Copyright: Patrick Verbeeck 2018.
Sebastiaan Van Doninck.
Sebastiaan was born on a warm summer day in 1979 in the middle of a huge foster family of 12 and was raised in a tiny little village on the countryside in the Flemish part of Belgium. As a child -strongly influenced by his artistic mother- he was already completely absorbed by drawing animals. He knew exactly what he wanted, to become an artist!
At college, he got in touch with the work of famous illustrators such as Marc Boutavant, Otto Seibold and Mark Ryden. In his Master year, while illustrating an Oscar Wilde story, he was lectured by the infamous Carll Cneut & 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 from his home studio in the woods, close to the city of Antwerp, since the year 2002. He loves to work both for children and adults.
He works as a freelance illustrator for publishers such as Lannoo, De Eenhoorn, Querido, Davidsfonds, Gottmer, Penguin Random House, Thames & Hudson and Little Tiger group. He's also active in the editorial field for newspapers & magazines such as De Morgen, De Standaard, Humo, Knack Weekend & the Süddeutsche Zeitung magazine.
He is most famous for his illustrations in the successful picture book 'Geluk voor kinderen' or 'Happiness for children', a book that has been translated in Germany, France, Canada, The Netherlands and Belgium. The book has been reprinted for over 9 times and in stores for over 4 years.
His work for 'Frankenstein', a collaboration with 'defilharmonie' (a famous Antwerp based Symphony Orchestra) has also been projected in the Walt Disney concert Hall in L.A., USA.
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. Making drawings on his holiday feels like pure luxury to him, this is where he reboots for a new year of fresh and exciting commissions.
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 (Mattias De Leeuw, Sassafras De Bruyn, Julie Vangeel, Laura Janssens, Tom Borremans,...).
Currently, he is working as the author and illustrator for a picture book with birds, based on his foster family.
Sebastiaan is being represented for the english speaking market (US & UK) by The Bright Agency.