Presentation

Irene Maria Jacobs


I can't describe my style because it changes... the assignments are different all the time and every year there are new possibilities with new features in computer programs and new trends.

Issue 17 (3/2006) • december 31, 2006 • wersja polska »»


Irene Maria Jacobs

Irene Maria Jacobs.
Was born in 1969 in the Netherlands, and went to St. Joost Art College to study fashion Illustration.

During her practical year she worked free lance in Germany for several Magazines.

In 1993 she received a Bachelor of Arts degree and started working free lance with a group of Illustrators and designers at an advertising agency as an visualiser and design-assistant.

She started to work on the Macintosh with photoshop and Illustrator programs and got really exited about it.

In 1996 she moved to Rotterdam in the Netherlands and developed her Illustration skills.

At that time I was inspired by Japanese art, manga comics and the Designers Republic.

Nowadays I'm still located in Rotterdam inspired by many things; design, architecture, advertising, illustration and all the other designers out there on the internet.

Clients include: Vibe, Marie Claire UK, ESPN, WIRED, Jimmy'z, Moonstruck, Beyman Club, Bijenkorf, Ferrero, Coca Cola, La City (DDB- Paris), Toyota, Gavello, L'Oreal, Primark, Sainsbury's, Printemps.


Creation process

What tools or mediums you use to create your artworks?

Illustrator, Photoshop, indesign, Flash, digital camera, paint, ink, and anything else that I can think of to get the effect that I want.

Can you share your work process with us?

I think about what I want to do, mostly I go to the library and try to find books about the subject, I surf on the internet to find new styles and inspiration, I print all the stuff that might inspire me. Than I take pictures of what I have to draw, print everything and start sketching. I scan my sketches and import it in Photoshop or Illustrator and finish the illustration.

How do you find your inspiration?

Outside in the forest or in the park or at see... I wish but most of the time in the library in books about architecture, music, in movies, on the internet... everywhere actually.


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Talk about your background (educational, experiences and etc.)

My mother comes from Germany and my father came from the Netherlands. We moved around a couple of times, a lot of things change when you move, what stays the same are the things you like to do on your own, drawing has always been one of those things for me.

Because I couldn't draw anything else than girls, I always drew girls with different clothes.

I decided to study fashion Illustration at Art-school St Joost in Breda in the Netherlands. During my period of practical training I went to Germany to get some work experience in an advertising agency.

I wanted to learn more about graphic design and advertising. I made appointments with art-directors from the Magazines I liked, and asked them to let me do sample orders.

That never worked out, I wasn't very good at developing a good concept nor did I know what the hell they wanted to publish. I finished my education, but was very worried about weather I would be able to make money with my profession. After my study I called every agency and Magazine I could find in the phonebook or in Magazines and I was very lucky to get the chance to get another internship at a group of people called the Free lance team (a group of freelancers, illustrators designers and account people in the Netherlands.)

That way I got a chance to see how things work in the real world. After three month's of making coffee and helping designers and Illustrators, they offered me to join the team if I would be able to make enough money to share the costs. I learned to work on a Mac, and learned visualizing and designing, how to present things to clients how to make contacts and everything else that you need to know about being freelance.

After three years I wanted to try it on my own.

I found a place in an anti-squad building in a bigger city and moved there because it was cheap.

I needed all the money I earned with editorials to invest in presentations and computer stuff.

I mailed and called all the designers and art directors I thought were very good and asked them how I could improve my work, besides that I had/have a lot of friends who work as illustrators and designers who gave me a lot of good advice and help.

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Introduce your studio. The services and the clients you've worked with, ect.

My studio is my livingroom, I have a chair, a great computer a desk and a bed.

I have a website and jobs come in by email most of the time, we talk on the phone or use Ichat or skype.

Can you use words to explain your style?

I can't describe my style because it changes... the assignments are different all the time and every year there are new possibilities with new features in computer programs and new trends.

I can describe some styles that inspired me, for instance Manga (1994 - designers republic started that as far as I know) Informative Functionalism (wallpaper came with silhouettes and illustrator Illustrations that reminded me of posters illustrated around 1910/Ludwig Hohlwein /Graz/Bernhard/Bradley) Right now it is a combination of trying to spend less time behind my computer because my arm kept complaining drawing all the path's in Illustrator, so I try to combine things, and I love Jugendstil, although it has been to exposed and a lot of people are bored with it, I love nature and people so if I can do something with those subjects.

What do you try to express through your art works?

What I think and can not say and sometimes I try to express what somebody else wants... much harder...

© Irene Maria Jacobs