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Marieke Nelissen

Marieke Nelissen - The Netherlands, Netherlands based illustrator

Marieke Nelissen creates wonderfully intricate artwork that transports us back to the Golden Age of illustration. Her meticulous, hand-painted approach takes time and dedication, but the results are more than worth it. Whether she’s illustrating children’s books or commercial imagery, every painting draws you right into the scene and story.
Based in the Netherlands, Marieke lived in Mexico and Costa Rica when she was young, and her influences come from cultures all around the world. Ten years working in graphic design mean she knows how to deliver on a brief, and her clients always appreciate how she dives deep into each new project. She’s inspired by nature and creatives such as Edward Gorey, Lisbeth Zwerger, Shaun Tan, Tim Burton and Wes Anderson. Marieke has a degree in Visual Communication, specialising in Illustration, from Art School, ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Approach

Natural media is key to Marieke’s individual style. By building up forms with layer upon layer of gouache she gives her images a sense of volume and physicality. Sometimes, she mixes in coloured pencils and ink for a looser style, or works spontaneously with a glass dipping pen for black and white linework.

Styles

Marieke’s art has all the charm and intricacy of traditional 19th century illustration, infused with drama, humour and narrative thanks to her unconventional compositions, use of light and shadow and small, whimsical details.

Client list

Some of Marieke’s clients include Lemniscaat, Luitingh-Sijthoff, Gottmer, De Fontein, Hoogland & van Klaveren, Lannoo, Van Holkema & Warendorf and Clavis.
Badger illustration on paper by Marieke Nelissen
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de tovenaar van oz book cover
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prehistoric
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ship
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"Toto in the dark forest
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Travel
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museum
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"Hedgehog illustration between autumn leaves
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Captain
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Squirrel in an oak tree
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Mouse on the button of a dandelion.
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Wolf in birch snow forest.
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Travel
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Gouache illustration of porpoise in the sea
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Dorothy and Toto sleeping in a field of poppies
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museum
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Main characters of the wizard of Oz in magical landscape
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Polecat in tree stump
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Old photograph of a family on the wall
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Shrew on rocks for L.S
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Museum
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museum
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ship
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Flowerbed
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skull
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Mole under the ground
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Travel
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Portrait of a fox by Marieke Nelissen
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Ermine in the snow
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Roe deer in a field
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endangered
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Symbolism
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Muskrat on the waterfront.
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Mouse in the house
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museum
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Beaver rat in the shallow water
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Heart made out of fabric
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Bald little men in magenta landscape
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Dwarf bat flying in the nightnight
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extinct
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Tornado rushing over farmland
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Reflection of characters from the wizard of Oz in an emerald stone
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Lion roaring gouache illustration by Marieke Nelissen
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Gouache illustration of forester from the wizard of Oz.
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Endangered
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Gouache illustration of Hare in a field
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Gouache illustration of Raccoon in a tree.
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Tree marten in its layer
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The lion of the wizard of oz
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Travel
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The witch of the East for the wizard of Oz
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Dorothy lifting the scarecrow from his pole.
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Dorothy meeting the monkey king
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museum
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Loose line drawing of small wild animals.
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Mice in a berry bush.
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Bird on a branch of a pomegranate tree
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Bird on a cactus branch.
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Bat wearing sunglasses artwork by Marieke Nelissen
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Giant spider fighting with a lion
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Giant cup in a forest illustration by Marieke Nelissen
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Illustration of Girl and her dog in a tornado.
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Watercolor painting of blooming and a wilted rose
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Cockroach falling into a coffee cup
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Medically treated dog artwork
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Arrogant and chique poodle
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Cat with a pumpkin head
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Arrogant witch on a flying carpet
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Witch smoking a cigarette artwork by Marieke Nelissen
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Spanish dagger wearing a noh mask
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Meerkats in space suit illustration by Marieke Nelissen
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Old woman holding her tiny husband in a bag filled with water
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Toad holding a scythe and flowers
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Fantasy wolf portrait art
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Girl keeps boy at gunpoint with bow and arrow
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Bandits hiding behind trees in the forest
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King meeting dragon at the waterfront.illustration
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Bandits riding on horses on forest path
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Girl in the sidecar of a motorcycle.
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Different characters of woman for a children's book by Marieke Nelissen
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Different characters of man for a children's book by Marieke Nelissen
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Character design for children's book by Marieke Nelissen
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funny
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funny
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Humpback whale lifting up a small rowing boat with a child in it
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Child sleeping in a rowing boat
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Child sleeping on a cloud
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In my opinion, Marieke is one of the best Dutch illustrators in the Netherlands right now. The illustrations she has been making lately are truly beautiful in detail, composition and atmosphere. Her illustrations are made with utmost precision. She aims for the best and gives more than 100 percent. You feel her love and passion pouring out of her outstanding work.
Hannerlie Modderman, commissioning editor at the Children’s & YA List, Luitingh-Sijthoff Publishers
Marieke Nelissen is one of Holland’s finest illustrator. She pays a lot of attention to her work and continually develops her style. Her illustrations are captivating and keep fascinating.
Thille Dop, Senior Publisher , Luitingh-Sijthoff
Marieke illustrated several of my books. Working with her is always a pleasure: she has a perfect feel for the atmosphere of a story, a keen eye for the key elements and always knows how to surprise me and the audience with her elaborate, subtle and colorful illustrations. Se knows how to catch a story in images and her illustrations form an extra layer that adds a lot of value to a story.
Marco Kunst, Writer
Marieke and I have worked together closely for Beestachtige Buren, a book about all the wild mammals that live in Holland. Her illustrations are absolutely incredible. Every single time, she manages to give them the character and expression I envisioned and described in the stories. When my publisher and I agreed on the next book I was going to write, I immediately expressed my wish to work with Marieke again. We finished this natural-history-museum-in-print in the summer of 2020 and it was a huge pleasure working together. She brought me to tears multiple times, making ‘my’ beautiful animals come alive on paper. She is one of the most talented illustrators I know.
Lotte Stegeman, Writer and journalist
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