Again I’ve been too quiet for my own (blogging-) good. Last month I was totally occupied by the Lemniscaat illustration contest. Literally every moment I could spend drawing, I did.
As a child I always dreamed of
illustrating children’s- and mostly fairytale books but I never actually made
any attempts to do so.
Illustrators were asked by publisher
Lemniscaat to send in three illustrations that go with a story of their own
choice. It was clear to me it had to be a fairytale but which one?
I chose a story from ‘Persian
Fairytales’ by Arthur Christensen (original title: Persische Märchen). My dad
used to read from them when I was little and after all the stories by Grimm and
Andersen they were amazingly refreshing. These stories had all this different
creatures and different magic and lots of blood and gore! My choice fell upon ‘Mohammed
the shepherd and the three Peri princesses’.
From beginning to end it took me
almost 20 days to finish all three illustrations and I was just in time for the
(Dutch) closing date on May 1st! It took me this long because I had
to take some really hard hurdles that housed in my brain. Now that I have returned
to my ‘regular’ drawings I can feel a difference in the way I work. I just DO
because when working on the illustrations there was no time to ponder every
brushstroke, they had to be finished and soon! So I’m very happy with this
change and much happier to go to my studio.
Sure I would like to win the
contest, sure I would like to be among the 10 best and attend a master class by
an internationally recognized illustrator. I would like having my work
promoted during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Have my work exhibited in library
‘The Hive’, in Worcester, England, in the Shanghai Library, China and also in
the Centrale Bibliotheek Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
I would like all these things very
much but taking these personal hurdles was very important to me. Winning or
losing I’m very happy I participated!
Below details from the three illustrations I did for the Lemniscaat contest.