Spotlight Artist: Rachelle Meyer
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How many years have you been a freelance illustrator?
I’ve worked in the graphics field for most of my adult life, but I narrowed my focus to illustration when I moved from New York to Amsterdam in May of 2006.

What can your work be applied to commercially?
My strength lies in story, so books and editorial work are the obvious choices for me. In this past year I also experimented with pattern design and animated GIFs, so that opens up a lot of possibilities in surface design and digital media. Trying my hand at new techniques and forms always means that I return to the narrative works sharper and smarter. So I’m game for anything, really.

Where would you most like to see your illustrations being used?
The sky is the limit. I am a devoted bibliophile, so there is always a special thrill for me in working on a book project, but anything that challenges me intrigues me. My ultimate goal is to illustrate my own stories and generate a lot of creator-driven books and products.

What inspires you?
I am such a big fan of taking a walk. As often as I can, I take a “midday constitutional” during my lunch break and return to work with new ideas and my head screwed on straight.

Having a healthy community of creative people around me is also vital. Whether it’s through professional organizations, studio mates or friends on social media, having other artists inspire me or tell me when that elbow I drew looks a little wonky helps my work grow in the most successful way.

Apart from illustration, what other skills do you have?
When I decompress, I start cooking. I’m tweaking a blueberry pancake recipe now and I think it has almost reached perfection. I can also touch my tongue to the tip of my nose, but I don’t recommend that for everyone.

What’s your favourite sandwich filling?
Bagel with the works. Keep your eye on those rolling capers.

Rachelle Meyer
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)64 186 13 81

I'm an American illustrator living in Amsterdam. My work has been used for best-selling authors such as Dave Eggers, Audrey Niffenegger, and Nick Ortner, and I work for publishers … Show more.

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Profile updated 6th January, 2022
Member since 27th February, 2014
Kinderjury 2018, Nominated Hotze de Roosprijs 2018, Finalist Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Prize
HELLO Amsterdam, Time Out Amsterdam, Harper Collins, Hogeschool Utrecht, de Vier Windstreken, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, DOLhouse Creative Agency, Sixpenny Magazine, LITo…
Thank you so much for not only sharing your wonderful art with us, but also using your talent for capturing TEDxAmsterdam! It was a genuine pleasure to work with you.
— Kitty Leering, Producer, TEDxAmsterdam