Sebastiaan Van Doninck.
Sebastiaan was born on a warm summer day in 1979 in the midst of a huge foster family of 12 and was raised in a tiny little village on the countryside of the Flemish part of Belgium. As a child he couldn't stop drawing and knew exactly what he wanted, to study Art.
At college, he got in touch with the work of famous illustrators such as Marc Boutavant, Otto Seibold and Mark Ryden and followed in their footsteps. In his Master year, while working on an Oscar Wilde story, he was lectured by the infamous Carll Cneut & the lovely André Sollie.
His work is often been described as colorful with a dark twist, 50's children's illustration for adults or vintage Japanese inspired.
Sebastiaan works as a professional illustrator since the year 2002 and works from his Antwerp based studio, hidden between a shoe factory and a gothic church. He loves to work both for children and adults.
He works as a freelance illustrator for publishers such as Lannoo, De Eenhoorn, Querido, Davidsfonds, Penguin Random House, Thames & Hudson, Bleu Apple books and Usborne publishing. He's also active in the editorial field for newspapers such as De Morgen, De Standaard, Humo, Knack Weekend & the Süddeutsche Zeitung magazine.
He loves to work with mixed media, in a combination of digital and handmade and is always searching on new ways of working, to push the boundaries of his illustrations.
Sebastiaan also lectures illustration and character design at the Antwerp Sint Lucas College of Art & Design. A lot of his students are working as bright, successful illustrators (Anton Van Hertbruggen, Mattias De Leeuw, Sassafras De Bruyn,...).
Currently, he is working as the author and illustrator for a big, heavy book of Grimm fairytales and a picture book with birds, based on his foster family.
You can follow him on his Facebook page, on instagram and you can always contact him by mail: firstname.lastname@example.org