Below you can see some of my work. You can click on the images to see all the illustrations and info in that category.
This is a selection of the children's illustrations I completed recently.
I love to create characters and imagine how they would interact and how their surroundings would look like. I often am inspired by images from my own childhood, by nature, and by the children I meet. I try to put a bit of the poetry and the sense of wonder that lives in children's imagination into my illustrations, and I am very happy when people see my work, and feel like that child they once were who saw little wonders all around him (or her) again, if even for a moment.
My preferred tools are colored pencil, watercolor, and sometimes ink. You can see samples of all these techniques here. I scan and clean up my illustrations digitally, and sometimes add different elements together digitally, but most of the work is done traditionally.
If you are looking for an illustrator for your children's book, or would like a custom illustration as a gift, for a birth announcement card or something else, don't hesitate to contact me, I always like to hear about your projects and brainstorming to find out what would be the perfect illustration for you.
educational and games
I was asked to illustrate a paper doll for girls, that could be colored as well. We wanted to refrain from the typical gender-roles, so there were no princess clothes, but an astronaut and a seacaptain-outfit instead. And a fairy. Because, well, fairies can be bad-ass too.
The second series of illustrations were comissioned as vouchers that kids could give as gifts. They could that way give their time and company as a present, and learn that the value of something isn't always determined by its financial cost.
I was asked by de Boekenkaravaan to design a game of goose that was meant to teach children about climate change, and climate in general.
We picked four animals to use as pawns to play with. Each of them would represent a season. The swallow would be the spring animal, the dolphin the summer animal, the hedgehog the autumn animal, and of course the polar bear represented winter.
When playing the game, the animals would move through the seasons, and every time they would end up on an 'action' tile, it would mean something different for every animal, according to the seasons. There were heatwaves, early thaw, early frost, a forest fire etc, in the game, that affected all of the animals when they ended up there.
The text to this game was written by Lynn Rongé.
I enjoyed working on this game, not only because I liked drawing those animals, but because the subject of climate change is something that worries me, and I was glad I could contribute to building awareness of this in children.
Here you can see some of my editorial work. The top illustration was commissioned by Covent Gardener Magazine, to accompany the agenda in the autumn issue. The theme of the issue was tattoos. I was asked to include autumn imagery, a well-known building in the Covent Garden area, and if possible, a tattoo. I provided three different sketches, of which this bearded hipster with a tattoo of Somerset house, and autumn leaves on his gilet was chosen as the favorite.
The second illustration was made for La Peste magazine. I got the chance to illustrate a beautiful and sensitive story about migration and melancholy, written by Jamila Osman. The image of a braid recurred several times in the story that was told by a young woman who talks about her dead grandmother who stayed behind in her home country, so I used the image of the braid to show the connection between these two women who live far from each other, but are linked by the heart. The chrysanthemums were used as a subtle reference to mourning.
De Boekenkaravaan requested me to design a coloring page for their newsletter, and because I liked working on that assigment a lot, I decided to make several others. I really enjoy drawing these animal characters, and imagining how they would interact and move.
These are Christmas cards I designed for 2018 and 2017. Some are self-promotional works, and the last three were made for a Jovoto crowdstorm for Unicef.
animals and botanical
I love plants and animals. I love watching them, having them around, and of course, drawing them. Here you can see a selection of my illustrations of fauna and flora. Some of these were commisioned, and some were personal projects.
I made them using different techniques and tools, so these illustrations also are a good representation of the different styles I can work in.
You will find illustrations done in pencil, colored pencil, watercolor or gouache with colored pencil, ink, and sometimes the illustrations are scanned and finished digitally.
This is part of an ongoing series of portraits as an ode to people I find inspiring, such as my favorite writers, whose books have to a large extend shaped how I see the world. If you are interested in my process for these, you can take a look at my blog, where you can find a long blogpost explaining my process, with some 'making of' pictures.
posters and flyers
These are illustrations I did for the annual poster and flyers for de Boekenkaravaan/Leesweb, which is a great initiative that promotes reading to underpriviledged children.
I wanted to show the entire worlds that reside in books, and how it can make a child's creativity and imagination bloom, therefore I used plants in all three illustrations as a recurring theme, to create a world of books in which you can roam, and that come to life when a child reads them.
birth and wedding stationery
This is a Save the Date-design I did for a Minted design-challenge, and a birth announcement card with a train-theme.
These are a couple of repeating patterns I created, after I got inspired by my own ginger cat, who can sleep in the most amazing manner. I drew a lot of sleeping cats in the traditional way - on paper, and turned them into a repeating pattern using photoshop. I enjoyed it that much, that I also made one with a lot of puppies, and fish. I have also made several more geometrical patterns since then.