Jan Sanders was born in Kwadijk, The Netherlands in 1919. During World War II he graduated in drawing, and became a teacher and freelance illustrator. He gained national acclaim for the calendars he made for Sigma Coatings, a painting factory. The pictures he drew for these calendars stand out for their cartoonesk quality and great humorous detail, usually dealing with sailors, and always featuring a paintbucket somewhere in the background. They were collected in several albums, the first appearing in 1978. Some titles are ''t Kan Verkeren' (1978), 'Loos Alarm' (1980), 'Lik op Stuk' (1982), 'Rukwinden' (1983), 'Jan Sanders' Schetsboek' (1984), 'Satrirische Spelen' (1984), 'Tussen Wal en Schip' (1985) and 'Een Eerbaar Zeemansleven' (1989). Jan Sanders died on 21 December 2000, at the age of 81. Even though he wasn't a comic artist pur sang, he had a great influence on many, such as Eric Schreurs and Peter van Straaten.
Jan Sanders site