Maarten Janssens is a Dutch illustrator and concept artist, who has spent a several parts of his career working on Disney material. Originally from Eindhoven, he first came to notice at age 15 when he won a comic talent competition organized by Het Stripschap and the Veronica guide. After having drawn for his highschool newspaper and some club magazines, Maarten got his first official assignment from a printer in Sittard, on the occasion of that city's 750th anniversary. Together with Wout Paulussen, he made the comic book 'Funs en Finke in: Sittard 750 Jaar Stad' in 1993. In the following years, Maarten drew for magazines like Noppes, and he made illustrations and the title comic of VNU's children's magazine about nature Banjer (1996-1998). The comic was written by Pascal Oost, and the final episode was drawn by Marcel Bosma.
Between 1996 and 2007 he regularly worked in the art studio of the Dutch Disney publications at Sanoma in Hoofddorp, alongside artists like Ed van Schuijlenburg, Michel Nadorp, Wilma van den Bosch and Viktor Venema. He illustrated covers for the Donald Duck weekly and Donald Duck Extra, provided the artwork for editorial sections like the pages from the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook and World Treasures (written by Jos Beekman), and also made an occasional letterbox and contest comic. Jannsens has also done the designs for the first version of the official Donald Duck website, which was online from 2004 until 2009.
Maarten Janssens now works as an illustrator/concept artist, making concept designs and art direction guides for art studios through his Amsterdam-based company 3 Eyed Bear, which he runs together with his partner Nynke Landman. He was one of the artists working on the Dutch animation series 'Kika en Bob' (2007-2008), and he also made the designs and concept art for Sanoma's online game 'DuckWorld Smart Adventures' (2014-2015). Since 2005, he has gained international fame for his paper kits of little animal creatures, which can be downloaded for free from his website. An exhibition of his many designs called 'Urban Paper Toys' was held in Winschoten in 2009.