questions

The answers to the questions people ask me the most! If you didn’t find your answer, please try to google it, a lot can be found on the world wide web ;-).

What technique do you use for your porcelain?

I use ceramic transfers that I order at digitalceramics.com
For more information about the technique, just follow the link.
The porcelain pins and brooches are printed with magic decal
paper I buy at craftycomputerpaper.co.uk.

Can you teach me how to be an illustrator or give me guidance (for example during graduation)?
Unfortunately I cannot do private lessons in person, by email, skype or guide you in any other way. I’m quite fully booked with work as it is and need to spend some time with my loved ones now and then ;-). You can subscribe to one of my courses in Utrecht though, if you live nearby or do the online selfstudy illustration course I have available in my etsy shop.

Do you take on interns?
I have in the past but right now I can’t offer internships. If this changes in the
(near) future I’ll let you know through my blog/website.

How did you start as an illustrator and how do you promote your work?
I used to be a fashion designer, working for different labels. But most of the work you
do there is on the computer and I really missed ‘the material feel’. I also designed a
lot of prints for t-shirts and all and really loved that, more than designing the clothes
itself. So I began a new education in Illustration (art school). After that (in 2007) I
started my own business as an illustrator (freelance) but teached illustration and arts
on the side to have a steady income. I made little booklets and send those to
magazines or companies I’d like to work for. I also applied to several open calls and
got some commisioned work through that. I always keep my portfolio (a real and
online one) up  to date. At some point people know you and your work and spread the
word… 
   
Do you mostly work by hand, or digital, or 50/50?
I think it’s like 60/40. I draw everything by hand first (using a black fineliner or ink,
sometimes paint), then scan it and add color on the computer. If I’m making a
complete illustration, I do the same and then put everything together on the
computer.  If you like to learn to work like I do, see the workshop page.
   
Do you draw your illustrations first and put them onto products, or do you
always have an end product in mind?
Sometimes I just draw and find a use later, sometimes I do have a product in mind
first (like with the porcelain). It also depends on if it’s commisioned work or
something I’m developing myself. 

Can I show your work on my blog/ tumbler/ website?
Yes you can, provided that you:
-mention it’s from me
-include my name
-link back to my blog, website or shop
Thanks!

What would you give as tip(s) to an illustrator that wants to start freelancing?
see this blogpost: free friday questions – start freelancing

How much did it take you to find your style?
see this blogpost: free friday questions – style

What is important when I open an Etsy shop and how can I promote my shop?
see these blogposts: free friday questions – etsy shop, free friday questions – get found, free friday questions – shop promotion

How do you get ideas and how can I be more creative?
see this blogpost: free friday questions – creative ideas