Hi! I am Tamar Sleven, a Dutch illustrator, writer and creator based in Scotland. My illustration work is characterized by a maximalist approach to colour and a deep appreciation of all things weird and wonderful.
My illustrations are all traditionally made, starting with a pen drawing which is coloured in using different media. I often use collage techniques as well, adding found images, or drawing details separately and then pasting them in to get a layered effect.
I became an illustrator in a roundabout way: I studied photography at the Royal Academy of Art. After graduating I started on a diverse creative career path, working as a photographer, graphic designer, editor, writer and digital producer in the Netherlands and abroad.
Besides working as an illustrator I also still take on freelance online communication projects, in English and / or in Dutch.