Biography of Marja Meijer, illustrator of the children's picture books "A Book for Benny" published by Clavis Publishing, New York.
Marja Meijer (Musselkanaal, Groningen, the Netherlands, 1966) has been drawing since she was born. It was not really surprising that she went to the Art Academy in Kampen to study illustrative design. After graduation she started working as a freelance illustrator in Arnhem and worked in the beginning mostly for regional newspapers and magazines. In 1992 her first picture book was published, De gouden gans (The golden goose). Since then she is an acclaimed and wanted children’s picture book authority in the Netherlands and abroad. Marja lives with husband and children in Velp.
What are the materials you like best to work with?
“I use different techniques depending on the commission and my state of mind. I like to work with pencils, acrylics, aquarelle, ink and sometimes digital tools. For the illustrations in the CLAVIS-books about Grandpa I use a collage technique. For the Miss Fiep series I use color pencils in combination with Photoshop. For educational commissions I prefer digital tools.’