Conceptual illustration & more serious fun

The illustration whisperer


November 7, 2017

Okay, okay…#METOO and #YOUTOO
But #MEFIRST! I made this Illustration ‘Sexual Harassment’ around 1992 for Dutch Playboy Magazine!Sexual-Harrasment-480


Posted in Illustration

New infographic…

September 13, 2013

‘The Hypophysis’

Just finished the first infographic for a series of medical brochures.
Each brochure deals with another medical subject, this one explains the working of the hypophysis,
that controls important body functions and the hormonal system.
For the time being the brochures will only be published in Dutch :(

infographic illustration hypophysis


Dead Rabbit (with real bullet hole) now available as Limited Edition Signed Print.
For more details see this page.

Dead Rabbit / Limited Edition Print

Dead rabbit in living room



Posted in Uncategorized

Mail Me Art…

March 7, 2013

I was happy to be asked, together with some 200 artists from 19 countries, to submit Art on a A6 envelope for ‘Mail Me Art’.

All submitted artworks will be exhibited at The Framers Gallery / London from 30th July – 3rd August 2013.

 Here’s what I did:

‘Black cat on the windowsill’. Follow this link to see ‘the making of’…

Mail Me Art / Black Cat in Windowsill


Posted in Art Ron, Art(ists), Ron

Affordable Art Fair…

February 19, 2013

Preparing my Art for the AAF (Affordable Art Fair) in Brussels this weekend, 21-24 February.

Find us at Modern Images / Printed Matter / Stand D2
Location: Tour et Taxis

 Framed artwork waiting at the framestore


Preparing 'Dead Rabbit' for the fair.


A Bright New Year…

December 30, 2012

Conceptual illustration: A bright new year


Posted in Illustration, News


December 20, 2012

conceptual illustration red pencilEditorial illustration for an article about voting in the non western world.


Posted in Illustration

Vacuum Cleaning

November 9, 2012

vacuumcleanerHere’s a digital remake of an analog illustration that I did earlier  as one of my weekly cartoons in FD, Dutch Financial Daily.


‘The Political Toolkit’

November 1, 2012

editorial conceptual illustration - the political toolkit‘The Political Toolkit’
Editorial illustration for Forward Magazine (USA) Nov/Dec issue,
to accompany an article on the strategy and tactics lobbyists from the metal industry use to get their policy passed through the US house.

Click here to read the article.


Posted in Illustration



Posted in infographic, News

Who Ate My Lunch, is an educational infographic that tells the story about wealth in the US by way of metaphor showing how 100 sandwiches are shared by 100 people. It’s clear the system doesn’t work when wealth is so concentrated at the top.

This infographic is a concept of Sharon Kurlansky for  and is based on the work of the American economist, Robert E. McDaniel, ESQ.

Please feel free to spread this infographic message all over the web. Reprint, reblog and distribute as much as possible to get this infographic seen by as many people as possible. It may change their future lunch ;)

When you use this or pass on to others please be aware of permission and notification below: (it is also printed on the infographic)

©2012 Sharon Kurlansky / Ronald Slabbers:

You are free to reproduce / distribute this work informationally or for educational purposes with the proper © attribution. You may not create derivative works or use this for commercial purposes.

All other rights reserved. Any uses beyond this permission must be cleared with the copyright holders.
This infographic is based on the work of the American economist, Robert E. McDaniel, ESQ.



dead rabbit T-shirtI’m finally working on the T-shirt version of my DeadRabbit painting!
I’ts actually a slightly more graphic vector remake of the original acrylic painting.




Cover Illustration: Book publishers, marketingCover Illustration for Dutch Book trade magazine BookBlad: ‘Book publishers need to find new marketing ways to get attention for their new books’


Posted in Illustration

editorial cartoon Facebook wallstreet Cartoon published in FD, het Financieele Dagblad (Dutch Financial Daily).


Posted in Cartoon, Finance

I was asked by Dutch book trade magazine ‘BoekBlad’ to do an illustration to accompany an article about what went wrong in the music industry.

The current book market can learn from the mistakes that the traditional music industry made: after the success of the CD they behaved arrogantly, did not prepare for the new digital revolution and made itself successfully  needless.

infographic llustration: evolution of the music industryTo see the larger file and more detail please click here.


Posted in Illustration

editorial cartoon Facebook goes WallstreetFacebook’s Mark Zuckerberg hoody fashion hits Wallstreet.
Cartoon published in FD, het Financieele Dagblad (Dutch Financial Daily).


Posted in Cartoon, Finance, News, U.S.A.

Three  illustrations (spread 42 x 21 cm each) for the annual report for Egeria. 
Egeria is a fully independent Dutch private equity firm, targeting controlling stakes in mid-market companies in The Netherlands or in companies having a Dutch link.

Check the website portfolio for the complete set of illustrations here.

Conceptual illustration SIF Annual Report


Posted in Illustration

vintage typography car lampsJust a set of great vintage car lamps that I found at my favourite shopping mall: The Amsterdam Flea Market.

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Rising petrol prices…

April 21, 2012

editorial cartoon: rising petrol priceRising petrol prices…
Cartoon published in FD, het Financieele Dagblad (Dutch Financial Daily).


And the winner is…

April 20, 2012

conceptual illustration: cocaine use and misuse by the bankers in the City of London.

