Please note that I'm currently only available for freelance illustration work, not UX & UI Design.

A Dutch parttime freelance illustrator with a love for creating projects that matter.

Marieke Hepkema

A picture of me (Marieke, the owner of Studio Heppy) behind a desk with my laptop, ipad and - of course - a coffee (iced in this case). I'm smiling and have one hand holding my chin. My hair is long and brown and a bit wavy, and I'm wearing a sleeveless sweater with brown and white stripes. In the background, there's this curly white thing going on that is part of my branding. It's kind of like a white swirl/loop in the background.

Hi there!

My name is Marieke Hepkema, and I'm a 25-year old UX designer and freelance illustrator, based in Amsterdam. Creativity is my passion and I love turning intricate problems into beautiful, clear, user-centered designs, supported by vibrant, bold illustrations.

I believe that digital interactive products can function as a tool to better people's lives, if designed ethically and with the needs of the end user in mind. Making a positive impact, even if that just means making a mundane product more joyful to use, is something that motivates me a lot. Pleae note that I'm currently only available for freelance illustration work, not freelance UX or UI design.

I've had a passion for drawing for as long as I can remember, and that passion turned into a love for digital design and illustration. I believe that implementing illustrations can strengthen your brand and the experience of your customers, and I would be happy to help you achieve that goal!

Tool proficiency

procreate illustrator photoshop figma sketch principle marvel invision invision studio indesign premiere pro after effects

I have basic HTML & CSS skills, which is very useful in multidisciplinary settings (and for creating portfolios!).

I completed my (Cum Laude) Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Multimedia Design in February of 2022. My graduation project was graded with a 9/10 and won a Golden Dot Award for best student work.

I recently completed a premaster at VU University Amsterdam, and will be a masters student in Design Cultures (Arts & Cultures) starting September 2023.

Have a look at my illustration instagram page if you want to see more illustration work done by me.