About this blog

Marloes De Vries
Photo by Audrey Victoria

Who am I?

Hello! My name is Marloes De Vries and I’m an illustrator based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I’ve been working as a freelancer since 2004 whilst still in art school. After I graduated I worked several years as a graphic designer and art director for ad agencies, when I decided to take the leap and work as a full time freelancer in 2009.

Since 2010 I work as an illustrator and it was a big decision, yet the best one I ever made. My heart lies with telling stories through words and pictures, and as an illustrator I can do just that.

From the countryside to the big city
I was born and raised in the North-East of the Netherlands, amongst moors and sheep but I moved to the most exciting city in 2013: Rotterdam. The main reason for this was because I longed for a big step in my life and career, to push myself further and grow as a person. After living here for over four years, I can safely say: mission accomplished 🙂

Nowadays, I work for several magazines and publishers, like Flow Magazine, Charlie, Ravensburger, Luitingh-Sijthoff, American Greetings, Usborne Publishers, Workman Publishers New York, amongst many others.


My passion for writing started at a very early age. I must have been around 8 years old when I first jotted down my daily adventures in a notebook.
I started blogging back in 1999 on Livejournal but made the transition to my own hosted blog in 2016. I blog mostly about life as an illustrator, about art, and I love sharing personal stories and thoughts.

With my blog I hope to inspire others to a more creative life but I also love to share optimistic messages and honest stories about life.

Are you interested in working with me? Please go to this page.