Hello & welcome! I’m Annemarie Vermaak.
I have been drawing since I was a 3-year old child. Two of my favorite materials to work with haven’t changed over the years: pencils & ink. And as a true Dutch girl I love Delft Blue which has been a major inspiration in my work since 2016.
In 2013, after a 15-year career in marketing & communication, I felt the urge to spend more time with my family and decided to pursue my long-awaited artistic dream of becoming an Illustrator so I decided to start my own business from home.
I am specialized in coloring pages, 3D diorama’s and also love to work on diverse illustrations and (typographical) collages. Since I am versatile in many traditional mediums my illustrations range from tiny detailed black & white drawings to larger loose colorful ones made with ecoline or acrylic paint. During the summer of 2016 I found a new passion: monkiri (Japanese paper-cutting)!
I tend to incorporate elements of nature, vintage, everyday objects and typography in my work. I’m constantly seeking new sources of inspiration, from magazine articles to animals and patterns.
While I’m not in my home studio, I enjoy watching series with any kind of popcorn, making Jan van Haasteren jigsaw puzzles, going for motorcycle rides on the back of my husband’s Wild Star, spending time with friends (+ a good glass of wine), staying at B&B’s (anywhere since I love to travel), admiring nature when the sun is out and iPhone photography. I also believe that you are never too old to learn something new (like how to fence), would love to move to Austria someday, should go to the gym more often and will keep dreaming of having twins.
In addition to being and doing all of the above, I am also the wife of Patrick and mom of my daughter Alieke (1998) & my son Mats (2010).
Curious about my professional background? Check out my LinkedIn profile.
April 2017: Newspaper article in ‘Gorcumse Courant‘: Gezicht van de week
August 2016: Spread with 2 mandala illustrations in the magazine Kleurglossy
May 2016: Magazine article in ‘SESTRA zomer!‘: Inspiratie
January 2016: Newspaper article in ‘AD Rivierenland‘: Eigen Kweek
December 2015: Newspaper article in ‘AD Rivierenland‘: Even vragen aan…
December 2015: 3 illustrations in the UPPERCASE creative calendar 2016
May 2015: Newspaper article in ‘De Stad Gorinchem‘: typographical collage in the Gorcums Museum
January 2015: Interview with Julie Putseys in ‘Verzin‘: Sesam geeft kinderboeken een kleurtje
November 2014: Interview with Anna S. E. Lundberg: from Project Manager to Illustrator
October 2014: Interview in the magazine ‘ATTENT‘ for the VOKK: De Kanjerketting van Prinses Fenne
May 2014: Interview with Kevin Spanjersberg for Karin Overbeek’s book ‘Creatieve Helden‘
You can find my work in the following books:
Creative book ‘Delfts blauw flora & fauna kleurboek‘ coloring book with 36 Delft blue illustrations, May 2017
Creative book ‘Natuur mandala’s‘ 36 Delft blue inspired mandala coloring book, August 2016
Creative book ‘Cut & colour‘ DIY diorama (for adults), August 2016
Creative book ‘Het Enige Echte Knip- en Kleurboek‘ DIY diorama (for kids), November 2015
Children’s book ‘Safia en de Droombellen‘, March 2015
Children’s book ‘Foute Boel‘, October 2014
Cover for educational book, ‘Creatieve helden‘, May 2014
Children’s book ‘De Kanjerketting van Prinses Fenne‘, self-published, 2013
Children’s book ‘Smiley Faced Cloud‘, self-published, 2011
Children’s book ‘Ella & Hips‘, self-published, 2007
May 2017: Illustrating NIVEA Silk Mousse bottles for Mother’s Day at Kruidvat in Hoofddorp
December 2015: Book presentation & live diorama-cutting ‘Het enige echte knip- en kleurboek‘ at Boekhandel Cursief
May 2015: Typographical collage ‘De Liefde‘ in Gorcums Museum
September 2014: Selection Pen & ink illustrations for my children’s book ‘Foute Boel‘ at La Caponniere
May 2014: Painting ‘Fun in France‘ in Bank van Noppes