Hello, I’m Mei-Li Nieuwland, also going by the alias Liea [ lee-ya ] online. I'm doing freelance illustration from a small apartment-turned-studio in Amsterdam.
As an artist I'm self-taught, but my academic background is in artificial intelligence and cultural anthropology. What inspires me is a mix of science and technology, culture and society, psychology and the mind. These all fuse together in an ambition to create images that are both "good to see and good to think".
I work 100% digitally using an Intuos 4 Wacom tablet. Recently I've also been experimenting with gouache.
• August - September 2017: Postcard promotion. Sent out my first promo mailer to select magazines, news papers and publishers.
• September - October 2017: Invisible Illness Anthology. I'm contributing an illustration to a zine on mental health/illness. The theme of this first edition is 'Anxiety'.
• October - November 2017: Visual journalism on Lesbos, Greece. Together with comic artists Aimée de Jongh and Judith Vanistendael I will be creating a comic about my experiences visiting one of the refugee camps on Lesbos. The result will be published by Dutch and Belgian newspapers NRC and De Standaard.
• December 2017: TBD.
If you’re interested in hiring me for commercial or editorial opportunities, or if you have any questions about my work, please shoot me an email at the address below. Thanks!