Gerda Dendooven (Kortrijk, 1962) illustrates and writes children’s books, youth books and theater pieces. And she teaches graphic design at the St.-Lucas Instituut in Ghent, Belgium.
Dendooven’s style is instantly recognizable by its atmosphere and composition, color harmony and color alienation. She ignores proportions and perspective. People are centered in her drawings, interiors are only suggested by attributes. She uses archetypes (The Mother, The Doctor) and humor. For each book she seeks for the most appropriate techniques and lines. She works mostly with graphite pencil and watercolor or color pens.
Her book Mijn mama (My Mummy) was awarded with the prestigious triennial Flemish Culture Prize and her book Stella with the Dutch Woutertje Pieterse Prize 2017.