July 27, 2020
This week I've been super busy with two new editorial commissions! Both magazines have a...
When my dear friend Iris (aka Mama Botanica; plant mom and influencer) asked me to make illustrations for her second book “Een huis vol planten” I immediatly said yes! She asked me to find a way to showcase all of her plants in the 4 rooms of her house, and show where and how the natural daylight comes in. I made all illustrations on my Ipad using Procreate to open up every room and place them in the right light amount. It looks so good in print! Available on www.mamabotanica.com or in store near you in October 2020.
Blue is a beautiful majestic Afghan Hound and a friend of his owner asked me to make this portrait of him as a gift. I love how it turned out and the print has a beautiful spot in the home now!
Welcome to the world little baby Juna! I made this card for her parents to send out to announce Juna’s arrival. I used the drawing I made for her momma’s book and placed an old fashioned stroller in the centre+the name.
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A fun new project I did in the living room of Esther, Amsterdam. She told me keeping plants vivid an alive was a challenge so she requested a lush green plant on her wall! I had so much fun painting this with acrylic paint. It took me about a day and will last a life time :) (and needs no water or new soil…)
When my best friend had her little baby girl I made her this blanket with my duckling illustration and handsawn her name “Indie” into the corner. She loves it!:)
For my dear friend Suzan Schuitemaker I designed and build a WordPress website that let’s her adjust and add items easily and gives potential new clients a quick overview of her services. Click here to view the website.
It was build on the Airi theme and is hosted by Hostnet. Are you interested in a similar website? Shoot me a message!
Studio Stunner made a new set of Christmas – and – Holiday cards! Order them here
What a fun underwater world! I made this illustration as part of a pitch for a children’s book publisher in search of a new illustrator for their books (they requested the pitched illustrations to be ‘adventurous’). I made the drawing in ink on paper first and continued on Photoshop after scanning it. I quite like the use of dry media brushed in Photoshop, it gives a more textured look.
I made this illustration in watercolor paint and gauche, after watching the documentary JANE on Netflix. It’s a beautiful film about the inspiring life and career of Jane Goodall and all the work she did with chimpansees in the jungle of Tanzania. Later on, I used the illustration to pitch to a children’s book published in search of a new illustrator for their books. Since their theme was ‘adventure’ I found this painting quite fitting!
This was my second commission from magazine BLOOT! by the NFN in Holland. For this edition of the nudist’ magazine they asked me to make some illustrations for an article on hair removal and a couple’s drawing for a personal story. These commissions are always a lot of fun because I can simplify my style and draw cheeky little naked people :)
I made the illustrations by drawing a black outline on paper first and digitaly coloring them in with Photoshop.
I had made this family portrait for Floor & Joris beforehand and later used the illustration to design the birth announcement card for their new son: Jaap. It was a lot of fun drawing them and then using confetti and the same colors on the back of the card, bringing the whole design together. I also love the rounded edges on the card!
It’s happening again! I’m packing my bag to explore the Americas for 6 months. Like I forgot all about this travel-game, I find myself wandering what to bring, what not to bring. How clearly I remember loving a certain piece of clothing or thanking the gods I brougt a headlight and not a torch. I imagines drawing out the content of my travel bag would somewhat help me pack! I think this little dress-me-up-doll turned out pretty cute :)
My favorite little plant store asked me to make a piece of window art on their shop front and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more! It was so much fun drawing all the animals (can you find them all?) and all the different plants. I free handed the whole piece and kinda like the quirkiness of the tiger and the leafs. I used water proof chalk marker so it will stay on for quite a bit of time!
I was asked by the Green Protein Alliance to design an invite and 11 table cloths to be used at a luncheon they’d organized. The cloths were of sturdy paper and I decorated them with images and texts around the theme of non-animal protein. The meeting as a great success and I’m happy to know the table cloths are still being used during other event by Green Protein Alliance!
