The colors of Marloes Dekkers

My greatest challenge in coloring is to intensify the experience of a story or image. Colors appeal to the complete spectrum of emotions: from rage to happiness, from anxiety to excitement, from melancholy to joy. I like to explore the limitations and possibillities of colors and techniques to get the emotional message across.

In the mid-nineties, after graduating as an illustration major from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, I got introduced to the world of comic coloring by my former class mates, who were trying their luck as comic artists. The publishers demanded digitalized colorings, and my friends asked me to help them out. What started out as a plain filling-exercise to bring home the bacon became a passion for adding another ‘story-telling-layer’ to any kind of comics, graphic novels, or illustrations.

I preferably work with a combination of traditional materials like ecoline, watercolor and gouache combined with collage techniques and computer graphics. Flat colors are mixed in the drawings themselves.
This technique of mixing colors and materials enables me to bring any comic artist’s work to live.

What others say

I consider myself fortunate for knowing Marloes, who brings a wide range of colors to my artwork
Michiel de Jong

Marloes always surprises me with her choice of colors. She has a unique way of making my work look different than I ever had imagined.
Mario Boon


P. hans Frankfurtherprijs - 2022

Award for special merits in the department of comic creators in the Netherlands
Her coloring is personal and recognizable. Subtle, fresh, soft but also spherical, warm, contemporary and accompanied by the necessary dynamics. Because of her own signature, she knows how to tell a story in color. She adds an extra dimension to the cartoonists’ comic strips. It is said of her work that by mixing colors and techniques she brings the work of the image makers to life. This is a fine remark that the committee is happy to support.

Comic Medal Categoy Production - 2008

Award for the coloring of The Rough Guide

Jury: As an inconspicuous soundtrack she steers the emotions of the reader with a sober, thematic palet. In a profession where an invention easily becomes a trick, Marloes, (who also colored Operation Hanuman, awarded a medal in the category ‘adventure’), managed to reinvent herself, bringing comics to the next level.