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 training or a brainstorming session, the information design and use of metaphors in a functional illustration can help you get the message across.

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HOW • In close collaboration we create a refined story, test it with your target audience, and translate this into a visual tool you'll be happy to use.

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"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 intersection. I always validate an idea before continuing with it, and aim for easy to read images that are beautiful, fun and smart!

I specialize in technical and scientific topics, and items about psychology and the mind.

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As a cultural anthropologist I am interested in making sense of a social environment through independent research and analysis. My work as a graphic journalist follows along the same lines but utilizes the far greater freedom of the visual medium to present my findings to the reader in a compelling way.

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 sharpen their own opinion.

In a time of 'fake news' and a growing distrust of mainstream media, alternative forms of journalism like this are both refreshing and necessary in order to stand out and involve today's audiences in the myriad global challenges we face.

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In my personal work I like to reflect on my everyday experiences and interests. Topics like the mind, being of mixed heritage, and our relationship with technology tend to resurface. These projects are a place for me to experiment, be free, and learn new things.

Currently I'm also exploring traditional Chinese paintings (国画). Typically these feature nature scenes such as landscapes, plants and animals. I find the study of the techniques involved and the feeling of the brush to be very relaxing and helpful in 'emptying' my mind.

High quality prints and originals of my personal work are available through my shop.

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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 yet meaningful.

I am a self-taught artist with an academic background in artificial intelligence and cultural anthropology. The hands-on fieldwork methods and analytic thinking both come in handy when illustrating complex concepts. I aim to translate these into accessible, visual stories that anyone can understand.

Topics of special interest include: science and technology, the relation between man and machine, privacy, psychology, the environment, and work in the age of automation.

I work with a mix of digital and traditional media, using a Wacom tablet and Chinese ink.

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





The Summer Studio Residency in Illustration at SVA, New York went by in a flash. Our Open Studio displaying all the work we made in just five weeks took place on June 27th. To see my main expo project and some photos of the evening, click here!



I’m really happy to share that I was accepted into the “Illustration and Visual Storytelling” Studio Residency at the School of Visual Arts, New York! After the program I will be staying in New York throughout most of the summer to enjoy the city and look for new opportunities.



From May 9 - 12 I will be in Toronto for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! I will be there for the first time, as a visitor. Really looking forward to meeting other illustratos and comic artists!


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

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