SHIPPING TO ALL OTHER COUNTRIES:

  • €0.00 for orders above €60.00 EUR (value of goods) placed via our EU online shop
  • €40.00 for orders below €60.00 EUR (value of goods) placed via our EU online shop

Additional customs charges, taxes, and fees may be charged for shipments to countries outside the EU and the US.

 

SHIPMENT TRACKING

Once your order is ready to be shipped, you receive a confirmation email with the delivery details and a tracking link. Please note, that it can take some days before the tracking information is uploaded. You will also be able to track your order when you log into your account.

 

DELIVERY TIMES

Unless otherwise specified, 

  • deliveries within Germany usually take 2–5 working days, 
  • deliveries within the European Union, to Switzerland and Norway usually take 3–7 working days, 
  • deliveries within the UK, usually take 3–7 working days,
  • deliveries within the US usually take 5–10 working days,
  • deliveries to all other countries may take 3–8 weeks

from the date you receive your order confirmation (or, if advance payment  is agreed, from the date payment is instructed).

Please note that we don’t ship on weekends and public holidays and that there will be no deliveries on Sundays and public holidays.

If you have ordered items with different delivery times, we will send the goods in one shipment, unless we have made a different agreement with you. In this case, the delivery time is determined by the item with the longest delivery time that you have ordered.

 

PAYMENT OPTIONS

We accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit card: MasterCard, VISA
  • Paypal
  • Google Pay
  • Apple Pay
  • Shopify Payments
  • SEPA direct debit
  • Sofortüberweisung
  • ideal
  • eps-Überweisung
  • Bancontact

FURTHER DETAILS ON PAYMENT:

The currency used in our EU online shop is Euro (€) and VAT is included in all our prices. The currency used in our UK online shop it is GBP (£) and in our US online shop it is USD ($) and all prices are expressed as exclusive of any VAT or other sales tax payable unless otherwise stated.

All prices and product information on the gestalten online shop are subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

We will only take payment from your credit card, debit card or your Paypal account once your order has been dispatched.

For card purchases we work with an authorized payment agent that helps us to check directly with your bank that the card is valid for purchases. Our payment agent processes your card details in the correct way according to the international security standard PCI DSS, which was developed by the card companies VISA, MasterCard, Diners, American Express and JCB. This means that your card details are processed with a very high level of security. To make card purchases with us as secure as possible all information is sent in encrypted form using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). This means that the information is passed through a secure connection and that your card details cannot be read by external parties.

For further information about Paypal or to create a Paypal account please visit paypal.com.

When paying by SEPA direct debit, you authorize us to collect the invoice amount from the specified account by issuing a corresponding SEPA mandate. You will receive a pre-notification at least 5 days before the date of direct debit collection. Please note that you are required to ensure sufficient funds are in the account on the announced date. 

 

RETURNS

You have a 14-day window to revoke your contract without specifying any reasons. To exercise your right of revocation, please notify us accordingly.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

Please note, that gift cards and downloadable software products are non-returnable.

Upon revocation, we will provide a full refund using the same payment method you utilized. You are responsible for covering the direct costs associated with returning the products, especially any shipping charges incurred. Repayment may be withheld until the products are returned to us. For further details, please refer to the section on Revocation Right.

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