Graduation time

As my last post was already saying, it is and has been relatively quiet here this last year. Of course I completely underestimated finishing my Masters in the midst of being a freshman mum. As my Scottish friend Duncan says so eloquently: the sledgehammer of love hit me really hard.
So, I have been very strict with my time and cut back immensely on computer hours. And YES, after months of going from cramps from smiling at my daughter’s firsts to cramps from drawing like a mad woman (had to make up for my maternity leave)… I made it!!! Next week I will be standing very proudly between my oh so talented classmates at the MA Children’s Book Illustration Graduation Exhibition in Candid Arts Trust Gallery, London.

So thankful for all the help from my tutors and family. I would never have made it without them.

Picture book about girl and cat by Ellen Vesters children's book illustrator

That 17th Hat

I see more and more Dutch illustrators working on American commissions!
Busy bees, we are…!

Since I started in illustration I have gotten to know the Dutch players quite well (although thankfully I still come across great new stuff every week). One person that stands out in having a delicate soft style as well as personality (at least it seems that way, since she lives quite far away I only had the pleasure of meeting her in the online world) is Marloes de Vries.

A little while ago I bought her first book (story written by Trevor Eissler): That 17t Hat. A cute story of a family on a spontaneous outing together. During this adventure at a hat store, the children get an intriguing taste of far off lands. The youngest learns from the oldest, and the oldest… well, you have to see what happens!


Get your copy here:


(am thinking… does that sound bad? delicate personality? of course i only mean this in the most positive way! like gentle/ kindhearted…)






(pictures by Marloes de Vries)