Girl Crush: Thoka Maer

Oh how I love the simple yet powerful language  of Thoka Maer.

Known for her gifs, but her illustrations alone are already amazing.






Girl Crush Thoka Maer via Ellen Vesters Illustrator




Girl Crush Thoka Maer via Ellen Vesters Illustrator


Girl Crush Thoka Maer via Ellen Vesters Illustrator










Sorry I have been so quiet last week, but I was busy with my first exhibition featuring my illustrations!


It was great having so much wonderful feedback on my work (and selling my new stuff!). Going to catch some sleep now, will try to keep this smile on my face for some days to come.


The picturrrressss:













My fellow participants:

Barbera Ploeg – jewelry designer

Bea Peter – independant art

Coen Hamelink – illustration

Frank Boogaard – bronze sculptor

Lammert Kraaijeveld – music production/ engineering/ sound directing

Lisette Spapens – glass artist

Marije van Wieringen – painter

Nadine Faber – painter

Lisbeth J. Veillat – independent art



For me it is important to get some teaching every once in a while. I love how being a student makes you look more critical at your work again and makes you step beyond your own borders.

The last weeks I have been going to classes by well-known dutch illustrator Kim Welling (I’ve been a fan of her work for ages and she turned out to live in my hometown!).

She surely made me do the coolest things. Below an illustration that was based on a famous dutch poem about a super guppy: a little fish that survived a cat attack, unfortunately the only one of his troop…


The poem (in Dutch):

Alle  guppen die ik had,

zwemmen nu in onze kat.

Nou ja, waarschijnlijk zijn ze dood,

hij viste zo, zó met zijn poot.

Er is er één maar die hij miste.

O, omdat hij zich vergiste?

Katje dom en van de tel?

Of zwom die ene veel te snel?

Maakt niet, kan me niet schelen –

liever dan dat hele kluppie

heb ik deze in zijn uppie:

Superguppie in mijn kom.

Er nog zijn,

dáár gaat het om.