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Fabrica Grafica - Jan Van Der Veken

One of the most distinctive and sought-after illustrators from the motherland of comics: Belgium.

Jan Van Der Veken is one of the most distinctive and sought-after illustrators from the motherland of comics: Belgium. Influenced by Hergé’s iconic atom style, art deco, and classic modernism, his personal technique bridges the gap between contemporary design and timeless mastery.

In Fabrica Grafica Van Der Veken explores a variety of very current, often controversial themes including sensory overload in our digital age, industrial espionage, and reaching the end of the career ladder. His seemingly simple style helps him to disarm such topics with charm and the wink of an eye without ever making fun of them, trivializing them, or being presumptuous. An essay by respected Belgian illustrator Ever Meulen elucidates the compelling approach of Jan Van Der Veken and other Belgian artists to visual communication.

In Belgium, comics and illustration are as fundamental to country’s cultural identity as fashion, good food, and films are to the French. Illustrator Jan van der Veken has developed a personal technique that melds the “international style”, art deco, and Belgium’s comics tradition into a visual language that is both contemporary and timeless. Even though some of his work might seem simple or even naïve at first glance, it is always thought through to the last detail.

Van der Veken works with a limited color palette and uses lines sparingly. He creates his own typefaces in the style of the 1920s or 1950s. To give structure to the individual visual elements in his work, he often uses an isometric perspective—similar to that used by the best-known designers of the Bauhaus era. Influenced by Hergé’s iconic “atom style” and "ligne claire", Veken’s book covers, posters, and editorial illustrations for international publishing houses and magazines such as The New Yorker have succeeded in capturing the mid twentieth century’s rational yet pioneering spirit. In his work, he bridges the gap between today’s lifestyle, design, and graphics and the timeless look of the masters of Belgian comics and illustration.

Despite the pleasantly anachronistic accents set by work clearly inspired by classical modernism, Van der Veken does not hesitate to explore very current themes including sensory overload in our digital age; brands, patents, and industrial espionage; medical ways to fight heart pain; reaching the end of the career ladder; and attacks on our legal system. The fact that van der Veken is visually anchored in a time after World War II in which many aspects of today’s world were mere dreams of the future, helps him to disarm controversial topics with charm and the wink of an eye without ever seeming to make fun of them, trivialize them, or be presumptuous. Given this achievement, we can all learn a lot from Belgians as masters of visual communication in general and Jan van der Veken in particular—a topic explored in further detail in the book’s introduction by the respected Belgian illustrator Ever Meulen.

The sought-after graphic artist and illustrator Jan van der Veken lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. He is very modest about his own person and prefers to let his images speak for themselves—which they do splendidly. His contract work can, for example, be seen regularly on the cover of the renowned magazine The New Yorker.

“Van Der Veken's line is so sharp that his world is beautifully streamlined. He transports us back to a time when the modern was exciting, everything was aerodynamic, people knew how to dress, and artists knew how to draw. He's a worthy disciple of the great Ever Meulen, and there's no greater compliment in my book.” – Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker

Editors: gestalten
Authors: Jan Van Der Veken
Release date: August 2013
Format: 21 x 26 cm
Features: 128 pages, full color, hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-89955-498-4

Ever Meulen has been an established comic strip artist and illustrator for almost a half-century. In addition to being recognized for distinctive cartoon creations such as Balthasar, the green stone eater, Meulen is primarily known outside of Belgium for his cover illustrations for The New Yorker. He also teaches illustration at Ghent’s St. Lucas School of Visual Arts.

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The products are delivered all over the world.

Dispatch costs (inclusive of legally applicable VAT)

Domestic deliveries (Germany): 

We do not charge any shipping costs.

Deliveries to foreign countries:

Free shipping to European Union and the USA.
Free worldwide shipping from 60 EUR/USD order value.

For orders below 60 EUR/USD the following shipping costs apply:
European Union & USA : € 0,-
All other countries: € 40,-


From an order value of 60,00 €, we deliver shipments to foreign countries free of cost.

Delivery periods

Unless otherwise specified in the quote, domestic delivery of goods shall be made (Germany) within 2 - 4 days, for deliveries abroad within 3 - 15 days from conclusion of contract (if advance payment agreed from the date of the payment instruction).
Please note that deliveries are not made on Sundays and other holidays.

If you have ordered articles with different delivery dates, we send the articles together in one delivery if no other agreement has been made. The delivery date for the complete order will be the same as that of the article with the longest delivery time.

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If payment is to be made via an SEPA base debit note or an SEPA corporate debit note, you authorise us to collect the billing amount from the specified account by issuing a corresponding SEPA mandate. You will receive a pre-notification at least 5 days before the date of the direct debit collection. Please ensure that the account in question possesses sufficient covering funds on the due date.

If payment is made using a credit card, your credit card account is debited in conjunction with the conclusion of the contract.


In case of questions, please contact us at the contact details mentioned in the Legal Notice.
Jan Van Der Veken is one of the most distinctive and sought-after illustrators from the motherland of comics: Belgium. Influenced by Hergé’s iconic atom style, art deco, and classic modernism, his personal technique bridges the gap between contemporary design and timeless mastery.

