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Develop yourself as a designer

One of the key questions is how to design something that is authentic and
that has a personal stamp. Is it enough to just have drawing talent, or does
it take a little more than that?
Of course, you need more than just a talent. Talent is something that is the
basis and where it all starts, but the most important step is to work. It is the
best to start working on a drawing. There are various techniques that can
help you to master a good composition and set up a solid construction of
your drawing. One of these techniques is descriptive geometry. Great help
is also the technical drawing that goes as a basis for the drawing in a
perspective.

The knowledge of the works from great masters of the recent or distant past can also improve your creativity. By copying their sketches, you can practice drawing techniques and develop your own drawing skills based on the styles of masters that you copied.

One of the great masters of this work in the Netherlands was Michel de Klerk (1884–1923). With a sketch and a short text about this talented man and his work, I hope I will inspire you to try something similar.

Most Important Architect of the Amsterdam School

Michel de Klerk (1884–1923) is considered the most important architect of the Amsterdam School. Amongst others, he designed Het Schip (The Ship) — a world-famous set of workers’ houses in Amsterdam. De Klerk co-worked on the Scheepvaarthuis, which currently houses Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam. Some furniture designed by him still remains in the old boardrooms of this acclaimed Amsterdam School building. Besides this, he also designed several pieces of furniture commissioned by affluent clients for whom he also designed the houses.

Perspective drawing by Michel de Klerk, 1917

In 1915, De Klerk joined the Amsterdam firm ’t Woonhuys, which offered its designs in small editions to wealthy clients. F. J. Zeegers, Director of this Amsterdam furniture company, was very impressed with the “furniture art” of De Klerk, which was considered to be at the forefront in terms of aesthetic beauty. In De Klerk’s works the construction and materials were not an end in itself but rather a means to achieving aesthetic forms.