Hi! My name is Sarah van Dongen. I was born in Rotterdam almost 26 years ago and I have been drawing and creating story-worlds ever since. Although my mother is an artist, I always believed that I wasn’t supposed to go to art school. Instead I got my masters in Contemporary Literature in Amsterdam with a focus on children’s literature. During my studies, I took part-time drawing courses and prepared myself for the MA Children’s Book Illustration, which has proven to be a dream come true.
The narratives I created during the MA are interpretations of my own memories and dreams. I love to explore how colour, the use of details, and different settings can influence the atmosphere of illustrations. Although I tend to create images that are sweet and safe, I don’t shy away from the difficulties that every human being (eventually) faces. Subjects such as insecurity, loneliness, and loss are part of every phase of life, including childhood.