I’m proud to share the news that my illustration ‘Snow White in the City’
is selected for publication in the worlds most prestigious Illustration Annual,
‘the Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2012’.

Client: 106 magazine, a Cass Business School publication. London, UK.


Posted in Illustration, News

Editorial cartoon: korea launches rocket

North Korea launches controversial rocket.
Cartoon published in FD, het Financieele Dagblad (Dutch Financial Daily).


The ultimate Q & A…

March 22, 2012

Editorial cartoon: question mark

Vintage Ron!

I made this drawing in 1980.
Technique: Rotring pen and airbrush.
Published in books, magazines and as postcards.


Huub Slabbers: children's books

My father Huub Slabbers, 1910-2002, was a multi-tasking artist.
Between 1955 and 1975 his main activity was writing and illustrating children’s
books for the international market. After ‘escaping’ school I was his assistent for several years and we worked together on illustration projects. When I look at the Peter and Pat series my flower power influences seem rather obvious.



Editorial cartoon, book, gift, birthday

This week is the Dutch ‘Book Week’.
Cartoon published in FD, het Financieele Dagblad (Dutch Financial Daily).


Tonight was the opening of the exhibition ‘A Perfect Day’ in Amsterdam. 
A Perfect Day is a collection of art in the form of drawings with text, with observations,
thoughts and ideas about life, funny, clever, poetic, ironic and hilarious.
A Perfect Day includes the work of more than 50 international artists.

Me at a perfect day exhibition

One of my drawings is on the wall,
how low can you go…

Also a small selection of my ‘Saul Steinberg The New Yorker Cover Collection’ is
an important part of the show.


 This was the famous Saulberg quote used to promote this show on the website, invitation etc.:

‘People who see a drawing in the New Yorker will think automatically thats it’s funny
because it is a cartoon. If they see it in a museum, they think it’s artistic; if they find it
in a fortune cookie they think it’s a prediction.’
– Saul Steinberg…


Posted in Art Ron, News

editorial cartoon: dollar babyTopic: political solution for the US debt problem.
Cartoon published in FD, het Financieele Dagblad (Dutch Financial Daily).


6 posters for HU (University of Utrecht) for 6 studies
in building and building management.
Made in conceptual cooperation with Theo Nieveen Copy

 See the complete series of poster here.

Poster Hogeschool Utrecht Ruimtelijke ordening


Posted in Illustration

Bad boys…

May 21, 2011


Editorial cartoon: first ireland, now greece...

Topic: Ireland in financial problems, now Greece, who’s next?
Cartoon published in FD, het Financieele Dagblad (Dutch Financial Daily).


Typographic manhole cover in Deventer, the NetherlandsDutch Design!
When walking in the streets of the beautiful old city of Deventer, the Netherlands I looked down and saw this great typographic solution for a manhole cover.
It’s not signed but an internet search learned that is was designed by ‘Buro BplusB’ as part of a complete street renovation plan for the city.



Painting ‘Dead Rabbit’.

February 18, 2011

dead rabbit painting‘Dead Rabbit’.
Acrylic paint on plywood with ‘real’ bullet hole.
60 x 60 cm (23,5 x 23,5 inch)


Posted in Art Ron, Ron

Editorial cartoon: statue falling down

Topic: The Arabic revolution and Europe
Cartoon published in FD, het Financieele Dagblad (Dutch Financial Daily).


Posted in Cartoon, News, Politics

Movie time!

January 5, 2011

Illustrations, keyframes and design for an introduction video for
‘SCAN Explorer / Global Search Solutions’:
a company bringing mulinational companies and international
operating advertising agencies together through the internet.

Animation by: Sander van Dijk.


Posted in News

Steinberg Surprise…

January 4, 2011

Saul Steinberg: Sheila: happy new year...

I sent this drawing some years ago to accompany a new years gift to my Saul Steinberg-friend Sheila.
She was probably expecting Champagne but inside she found a rare (empty) bottle of 1983 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, with a label illustration by Saul Steinberg,  that I found on eBay.


Posted in Art, Art(ists), Cartoon

Vintage Typography: Vegetables

September 20, 2010

vintage typography: aardappelen potatos

Two nice samples of vintage typography on household objects.
‘Aardappelen’ is Dutch for ‘potatos.

vintage typography: vegetables


conceptual illustration mortgage‘Mortgage’.
As part of a cooperation between Open Cartoon Society ‘ToonPool’ and the Berlin Metro this illustration is broadcasted in June on 4000 video screens in Berlin’s subway trains.


Posted in Illustration

‘Nature Morte / Still Life’. Painting by Caroline Maurel, a contemporary French painter who lives near Paris and creates great paintings with an extreme level of detail.
Many of Caroline’s works are based on Barbie and Ken and other plastic characters that surround our modern lives and show us their other or darker side.

This particular painting is a still life of the famous Barbie Dinner Table Set. It is on the Slabbers’ Dining Room Wall now!
When people see it for the first time it usually takes some time before they realise that this is not painted ‘a bit out of proportion’, but that they are actually looking at Barbie proportions.

As Caroline Maurel states on her website: “Les jouets font l’Art”.


caroline maurel still life

caroline maurel still lifeClick here to see the large file on Caroline Maurel’s website to ‘feel’ the plastic
and here to see this and other work in progress.
(Opens in new window).