Somebody made me blush this week. The very gifted photographer Armando Ello wrote a flattering blog about my networking skills (it’s in dutch)…!


Poetry Collaboration

It’s been a little while ago, but I wouldn’t want you to miss out on this fascinating collaboration. In february, together with the amazing Gilly Rochester and Daria Hlazato I was featured on the Creaure Mag blog with an illustration accompanying a grim poem by Ben Macnair.

The image of a crime scene immediately made me think of an infamous, brutal murder in the Netherlands. On the 2nd of november, 2004, filmmaker Theo van Gogh was murdered by an extremist, because of his controversial opinions. The illustration I made was inspired by one of the most well known pictures from this time. The ice bears are a reference to the snow in Bens poem and to the white suits, worn by the crime scene investigators.


Bens poem and my illustration:

Crime Scene
Don’t follow the red snow,
it is a warning,
that around here are
Grim fairy tales
with an eighteen certificate.

ellen vesters crimescene

Banner design

Back again!
I am so sorry that I neglected my little piece of the internet.

I have been quite busy with only good things: reflecting on where I would like this website, and mostly my creative life, to go and working on new drawings. I’ve got a lot of new stuff to show you!


First of, I have been designing a banner for a dutch writer/ blogger. He was looking for a banner that would display the atmosphere of the metaphor that he used: “a breached wall”. He also wanted a grungy feel to it.

And while I was at it, I also made a drawing to accompany one of his language jokes.
The title of the drawing is (translated): “aspartame upbringing”. Is this a saying in english too? In dutch a spartan upbringing means that your parents are raising you in a strict, sober, harsh way.


ellen vesters banner design ichbineinmauer


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