In Fabrica Grafica Van Der Veken explores a variety of very current, often controversial themes including sensory overload in our digital age, industrial espionage, and reaching the end of the career ladder. His seemingly simple style helps him to disarm such topics with charm and the wink of an eye without ever making fun of them, trivializing them, or being presumptuous. An essay by respected Belgian illustrator Ever Meulen elucidates the compelling approach of Jan Van Der Veken and other Belgian artists to visual communication.

In Belgium, comics and illustration are as fundamental to country’s cultural identity as fashion, good food, and films are to the French. Illustrator Jan van der Veken has developed a personal technique that melds the “international style”, art deco, and Belgium’s comics tradition into a visual language that is both contemporary and timeless. Even though some of his work might seem simple or even naïve at first glance, it is always thought through to the last detail.

Van der Veken works with a limited color palette and uses lines sparingly. He creates his own typefaces in the style of the 1920s or 1950s. To give structure to the individual visual elements in his work, he often uses an isometric perspective—similar to that used by the best-known designers of the Bauhaus era. Influenced by Hergé’s iconic “atom style” and "ligne claire", Veken’s book covers, posters, and editorial illustrations for international publishing houses and magazines such as The New Yorker have succeeded in capturing the mid twentieth century’s rational yet pioneering spirit. In his work, he bridges the gap between today’s lifestyle, design, and graphics and the timeless look of the masters of Belgian comics and illustration.

Despite the pleasantly anachronistic accents set by work clearly inspired by classical modernism, Van der Veken does not hesitate to explore very current themes including sensory overload in our digital age; brands, patents, and industrial espionage; medical ways to fight heart pain; reaching the end of the career ladder; and attacks on our legal system. The fact that van der Veken is visually anchored in a time after World War II in which many aspects of today’s world were mere dreams of the future, helps him to disarm controversial topics with charm and the wink of an eye without ever seeming to make fun of them, trivialize them, or be presumptuous. Given this achievement, we can all learn a lot from Belgians as masters of visual communication in general and Jan van der Veken in particular—a topic explored in further detail in the book’s introduction by the respected Belgian illustrator Ever Meulen.

The sought-after graphic artist and illustrator Jan van der Veken lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. He is very modest about his own person and prefers to let his images speak for themselves—which they do splendidly. His contract work can, for example, be seen regularly on the cover of the renowned magazine The New Yorker.

“Van Der Veken's line is so sharp that his world is beautifully streamlined. He transports us back to a time when the modern was exciting, everything was aerodynamic, people knew how to dress, and artists knew how to draw. He's a worthy disciple of the great Ever Meulen, and there's no greater compliment in my book.” – Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker

English Gestalten Illustration Visual Culture

Editors gestalten
Authors: Jan Van Der Veken
Release date: August 2013
Format: 21 x 26 cm
Features: 128 pages, full color, hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-89955-498-4

Ever Meulen has been an established comic strip artist and illustrator for almost a half-century. In addition to being recognized for distinctive cartoon creations such as Balthasar, the green stone eater, Meulen is primarily known outside of Belgium for his cover illustrations for The New Yorker. He also teaches illustration at Ghent’s St. Lucas School of Visual Arts.

Payment and dispatch

The following terms and conditions apply:

Dispatch conditions

The products are delivered all over the world.

Dispatch costs (inclusive of legally applicable VAT)

Domestic deliveries (Germany): 

We do not charge any shipping costs.

Deliveries to foreign countries:

Free shipping to European Union and the USA.
Free worldwide shipping from 60 EUR/USD order value.

For orders below 60 EUR/USD the following shipping costs apply:
European Union & USA : € 0,-
All other countries: € 40,-


From an order value of 60,00 €, we deliver shipments to foreign countries free of cost.

Delivery periods

Unless otherwise specified in the quote, domestic delivery of goods shall be made (Germany) within 2 - 4 days, for deliveries abroad within 3 - 15 days from conclusion of contract (if advance payment agreed from the date of the payment instruction).
Please note that deliveries are not made on Sundays and other holidays.

If you have ordered articles with different delivery dates, we send the articles together in one delivery if no other agreement has been made. The delivery date for the complete order will be the same as that of the article with the longest delivery time.

Accepted Payment options

-  Payment via SEPA direct debit
-  Payment via credit card
-  Payment via PayPal
-  Payment via PayPal Express
-  Payment via Sofortüberweisung [immediate transfer]
-  Payment via Google Pay
-  Payment via Apple Pay
-  Shopify Payments, ideal, eps-Überweisung, Bancontact



Further details on payment

 

If payment is to be made via an SEPA base debit note or an SEPA corporate debit note, you authorise us to collect the billing amount from the specified account by issuing a corresponding SEPA mandate. You will receive a pre-notification at least 5 days before the date of the direct debit collection. Please ensure that the account in question possesses sufficient covering funds on the due date.

If payment is made using a credit card, your credit card account is debited in conjunction with the conclusion of the contract.


In case of questions, please contact us at the contact details mentioned in the Legal Notice.

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