Bart Aalbers is an illustrator, designer & video artist

Bart Aalbers Illustration

Bart (1986) started his creative endeavours in his local punk rock scene helping out bands with designs for their flyers, posters, T-shirts and album covers. Although he loved illustrating, he decided to study web development. But after he got his Bachelor degree in this area, he quickly returned to where his heart really was; drawing.

Now, a couple of years later, he creates illustrations that are strong, graphical, colorful and witty, for any purpose you can think of and for a variety of clients. Besides illustration he also creates hand drawn animations. In 2011 Bart teamed up with creative agency Shop Around to handle his commercial projects and has worked in collaboration with Struck (US), Team Hilgersom, Fabrique, Mortierbrigade and TamTam.

Bart loves creating wonderful things together with you. From a single character to a whole series of drawings, animations, artist talks, workshops and anything else you might need. Let’s talk!

Selected Clients, McDonalds, Samsung, Liberty Global, Friesland Campina, Heijmans, Kruidvat, NCRV, BNN, De Key Amsterdam, Radio 1, Eastpak, Kamer van Koophandel, Robeco, Wereld Natuur Fonds, De Lijn, Mangrove, FreshCotton

Selected Press

web The Fusion of Skateboarding and
 Life of a freelance illustrator -
web Pitches can be Bitches - Comics Alliance
web Frustrations of a Freelance DesignerDesign Taxi
web Pitches can be BitchesDrawn!
web Last Week - NewWork
print ”Exposure” article - Computer Arts Magazine – ’11
print ”Tips & Tricks” article – Digital Arts Magazine – ’11
print ”Versch Werk” showcase – DZone – ’11
print ”Pitches can be Bitches” – AdFormatie – ’11


Grote Rotterdamse Kunstkalender - Trichis – ’12 / ’14
T-Shirt Design 2
 - Feierabend Unique Books – ’11
VectorismViction:ary publishers – ’11
STRAK - Issue #1 – ’11
The Tote Bag Book - Laurence King Publishing – ’11
Tierartz Kollektiv magazineIssue #1 – ’11
New Textile DesignFeierabend Unique Books – ’10 


Group Beermat Character Show by Inkygoodness - London, UK – ’13
Bart Aalbers at Lungo - Rotterdam, NL – ’12
Group Fiend Projects Art Festival - Antwerp, BE – ’12
Group Bart Aalbers VS Toy Factory - Rotterdam, NL – ’11
Group PUP at Museumnacht Amsterdam - Amsterdam, NL – ’11
Group Popjugend shows Character - Cologne, GE – ’11
Group VIERKWART - Rotterdam, NL – ’11
Group Tierartz Magazine release party - Amsterdam, NL – ’11
Group V.O.R.K. - Rotterdam, NL – ’10
Group Happy Chaos - Arnhem, NL – ’10


Keynote speaker at Brief festival Madrid – ’16
Winner Adobe Creative Jam Amsterdam – ’14
Keynote speaker at Let’s Talk Design Rotterdam – ’13
Guest lecturer Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam - ’13 / ’14 / ’15
Internship supervisor illustration student Daphne Prochowski - ’12
Keynote speaker at MAD fest Deventer – ’12
Keynote speaker at Image Festival Rotterdam - ’11
Live drawing on Dutch television / TV Lab BNN - ’11
Live drawing Radio 1 / Casa Luna - ’10
Winner Freshcotton’s “Design your own label” t-shirt contest - ’09