With each new issue of our magazine we feature handpicked artists in our magazine as well as in our banner space gallery here on our website. Our first featured artist for the Best Friends Forever Issue is the excellent work of illustrator Manon de Jong.
Manon de Jong. 29. Illustrator. Lives with boyfriend and 1 year old son in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Tell us your story? Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Manon de Jong and I’m an illustrator. I studied illustration at the art academy and started the label Monann a year ago. I’m selling postcards and prints of my illustrations, work for a variety of clients and just finished illustrating a children’s book.
I love to work with collage. I have drawers filled with scraps of paper and different patterns I collected over the years and can spend hours making combinations and playing with it. I have done this for many years and this is where my love for illustration started. At the art academy I started experimenting with drawing and painting and now I combine all these things in my work.
I’m mostly inspired by everyday life, by the beauty in everyday moments.
What makes you very happy?
When I’m working I’m constantly searching for the right combinations of patterns and colours in my drawings. Sometimes it’s a struggle but the moment when all these different elements come together and look just right to me, makes me very happy.
What are your future ambitions professionally?
I want to create a line of illustrated products for my label and would love to work on some inspiring collaborations in the future.
3 words that capture the essence of your artwork?
Everyday moments, patterns, colour.
3 most important things to you when creating?
Getting out of my head and connect with my feelings, my collection of paper scraps and materials, music.
3 best sources of inspiration?
My old scrapbooks, movies, daily life.
Why is art important to you?
Creating things just makes me really happy!
What makes a good friend according to you?
The feeling that you can be completely yourself in their company.
Do you have a best friend and where did you meet?
My best friend is my sister. We can share everything and understand each other without using a lot of words.
How does one know who’s a best friend?
When you can trust them completely.
Favorite things to do with a best friend?
With your best friend it doesn’t really matter what you do, but my favorite times with my sister are when we travel to another city for a couple of days and sit in cafes for hours and take long walks.