Lianne Middeldorp


Lianne Middeldorp
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My fascination with fashion, beauty and lifestyle started since I was a young girl. For many years though, it only was a hobby for me. It was only after graduating as an MSc in Public Administration & Communications and working for five years in the corporate industry that I found out my true passion lies in creating interesting content and artwork. 

Since 2016 I work full-time as a freelance (fashion) illustrator and content creator, and I have worked with several magazines and brands such as Milk X Magazine and Clause Watches. My work has been featured in the likes of Marc Jacobs and Moschino who shared my artwork. 

I would describe my style as messy, different and imperfect. It partly functions as a statement against all the bubbly Instagram pics with doughnuts, lattes and other perfect settings of the last years. I do not want things to be perfect in life.

I mostly work with ink, markers and paint in my work, but I'm always searching for new ways to create art and challenge myself. 

I specialize in:
- Fashion Illustrations
- Live-drawing
- Collaborations with photo- and videographers 

Our readers would love to get to know you more Lianne . Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I think I have, like any other, a unique way of how I look at the world. I try to put my own experiences down on paper in my own messy, imperfect way. I love fashion, and it is a great way to translate the most beautiful photography and settings on paper. At the same I also use my thoughts on the perfect Instagram blogger world (all pink and bubbly) as a counter statement - things are allowed to be imperfect. So I try to not focus much on all things pretty in my illustrations. I hate perfection. 

Lianne , what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Illustrator?

I love to keep creating artwork my entire life, that would be my biggest aspiration. It would be great if I can collaborate in the future with more parties to create things together. I started illustration as a self-taught thing, but I followed multiple courses over the last years to further hone my skills. 

Who is your inspiration in life Lianne ? How do you keep inspired?

I don't not have one big inspiration, but fashion photography, old vogue magazines and Parisian life inspire me a lot. Also I do gather a lot of inspiration from big artists such as Matisse, Kees van Dongen and Malevich. 

We all make mistakes Lianne , we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Illustrator , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Over the past years sometimes I have been too good with trusting people, so you are not always paying the needed attention to getting contracts right etc. I can't turn it back, but it was one of my most valuable lessons, making sure you are on the same page with the client with the rights of use of the artwork.

Lianne  ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Illustrator, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

I am trying to be as honest as possible to my clients and give them a reasonable timeframe when I can deliver something. Usually this works out just fine, also when it means that I have to work a couple nights, that is just part of the job. 

Please tell us Lianne , about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Illustrator?

I think it is a pitfall to only be a creative mind, being strategic is just part of the job, just like any other. I am trying to use a good project planning for myself. Also making sure you set the right expectations with the client helps a lot and it creates a certain calmness in your own mind as well. 

Lianne , please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Sometimes it is difficult to meet specific demands of clients, because you also have you own opinion of how it should be. I convinced my client once that the ladies in my illustration shouldn't smile more as the 'edge' in the entire spread would be gone. In the end they agreed, but I really had to convince them this is my style.

Lianne please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Illustrator. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
The accomplishment I am most proud of was the recognition I got from Marc Jacobs and Moschino when they shared my artwork. I really admire them and it was a confirmation for me that people like what I do and what I have to tell.

Lianne , please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I like the assignments when people give you carte blanche. For my work at Cause I can be quite creative. For some assignments they mostly leave everything up to me and just give a theme. I came up with a series of minimalistic drawings for their new jewellery line. 

What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Illustrator?

1. Just start creating. Do not wait for inspiration to come, because it will come eventually. 
2. Have fun, enjoy the process of creating.
3. Improve your skills by taking the education you need. 
4. Get out there and collaborate. 

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes. I would love to work together with fashion photographers to integrate illustration and photography. Also it would be great to collaborate with a fashion brand and create artwork for one of their items. Collaboration is key to create great things. 


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