Coen Hamelink | illustrator | Castricum | Amsterdam area | The Netherlands | Foto: Heleen Vink

Coen Hamelink | illustrator | Castricum | Amsterdam area | The Netherlands | Foto: Heleen Vink


Coen Hamelink is working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer from his studio in this wonderful old building at Duin en Bosch, Castricum, The Netherlands. 
His illustrations are often described as theatrical, authentic, colorful, atmospheric and completed with funny details.

Coen grew up close to the beaches in Zeeland, the south of Holland. 
Since he was a little boy he has drawn, acted all kinds of different theatrical characters and played the trumpet. Up to this day. Coen brings all these interests and influences into his art.

Coen is always creating new ideas and concepts, associating and connecting dots and thoughts, playing around and trying out new things. Regularly, he throws himself in at the deep end to find fresh inspiration and to face a new challenge he can learn from.


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Published Children's books

• De Legende van het Moeras | Karin van Veldhoven | Pumbo | 2017
• Het meisje met de zwavelstokjes | Efteling Gouden Boekje | Rubinstein | 2016
• De prinses op de erwt | Efteling Gouden Boekje | Rubinstein | 2016
• De Tuinen van Ginder | Rieks Veenker | Palmslag | 2016
• Witte en het wilde paard | Bouke Oldenhof | Azul Kids | 2016
• Kwijt | Mark Haayema | Azul Kids | 2016
• De Veerman van Den Briel | Hollandse Helden | Zilveren Boekje | Rubinstein | 2015
• Save the Day | Holland | CJ Education | 2014
• The Nutcracker | CJ Education | 2013
• The Little Tailor | CJ Education | 2012
• Jason en de Argonauten | René Groothof | BISK | 2009

Awards & Highlights

• Winner PZC Publieksprijs 2016 | children's book De Tuinen van Ginder
• Finalist Zinnen Roës Award 2016 | children's book De Tuinen van Ginder
• International Educational Learning Resources Award 2014/2015 for project Bingel 2.0
• London Book Fair International Excellence Award 2014/2015 for project Bingel 2.0
• New York 3×3 Magazine | International picture book show | 2014/2015
• London Showcase 100 | illustration exhibition | 2014/2015
• 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 09/10′ | Luerzer’s Archive | 2009.


• 2016 | De Drvkkery | 'De Tuinen van Ginder' book exhibition | Middelburg | The Netherlands
• 2015 | Showcase 100 | group exhibition | London | Great Britain
• 2012 | Kunstroute aan de Scheene | group exhibition | Scherpenzeel | The Netherlands
• 2011 | De Piek 40 jarig bestaan | group exhibition | Vlissingen | The Netherlands
• 2010 | Gezondheidscentrum | solo exhibition | Almere | The Netherlands
• 2010 | Arsis | Een maand lang | exhibition with Irene Weug | Bergen op Zoom | The Netherlands
• 2010 | De Drvkkery | exhibition with Iris Compiet | Middelburg | The Netherlands
• 2010 | De Piek | solo exhibition | Vlissingen | The Netherlands
• 2009 | Rechtbank | solo exhibition | Middelburg | The Netherlands
• 2006 | De Cultuurwerf | Oude Scheepswerf | group exhibition | Vlissingen | The Netherlands
• 2002 | Gezondheidscentrum | exhibition with Arjan Boone | Almere | The Netherlands
• 2000 | De Piek | solo exhibition | Vlissingen | The Netherlands

Selected clients

Malmberg, Van In, Noordhoff, Zwijssen, Azul Kids, Gottmer, Rubinstein, CPS, Benchmark, MacMillan, Harper Collins, Random House, Rubicon, Top That, CJ Education

Animation studios
In 60 Seconds, Funk-e, Ka-Ching Cartoons, Aardman Studios

Efteling, Gemeente Zutphen, ProRail, Partou kinderopvang, Koorenhuis Den Haag, Kunstbalie, Basalt Buitencoaching, Fabulous Being, Studio Van Ginniken, Professional musicians, Theatre groups, Virga Lipman, Lappie Lapstok

What clients say about me (English & Dutch)

Lieven Bossuyt | Publisher at Uitgeverij VAN IN

Recently, publishing company Van In launched the renewed and renowned school platform Bingel. One of the six grades was designed by Coen, and we are very proud to offer our students such an appealing training environment. It’s our goal to stimulate pupils as much as possible in their learning trajects. Coen’s beautiful visuals, tuned perfectly to the age group, will definitely contribute to reaching that objective. Thank you for your commitment Coen.


Yannice De Bruyn | Editor bij Uitgeverij Van In

I worked with Coen on the design of the renewed school platform Bingel. Coen illustrated one grade out of six, and the reactions are unanimously positive. From now on the majority of Flemish and Swedish six-year-olds will be practicing their knowledge in a highly attractive digital universe. And who knows who else may follow.I enjoyed the cooperation with Coen very much. He’s enthusiastic, communicative, punctual and very open to direction and feedback. I’d work with him again any time. Thank you, Coen, for the hard work you did for Bingel and for your professionalism.


Sabine Verbeek | Marketing- en communicatiemedewerker

Coen heeft voor ons verschillende boeken vormgegeven en geïllustreerd met groot succes. Zijn omslagen zijn humorvol en verrassend. Coen is een echte beelddenker en kan goed de vertaalslag maken van idee naar beeld. Het is heel fijn om met Coen samen te werken, hij is creatief, betrouwbaar en veelzijdig.


Ida van Esch | Co-founder & Co-owner at Frida Found

Coen is creatief, inventief en punctueel. Precies wat ik nodig had gedurende het traject van mijn theaterproductie.


Rivke van der Lught | Systemic coach

Resilience, roots, movement, flexibility, strength, vulnerability. These are the kinds of words I gave Coen at our first meeting.I shared with him the abstract vision of my newly emerging systemic family coaching practice. Far beyond my expectations, Coen presented me with a tree that absolutely captures all of that and more! I’ve asked many people to tell me the first five words that pop into their head when they see my tree logo. They respond with all the words I first gave to Coen plus more! The tree Coen created for me truly speaks a thousand words!


Ellen Schuurink | Learning Innovation Manager

Coen designed and produced our logo, business cards, promo materials and other colletaral for the Happy Notes Society. He set the visual identity which perfectly fits our musical tone with a commercial edge.


Kim van Brink | Commercieel Medewerker at Digitale Klerken

Coen met een C is heel erg prettig om mee samen te werken. Hij is niet alleen super creatief maar ook erg prettig in de omgang. Hij houdt zich altijd aan afspraken.Zijn illustraties zijn fanatastisch maar ook zijn grafisch werk is origineel.Ik werk graag met Coen samen omdat ik met al mijn vormgeefvragen bij hem terecht kan.


Lucienne de Roos | Communicatie en marketing @ Koorenhuis Den Haag

Coen heeft diverse malen prachtige illustraties gemaakt en uitgewerkt tot publiciteitsmaterialen. Altijd werd ik er blij van. Hij komt zijn afspraken na en is hele betrokken bij jou als opdrachtgever. Kijk eens op zijn website om een indruk te krijgen van wat hij allemaal kan en voor ons gedaan heeft.