Tjarda Borsboom

Tjarda Borsboom - Designer

Nijmegen, Netherlands

I am Tjarda, a freelance illustrator from Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I live with my husband, two boys and our dog.

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Overview

I am Tjarda Borsboom, a freelance illustrator from Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I always loved to draw, ever since I was a little girl. I have been illustrating freelance for almost 5 years and I have clients all over the globe. My jobs are very divers, I do still make greeting cards, but I also do quite a lot editorial jobs, for example for a toddler magazine. I also illustrated a few picture books. 'The first illustrated Thesaurus' for Usborne, a book for Londons transport Museum (the London Bus Model book), a book for the Dutch Heart Foundation, and last year I've made a book for children about dog language. I love to work digital in Adobe Illustrator, so my work is mostly vector based. Still it is quite complex, I love to work with textures and a lot of details. I am inspired by colorful things and nature.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Certifications

  • Make Art That Sells A - Lilla Rogers Studio
  • Make Art That Sells B - Lilla Rogers Studio
  • Make Art That Sells - Illustrating Children's books - Lilla Rogers Studio

Work experience

Freelance illustrator

Self-employed
October, 2012 – Present (almost 9 years)

I am a 100% freelance illustrator since 2013.
Before I also did freelance illustration work, beside my day job. For over 10 years my job was Desktop-publisher, which is very useful as I still know all about delivering good printable files (certified PDF files). I've worked a lot in Adobe InDesign and still am able to design and edit books, magazines, flyers etc.
Currently I mostly work in Adobe Illustrator, and also provide vector based (layered) files.

Product designer / illustrator

DP Factory
December, 2010 – December, 2013 (about 3 years)

I worked 24 hours/week at this company, where I mostly designed stationary products, DIY products, toys (puzzles, games) and packaging. Think about: Christmas wrapping paper, paper party cups, DIY embroidery kits, paper tablecloth and napkins designs for Easter or Christmas, greeting cards, activity books for kids etc etc. All these product were meant for mass production and available at stores like Action, Hema, Xenos, supermarkets.

Desktop Publisher

LaVerbe
December, 2003 – December, 2010 (about 7 years)

As a desktop publisher I've made tons of magazines, books, brochures, flyers, packaging. I worked in Adobe InDesign and also edited photo's in Photoshop. This job experience is still very useful as I still know all about delivering good printable files (certified PDF files).

Creative Desktop Publisher

Bureau ReActie
January, 2001 – December, 2003 (almost 3 years)

As a desktop publisher I've made tons of magazines, books, brochures, flyers, packaging. I worked in Adobe InDesign and also edited photo's in Photoshop. This job experience is still very useful as I still know all about delivering good printable files (certified PDF files).

Tjarda has 2 reviews

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Professionalism
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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jose Mercado
It was an honor to have Tjarda illustrate my board book! Professionalism Tjarda is a one-stop shop! She illustrated the board book, including the cover and all the lettering. She handled it all with ease. She added so many great details to the book. Quality Every time I received a sketch or draft I was blown away and could not stop smiling! It was like she was reading my mind. The book ...
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Jose Mercado, April 2021

Tjarda Borsboom
Thanks to you, Jose. Your story is great and you did a very good job by preparing everything carefully. I can’t wait to see the book finished! It was a real pleasure working together.

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Kelli Pearson
Tjarda has been awesome to work with! Her illustration, colors, and style are EXACTLY what I was looking for. She was communicative and open to changes until we got it just right. My book cover is gorgeous! I can't wait to work together again in the future to see what other gems she comes up with.

Kelli Pearson, September 2019

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