Birth card for Oliver with Humpback whale mum and het calf in the blue sea, illustration and graphic design by Els Vlieger

Oliver’s birth card

I was honoured to illustrate and design Oliver’s birth card, baby drink announcement and sticker. Oliver is the cutest and most adorable son of my former neighbour and I see him almost every week when he’s visiting his grandparents who live next door.  Scuba diving is an important hobby and love for Oliver’s mum. The …

Colored pencil drawing of a girl with red hair in a landscape, by Els Vlieger.
Pencil drawing

Red-Haired Girl

Personal project, colored pencil on paper (Luminance, by Caran d’Ache). For the pattern on the girl’s cape I found some nice references in my World Textiles book. It’s a gem with lovely examples of folkore pattern. Inspiration for the landscape came from these sweet vintage postcards from Iceland. My grandfather brought them from his travels in the …

Color pencil drawing of a girl in a Scottish landscape, with Caran d'Ache Luminance color pencils, by Els Vlieger
Pencil drawing

New Color Pencils

  New, professional color pencils were on my wish list for some time. Over the years I collected some Derwent and Faber-Castell pencils in limited colors and used an old set of crappy Bruynzeel pencils, so I was very happy to receive this set of Caran d’Ache Luminance color pencils for my birthday recently. These sets are …


Okapi Girl

I just fished another gouache painting on paper featuring a girl with an okapi and a bird in a West Highland inspired landscape. In this post I’ll quickly show you my sources of inspiration and the process of the various stages. Before there was any painting it started with another daily sketch for Inktober on Instagram last month. Here …


The Two Sisters

When I started with Instagram about a year ago one of the nice things I discovered were the challenges, like Inktober and the 100 Days project. You set a goal by creating something new every day in a self chosen theme and post it on Instagram. This way you’ll get in a nice flow and work around a theme. For …

Illustration,Surface Pattern Design,Textile design


    A few months ago the very nice Garbiñe Tolosa from the Spanish indie brand maripuri tijeritas approached me to design a print for her new collection. Maripuri tijeritas is a small label of intimate apparel and alternatives to disposable items, designed and manufactured in Donostia (Basque Country) with sustainable and natural materials. They create comfortable, different …

Surface Pattern Design,Textile design

Farm Life

A little while ago I designed a new collection for Kersenpitje Belgium. It’s called Farm Life and chickens and foxes are the main theme. It has three different variations. One is called the Dancing Fox, my favorite. There is yellow and brown the Fox and the Hens. And the third one is called Hens, a simple corresponding pattern with little orange chickens. This …