These Bruce Holwerda illustrations can be enjoyed in so many ways. If you were to quickly skim his images, you’d appreciate his painterly style that uses earthy colors to render whimsical portraits. If you have the time to slowly enjoy Holwerda’s work, however, you’ll discover that on the heads of most of his subjects are complex kinetic machines that are operated by tiny people populating the bodies and heads of each painting’s subject. Depending on what you focus on, you can have entirely different viewing experiences while looking at one singular rendering.
Also notable about Bruce Holwerda’s work is his choice to paint his subjects with mime and clown-like make-up. It definitely enhances the overall quizzical ambience that each illustration invokes. You can even say the thrill and excitement you experience at a circus is encompassed in these Holwerda creations.