Rachelle Meyer

Rachelle Meyer - Designer

Amsterdam, Netherlands

An American Illustrator living in Amsterdam with 15+ years of experience in bringing children's books and literary subjects to life.

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I'm an American illustrator living in Amsterdam with a deep passion for books and visual storytelling. Born and bred in Texas, I moved to New York City not long after getting my degree in Studio Arts from UT Austin. Relocating to Amsterdam 15 years ago gave me the excuse I needed to pursue illustration full-time as a freelancer – and with rewarding results!

I've worked for trade publishers (Harper Collins, De Vierwindstreken), mass-market publishers (Kid's Marketeers), educational publishers (World Book, Uitgeverij Delubas), and self-publishing authors. I've applied my talents to interpret the work of contemporary best-selling authors such as Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius), Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife), and Nick Ortner (The Tapping Solution).

My illustrative art project, Faces on the Ferry, has captured the attention of The Guardian, Het Parool, TEDxAmsterdam, and FLOW Magazine. It's been an excellent way for me to continue to refine my signature style, which uses fluid lines, expressive color palettes, and bold graphic composition.

Finding inspiration through reading a manuscript continues to be one of my greatest pleasures, and I hope to connect with more publishers and authors through this platform.




Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Comics Non-Fiction
Travel
Fiction
Classics
Comics & Graphic Novels
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Poetry

Certifications

  • Dutch language
  • Studio Art, University of Texas Austin

Awards

  • 2018 – Nominated for Kinderjury, Het Raadsel van de Papegaaien [The Parrot’s Mystery], written by Renate Mamber, published by De Vier Windstreken
  • 2019 – Project Subsidy, Amsterdam Funds for the Arts: Faces on the Ferry

Work experience

Blits: Distant Lands

Uitgeverij Delubas
April, 2020 – June, 2020 (2 months)

Illustrations for a Dutch textbook, themed around world travel.

Climate-Smart Farming in African Drylands

Ojoba Collective, LUSH Cosmetics
August, 2017 – February, 2018 (6 months)

Climate-Smart Farming in African Drylands is wordless book about new methods for subsistence farming in Northern Ghana. The book works both a story and instruction manual, a graphic novel and an infographic.

Het Raadsel van de Papegaaien [The Parrot’s Mystery]

De Vier Windstreken
February, 2017 – June, 2017 (4 months)

HET RAADSEL VAN DE PAPEGAAIEN / THE PARROTS' MYSTERY written by Renate Mamber, illustrated by Rachelle Meyer, published by De Vier Windstreken. This Dutch chapter book contains adventure, excitement, and over 30 interior color illustrations by yours truly. Nominated for Nederlands Kinderjury 2018 / Dutch Children's Jury 2018. See samples in the "Gallery" section.

Rock Star Mom

Rocket Star Press
December, 2014 – April, 2015 (4 months)

ROCK STAR MOM, written by Wendy Parnell. Illustrated by Rachelle Meyer. Published by Rocket Star Press (Austin, Texas). A rollicking tribute to all the cool moms out there. Moms really are rock stars, and after reading this book, you will never forget it.

Freelance Illustrator

Self-employed
May, 2004 – Present (over 17 years)

I've worked for trade publishers (De Vierwindstreken, Harper Collins), educational publishers (World Book, Uitgeverij Delubas), mass market publishers (Kid's Marketeers), and self-publishing authors. I also work in editorial and lifestyle markets.

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