This month's feature artist is illustrator Jacquelilne Van Leeuwenstein. I saw Jacqueline's illustrations on a Facebook group page that I am a member of called Magically Mixed Art Community. Jacqueline's illustrations make me smile :) I love her ability to capture personality and humor into her artwork. Jacqueline was born in the Netherlands. Her father is Dutch, but her mother came from Indonesia. From her mother's side of the family she has Indonesian, Chinese, Jewish, French, German and Dutch ancestors. Quite a variety of backgrounds! Maybe that's where all of her creative ideas come from!
I have to say it looks like Jacqueline has fun with her art! She went to school in Arnhem and studied to be a painter and artist. Fifteen years ago a publisher asked her to do illustrations. So, Jacqueline has been working as an artist for over 30 years and an illustrator for the last 15 as well.
As I mentioned, Jacqueline was asked by a publisher to illustrate for their company. She has always created her own drawings and made up her own stories. She said "I always thought that there were so many other illustrators so they didn't need me as well". But her unique style of her illustrations found their way into the publishers eye. She was also concerned that she would not be able to illustrate a book if she didn't like the story. But now she doesn't mind. She thinks of it as a challenge.
I asked Jacqueline to share a little about how she creates her illustrations. Here is what she had to say:
"I'm very old fashioned. I use paint brushes and ink/ecoline/acrylic paint. I used to work with markers, but I prefer the line a brush makes."
Here is an illustration that Jacqueline shared that shows how a character comes to life: