Hi! My name is Esther van der Drift. I’m an illustrator from the Netherlands specializing in beauty, fashion and lifestyle illustrations. I’m also a bit of a dork, hoarder of arts and crafts supplies, and pet parent to two beautiful ragdoll cats.

After studying Information Science for 6 years, I started my professional career as a user experience designer. But after designing the umpteenth user interface, I realized something that all my years in university had never taught me:

"I'm happiest when I'm illustrating."

And so I did just that and became a self-employed illustrator in 2014. Some of the things I draw inspiration from are contemporary art, Scandinavian design and fashion magazines and blogs. My style can be described as expressive and elegant. I love to portray stylish women in bold color contrasts and emphasize feminine details.

"My goal is always to capture the essence of a brand. Whether that is young and playful, or chic and luxurious."

When I need a break from work I love to read, binge-watch TV shows or play the occasional video game (I’m ashamed to admit that includes 2000+ levels of Candy Crush Saga). I also volunteer on Skillshare where I help keep the community a friendly and safe place to learn.

Now that you know a little bit more about me, I’d love to chat about your story! Whether you’d like to work with me or just say hello, you can get in touch with me through my Contact page. I’m also on Facebook, or if you’re the kind of person who prefers all things square, you can find me on Instagram.

"Esther's fashion and beauty illustrations emulate simplicity and elegance that feel calming and edgy at the same time! From bold pops of colour to black-and-white ensembles, whether you want something soft or daring, you’ll surely find it here!"

Tisha Caedo – clozette.co

SELECTED CLIENTS

Nior London
Sparkle PR
Shiny Stuff
Body After Baby
Muscle Meat