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Ilse Gort
Ilse Gort
Freelance Illustrator
Gramsbergen, Netherlands


I am a freelance illustrator from the Netherlands. Clients include Wizards of the Coast, Blizzard, Hi-Rez, Valve, MacMillan and Penguin Random House.


Character DesignCreature DesignMarketing IllustrationBook Cover Illustration

Software proficiency



  • Freelance Illustrator & Concept Artist at Black Cat Illustration
    January 2009 - Present

    Prior to and alongside my industry assignments I work as a freelance illustrator and concept artist for private individuals, collectors and authors with my own company.

  • Card Artist at Valve Corporation
    September 2018 - Present

    With Valve I work as a freelance illustrator, creating card art for their upcoming game Artifact.

  • Freelance Illustrator at Fogbank Entertainment
    January 2018 - September 2018

    With Fogbank I worked as a character illustrator, depicting characters and animals for an upcoming title that is still to be announced, and preparing them to be 2D animated.

  • Splash Artist at Murka Ltd.
    April 2017 - Present

    For Murka Ltd. I am creating detailed splash illustrations for their online games and prepare them to be animated in After Effects.

  • Environment & Character Artist at Open Legend RPG
    October 2016 - March 2017

    For Open Legend RPG I created environment and character art for their open-source tabletop RPG.

    Reference: Brian Feister

  • Illustrator at Vulcan Design Forge
    January 2016 - October 2016

    With Vulcan Design Forge I worked primarily as a card artist for the title Heroes of Karth.

  • Full Time Illustrator at MediaMonks
    Hilversum, Netherlands
    September 2015 - November 2015

    At MediaMonks I worked as an illustrator on a large 2D animation project for Intel.

  • Full-time Concept Art & Illustrator at Frostburn Studios
    February 2015 - August 2015

    During my time with FrostBurn Studios I worked primarily as a marketing illustrator but also as a character, icon and prop concept artist, additionally I functioned as a back-up art director for outsourced artists.

    Reference: Ryan McDaniel

  • Marketing Illustrator at S2Games
    January 2013 - January 2015

    During my time with S2Games I worked as a marketing illustrator, creating splash art for their MOBA, Heroes of Newerth.

  • Card Artist at Conceptopolis
    March 2014 - January 2015

    Conceptopolis is a production company offering 2D art services to various clients. As one of their freelance artists I provided card art for DeNa, for their online TCG Hellfire.