Dutch Elections 2017 – Political Illustration

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I was commissioned by the Dutch national newspaper ‘de Trouw’ to illustrate the Dutch elections of 15th March 2017. Due to last year’s “Where is Willem?” Orange/Kingsday illustration’s succes, the newspaper wanted to publish another double page spread illustration about current events.

De trouw - De Verkiezingen

Work In Progress:

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Work In Progress time-lapse video:

The illustration includes all 11 main parties, some small new ones, their candidates, slogans and logos. Every type of group has been represented, amongst a broad range of types of voters, important buildings and key icons. The illustration is ‘based’ in Het Binnenhof in The Hague, where the Dutch parlement is based.

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As in The Netherlands voting is still done by hand, a red pencil is used to fill in the official voting pamflet, which is printed in black and white. This design-decision is mimicked in my black-white and red illustration, where dozens of little red pencils are hiding amongst the voted. My illustration was turned into a national competition again, with the person who guessed the correct amount of little red pencils, to be the price winner.


The newspaper illustration did not only get published as a double page spread, but also got featured on the front page, was mentioned on TV and published online.


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