Growing up amongst moors and sheep in the North East of the Netherlands, as a wee child I started making robots out of shoe boxes and toilet rolls and grabbed every piece of paper available in the house so I could draw. I ended up going to art school, graduating in Bdes Visual Communication.
After that I worked as a graphic designer, art director and photographer for several years, but decided in 2010 to take the leap and work as an illustrator which was the best decision I ever made.
Nowadays in live in Rotterdam (NL) and I work as a freelance illustrator and writer, working with publishers, magazines and other companies. I absolutely enjoy working with others, creating exciting projects. I illustrate (picture) books, design book covers, create editioral illustrations for magazines, create comics and cartoons for Tina and Flair. Next to my illustration work, I’m also a freelancer writer for magazines like Flow Magazine and Charlie.
Riding bicycles, pancakes, walking bare foot on freshly mowed grass, grilled tomatoes, sharpening pencils, wandering for hours in book shops, hiking long distances, reading graphic novels, freshly washed bedsheets, the UK, wearing mittens, cracking eggs, Scottish accents and old photographs of people I don’t know.
I love a lot of things, and I also love our planet. If you hire me for a project I invest part of your payment in green solutions. I plant a minimum of 1 tree per project through Dutch organisation Trees For All or multiple trees through One Tree Planted. The higher the budget, the more trees planted.
I also have solar panels on my roof to provide electricity, and my house and studio are using green energy.
On a personal level I do more to help our planet a bit, but these are the things that I do directly when working with you!
Every month I send out a newsletter which is filled with what I’m working on, illustration tips, best articles I read, films I saw, books that inspired me, my favourite artists, personal thoughts on (creative) life, and more. Here you can view an earlier edition!
2015 | Viva400, 2nd place Creatives
2015 | Drentse Talentprijs Cultuur, winner
2014 | Cultuurprijs Emmen, winner
2014 | Adobe Creative Jam Award, winner
2015 | Masterclass picture book illustration, by Chris Haughton, Benji Davies and Alexis Deacon | Atapuerca (Spain)
2012 | Anglia Ruskin, course picture book illustration | Cambridge (UK)
2011 | Course Writing Children’s Books, by Tjibbe Veldkamp | Groningen (NL)
2007 | Visual Communication BDes, AKI, Academy for visual arts and design | Enschede (NL)
2003 | VWO-diploma | Emmen (NL)
Flow Magazine, Ohh Deer, 3D Total, Leopold Uitgevers, Paperchase, NRC, Tina, TEDx, Lev. Publisher, Ravensburger, Sketchbook Skool, Flair, Luitingh-Sijthoff, Charlie Magazine, American Greetings, Uitgeverij Snor, Flavourites, Usborne Publishers, Provincie Drenthe, Lannoo, Character Design Quarterly, Memisa, Blossom Books, Blond Amsterdam, Van Halewyck Uitgeverij, Gallery Nucleus, Workman Publishers New York, Zwijssen, Lev., Hautekiet Uitgevers, A.W. Bruna Uitgevers.