For years, illustrator Karlijn Dammers kept herself an art journal in which she expressed her feelings in all kinds of imagery. This slowly transformed into portraiture, and into the beautiful series of illustrated girls she creates today. I love the big blushes on their cheeks and the combination of fine and messy lines. It gives her work a bit of a crude, one of a kind character. The lines in particular are very important to Karlijn, who has been carrying the nickname lijnemeis (which translates to linelady) from a young age.
Karlijn currently lives and works in Den Bosch, the Netherlands and creates her work from a small studio based right outside the city centre. On her Instagram and Facebook you can find many more of her work (she is currently creating a gorgeous set of Inktober portraits!).
You can find a selection of Karlijn’s illustrations (originals and prints) available in her Etsy Shop.