Oopsy daisy, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I sort of had a newsletter planned for last month, but someway it has fallen through. About time so to catch up with you again. Firstly: I truly hope you’ve been doing well. The world isn’t much of a kind place at this moment and what has been going on has been playing on the minds of many, including myself. It makes this newsletter with all these insignificant ramblings look a bit silly, yet I very much hope it might take your mind of things for just a bit. Just as it does for me as I’m typing these words.
One of my favourite things I made last month is this little sketchbook. As per coincidence I found the lovely Margaux Kent of Peg and Awl on Instagram and quickly decided to give her bookbinding tutorial a try. I used my favourite paper, Arches 300 grams hot-pressed, some thread, a needlefelting needle and a small strip of linnen fabric. The easy to follow tutorial quickly taught me how calming bookbinding really is. It honestly made me question why I’d ever get a store-bought sketchbook ever again, if I can make one out of my favourite paper myself? The little book I made surely isn’t perfect, but I absolutely love the way it looks. Surely give it a try, if you’ve got some spare time to spend.
Another something I’ve been focussing on in February is drawing horses. Not the tiny kind on sticks, but actual ponies. In my life I’ve drawn plenty: I’ve literally drawn more horses than I have anything else. With those years, I’m pretty sure I’ve found my own way of reflecting them, yet I’m always tweaking tiny characterising elements such as the ears, eyes and nostrils. As ponies will be represented in my children’s book too, I decided it’s the right moment in time now to really pinpoint what I’d like my ponies to look.
In contrast to the stick horses, I wanted the eyes to look a little more soft and gentle. I tried different shapes, as well as I did for the nose and the mane. It’s pretty much the ears that I’m not too sure about just yet, although I’ve slowly started to settle on those too. I’m sure in March I’d like to continue this quest and get just that little bit closer to bringing the book to completion.
February also marked the moment I opened up my very own shop here on my website. It didn’t only require me to set up the shop, but also tweak some things here and there and request an upgrade to Miezepluis’ web address. It’s such a nice thing to have this little shop set up and it’s been great to share the prints of my favourite illustrations (and soon-to-be book) with you. There’s still a few numbered prints left for you to shop, which you’re welcome to have a look at here.
Another something I’d very like to do in March is getting my oil paints out again. Funnily enough painting with oils to me feels like a summery thing to do. I’m not doing too well with the strong scent of oil paint and only really like using them when I get to work next to an open window. As the sun has been out quite a bit these last couple of days, it made me eager to work with oils again. There’s a couple of ideas I’d like to work on, which pretty much includes horses again, hehe. I’ve got some small canvas boards left, which I think would make perfect backdrops for small, easy horsey portraits. Anyway, whatever I come up with I’ll make sure to share with you on here and on Instagram!
And that’s pretty much all for this small newsletter. There isn’t that much for me to share with you, but I hope you enjoyed this quick little update. I’d very much like to let you know I appreciate your endless support greatly: it’s lovely to be surrounded by such lovely people. I truly wish for you to stay safe and try your best to see the beautiful things in life, even when they seem harder to find than they did before.