Hi! I am Jade van der Zalm and welcome on my portfolio.
I was born in China but I am raised in the Netherlands. I studied Communication and Multimedia Design at the Avans University of Applied Sciences and graduated with Honors in 2020. I also won the award for best graduation project of 2020. After graduating I started working parttime as an animator at IDS. The other days I work on my portfolio to pursue a career in childrensbook illustration. I am currently represented by the artist agency Astound.
When I was young, I always thought that I did not like drawing because I did not like to color coloringpages. When I got a coloring page I would turn the paper upside down and draw my own stories and characters on the blank side. From young on I liked drawing girls with long and flowy hair and I still do! Growing up I realised that it is not just the drawing that I like, I love the fact that you can create worlds, characters and stories. I am mostly inspired by the colors and shapes of nature.
In my free time you can find me cooking, reading, taking a walk or working on fun little pasion projects.
Book publication – Radio Popov (Anja Portin) | Ploegsma
Book publication – Verboden kleuren (Margriet Du Maine) | De Vier Windstreken
Book publication – Mijn zelfleesboek groep 5 (Het koekoeksmonster – Linda Vogelesang ) | Ploegsma
Book publication – Pingwing (Rick Meijer) | Ploegsma
Book publication – Mijn zelfleesboek groep 4 (De spreekbeurt – Lizette de Koning ) | Ploegsma
Nominee Pixi Award | De Vier Windstreken
Book publication – Het zonnige zomerboek (De zomerbruiloft – Kelly van Kempen) | Moon
Winner The Vaan Award | Avans University of Applied Sciences