A chat with

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk is a painter and illustrator based in The Hague. When he's not working he's probably playing chess or walking his dog.


Jordy van den Nieuwendijk graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague in 2011. Besides his free work he did projects for countless clients such as American Express, The New York Times and Jacquemus.

Here's a selection of his recent work 👌

Hi Jordy, thanks for taking the time to chat with us! For starters, what led you into this creative career?

I figured at quite a young age that drawing at pre school was so much more fun than all the other classes like math and geography. I drew a lot as a kid. Mostly cartoons and drawings for classmates. Later on I rolled into graffiti — as I thought that was a cool thing to do ‘with drawing’. Later when I studied illustration in Rotterdam I learned I can make a living for myself doing what I love. That really set me off.


Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere around me, all of the time. I’m always looking around — some people call it day-dreaming however I consider it working 🤓


Can you show us how your studio looks like?

Sure! Here's a video:

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How do you conquer a creative block?

I don’t really have creative blocks, as in, drawing is my job, and over the years I have learned how to get drawings done, how to approach assignments, how to translate ideas into visuals. It’s like asking a cab driver if he sometimes doesn't know where or how to drive... he knows. It's his job 🤗


What gives you energy outside of work?

I really like being outdoors. Having a dog means I am walking around outside a few times a day.


What are your three favourite Instagram accounts?

1. @scenic_simpsons


2. @alexandercoggin


3. @Kunst_katalog


What are your three favourite spots in The Netherlands?

1. I absolutely love the beach no matter the weather.

2. I think the sculpture park at Kröller-Müller (De Hoge Veluwe) is great.

3. Any bookshop.


What have you recently seen that you think is great creative work?

There is this fashion designer called Jacquemus who I think is doing a really good job at the moment. Then perhaps the latest hexagonal paintings by David Hockney...

Jacquemus SS19

Any cool projects you're working on yourself right now?

I am actually making a pretty epic level in Minecraft at the moment...


Can you give one piece of advice to young creatives?

Try not to work for free. Don’t sit around and wait for work — try to create (and share online) exactly the kind of work that you wish to receive commissions for. Ask people that inspire you for tips. Make sure you are present online (and therefor discoverable). Find what truly excites you so you’ll never get bored. And remember; clients come and go, money comes and goes, but your portfolio stays! Once you have an portfolio no one can take that away from you. So keep producing!


Thanks a lot for your time and your answers! Check more work from Jordy on his website or Instagram.