Part of a children's comic for the Maritime and Beachcomber Museum
Jolet Leenhouts is a Dutch illustrator who lives and works on the isle of Texel. She studied graphic desing at the Rietveld design in Amsterdam. During this period, she published her first comics and cartoons in Stripje and a couple of student magazine. Upon graduation in 1978 she commenced working as an illustrator and graphic designer on a professional base for clients like Milieueducatie, the publishing house Sara and the Dutch School Television.
Her focus eventually became solely illustration. She had a weekly comic in Taptoe, and made illustrations for the Malmberg magazines, but also for publishers like Wolters Noordhoff and Meulenhoff. After the birth of her son, she created a series of songbooks for toddlers called 'Zingen is leuk' in cooperation with publisher Trude van Waarden.
She also made comics for Opzij, as well as cartoons for Anbo, De Volkskrant, WVC, Vernieuwing, Teleac and Onkruid. She has developed several projectss for the Maritime and Beachcomber Museum on Texel, inclusing a hunt, a game box and a cookbook.
Early comic art by Jolet Leenhouts from the 1970s