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Hi and welcome to my drawing world!

I just love to make art, especially for children.
I'm an illustrator and surface pattern designer with a degree in graphic design.

My first picture book was published in 2013

My work is available for licensing and commissions.

I would love to work with you!

I use layering and textures in my work.

And combine traditional methods with digital finishing.


I find inspiration in nature, vintage children's books, mid-century design and art.


Please contact me for custom made birth cards and invitations.

In my Etsy shop I sell prints, handmade throw pillows, tote bags and zipper pouches from my own designed fabrics.


My work has been described as colorful, poetic, playful and elegant.

Surface Pattern Design

Tray designs for Roltex Bolt fabric pattern<br/>Birds in the garden Bolt fabric pattern<br/>Bearlines Notebook design <br/>Our House in the Middle of the Street Bolt fabric pattern <br/>Our House in the Middle of the Street Serving tray design <br/>Meerkats' Party Posse Zipper pouch design <br/>Dear Betsie <br/>Make Art that Sells assignment Plates design <br/>Desert Succulents <br/>Make Art that Sells assignment Bolt fabric design <br/>Vintage Kitchen <br/>Make Art that Sells assignment Fruit Girl Fruit and Vegetable Fruit and Vegetable Fruit and Vegetable Fruit and Vegetable

(Custom) Card Design

Custom made birth announcement Custom made birth announcement Custom made birth announcement with stickers Custom made wedding card design Custom made birth announcement with magnet Postcard design<br/>Running squirrels Postcard design<br/>the Raccoon Postcard design<br/>The three dancing bears Postcard design<br/>The happy bears Postcard design<br/>Let's Party Postcard design<br/>Pretty windy today Postcard design<br/>Bearlines Postcard design<br/>Fender's heaven Postcard design<br/>The lady in blue Postcard design<br/>The crow Postcard design<br/>Ten lions on the bus Postcard design<br/>Eight lemurs Postcard design<br/>Six hippos on a diving board Postcard design<br/>Four juggling badgers Postcard design for atelier reclamekunst, SLAC in Leuven Poster design for SLAC Leuven, 2010 Book cover design<br/>'Hooggeëerd Publiek!' Book cover design<br/>'Reclameklas SLAC, 2008-2012'

Wall Art

Wall Art <br/>Love Will Travel <br/>Make Art that Sells assignment Wall Art <br/>The swimmers Wall Art <br/>These are one of my favorite things Wall Art <br/>The glories of wisdom Wall Art <br/>The bird Wall Art <br/>The reading girl

Shop

Print<br/>Dancing Couple<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Prints<br/>The Chickens<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Print<br/>The Fairground<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Print<br/>Bonne Annee<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade throw pillows<br/>The piglet's parade<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade throw pillows<br/>Volkswagen pattern<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade zipper pouch design<br/The marmots<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade zipper pouch<br/>The racer<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade zipper pouch design<br/>In bath<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade tote bag design<br/>The circus of penguins<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade tote bag<br/>The racer<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade toddler's bag<br/>Unicycling piglets<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade tote design<br/>Lily of the Valley<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade tote bag<br/>The 3 friends<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade large floor cushion<br/>Lions on the bus<br/>Commissioned Handmade tote<br/>The party<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade tote<br/>The donkey ride<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade tote<br/>The horse ride<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade tote<br/>The jugglers<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade throw pillow<br/>The bath<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Handmade babyblanket<br/>Buses<br/>Fabric available in my Spoonflower shop Needle felted brooches<br/>Available at my Etsy shop Work in progress<br/>Needle felted brooches<br/>Available at my Etsy shop

About

Hi, I’m Els. So nice that you’ve arrived at my little website!
I’m an illustrator and surface pattern designer from the Netherlands, currently living in Belgium with my husband, 3 kids and my Australian shepherd dog.
I started my professional career as an art historian, researching 17th century Dutch Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. That was such an inspiring place and exciting time for me, studying these gorgeous paintings and living in this wonderful city. But ever since I was young I wanted to create and my love for pencils and paint lured me back to school again. I got a degree as graphic designer, and I now combine my learnings as art historian and my creative passion in my designs.
I’m inspired by this Golden Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, by everything nature has to offer, by lovely old picture books, beautiful patterns and old stamps. On rainy days I like to browse old National Geographic magazines.
I admire the work of Saul Bass, Paul Rand and Charley Harper. I love the bold and fresh Marimekko designs as well as the classic William Morris patterns.
In my illustrations I like to experiment with various techniques, collages and acrylics. My work has been described as colorful, playful and poetic.

Prints as well as handmade totes, zipper pouches, pillows and brooches I designed and sewed are available in my Etsy shop.

Some of my fabrics are sold at Spoonflower.


I'm available for representation and licensing opportunities. Please contact me for commisions too. I would be very happy to work with you!



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Contact


Els Vlieger
Vredestraat 15
3010 Kessel-Lo
België
tel +32 16 22 94 30
els.vlieger@skynet.be