Mei-Li Nieuwland Illustration. Editorial | Business & Science | Graphic Journalism | Personal Work

"I'm convinced that any topic, no matter how complex, can be explained with an illustration. In my work I look for opportunities that allow me to prove this claim."

WHY • You want to communicate something in a way that will engage your audience and be remembered.

WHAT • Whether you are preparing a presentation, a promotional campaign, or writing a book, the information design and symbolism in a functional illustration can help you get your message across.

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HOW • In close collaboration we uncover the visual essence of your story, test it with your target audience, and translate this into a visual tool you'll be happy to use for years to come.

"Extremely pleasant to work with"

"Smooth collaboration"

"A very professional experience"

In editorial illustration the ideation phase is crucial. To come up with great concepts and smooth out the collaboration, I ask critical questions during the briefing and provide options at each step. I always validate an idea before continuing with it, and aim for easy to read images that are beautiful, fun and smart.

I have a special interest in illustrating technical and scientific topics, as well as subjects about psychology and the mind.

Looking for an illustration? Please contact me through hello@liea.nl or one of the social networks below. Thank you!

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Graphic journalism is a way for me to make sense of social phenomena, and present my findings to the reader in a uniquely accessible and compelling way. Most of the methods involved stem from my training as an anthropologist, such as fieldwork and (desk) research, conducting interviews and data analysis.

I have done both visual essays (based on literature research) and graphic journalism (based on fieldwork). While my stories are always grounded in reality, I like to tell them from a personal perspective that gives readers something to agree or disagree with, to help them figure out their own perspective.

In a time of 'fake news' and a fiercely competitive economy of attention, alternative forms of journalism like this are both refreshing and necessary in order to cut through the noise and reach today's audience.

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My personal work is a place to experiment, sometimes involving related fields like design and architecture. I enjoy exploring new media ranging from ink and paper, to wood and fabrics.

In recent years my interest has shifted from illustration to bigger, physical objects with a practical or decorative function, such as furniture, (interior) design, and architecture.

High quality prints and sometimes originals of my personal work can be found through my shop.

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Portrait

Mei-Li Nieuwland (鄭美麗)

I am a Dutch illustrator based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

My passion is to create images that are both “good to see” and “good to think”: to translate great ideas into visuals that are aesthetic and meaningful.

As an artist I am mostly self-taught, with an academic background in artificial intelligence (2008) and cultural anthropology (2012). My limited art school experience comes from the School of Visual Arts (New York), where I followed the illustration residency in 2019. I thankfully draw from this mixed background when tackling complex topics, with the aim of translating them into accessible, visually pleasing stories that anyone can understand.

Topics of special interest include: computer science and technology, architecture and urban planning, protest movements, and work in the age of automation.

I work with a mix of digital and traditional media, using a Wacom tablet and sometimes integrating textures made with ink.

When I am not drawing I like to practice recurve archery and learn new languages.

News

2024

13

JUN

For their annual member meetup, Pictoright invited me to give a talk and participate in a panel discussion on generative AI and what to make of it as professionals working in the visual arts.

23

MAY

I started my second collaboration with Studio Monnik, developing visualisations for an exciting and creative project about the energy transition.

31

JAN

After helping in the development of a successful demo in 2023, indie game studio Wispfire brought me on as freelance producer for their upcoming title Red Kiss: a queer vampire thriller set in 1980s Berlin.

Contact

I am currently available for new freelance projects. Let’s work together!

Interested but not sure where to start? No worries, I would love to think along. Drop me an email at: