Willem Gerrit van de Hulst Junior was the son of the famous children's book writer Willem Gerrit van de Hulst Senior. Born in Utrecht, he studied at the Art Academy in Amsterdam between 1936 and 1940. He was still very young of age when his father asked him to illustrate his stories. The first one was 'Een muis, in dit huis?' in 1933.
In de Soete Suikerbol (De Standaard, 12-2-1942)
A year later, the father and son team started the famous and popular comic serial 'Inde Soete Suikerbol'. The strip tells the adventures of the chubby baker Driekus and his skinny wife in a medieval town during a feudal era. It was published in newspaper De Standaard from 1934 to 1939 and from 1941 to 1943 and collected in seven books in 1936 and between 1942 and 1948. The stories are reprinted to this day. A TV series based on the story was made in The Netherlands in 1973 and 1974.
From the beginning of World War II until 1952, Willem Gerrit van de Hulst jr. roamed The Netherlands in an atelier studio boat. During this period, he made another three comics. The first one was 'Het Paleis met de Zeven Torens', from from text by W. Holwerda. This story was published in De Standaard from 1943 to 1944, but remained unfinished.
Then came 'In de Goude Gaper', written by his father and published in Trouw from 1946 and reprinted in Reformatorisch Dagblad around 1965. 'De Pruikenmaker en de Prins' was also written by Van der Hulst Senior and published in Hervormd Nederland around 1948.
Besides the regular illustrator of his father's work, Van der Hulst Junior also illustrated children's books by E. J. van Binsbergen and Anne de Vries. He also wrote children's book himself, starting with 'Tippeltje' in 1946 and followed by 'Het geheim', 'Wilhelmus, Katootje en het Kerstfeest', 'Japie' and many more.
Van der Hulst Junior was also active as a portrait and landscape painter. When his father died in 1963, he dropped most of his activities as an illustrator and focused on sculpting, painting and writing for educational publications. His paintings became more surreal and every first Sunday of the month, he held an open house in his atelier in Nieuwersluis.