Mark Verhaagen is an illustrator from Bovensmilde, Holland with a beautfil portfolio full of character designs and other colorful illustration. You have probably seen his work before, he has designed covers for popular design magazines such as Computer Arts and Computer Arts Projects.

His clients include MTV networks, Vodafone UK, Amsterdam Historical Museum, TBWA group, Domestic, Nickelodeon, Digital Creative Arts magazine, Fontmonster, Laidback Luke, Sprout magazine, Roger magazine (Virgin), Colombo Amsterdam, Vrij Nederland, Dzone magazin and others.

When Mark is not working projects he likes to stay with his friends and family, playing with his Holga camera and practicing Moonwalk in front of the mirror.

Mark Verhaagen has been creating tree houses and sand castles, origami flower bouquets, food sculptures, Lego space ships, and electronic blip-bleep music on his Atari computer… which has been replaced by a shiny Apple machine some time ago. After high school Mark decided to focus on drawing, so he went to art school to learn the proper job of illustration. Since his graduation in 2003, Mark has been freelancing in the field of illustration and animation. When not working on commissions, he likes to keep in shape by making personal work.

For more information about Mark Verhaagen visit his website at http://markverhaagen.com/ or his Flickr Page

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

A giant spider wants to be our friend. We are very frightened but we discover we can trust her. Dream by Pandalou/ Châlons en Champagne, France


Computer Arts Projects magazine (issue 123)

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen
Another fun project for the guys at Domestic! This time they approached me to illustrate a strip of wallpaper (50x250 cm) for their One Strip project. Now you can add a bit of nature to your bright and shiny design loft (see picture).

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

For its 10th anniversary, Publish asked 20 designers to collaborate and make a cover. The theme for this issue was Looking into the future. This fun project was art directed by Zeptonn. Other contributors include Carrie & Stephan, Ditte Winkelman, Eva Lindeman, Farb, Leendert Masselink, Lennard Schuurmans, LouLou & Tummie, MAKI, Nick Deakin, Sauerkids, Skaffa, Tan Nuyen and me!

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

Today I dreamed that I woke up and my mother was an extraterrestrial, my brother was a horse and I touched myself and I was hairy. I went to see the doctor and he told me that I had to be inside a bubble.

Beautiful Illustrations by Mark Verhaagen

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