I dream of my own Pippi Longstocking castle in France near Paris. With lots of whispering trees, animals and flowers where I can stare out of my window and I make art all day!
Where do you live?
The Netherlands, in The Hague (10 minutes from the sea)
Where have you lived?
-a tiny village in the south of the Netherlands for 18 years
-various cities in the Netherlands
-Belgium (while going to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts)
What medium do you use?
Gouache, watercolour, pencil, ink, computer, pastel, collage
How do you stay inspired?
Traveling, staying open for everything, museums, visiting friends and having a nice chat, reading books, writing, going to the movies, drinking coffee while sketching and relaxing
Where do you buy your art supplies?
In an art store nearby
Do you work traditionally or digitally?
What color combination are you most excited about right now?
PINK, YELLOW and BLACK
What blog(s) do you read?
I don’t read blogs, I’m sorry. I do love to read books!
Why do you like being an illustrator?
It makes me so very happy, it makes my heart sing and I simply HAVE to do this. It gives me fulfillment and a connection with myself. Illustrating makes me the best me.
If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
A doctor, or a flower shop owner
What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
Working for Anthropologie; illustrating and writing my own children’s books
Name something you do in your spare time.
Yoga, cooking, visiting friends, drinking coffee, reading, writing, walking, traveling
What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
Making 20 (!) giant posters for The Dutch Dance Theatre in about 4 days. We hired a photographer and a dancer. We built a white space and we took a bucket with red paint. Then we asked the dancer to dance with the red paint while the photographer took photos. He took 20 pictures and we designed the 20 posters. It was an amazing project!
What are you reading now?
Isabel Allende – The Japanese Lover. Tara Mohr – Playing Big
What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
Norman Fischer – Sailing Home: beautiful book
Where would you like to travel to next?
New Zealand, San Francisco, Norway, Paris, London, Berlin—I want to travel everywhere!
What’s your favorite TV show?
Don’t have one, I don’t like TV
What movie have you seen several times?
Amelie, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Who are you in “The Office”?
A hard-working lady in a dress or in cool sweatpants
What is your favorite cheese?
Dutch and French cheese. And mozzarella!
If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it?
Seductive Red Riding Hood
Do you wear shoes when you do art?
Definitely. I love wearing shoes.
What do you listen to while you work?
French chansons, Edith Piaf, Daft Punk, jazz, blue note music…
What artist are you reincarnated from?
I guess it must be Virginia Woolf or Beatrix Potter
What’s your middle name?
Marenthe is my first name, my middle name, and my last name too. It’s just Marenthe.
What do you wish your middle name was?
If you could eat only one food, what would it be?
How do you stay in shape?
How don’t you stay in shape?
Drinking coffee and eating chocolate
What is your current favorite font?
My designer-friends designed a font for me, the MARENTHE-font!
How do you take your coffee?
Like the Italians do: cappuccino
Whom would you like to meet?
Johnny Depp, the Dalai Lama and J.K. Rowling
What question would you most like to be asked?
Want go to New York with me?
What was your favorite illustration assignment?
Lilla’s classes and the stamps I did several times for Dutch Royal Post
Children’s Book Museum
Dutch Royal Opera
Dutch Royal Mail
Elle Girl Magazine
Erik Verdonck Fashion
Museum Corsica, France
Netherlands’ Dance Theatre
Roger La Borde (London)
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