About Marijke Buurlage

Marijke Buurlage (1989) is an illustrator who lives in the north of the Netherlands. She graduated from Minerva Academy Groningen (2009-2013) and has been working as a freelance illustrator ever since. She mostly works on editorial illustrations for magazines, children’s books, book covers, posters, apps and e-books, but she also loves working on self-initiated side-projects. Her work is vibrant, light-hearted, playful and feminine and her two most favorite things to draw are animals and botanicals.

Marijke Buurlage is available* for illustration projects in all shapes and sizes. Don't hesitate to contact info@marijkebuurlage.com for questions or a price quote. All questions or remarks are welcome!

*Fully booked in 2024

Selected Clients

Jumbo Toys and Games (NL) ۰ Clavis Uitgeverij (NL) ۰ Quarto Knows (UK) ۰ Larousse (FR) ۰ Flow Magazine (NL) ۰ Mudpuppy (US) ۰ Moppet Books (US) ۰ VPRO Gids (NL) ۰ Swatch (CH) ۰ WNF (NL) ۰ Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (NL) ۰ Nongfu Spring (CN) ۰ Uitgeverij Ploegsma NL) ۰ Adobe (US) ۰ Quest (NL) ۰ Auzou (FR) ۰ Uitgeverij Moon (NL) ۰ Uitgeverij Snor (NL) ۰ Nextquisite (UK) ۰ Izzy Wheels (IE) ۰ Rebel Girls (US) ۰ Solberg & Hansen (NO) ۰ Cocofloss (US) ۰ HelemaalShea (NL) ۰ Yoto Play (UK) ۰ DOT Magazine (UK) ۰ Songfa Ceramics (CN) ۰ IAPM Mall (CN)



Magazine LETTER / Leeuwarder Courant / Friesch Dagblad
Two editorial illustrations for an article about traveling.

My 'New York City' illustration was published in Errratum magazine.

Jumbo Puzzles & Games / Map of Holland Puzzle
More than 100 illustrations for Jumbo's 'Map of Holland' puzzle.

Jumbo Puzzles & Games / Map of Germany Puzzle
More than 100 illustrations for Jumbo's 'Map of Germany' puzzle.


Happy Yak / Quarto Knows - The Seaside in 100 Words
A picture book for Happy Yak, filled with 100 illustrations for kids to learn new words.

Happy Yak / Quarto Knows - My Garden in 100 Words
A picture book for Happy Yak, filled with 100 illustrations for kids to learn new words.

Uitgeverij Snor - Je Eigen Paradijs
Illustrations for 'Je Eigen Paradijs', a book about how to create biodiversity in your garden.

Clavis Uitgeverij - Piranha van Goud
A picture book about a goldfish who is ready to be himself.

Mural - Sheffield Children's Hospital
A garden inspired mural for Ryegate House, Sheffield's Children's Hospital.


Mudpuppy - Dominoes 'Under the Sea'
Illustrations for a dominoes game published by Mudpuppy (US).

Mudpuppy - Wild Bingo Board Game
Illustrations for a magnetic board game published by Mudpuppy (US).

Happy Yak / Quarto Knows - My Home in 100 Words
A picture book for Happy Yak, filled with 100 illustrations for kids to learn new words.

Larousse Jeunesse - Le Fabuleux Imagier de Marijke Buurlage - Animaux!
Picture book (48 pages) for Larousse (FR).

Happy Yak / Quarto Knows - My Home in 100 Words
Picture book (20 pages) for Happy Yak / Quarto Knows (UK).

Uitgeverij Snor ۰ Chocolate Bar Packaging
Illustrations for two chocolate bar packaging designs publisehd by Uitgeverij Snor.


Mudpuppy - Who's in the Wild - Board Game
Illustrations for a board game published by Mudpuppy (US).

Mudpuppy - Color the Ocean - Bath Stickers
Illustrations for stickable foam bath shapes published by Mudpuppy (US).

Mudpuppy - Lift the Flap 'On Safari' - Puzzle
Illustrations for a lift the flap puzzle published by Mudpuppy (US).

Mudpuppy - Dominoes 'Wildlife' - Kids Game
Illustrations for a dominoes game published by Mudpuppy (US).

Mudpuppy - ABC Ring Flash Cards - Educational Kids Toys
Illustrations for ABC ring flash cards published by Mudpuppy (US).

Mudpuppy - Color the Ocean - Magic Bath Book
Illustrations for a magic bath book published by Mudpuppy (US).

Taalkado / Afûk - Newborn Giftbox
Illustrations for a newborn giftbox including games, toys and garlands.

Auzou - Jeu Du Mini-Bac
Illustrations for a kids card game, published by Auzou (FR).


