Hi!

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Here I am sitting at my desk in search of the perfect day-job, to sustain my family, give me financial stability and enable me to keep creating new artwork. I’m not joking when I tell you it’s a proper juggle.

2020 is around the corner and 5 years ago I wanted to be a millionaire in 2020..haha! We’ll I guess I still have just over 13 months to make that happen. But on a serious note, 5 years ago I decided to get back into drawing, my lifelong passion.

I was a stay-at-home-mum for almost 4 years to take care of my son Saliou (7) en daughter Awa (5). ‘Stay at home’ sounds so easy..but I worked my butt off. In the Netherlands you can choose to not work and fully care for your kids if you are a single parent with the youngest under 5 years. So that’s what I did.

No regrets, it was needed. But what I did notice when I started an internship with Bureau Tint in September 2018, is that your brain goes kinda rusty quick!! It was a real shocker to discover that it’s just like returning to the gym after not having used it for years.

I had learned to use the Adobe Creative suite during my years at Art Academy (2003-08), but hadn’t really used it for 10 years. You can imagine how that went. LOL

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Last day at my internship with Neil Tomlow and Laurens-Jan Pubben

My internship was brilliant and I’m eternally indebted to Laurens-Jan Pubben and Neil Tomlow (the owners) for giving me this opportunity. I was part of their communications agency for 8 months with the intention to broaden my skills in Illustrator, Indesign and Photoshop, but also to gain a better understanding of design within a professional setting. I designed logo’s, house styles, business cards, created illustrations and more. It was just a dream to be part of a young and creative team for a while and get back into the routine of working life.

Since the internship has finished I’ve been working on freelance jobs (1 a month or so) and I’ll be sharing more about this in a separate post.

For now I am updating my website and I’m in the middle of curating my own work, aiming to pick out my best pieces to display in my portfolio on the website by the end of the month.

So stay tuned and you’ll hear from me again soon.

Isabella