Authentic illustrations & lettering for you,
or your branding project


Whether you are a business owner or a designer, looking for timeless packaging, illustrations or brand design.
I’d love to meet up with you and help you create something beautiful.


Encyclopedia design & illustrations

455 illustrated subjects on evolution theory for Publishing House Ensie will be released in Sep ‘19. Available for preorder now.
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These illustrations are a compilation between free work and client work. All drawn in Adobe Illustrator using a variety of techniques.
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About Viktor Baltus


‘A boutique design studio specialized in illustrating authentic & heritage brand stories. Creating bespoke packaging, brand identity and editorial design’

You are unique, so your branding, packaging or labels should be too. I specialize in partnering with businesses just like you who just started or have established a reputation over the years but find that your business could use a facelift, to really emphasize on the heritage story and quality you want to show.

It’s my goal to make your company tell an established story and help you to feel proud of your brand. Together, we can make this happen. You with your industry experience and understanding of your customers’ needs, and me with my knowledge of design, typography and history, concept development and marketing expertise.

My clients range from start-ups and 150 year old family-run shops, to Swiss wineries, high-end chocolate makers in New York and even a cannabis company in California. While I work with clients from all over the world one thing stays the same. I’m committed to create unique brand identities, on- or offline, that fit your business story and meet your customers needs.

Based in the little town of Zeist in the middle of the Netherlands, on the edge of a large forest, I have my boutique design studio. I don’t concider myself a hipster but do have a beard and like good coffee and wine. My favourite days are those where I find gems in antique shops, can work on the nitty-gritty little details of lettering, can teach people all about typography or make long strolls through the forest.

My background in graphic design, typography and contemporary art gives me the possibility to think outside the box and I can easily switch between mediums and techniques. It allows me to work on and offline and help you in an approachable way.

Ever since I was introduced to history lessons I’m fascinated by antique shops and printed paper; old packaging, labels and the backsides of photo’s from the late 19th century. In 2012 I started the company ‘Chalkboard’ as the request for custom lettering on chalkboards in restaurants and coffee shops skyrocketed. What started out by drawing chalkboards for some of the biggest companies in the Dutch food and coffee industry, like Douwe Egberts, Coffee Company and Albert Heijn has grown in to a creative design studio where I tell stories with illustrations and lettering, because that is what I love to do most.


My design process to ensure high quality designs

reach out to me by filling in the contact form TO SCHEDULE
a free phonecall to discuss your project

After this I can give you a price quote and a detailed design proposal based on your needs.


Frequently Asked Questions

How many projects do you work on?
Being a boutique design studio I only take on 1 to 2 projects at a time to ensure I have compete focus on your project and can deliver the highest quality.

How long does a project take?
Every project is different and has different assets so a project timeline can vary from weeks to several months. At the start of your project you will recieve a personal timeline.

I’m not based in the same city/country, can you help me?
Absolutely. Most of my clients aren’t even based in the EU and come from all around the world.

What’s your process like?
There are a several steps to ensure your project gets the best result. This includes a proper design brief and design proposal, intensive research and development, presentations and finalization.

Can you make an illustration for me next week?
I’m afraid not. Creativite thinking takes time, and I’m mostly booked one to two month in advance.

How much do you charge an hour?
I never charge hourly, every project I take on starts with a project based price.
Those fees depend on the scope of work your project needs. I am happy to provide you with a quote once I find out more about your questions.


Think we’d make a good fit?


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Ready to be heard?
Let’s talk …

Please fill out the form below in as much detail as possible so that I’m able to understand the specific needs for your business.

Don’t like forms?
If you prefer to chat on the phone, please email me to schedule a call.

Warm regards, Viktor Baltus


+31 6 4406 0144
My native language is Dutch, but English works just as well.



Driebergseweg 13
3708 JA Zeist
The Netherlands


Hours CET+1

M-F 9am - 5pm
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Closed during holidays and weekends

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