Uitgeverij Moon - Het Wonderlijke Winterboek
3 illustrations for one of the stories published in 'Het Wonderlijke Winterboek' (the Wonderful Winter Book), published by Uitgeverij Moon (NL).

Afûk - It Grutte Foarlêsboek 2 ۰ November 2019
Art direction and 3 illustrations for the Frisian story book 'It Grutte Foarlêsboek 2' published by Afûk.

Eden Books - Me Myself and I (DE)
A book I originally illustrated for Uitgeverij Snor got translated to German.

Songfa Ceramics - Ceramics set design ۰ July 2019
Design for 2 different sets of ceramics by Songfa Ceramics.

Mudpuppy - Under the Sea Puzzle Sticks
A puzzle that I illustrated for Mudpuppy with under the sea theme. With the puzzle sticks you can make 6 different images.

Mudpuppy - Under the Sea Mini Memory Match
A mini playing cards set that I illustrated for Mudpuppy with under the sea theme.

Tufts University - Magazine Illustration
An illustration for an article about international projects by Tufts University.

Mudpuppy - Llama Drama playing cards
A playing cards set that I illustrated for Mudpuppy with animals theme. The game is called Llama Drama and it comes in a cotton bag, which makes it perfect for traveling.


Yoto Play card illustrations ۰ December 2018
I illustrated 4 story cards for Yoto Play, a clever speaker for children.

Uitgeverij Ploegsma - Heldinnen (cover illustration) ۰ November 2018
A cover illustration that I made for the book 'Heldinnen' ('Heroines'), which is filled with stories about women and girls that made a difference.

Uitgeverij Snor - Me Myself and I (NL) ۰ October 2018
For this book - filled with pyschology and philosophy, all about getting to know yourself better - I got to make about 50 illustrations.

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden - Kunstdetective ۰ July 2018
I illustrated a series for a scavenger hunt called 'Kunstdetective' in the Rijksmuseum of Oudheden in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Mudpuppy - Jumbo Puzzle Illustration ۰ June 2018
An illustration of one of my unpublished picture book artworks was used for a fun jumbo puzzle published by Mudpuppy.

Izzy Wheels - Wheel Chair Design ۰ April 2018
I designed a wheel chair for Izzy Wheels for the spring/summer collection of 2018. Shop my wheel design and/or read more about this Izzy Wheels on www.izzywheels.com.

KinderGuides - Romeo and Juliet ۰ April 2018
A 47 pages long children's picture book that I illustrated for Moppet Books's KinderGuides series. These 'KinderGuides' are easy learning guides that introduce iconic works of classic literature to young readers.

Uitgeverij Snor - Snor Pocketboek 'Surf' ۰ March 2018
A pocket book for Uitgeverij Snor about 'surfing' that I got to do the illustrations for.

IAPM Calendar 2018 ۰ January 2018
I illustrated a Chinese New Year calendar for the IAPM mall in Shanghai.


Brand Magazine, Issue #34 ۰ December 2017
My 'Pairs' game was featured in the wonderful Brand Magazine, an international design magazine.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 ۰ November 2017
I created an illustration for the wonderful best-seller book 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2'.

The Monster Project 2017 ۰ October 2017
This is the third year that I participated in the Monster Project. And this year a 'Monster Project Art Book' was published with my work in it as well!

Nongfu Spring - Tea Pi packaging design ۰ July 2017
A packaging I illustrated for Nongfu Spring's Tea Pi iced tea bottles (lychee & rose flavor).

Flow Magazine - Working Nine to Three ۰ July 2017
An illustration about working less hours for Flow Magazine NL #5, 2017.

Flow Magazine - A Day in the Life of ۰ June 2017
An illustration about a typical day in my life as an illustrator for Flow Magazine NL #4, 2017.

Flow Magazine - Grace ۰ February 2017
An illustration that I made for an article about 'grace' in Flow Magazine NL #2, 2017. Also published in the France and English version.


DPI Magazine - Art Quarter vol. 14 - Taste it! Food Branding & Packaging Made Success by Illustrations ۰ December 2016
My Chochochou chocolate bar packaging illustrations are featured in this amazing magazine filled with great packaging design.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls ۰ December 2016
I created an illustration for the wonderful best-seller book 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls'.

Society6 Art Quarterly ۰ November 2016
Some of my work was published in the Art Quarterly #1.4 by Society6.

Christmas Campaign Solberg & Hansen ۰ November 2016
An amazing packaging illustration project for Solberg & Hansen's Christmas campaign.

Make-up Pouch Cocofloss ۰ September 2016
Another fun assignment: creating an illustration for a make-up pouch by flossing brand Cocofloss.

Quest Psychology (NL) ۰ July 2016
An illustration for an article in Quest Psychology (NL) about why traveling far increases your social status.

