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.


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