Hi there, mijn naam is Ilse! Ik ben illustrator, freelance digital artist, creatief docent en all-round creatieveling. (English Below)
Over Ilse
Ken je dat gevoel, toen je een kind was en alles mogelijk leek? Je kon zo het bos in rennen en misschien een fantasiewereld vinden. Of je bouwde je eigen kasteel uit kartonnen dozen en dekens. Alles kon gemaakt en bedacht worden en het was fantastisch. De magische verhalen waarover je las in boeken waren echt en er was een eindeloze mogelijkheid in het maken van dingen. Dit is wat illustraties maken is voor mij.  
Mijn ideeën komen uit mythologische verhalen en verre culturen waarvan mijn meest gebruikte inspiratiebronnen Japan en Noorwegen zijn. 
Vanaf jonge leeftijd heb ik me al gespecialiseerd door het doen van een opleiding gefocust op media vormgeven en illustratie aan het Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam. In deze opleidingen heb ik mezelf gefocust op digitaal tekenen met Adobe Photoshop en Procreate. 
Daarnaast haal ik ook veel energie uit het geven van lessen en persoonlijke ondersteuning aan andere creatievelingen​​​​​​. 
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My story
You know that feeling of when you were a kid and everything seemed possible? You could run into the woods and maybe find a fantasy world. Or you could create your own castle out of a cardboard box and a blanket. Everything could be made and it was fantastic. The magical stories you read about in books were real and there was just this endless possibility in making things. 
That is what making art is like for me. ​​​​​​​
I've specifically chosen an art education from the age of twelve and it has caused me too put all my passion and enthusiasm into my art. After finishing school I taught myself through books and online classes. This path has taught me to be more disciplined and work independently when it comes to making my creative work while keeping an eye out for what could be better the next time I put pencil to paper (or pen to tablet in my case). 
Right now I'm working parttime in retail. The rest of my time I'm using get my creative work out there. 
I've given presentations as a motivational speaker on subjects such as: "working independently" & "Being your own art teacher". It really gives me a lot of joy to help people find their way in fulfilling their passion. 

The Japanese Alps (from a trip in 2019)

​​​​​​Places that inspire me
My ideas come from mythology, nature and cultures around the globe. My favourite being countries like Japan and Germany which I have been lucky enough to visit. 
I relax while reading fantasy and play D&D or one of many (board)game. But the best time for me is when I go to the nearby woods and take a long walk in nature. 

Photo from our Japan trip in 2019
Photo from our Japan trip in 2019
Photo from my Germany trip in 2022
Photo from my Germany trip in 2022
Photo from my Germany Trip in  20222
Photo from my Germany Trip in 20222
People that inspire me
If you like my work I think you would love these artists too. Some have inspired me for years, others I have found just recently. 
I fall in love with art that features bright colours, magical and folklore themed subjects and cute critters. ​​​​​​​
While I look for new inspiration through other artist on social media I also mention a couple of old masters below. I think it's important to have a balance of classical and modern artists as your source of inspiration as they can teach different lessons through different types of art.

Art by Louie Zong @everydaylouie

Art by Maike Plenzke @maike_illu
Art by Maike Plenzke @maike_illu
Art by Ivan Bilibin (Russian classical fairytale illustrator)
Art by Ivan Bilibin (Russian classical fairytale illustrator)
Art by Andrew Bosley @andrewbosley
Art by Andrew Bosley @andrewbosley
N C Wyeth (American illustrator)
N C Wyeth (American illustrator)
Thank you for reading this far, if you have any further questions don't hesitate to e-mail me ;)
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