Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Birds & hearts

Today is spring - although you wouldn’t know it by looking out the window...
Not sure what Mademoiselle fed the birds but they seem a bit all over the place?

Perhaps it’s the energy over here. With Paper Hearts almost out of the way, i have been busy working on 2 new book projects, which means i have been a... total hermit.

I can’t show you what’s keeping me busy, so I thought i’d share my 2 favourite illustrations from Paper Hearts - that did not make it into the book:

I used coloured pencils, gouache… and a lot of negative space.

I know a lot of people struggle with empty space & "too much white" but to me that space is similar to a beautiful place where you can simply "be”. For that reason empty space can also be extremely loud… You know what i mean? 
A bit like standing in an empty room surrounded by nothing but what you are. How much of that room would you actually fill up?
I hope these 2 illustrations speak to you in that way...

We will discover the new version of Paper Hearts in fall 2013 when it comes out in bookstores… (big smile in my heart.)