My name is Els van Den Bosch and I am an Illustrator and Artist, living in Rotterdam. My work is inspired by personal experiences. Depending on the project, I work digital, analog or both.
After graduating from Gymnasium Haganum in The Hague I moved to Bournemouth in England for a Foundation Year at the Arts University Bournemouth. There, I learned a lot about English art, culture, landscapes and language. After this very exciting experience, I moved to Rotterdam and graduated in 2022 with a bachelor in Illustration at the Willem de Kooning academy.
During the summer of 2023 I did an intensive month-long portraiture course at the Charles Cecil studio's, where I was taught the sight size technique and painted portraits from life.
As long as I can remember my parents brought art into my life by taking me to museums, watching films about history and art, and giving me books about artists that we both enjoyed. They introduced me to a wide variety of artists and painters, for example Rembrandt, Van Eyk, Vermeer, Mondriaan, Tanaka Ryohei, Kusama, Snoeck and many others. This love for art and history is something that I have adopted and still inspires my own art.
my interested lies in how we, as humans, love, communicate, act, feel, need and exist.
I make self initiated work, for example paintings, illustrations, and drawings, about things on my mind or encounters that have sparked my interest, and portraits of friends, family members and strangers. Moreover, I enjoy working commissioned, exchanging ideas with clients, working on logo’s, branding, posters, album covers, clothing and illustrations that match their goals and my artistic ambitions for the project.