Free stuff

Totally free…

I give my work away for free! Of course not everything and not as a print of 2 by 3 meters on canvas, aluminum or acrylic glass. But I do offer a selection of wallpapers, tutorials, a knitting pattern and a kmz file on this page.

Wallpapers

A handpicked selection of images from my blog, for use as a screen background for a pc, laptop, tablet or telephone. With links to the relevant blog posts and to the webshop. Enjoy!


World map of rust stains on a grey ship's hull

World Map Rust

A digitally created world map of rust spots on a weathered gray hull. Specially made for a ral 9004 environment, but undoubtedly also suitable for other interiors.
Free wallpaper (1920×1080)
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World map of beer bottle caps on a white wooden floor

World Map Bottle Caps

A world map made of 514 virtual bottle caps of 54 different Belgian and Dutch beers, placed on an equally virtual wooden floor.
Free wallpaper (1920×1080)
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Detail of the inverted world map with the European Sea and the Mediterranean Peninsula

Inverted Europe

A detail of the Reverse World Map in which land is sea and sea is land. We see here, among other things, the European Sea, the Mediterranean Peninsula and the North Atlantic Highlands.
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Map of Rotterdam made of virtual scrapwood on plywood

Rotterdam in Scrapwood

A section showing the center, the Nieuwe Maas and the Kop van Zuid, of a map of Rotterdam made of more than 70 different types of scrap wood and plywood.
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Graphical image of the Rotterdam skyline against a green background

Rotterdam Skyline

The Rotterdam green version of the graphic skyline, with all the famous buildings and bridges, as seen in the last few editions of the Marathon on the shirts of hundreds of marathon runners.
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Monochrome photograph in sepia of the Old Harbour and the cube houses in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Old Harbour in Sepia

A monochrome image in sepia tones of the Old Harbour in Rotterdam, with its historic inland vessels and with the Pencil, the Cube Houses and Monkey Rock by architect Piet Blom.
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Photo of Aelbrechtskolk canal in Delfshaven, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in the blue hour after sunset

Delfshaven by Night

A picturesque photo, taken in the blue hour after sunset, of the most scenic part of Rotterdam: Aelbrechtskolk canal in Delfshaven. With the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn as a support act.
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Artist impression of the old Bijenkorf department store by architect W.M. Dudok, reconstructed at its original location in Rotterdam

Dudok’s Bijenkorf by Night

A reconstruction, on its original location at Churchillplein in Rotterdam, of the department store by architect W.M Dudok, perhaps the most beautiful building built in the Netherlands in the twentieth century.
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Photograph of Veerhaven marina in Rotterdam the Netherlands with the Erasmus medical center in the background, artificially aged in Photoshop

Vintage Postcard

A postcard, seemingly from a bygone era, of Veerhaven marina in Rotterdam, with the Erasmus medical center in the background, artificially aged in a bath of Photoshop.
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Excerpt of a colorful, kaleidoscopic work called Hocus Crocus, based on a photograph of blooming crocuses in springtime

Hocus Crocus

A cheerful, kaleidoscopic, symmetrical image, created by copying, rotating and blending a photo of crocuses in springtime five times
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Detail of Witch Hazel, an abstract, symmetric, caleidoscopic image created by Frans Blok

Witch Hazel

An abstract kaleidoscopic image in shades of brown, yellow, gray and white, based on a photograph of the snow-covered blossom of a hamamelis (also known as witch hazel) on a cold winter’s day.
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Photograph of a colorful weathered ship's hull with rust stains, scratches and welding joints

Rusty Ship’s Hull

The beauty of decay: a weathered ship’s hull with welding joints, scratches, rust spots and peeling paint. A colorful work from the Rust Museum, with shades ranging from red, pink and orange to brown and even green.
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Virtual relief of iron wire on plywood

Virtual Relief Iron Wire

A 3d illusion in a flat plane: a digitally generated virtual relief of bent iron wire on a plywood background. As if the background really pops out of your screen…
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Impressionist digital painting of the city of Reykjavik, Iceland with behind in the ocean and the snowy mountains

Winter in Reykjavik

An impressionist digital painting of the view from Öskjuhlíð Hill over the capital of Iceland with its colorful facades and roofs, with the sea and snowy mountains in the background.
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Artist impression of Blok's Block, a tiny house XL, on top of a tall building in Rotterdam

Blok’s Block

To dream away: a tiny house extra large, high above the bustle of the city. Compact yet spacious, with a breathtaking view.
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Scale comparison of Earth and Mars as two beach balls

Earth and Mars to Scale

A scale comparison between two planets. Our own blue-green world and the red neighboring planet, amicably together as two beach balls in the sand on a sunny summer day.
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Knitting pattern, tutorials and more…

Detail of a knitting pattern of the Rotterdam skyline

Skyline Knitting Pattern

One of the many spin-offs from my Rotterdam skyline project, in addition to the marathon shirt and the cinema facade. A pattern for five colors of wool, made in consultation with an experienced knitter. Click here for a printable version.


Illustration from a photoshop tutorial about the fade option, the way to partially undo a filter or other operation

Photoshop tutorials

I published a series of tutorials on Photoshop tips and tricks on LinkedIn, which are, of course, also free of charge. They’re in Dutch, so it helps if you understand that language; alternatively, you can try Google Translate.
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Image made in Google Earth of the area around Markthal in downtown Rotterdam, with present day buildings on a streetmap from 1939

Google Earth R’dam’39

The street pattern of Rotterdam in 1939 as a kmz file, to overlay in Google Earth on the contemporary center of Roffa. You must of course have Google Earth installed. But that is also free!
Blog: Four Features of Google Earth
Blog: Rotterdam: a Tale of Two Cities

5 Responses

  1. what is the next you will share ?

  2. Giancarlo Alberti says:

    Hello,
    I am a writer living in Brussels at the moment. I am writing a draft of a novel about a fantasy world in which people live right in the inversed earth: in the land that exist where now there is water. So I googled for an inversed map and found yours. I notice that not only you and other artists have fantasized with the same idea, but have also come out with excellent works of illustration. Congratulations! I don’t know when I will finish my novel, if ever do at all, but I’m thinking, for copy rights and other stuff in the future, because I need names for the lands where people live and it is likely that everybody who plays with the concept might arrive to similar toponimics, maybe we could collaborate and if I ever publish a novel it could come with one of your illustrations of inversed earth in the front or the back or inside of it. Just an idea. Thank you in advance! Gian

    • Frans Blok says:

      Hi Gian,

      That sounds interesting. I’ve always thought an inverted world would be a good setting for a fantasy novel (and its spin-off as a movie or a television series). With the names of lands and seas, as you suggest, it will be likely that different people will come up with largely the same set of names, since most of them are quite obvious. Anyway, you don’t have to worry that I will sue you for having a Queen of Biscay, a Lake Britain or a Northland in your novel 🙂 So please keep me informed about the progress and let’s see if one of my illustrations could be useful for the book. Kindest regards, Frans

  3. ubai says:

    Sorry, do you have a background in Indonesian?

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