Tsjisse is an illustrator from Groningen, The Netherlands, with a deep love for drawing and an urge to fill sketchbooks. With dreamy colours and wild textures he creates lively worlds for brands, publications and advertising campaigns. Tsjisse is also a co-founder of illustration collective Knetterijs.

Feel free to get in touch with any questions, projects, commissions or just to say hi!

+316 51 535 459



The New York Times
New Yorker
Random House
The Guardian
Herman Miller
New York Public Radio
Refinery 29
Welcome to the Village Festival
De Morgen
De Correspondent


It's Nice That
Communication Arts
Fontanel Dutch Design Talent 2016 Award
WOTH Wonderful Things
CP Magazine


2018 – Society of Illustrators, New York
2017 – Framing the News, The Hague
2017 – Fumetto International Comix-Festival, Lüzern
2017 – Museum Belvédère, Oranjewoud
2017 – Gallerie Mozaiek, Zuidlaren
2016 – Illustratie 57, Groningen
Tsjisse Talsma’s drawings have a movement to them, brushstrokes and pencil marks are swift but refined, creating illustrations that capture a moment. 
Lucy Bourton  — It’s Nice That
Talsma’s illustrations can be described as abstract forms that need to be examined to be understood. They’re brilliant, as those that take their time will see. 
Willem van Roosmalen — Founder & Creative Director Fontanel magazine 
I've received so many compliments on the cover - you really did a wonderful job. 
Ciska Rae Ulug — Author of Planting Possibilities 
Tsjisse, you have been so wonderful and professional to work with, thank you for accommodating our crazy requests and for your beautiful illustrations that truly brought our audio to life 
Rosa Gollan — Producer WQXR Radio 
Thank you for your flexibility when we changed our minds a million times and for making all of the last minute edits we asked of you. There were so many things that made this project difficult, but you were kind & patient with us and probably the best person we worked with. 
Melissa Foster — Project Manager at New York Public Radio 
It has been an absolute dream to work with you, and the illustrations really made the project! I can't tell you enough how grateful we are and hope to work with you again very soon. 
Clemency Burton-Hill — Broadcaster & executive producer at New York Public Radio