About me

Hi there! I am an illustrator and designer based near Utrecht, the Netherlands. With minimal lines and limited color palettes, I capture feminine beauty and emotion. For creating my work I favor a mix of (digital) ink and watercolor elements to give my pieces a clean yet traditional look.

My work has attracted the eyes of writers, fashion and beauty brands, and has been featured in advertising campaigns, editorial articles, on packaging, social media and more.

As an idealist and nature lover, I am also passionate about sustainability, devoting some of my time and creative talent to the cause. When I’m not working, I love to unwind with a cup of tea and a good sci-fi book, or play a cozy videogame with a cat on my lap.

What about you? I’d love to get to know you!

x Esther

Esther van der Drift at work in her studio painting watercolor florals

Let's bring your creative vision to life!

If you’re looking to add a touch of handmade elegance to your project, you’ve come to the right place. Below are some ideas of what I could help you with. Have something different in mind? Just get in touch and I’ll see what I can do for you!

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Personalized gifts

Whether it's a birthday, wedding day, prom or graduation, a personalized illustration can make it a moment to remember. I will create an illustration based off a photo and you will receive the digital file to print yourself.

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Pattern designs

Illustrated patterns are perfect for fabric, wrapping paper and packaging. My pattern designs are seamless and infinitely scalable so they will work on any surface you can think of.

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Nowadays getting people to read anything can be a challenge. I can provide eye-catching visuals for your blog, newspaper or magazine so that your readers' attention will surely be yours.

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Tangible items such as stationery or apparel are a great way for your customers to show the world their individual style. How about an illustrated special edition of one of your best-sellers?

" The communication was very pleasant and fast "

“Esther designed a beautiful new brand identity for me, including business cards and more. Initially I had trouble visualizing the direction I wanted to go. She helped me explore different style options and guided me in my choices until we narrowed it down. In the end we were able to find a style that perfectly suits me and my products.”

Kirsty Spoelder


" Esther is such a passionate and kind lady "

“From the moment I saw Esther’s work I knew she were perfect for the job. After discussing my requirements and vision for the illustrations with her, she put me at ease saying that she would only close the job if I were 100% satisfied by the work she submitted. My favorite part of working with her was that she kept in touch at all times to update me on the status of work and never failed to live up to her word.”

Anika Patel


" Whether you want something soft or daring, you'll surely find it here! "

“From bold pops of colour to black-and-white ensembles, Esther’s fashion and beauty illustrations emulate simplicity and elegance that feel calming and edgy at the same time.”

Tisha Caedo


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Let's work together!

Whether you’re looking to license my work, or need a brand new custom-made illustration for your project, I’d love to help you bring your creative vision to life. Drop me a note using the contact form below, or email me directly at hello@esthervanderdrift.com (NL / EN). I will generally get back to you within 1-2 business days.