I drew this illustration on a small piece of paper; using a black pen and some colored pencils. My boyfriend liked it so much he framed it and hang it in our house :)
This illustration is made in Photoshop using different kinds of brushes. I drew the outline on paper first and scanned it in later.
A few years back, I was traveling in Argentina and on a wine tour there I met Penny and her now husband George. We hit it off and I mentioned my illustration work to them. I guess that stuck with them! In July, Penny contacted me with the request to illustrate a book she was writing with her mother Jane. The book was about Jane’s (and so many other women) struggles with menopause and the diagnosis of vaginal atrophy she had received. She wanted to write a book about her personal issues and the findings in the search of a solution and the right medicine. I was so honored to work on this inspiring project and I hope the book will reach all the women struggling with vaginal atrophy as well as partners and family willing to learn about and understand the issue more.
The book was published in September 2018 and contained 11 digital illustrations of my hand.
For a new edition of the magazine BLOOT! (NAKED!) published by NFN I illustrated an article on how to become a nudist, or at least let go of inhibitions to shed a few clothes :)
For two separate events in Amsterdam: Kinderboekenweek (Kids Book Week) and the Uitmarkt (Cultural Event) I designed the windows of the Central Library in Amsterdam. Both events needed the scheduled program to be displayed and with the one for Kinderboekenweek I had a lot of fun drawing little animals next to it. I used waterproof paint for the Uitmarkt one (on the outside) and chalk marker for the Kinderboekenweek one (inside). Both took me about a day and a half.
For their 5 year anniversary Charlotte wanted to gift Bart something special and came to me for a portrait of them both. They had one of their first dates at this little cafe on the Bellamy street and she wanted that to be pictured in the drawing, alongside with their own cat. I made the illustration with watercolor paint on textured paper and used black ink to trace the images.
After months of working at the prettiest urban jungle in town, I made three plant studies on a few of my favorite greeneries! I first made pen sketches and digitalised them afterwards. With the use of Photoshop I added colour and text.
I made this illustration of the Wildernis cargo bike, used by a lot of clients to cycle their big plants home. It was later made into a postcard that was sold in the shop. I drew the picture in black ink, coloring it with watercolor paint and later editing it digitally in Photoshop.
Another collaboration with Wildernis Amsterdam! I designed their new tote bags to carry all your big pots and plants home. It’s made in India from bio cotton and printed in England in a sustainble way. You can get one at the store in Amsterdam for 4,95 (black) or 7,95 (canvas) or for free when you spend 50 or 75 euros on plaaaaants baby :)
As a collaboration I partied up with Wildernis Amsterdam and together we created a pretty birthday calendar with my illustrations. It’s printed on recycled paper (of course) and available in the Wildernis shop in Amsterdam and in the webshop. Happy holidays ya’all!!
I made this fun little drawing of our cute team at Wildernis Amsterdam, the coolest urban jungle in town :)
I was commissioned by Bar Jones, a super cosy bar in the centre of Amsterdam, to design their new bar snacks menu and have it printed and laminated. They turned out lovely, I’m very happy with the illustrations and the lettering. Can’t wait to order one of the delicious (vegetarian) bites and have a beer at Jones’!
Are you interested in commissioning me on graphic design with the use of illustration? All sizes, colours, paper types etc. are possible, just shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com
Studio Stunner joined a collective to design 5 postcards and raise money to provide the refugees in the Lesvos camps with warm winter clothing.
Wildernis Amsterdam is arguably the most green and junglish store in the whole of Amsterdam; maybe even Europe! In an attempt to make the city a bit greener, plant by plant, this city jungle sells houseplants (from small to large, prickly to leafy!), designer pots, stationary and illustrations. I’m proud and honoured to be taken into their collection and sell my postcards in Wildernis Amsterdam.
Ever since I put them up in the store, Studio Stunner postcard have been flying around to LA, Norway, Melbourne, Warchau and even Afrika! Here’s to many more project with Wildernis Amsterdam :)
The jungle cards are also available in my online Etsy store. Click here to see them!
