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Q&A with Lienke Raben | Holstee

This month we accomplice with illustrator Lienke Raben, who relies in Amsterdam.  Lienke likes to deal with murals (she has a mural firm known as Wallnuts), hand-lettering, and character illustration.  She enjoys working with a vivid and restricted coloration palette.  Lienk says of this month’s theme, “Integrity is a crucial worth to me. I generally is a bit sluggish with my ideas and my emotions, however that is actually because I wish to determine, first, what one thing means to me and the way I really feel about it, earlier than sharing it with the world.”


For a bit extra about Lienke, this is a brief Q&A:

The place is dwelling for you?

My very own residence in Amsterdam.  I prefer to be dwelling and make my place cozy.  And it feels much more like dwelling now that my girlfriend moved in with me. 🙂

What’s your definition of a profitable life?

I dream about touring and doing mural initiatives overseas.  However, in the long run, it’s nearly doing the issues that you just like and spending time with the folks you like.  That’s success for me.


Describe your excellent day.

Sleep in, brunch with croissants or pancakes (or each, even higher), and after that it doesn’t actually matter, as a result of after a fantastic begin like this, it will probably solely be a pleasant and chill day.  Perhaps go for a stroll in nature, go to a museum, play video games or simply watch a sequence.

How did you get into design?

I’ve simply all the time favored drawing.  I joined each coloring contest as a bit child and I used to be all the time doodling.  Once I was a bit older, I began to love promoting and did a venture concerning the historical past of promoting for a dutch chocolate model at school.  I believed I wished to work for an promoting company.  Proper now although, I’m extra concerned with communication and explaining then actually promoting.  I like the design considering strategies, and to be a part of an even bigger venture, working with a workforce.  Proper
now, I’m combining this with being a contract illustrator and mural artist.

The place do you discover inspiration?

Coloration combos, shapes and patterns – this may be in nature, garments, inside, graphic design, and so on.  And, simply ready for inspiration by no means works for me.  I simply have to take a seat down and begin and settle for that it doesn’t all the time must be good and end in something.  Generally a doodle, even an older one, may give me inspiration to make a brand new drawing.  Additionally, touring (doesn’t essentially should be far-off!) offers me loads of inspiration.  I all the time hold a journey diary with little drawings and writings. I hope to have the ability to journey once more quickly.

What’s your dream design venture?

I really simply labored on my dream venture that has been on my wishlist for fairly some time.  Designing a beer label!  I labored along with Queers & Beers and hope to do extra for them sooner or later.  One other dream design venture could be designing the id for a music pageant.

Which designers or thinkers affect/encourage you?

I’m impressed by lots of people I comply with on Instagram. Listed below are a number of that I like: Hedof, Malika Favre, Sebastian Curi, Tom Haugomat, Xaviera Altena, Lisa Congdon, Hey Studio, Rafael Mayani, Carolina Buzio, Maria Medem and, in fact, my Wallnuts buddy Esther (Vonik).

What was the inspiration behind this design?

Humorous sufficient, I made this illustration as a doodle on the phrase ‘Construct’ for Inktober 2019.  I like the straightforward shapes and patterns.  And, I additionally like drawing palms. However, I really suppose it really works means higher with the phrase ‘Steadiness’.


How does Integrity play out in your life?

Integrity is a crucial worth to me.  I generally is a bit sluggish with my ideas and my emotions, however that is actually because I wish to determine, first, what one thing means to me and the way I really feel about it, earlier than sharing it with the world.  I discover integrity a phenomenal character trait in different folks too. I feel it’s courageous if somebody dares to be susceptible, whereas the other is perhaps typically anticipated from the world round you.

In the meanwhile, what’s your favourite…

Coloration: Cobalt blue
Meals: Ramen
Music: Stonefield – Sleep (Stonefield is definitely the final live performance I’ve been to, when it was nonetheless potential, proper earlier than corona!)


Thanks for sharing with us, Lienke!



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