Hello, I’m Mei-Li Nieuwland, also going by the alias 'Liea' online. I'm doing illustration and comics to open up complex topics for understanding and debate.
My academic background is in artificial intelligence and cultural anthropology. In my work I combine hands-on fieldwork with drawing as a tool for inquiry and reflection. Topics of special interest include computer science and technology, privacy, the environment, migration, and work in the age of automation. Ultimately, my ambition is to inspire others with images that are both "good to see and good to think".
I work with a mix of traditional and digital media, using hand-drawn textures and a Wacom tablet.
• "Delta Pointers" illustrated scientific poster. I collaborated with the VUSec systems security group to produce a poster explaining their research in an accessible way. It was presented at Eurosys conference in Porto and won the Best Poster award.
• Website redesign. I'm redesigning my homepage to better showcase my different activities as a functional illustrator for science & technology, editorial illustrator, graphic journalist, and artist. The new site will also allow more space to share about the brief and process of my projects. Meanwhile, my instagram will be the most up to date collection of my current work.
• "Invisible Illness Anthology" Kickstarter launch. I'm contributing two illustrations to a zine on mental illness. This first edition's theme will be Anxiety.
If you see an opportunity for collaboration, or if you have any questions about my work, I'd love to chat! You can shoot me an email at the address below.