Jade van der Zalm Illustration

Illustrator | Storyteller | Animator

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.

For job inquiries, please contact my agency contact@astound.us or directly to me at info@yu-niq.com.

Past events


Book publication – Radio Popov (Anja Portin) | Ploegsma

Book publication – Verboden kleuren (Margriet Du Maine) | De Vier Windstreken

Book publication РMijn zelfleesboek groep 5 (Het koekoeksmonster РLinda 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

Astound US Inc
18 West 18th Street,
New York,
NY 10011
+1 (347) 813 1932

Jade van der Zalm | KVK 77640705 |