Nice to meet you :)
I am Wendy Denissen, an illustrative designer based in Amsterdam. In 2009 I graduated from the St. Joost Art Academy in Breda and since then I have been working as a freelancer.
I had a quiet childhood on my parents farm, where I was raised with my five siblings. Mostly we played outside together and we got our first computer when I was already 15. Sometimes we were allowed to watch TV, which was an old one with only five channels. With eight people we gathered around the small thing, and it was there where I first could dream about a world outside the farm and the small village where it was located. All day I would draw women in detailed dressed and little clothing shops, with a ball pen in a notebook. The first time I saw a fashion catwalk show on TV, I decided it was my destiny to become a succesful clothing designer. However, I realised early enough that it is inconvenient when you're scared of the sewing machine. Instead I decided to study illustration, which turned out to be a much less dangerous profession.
In my late twenties I finally made the decision to the trade the quiet and rural south for the big city. I love the dynamics of the city and I feel inspired by it every day. A little bit of travelling here and there also helps. In my work I like to zoom in on the hardships and joy of the every life. I can’t get enough of creating new characters (including lots of self-portraits), but I also love drawing food, plants, house objects and - of course - clothing. Being surrounded by animals in my childhood, they seem to reappear in most of my drawings as well. Favourite animal is the cat, I love how they don’t seem to care about anything but food and scratching their back. In my illustrations I combine patterns with graphic shapes, all in bold colours. I work mostly in ProCreate and with Posca markers..
Please contact me if you want to work together! You can e-mail me at email@example.com
Education & Work
2005-2009 Bachelor Illustrative Design at AKV St. Joost in Breda
2009 - 2013 Supervisor Creative workshops at Foundation De Vrolijkheid
2009 - now Working as a freelance illustrator in a shared working space in Broedplaats Volkskrantgebouw in Amsterdam
List of Clients
Ma Vie magazine / Uitgeverij Leopold / Popshot magazine / Boekie Boekie magazine / The Social Brand / koffieTcacao magazine / Wunder / Ondernemersvereniging Javastraat / Adobe / Uitgeverij Loopvis
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All images, prints & illustrations © Wendy Denissen may not be reproduced in any form without written permission.