etsy shopping
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Doing some Etsy shopping

sponsored post A while ago I got an email from Anna from Etsy, if I was interested in doing a portrait-drawing session for the EtsyNL launch in Haarlem. Of course I was! As you might have seen on my Instagram stories, I got to…

13/12/2016
Freelance Diaries Nederlands

NL / Auteursrecht en licenties

This post is in Dutch as it applies to the law in the Netherlands. I do not have knowledge in foreign laws unfortunately, and every country has their own laws. Sinds ik freelancer ben, krijg ik nogal eens de vraag hoe het zit met…

06/12/2016
three marketing p's
Freelance Diaries

Getting freelance jobs that fit you

This title might sound fancy eh? Maybe you’ll say: “Choosing jobs?! I’d be happy if I got handed one!”. But what I’ve learnt over the years is, is that the more picky you get with jobs, the better the assignments you get.…

22/11/2016
How to become an illustrator
Freelance Diaries

How to start an illustration career (part 1)

Being an illustrator is a hot job: everybody wants to be an illustrator these days. It sounds romantic, iddylic almost. Drawing and painting all day every day. And when you got the skills to create a beautiful drawing, why not make this your full-time…

25/10/2016
rejection illustration
Motivation

Rejection is part of the deal

Something weird happened. Well, weird… I found the coincidence remarkable. This morning I was typing my weekly blog post. I had a topic in mind but decided to write from my heart. Before I knew it I was typing the story of how I…

18/10/2016
Marloes De Vries blog
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Doing what makes you happy

Today I found a letter I wrote to myself exactly three years ago. I posted in on Facebook and after that someone asked me to translate it to English to have it published on a blog. Three years have gone by and things have…

12/10/2016
Love for the UK
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A passion for a country: United Kingdom

This week not a blog post about illustration but about another love: the United Kingdom. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of becoming Basil and having a hotel named ‘Fawlty Towers’. I lacked the essentials: a lean figure and oh: I…

27/09/2016
Tools illustrators use
Freelance Diaries

Must-have tools for illustrators

When you see an illustrator who’s work you absolutely admire you want to know the details: what pencil are they using, what kind of paper is that, what paint do they prefer? Because if you know what they are using to make their art,…

06/09/2016