Retro weddingcard frontpage at Etsy International!

Wow…! So happy that jewelry artist Barbera Ploeg was so kind to inform me I was featured on the Etsy International FB Page today…


Once with my Golden-Oldie retro weddingcard ( and once with the special postcard stand featuring 15 Dutch Etsy Illustrators at the Amsterdam Museum, also featuring an old favourite: the bearded man! (


retro weddingcard by ellen vesters illustrator graphic designer


not so perfect people beard man by ellen vesters illustrator graphic designer



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.