Behind the tall doors of a typical Berlin “Altbauwohnung” the illustrations of Amarins de Jong come to life. Her studio is bursting at the seams by the ever-growing collection of bright paper scraps, discovered during everyday activities or found on one of her trips abroad. To keep the collection under control, all pieces will be gradually incorporated into colorful collages. Thereby Amarins enthusiastically seeks out the best composition that provides a striking illustration which translates the commissions essence in a colorful visual story.
Amarins sometimes believes she was born in the wrong century because she loves to work with analogue techniques. However she learned to embrace the benefits of the digital age and that’s why her illustrations consist of a mixture of digitally generated and hand-drawn components.
Amarins feels at home in Berlin and likes to explore the city during one of her cycling-tours, riding her dutch bicycle. She takes her inspiration from Berlins versatility: meeting different cultures, languages, rhythms, patterns and underground spaces. She is fond of her husband and daughters, traveling, dutch licorice, beautiful stories, words like the German word “Fernweh” and color, lots of color.
Amarins de Jong was born in the Netherlands and studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. After working as an interior architect, she moved to Berlin (end of 2008) and shifted her focus to her true passion, illustration. She gained experience as an illustrator in the beauty industry where she was part of a creative team and worked on various campaigns. After that, she decided to start working as a freelance illustrator to be able to further develop her own style. She worked for clients as Glossybox and Capital One. Besides, she creates personal artworks which were exhibited at several locations including the Neon Chocolate Gallery in Berlin.