A super fun new project found me in September 2017. I got to make a big mural on the walls of Bar Jones in Amsterdam. This warm and inviting cafe in the centre, with beautiful 70’s furniture, gave me complete freedom in painting on the wall in the hallway; grabbing the attention of passer-byers.
I decided to keep the design calm, using only petrol blue and white, focussing on details and slick handlettering. Besides the text reading “over 30 varieties in Amsterdam bottled beer” I depicted a cheese platter, some beer bottles and a few pieces of the furniture as seen in the cafe.
Painting this mural took me 1,5 days; I used acrylic paint and a waterbased varnish. Are you interested in getting a mural done in your business or home? Inquire for prizes and possibilities at firstname.lastname@example.org
Back at making baby blankets again! I made this cute blanket for Luca, the son of my best friend, who was born on the 16th of October 2017.
For the first time I used a fabric that had my own illustration printed on it (by Spoonflower). It is a soft and airy cotton; on the bottom I used cotton teddy and the edges are sealed with cotton silk.
By hand I sew Luca’s name on one of the edges, making it a truely special and personalized blanket!
Would you like to order your own blanket or get some information on fabrics and prizes? E-mail me on email@example.com by using the subject: baby blanket
Ever wondered why there’s no International Men’s Day…? (pssst…because they don’t need one)
Power to the girls, stick it to the man :)
How fun are those little, digital, colorful representations of oneself?!:) Shoot me a message if you want me to design your very own!
The perfect gift for your boyfriend, mother, sister in law or retiring colleague! I paint these enamel mugs, white with dark blue rim, with a personal portrait and name so each one will be totally unique.
The diameter is 8 cm and they can hold 400 ml piping hot coffee or coco with a bit of rum ;) You can order yours in the Studio Stunner Etsy shop, just click here.
For the whole foods store A tribe called wild I designed a brand identity and logo that matched their ‘wild nature’ in compliance with a modern healthy lifestyle. At A tribe called wild they only sell natural and organic products without any packaging. In their briefing they asked to reflect the customers as a foraging tribe, bringing their own bags and pots to collect the products from the store.
The NPS14 conference ‘Fundamentally Innovative’ brings together researchers, scientists, students, engineers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, industrial professionals and managers to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, innovations and research results on all aspects of process technology.
I was asked to design the logo, promotional material, website and merchandise for this 3-day conference with over a thousand participants and visitors.
In 2015 I was asked to rebrand NPT; the Dutch Process Technologists Society. The wanted the logo to represent continuity, and connection; with a modern feel. I designed a logo, website and stationary.
In June 2016 my friend Ymkje Hettinga will finish her PhD research on childhood eye disease. She asked me to design the book cover for the publication of her research and it was a so much fun aswell as a great honour! She requested a youthful cover since the research tackles childhood eye disease. There were also some elements, like the hocky stick and the rabbit, that were requested by her lovely kids :). I used watercolour and some fine black ink for the details and I’m very happy with the way the cover turned out after it was printed!
Ever since I could hold a pencil I’ve been trying out different types of letters and writting. My journal is a clear example of how many different styles of writing I have made my own in the last decade. Recently, with the help of my friend and wedding planner Hilary Molinia, I have done some handlettering for a beautiful summer wedding, celebrating the love of Megan and Cameron, in Melbourne.
Since the start of my South-East Asia trip in April 2015 I’m part of the ‘Digital Nomad’ team for National Geographic Traveler Belgium/The Netherlands. As a Digital Nomad I write a short travel story twice a month and make two illustrations to go with each story. All my stories, about 400 words, have a single theme like a local dish, a particular animal, a course I took or a mode of transport. At the end of every story I give a little bit of advice called ‘my tip’. Since I write for the Belgium/The Netherlands department of National Geographic Traveler my stories are in Dutch but I took my latest blog about surfing in Sri Lanka and made an English version, click on the image below to read the article.
Click here to read all of my travel stories and see the illustrations I made for National Geographic Traveler. Curious to how I landed this job? Check out the photo below which I send to the National Geographic editors!