Merel Eyckerman (b.1981) has an MA in illustration design from PHL/Hasselt. She spent one semester in Lahti Polytechnic/Finland on an exchange program. Later in her studies her interest in archaeology was fuelled when she could join a team from the University of Cologne involved in excavations in the Dakhla Oasis/Egypt.
Since 2003 she has illustrated picture books, primary readers and magazines. Apart from Belgium and The Netherlands her work is published in Canada, China, Denmark, Great Britain, Hungary, France, South-Korea, Russia, Sweden and the United States. Her work exudes atmosphere and is recognizable in elegance and great precision, in a muted-colour palette.
From 2006 she has combined her freelance work with the research project “Non-fiction graphic illustration exemplified by excavations in Egypt” in which she collaborates and publishes with the archaeologist Stan Hendrickx.
She participates annually in excavation projects in Egypt, mostly with the KULeuven in Dayr al-Barsha.