Cover for Regatas Magazine ۰ July 2016
A cover illustration for the Peruvian sports magazine Regatas, all about the Olympics in Rio 2016.

Postcard for Uitgeverij Snor ۰ June 2016
A postcard I illustrated for Uitgeverij Snor.

Travel Illustrations for the Pacific Alliance ۰ May 2016
An illustrated series created for a travel magazine called 'Four Nations, an infinite experience' by the Pacific Alliance, designed by Milk Estudio.

Swatch Social Media Campaign ۰ May 2016
An illustrated series for a social media campaign by Swatch, to promote the new Swatch POP watches.

VPRO Magazine ('VPRO Gids') Cover ۰ May 2016
An illustration for the cover of VPRO Magazine's weekend special, that came along with 'de Volkskrant' newspaper.

Choco Chou Chocolate Bars ۰ April 2016
I illustrated a series of chocolate bars for Choco Chou.

Errratum ۰ April 2016
One of my Cambodia illustrations ('Water Village') got published in the French paper Errratum.

Aviary by Adobe ۰ February 2016
Illustrations for a sticker pack and overlay pack for the photo editor app 'Aviary' by Adobe.

WNF Lifeguard Posterzine ۰ February 2016
A poster design for the WNF Lifeguard Posterzine of Februari 2016.

VPRO Magazine ('VPRO Gids') - Correspondents Dinner NL ۰ February 2016
An illustration for VPRO Magazine about the Dutch Correspondents Dinner in 2016.

Flow Magazine - Early Morning ۰ January 2016
Two illustrations about the joy of the early morning for Flow Magazine NL #1, 2016.


Travesías Magazine - Cambodia ۰ December 2015
An illustrated series of five pieces about Cambodia, for the Mexican travel magazine 'Travesías'.

DOT Magazine - Rock'N'Sock ۰ December 2015
I illustrated a page for the poem 'Rock'N'Sock' in DOT Magazine; a quarterly print magazine by Anorak Magazine, aimed at boys & girls aged 5 and under.

CasaFacile - Coloring page ۰ November 2015
I illustrated a page for a coloring book project of CasaFacile: an Italian home decor magazine. The theme was 'home'.

VPRO Magazine ('VPRO Gids') - Fossiel is passé ۰ November 2015
An illustration for VPRO Magazine about divestment in the fossil fuel sector.

VPRO Magazine ('VPRO Gids') - Geen gebakken lucht ۰ November 2015
An illustration for VPRO Magazine about CO2 emission.

Storytime Magazine - Christmas Story Special ۰ November 2015
Illustrated three full-page spreads for the Christmas Story Special of Storytime Magazine for the poem 'Twelve Days of Christmas'.

Uppercase Magazine - Issue #27 ۰ October 2015
Featured in Uppercase Magazine as one of the 30 'New Illustration Talents'.

NeverLazy Magazine - Issue #19 ۰ September 2015
Featured in NeverLazy Magazine including portfolio material and an interview (5 spreads).

SOFFA Magazine - Issue #10 ۰ August 2015
My 'Underwater World' illustration was published in SOFFA Magazine in their 10th issue, that focused on eternal youth.

It Grutte Foarlêsboek app (Afûk) ۰ August 2015
I provided all the illustrations for the story and game 'It Toverboek' in the 'It Grutte Foarlêsboek' app. This is a Frisian app focusing on educating kids about the Frisian language.

CasaFacile ۰ July 2015
My artwork for the Natural Recall project got featured in the Italian magazine CasaFacile.

Uncovered Classics ۰ June 2015
I designed a book cover for Uncovered Classics: a project that promotes female writers of the 20th Century.

Natural Recall Book ۰ January 2015
My work got published in the Natural Recall artbook, along with 39 other selected artworks.


Sir Magazine ۰ 2014
I illustrated my studio for Sir Magazine's 'workspace' rubric.

Brochure 'Talen Kleuren Je Leven (Afûk) ۰ 2014
Illustrations for the Frisian brochure 'Talen Kleuren Je leven' about raising your kids multilingual. In collaboration with Buro Klei and published by Afûk.

Photoshop Magazine #26 ۰ 2014
Photoshop Magazine wrote an article about me and my work.

Boekie Boekie #94 ۰ 2014
I was nominated for the Boekie Boekie stArt Award, and I ended up in the final ten. Therefore one of my illustrations was published in Boekie Boekie Magazine and in the Boekie Boekie 2014/2015 agenda.

Caren Magazine ۰ 2014
I provided the illustrations for the monthly articles in Caren Magazine: an online magazine about health care.


It Grutte Foarlêsboek (Afûk) ۰ 2013
I've illustrated three stories for 'It Grutte Foarlêsboek': a reading book for young Frisian children, published by Afûk.