There’s a reason why illustrator, author, cartoonist, and designer Marloes De Vrie has such a massive following online (her Instagram page alone amassed some 125k devoted fans). Her comics style of illustration (humorous, playful, and colorful) is oftentimes very much on point. “Life is too short to search for matching socks,” remarks one of her characters (designed to look like De Vrie herself), while another solemnly states: “I finally understand I have just one body.”
Working as a freelance illustrator and writer, most of De Vries’ time is spent on creating illustrations for magazines, publishers and businesses. Since 2016, De Vries makes a monthly cartoon for the union magazine NT Magazine, and writes articles about self-development for Charlie Magazine and Flow, and in 2018, she was asked to develop a new weekly comic strip for the girls’ magazine Tina.
So it comes as no surprise that she took to illustration early on. As a little girl, she’d make robots out of shoe boxes and toilet rolls and would grab every piece of paper available in the house so she could draw; and by the age 18, she was accepted to the ArtEZ School of Arts in Enschede, where she studied visual communication.
Her favorite jobs include designing book covers and creating editorial illustrations for magazines. Take a look at some highlights from her Instagram page in the gallery below: