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“I studied communication at Design Academy Eindhoven. This was a great introduction to the world of art and design. During my study I focus more and more on illustration. After graduation I started working as a freelance illustrator, mostly editorial, and doing projects, books, exhibitions and painting.”

We caught up with Gijs Kast to learn more about his unique illustration style.

Tell us about your works, we would like to know more about them. What materials do you use?
“Most of my work is pencil drawing and sometimes bigger scale (acrylic) painting / drawing.”

Where do you draw your inspiration from for your work? What inspires you most?
“I get my inspiration from people, normal people and photography. like my last book project PLAZA, I went to visit shopping malls to portrait the people and surroundings, to make a portrait of the edge of the city.

My work is kind of realistic, I do filter and exaggerate, but its never a caricature. I want my drawings to be convincing characters. I focus on the emotion / expression. I’d rather draw an old grandpa than a pretty girl. I like faces who tell a story. My friend (photo editor) calls me a documentary illustrator. ”


“Best exhibition was presentation of my second book BASIBOS in Istanbul at DEPO gallery. big open space in an old tobacco storage/factory. but last show of PLAZA in Amsterdam was also great! New exhibition at Banditto gallery!”


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