I'm glad you're interested in me. Before you read my biography, check out my introduction video below to see me in action.
My name is Yozef van 't Klooster. I am born in Indonesia and I live in the Netherlands ever since I was 3 years old. My father used to be the owner of a masonry company and my mom was a housewife. I have an Indonesian wife and a 2-year-old daughter.
I started drawing when I was 3 years old. One of my earliest memories was drawing the character Mega Man, the main character of the Nintendo game called Mega Man. In my childhood, I have drawn many different things like robots, Disney characters and even Dragon Ball characters. So you could say that drawing was my passion. I even dreamed of becoming a character designer.
Besides drawing I also liked making home video's. We used to have a camera recorder which I used to make videos with of our day-to-day life or to make funny videos. That lasted untill I was 17 years old. I regret not knowing anything about Youtube at the time. Otherwise I would have been Youtuber by now.
As for my physical activity, I have joined many different martial arts clubs, like Judo, Karate, and Jiu-Jitsu. But my favorite martial arts was Wushu, a.k.a. Kung Fu. I loved it so much that it didn't matter if I had injuries on my leg or that I had to travel 2 hours (and not to forget 2 hours to return home). But the limitations of my body took its toll and I had to stop by force.
To stay physically in shape, I joined a fitness club. I grew a strong dedication to fitness that it became my goal to become a natural bodybuilder. I have trained 5 years in a row and 4 to 5 times a week. But even that was too much for my body to handle. I injured my shoulder blade and never went to physiotherapy to fix it. So that has become the end of my fanatic bodybuilding period.
Graphic designer and programmer?
My 1st job as a programmer and desktop publisher
Of course, after my graduation, I started looking for a job. It didn't matter what I did, as long as I had an income. So I started working at the KFC. While I was working there, I searched for a job as a graphic designer or programmer.
After a few months, I received an invitation to work at a marketing communication company as a .NET programmer. The funny thing is that I didn't only program, but also worked as a desktop publisher. That company had big clients like IBM and Oracle. And it was our goal to promote them at big IT events. I was responsible for making registration pages and for preparing all the leaflets, brochures and posters for the event. I have worked in this company for 5 years becoming familiar with offline and online marketing.
My 2nd job as a programmer and graphic designer
With my 2nd job I was also hired as a programmer, but this time as a Coldfusion programmer. This company is focused on building applications and software for the healthcare industry. Here I learned to make complex applications and apps. But besides that, I was also responsible for the look & feel of our products. Eventually, I started creating brands, corporate identities and even explanation videos for new products.
This is when I started to shine. To create and design identities out of nothing makes me wake up with a smile every day. Sure I have worked as a programmer for 10 years, but besides that, I have never let go of my passion, which is creativity.
Birth of Graphilicious
Every day when I came back from work, I felt like I didn't do enough. And by that I mean I didn't do enough with my skillset. I can create graphics, build websites, animate, photograph and illustrate. I want to help others with the skills that I have. So that's when I decided to start my own freelance career as a graphic designer and multimedia specialist.
I started doing my freelance jobs in the evening and on the weekends. You can imagine that takes a lot of energy. But now I work 4 days for a company and the remaining days for myself (including weekends and evenings).
I love it!