Karolien Vanderstappen

Karolien Vanderstappen is a freelance illustrator who lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. She studied design and illustration at Sint Lucas Antwerp and at EINA in Barcelona.

Just like Picasso defines the artist, Karolien Vanderstappen defines illustrating as a way to bring back her inner child. She works in an instinctive almost playful manner in order to truly connect to what she is feeling as though she was writing in a diary. With collage being her middle name, her drawings are hardly ever reduced to a single technique. She tends to decorate her images with hand-drawn typographical doodles that are never of minor importance to the composition in comparison to the figurative elements. By doing so she creates small art-boards into her canvas that recall traditional comic strip layouts, fluctuating between 2 and 3-dimensional representations.

In 2010 she was selected for The Illustrators Exhibition of the children’s book fair in Bologna. She also participated in an international Illustrakids exhibition in Italy, dedicated to the writer and illustrator: Maurice Sendak, with a tribute to his renowned book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Her work has been published in various media and books.

written by Ladodo Gallery - Milano


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