'Het Kuurhuis' (2022).

Marianne Eijgendaal is a Dutch animator and illustrator, active since the 1990s. In 2022, she self-published her graphic novel 'Het Kuurhuis'.

Early life
Originally from Schiedam, Marianne Eijgendaal got her education in Illustration and Animation between 1985 and 1990 at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. After an internship at the Toonder Studio's in Nederhorst den Berg, she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1990. She later settled in Amsterdam.

Since 1991, Eijgendaal has been working as animator and storyboard artist for several animation studios, both in The Netherlands and abroad. During the 1990s, she was assistant animator on the TV series 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' (based on characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman) at Murakami Wolf Studio in Dublin, Ireland, and subsequently did storyboard and animation for the Dutch TV series 'Purno de Purno', produced by Hootchie Cootchie Cartoons for VPRO television. Her further animation work was done for production companies like RANJ, The Drawing Room, IJsfontein, Animation World Studios, Lawson & Whatshisname, Den Draak Animation Studios, Top Drawers and Raf Animated Visuals.

Besides commercial work, Eijgendaal also worked on indie projects, for instance the animated shorts 'De Eekhoorn en de Zwaluw' (Coconino, 2008-2009) and 'Super' (The Drawing Room, 2010-2011). She was also an animator on 'Pim en Pom, Het Grote Avontuur' (2014), a feature film based on the cat characters by children's book author Mies Bouhuys and illustrator Fiep Westendorp. Later, she additionally worked on the TV series 'Pim en Pom in het Museum' (2021). In 2018, Eijgendaal was one of the animators for the animated feature film based on Windig & De Jong's comic strip cat 'Heinz' (2019), directed by Piet Kroon for Bos Bros and Submarine. Later TV work included animated shorts for songs in Jim Henson's children's TV show 'Sesame Street' (Dutch version).

Illustration from: 'Eiland in de Drup' (2017).

Comics and illustrations
In 1995, Marianne Eijgendaal contributed a couple of comic stories to the alternative Rotterdam comic magazine Zone 5300. It wasn't until the 2010s before she returned to print media more prominently. Since 2012, she has been making the illustrations for the 'Eiland' children's book series by Elle Lepoutre, about the young girl Keila, who escapes from the hospital and ends up on a floating fantasy island, where she is no longer ill.

'Het Kuurhuis' (2022).

Het Kuurhuis
In 2017, Eijgendaal began working on 'Het Kuurhuis', a mystery graphic novel inspired by her love for the sea, birds and the ruggedness and beauty of the British coast. It tells the story of Nick, who suffers from nightmares, and is haunted by demons from the past. When his relationship comes under pressure too, he decides to retreat to the coastal village of his childhood, nestled in the shadow of a mysterious Spa House at the top of the cliff. After a successful crowdfunding campaign through Voordekunst, she self-published the book in 2022 under her imprint Zuidwester.

Marianne Eijgendaal.


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