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This article was published on July 28, 2015

Look out for gorgeous new Canvas art on TNW

Look out for gorgeous new Canvas art on TNW
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

Founder & board member, TNW

Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and pr.co. Boris is very active on Twitter as @Boris and Instagram: @Boris.

As you might have noticed, we recently introduced a new ad format on The Next Web, called Canvas Ads. Behind this article you can see an image, and when you click it, this post partially slides out of view so you can see the full canvas.

We show commercial ads there, some promotion for our own events and services and every few weeks we select upcoming artists and showcase their work. Each artist gets to show their work and we link to their portfolios.

Today we launch four new artists, each showing two of their works. We’ve asked them to introduce themselves below.


Undog is an Amsterdam-based studio for visual communication. It focuses on creating campaigns and identities through unconventional experimentation within the applied arts.

Undog has an extensive network of creative collaborators to help it employ graphic design and art direction in all forms and media.

The results include corporate identities, posters, books, television and film titles, videos, websites, packaging and more.

Based in one of the world’s leading countries for design and typography, Undog demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of its history while maintaining a healthy urge to challenge contemporary norms.

Undog was founded in 2009 by Ferry van Zijderveld. He graduated in 2000 at the University of the Arts (HKU) in Utrecht and was a partner at Hotel, agency for visual communication, from 2000 to 2009.

➤ Undog’s portfolio
➤ Undog’s Canvas Ads (reload to see both works)

Miss Cyndi

Miss Cyndi is an illustrator and artist who has worked as a freelancer for several years based in Taiwan. Most of her ideas come from deep thoughts, such as the interaction between couples, family, and the small things happen in daily lives.

She describes herself as a creative perfectionist. “I like to study different things, trying to turn my imagination into illustration,” she says. “I don’t feel tired when drawing because I have great passion for it. I always see a part of myself in my works, and art has also become a part of me.”

Miss Cyndi’s portfolio
Miss Cyndi’s Canvas Ads (reload to see both works)

Diana Hlevnjak

Diana Hlevnjak is an illustrator and designer from Croatia. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia and there she received a masters degree in Fine Art education. After working in the mobile and Web industry she decided to become a full time freelance artist, and now sells vector designs and illustrations on her website PolarVectors.com, as well as offering custom design work.

“I absolutely love to draw tranquil landscape scenery in a contemporary minimalistic design where there are no distractions,” she says. “Only one focus tells the story while colors brings out the emotions.”

➤ Diana Hlevnjak’s portfolio
Diana Hlevnjak’s Canvas Ads (reload to see both works)

Sandy van Helden

Sandy van Helden is an Amsterdam-based illustrator and designer, specializing in visual communication.

“I try to create a strong and recognizable style through using bold lines and popping colours and combining this with hand drawn elements,” she says.

“Most of my inspiration is through current online culture. I translate these new tendencies into my own style. Hereby my own work stays dynamic and is it constantly in motion.

“I love working together with brands, trying to help them distinguish themselves and to tell their story through the means of image. I especially find the creation of an entire campaign very interesting, creating the full package.”

➤ Sandy van Helden’s portfolio
Sandy van Helden’s Canvas Ads (reload to see both works)


If you want to apply to have your artworks shown on our Canvas ads, feel free to contact us.

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