Becoming a freelance illustrator
I had just decided to réally give Gouden Lijntjes (my company) a chance, 3.5 years ago. Because I had no idea where to start, I decided to go to an event for illustrators in Rotterdam, which I encountered on Facebook. Not that I called myself an illustrator. Or thought I could draw at all. But hey, it seemed like an interesting group of people and there would be an inspiring speaker (fun fact: that was illustrator Marloes de Vries – of whom I’m a big fan ever since).
There I met illustrator Annemarie Gorissen (who makes gorgeous drawings for magazines etc). She had brought her iPad and showed me a couple of pen stories. Now thát seemed convenient! I had no clue how to build the skills to draw just like her, but I felt: I need this little toy.
Creative without a budget
Problem: I was pretty broke. I had just come back from a big trip, and my best plan to stay off of my parents’ couch was to couch surf my friends anti-squatters home in Londen for a month or so (thanks, Kirs!). I did build up a bit of savings to survive my first couple of months as a freelance, but to take such a big chunk out of it right away.