I have a degree in History of Art (University of Leiden) and have been active as an independant illustator since 2007. I make illustrations for children's books, design boardgames, make historical illustrations and work for several magazines and companies.
My techniques are water colour, acrylics, pen and ink and digital, but first and foremost I am a drawer. Pencil and eraser are probably my favorite utensils. A good drawing lays the foundation for good art.
I'm very fond of fairy tales and myths, and much of what I make is fantasy oriented. The first professional illustrations I made were for a literary fantasy magazine, and the fantastic remains a constant in my work. That does not keep me from experimenting with other styles and techniques if the project I'm involved with calls for it.