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Bubbly, extremely talented and with an enthusiasm so contagious you can’t not go out and chase your dreams after you meet her: Ellen Vesters, illustrator extraordinaire and current student at the Cambridge School of Art, is one of those people who simply inspire. Ellen’s work is colourful, whimsical, carefree and oozes her enthusiasm and passion for making.

After working as a psychologist for 10 years, Ellen decided to switch careers and follow her artsy heart to become an illustrator; a bold, daring and risky move not many people would feel comfortable making. Her advice? Just do it! “Life is short and you only get one chance to make something of it,” she explains. Don’t think too much about what other people might think of your decisions; as long you’re certain about your new path, others will only be supportive.

“A friend once told me: we’re all just a bunch of monkeys running around this earth, in the end; we’re all just doing whatever. So we may as well do something fun!” Taking her own advice to heart, Ellen started a master’s programme in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art last year, travelling back and forth between Utrecht and Cambridge several times a month. “This programme is one big dream come true,” Ellen gushes. She says attending the school was like coming home to people who thought and acted just like her, one big, creative and inspiring family. The classes, instructors and fellow students have allowed her to grow in her work in a way she wouldn’t have been able to do alone. “I’m being taught by illustration experts; people who know exactly how to bring out the best in you,” she explains.

Currently, Ellen is working on an illustrated story about the life cycle of a father-daughter relationship; a project very dear to her heart and something that signals a big departure from her usual happy-go-lucky subjects. “I’m very close with my dad, and he’s been sick a lot the past few years. I was so afraid of losing him and wanted to confront this fear by writing a story about it,” she says. The project is a work in progress, and once it’s finished she plans on publishing it.

Keep an eye on her blog for sketches of the project and more of her lovely work! And check back later on Hello Frankie to read all about Ellen’s store/workshop side project turned big: Urlaub!

– Suzanna –