Weekly News 05-20-2020

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Atelier News

Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

Another week filled with some paintings for the Brooklyn Project. I’m down to only 10 illustrations to make! I cannot believe it. I’m so excited to get moving on this project, and I’m enjoying the process so much. I’m also looking forward to the end result.

I’m also working hard on my Instagram lined flowers challenge. It’s a lot of fun to have this side project which is still artistic but a lot simpler than the Brooklyn Project. It’s also really nice to have a routine of drawing something new every day. It really forces me to learn new ways of looking and drawing.

I’ve been listening…

I’ve been struggling with lots of anger and anxiety these last few weeks, and one thing that has been helping is listening to soft, soft, soft music. My current favourite is this one. Every time I listen to this music, I’m transported to the beach, and it helps me relax a little. Try it out!

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We are keeping on with this week’s theme: line drawings! Take a look at how I created the lilies ūüôā

New in the Etsy Store

This week, I’m adding two new sticker sheets. The first one, I created for myself but decided to share. I’m a big fan of my planner, and sometimes I just want something quick to keep me organized. I’m also a big fan of Skillshare, but it’s sometimes hard to go on there regularly. However, by keeping track of my lessons with these stickers, well I’ve been learning new skills every single week. Yup! They are such good stickers!

The second sticker sheet is made with my flower line drawings. I like that they are black and white. I feel like it is a lot more sophisticated and minimalist than my other sticker sheets. One fun thing: since my sticker paper is matte, you can color them and make them truly your own! How fun!

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Weekly News 05-13-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

What a week! I’ve been working on the Brooklyn project like a MANIAC, and it’s coming along nicely. This week was my first week producing 4 pieces, and it’s pretty intense. I’m targeting 3 to 4 pieces per week on top of creating at least one new product per week for my Etsy. And, because I love to work apparently, I’m also starting new drawing challenge for Instagram.

I’ve been reflecting a lot on my relationship with social media, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t particularly like social media because it makes me really anxious. However, I like that I can connect with artists that I admire easily through Instagram and stay inspired to create. So I pondered and decided that the best way for me to stay happy and on social media was to use it to my advantage.

In this case, I looked at the fact that I always am looking for new flowers to draw but I often fall back on the same few. Don’t get me wrong, I love drawing apple blossoms and calendulas, but, you know, there are other flowers! So I challenged myself to draw 30 flowers that I’m not used to drawing using only ink. I’ve called my challenge 30 Lined Flowers, and you can find it on Instagram at #30linedflowers. I’m only on day 3 of it, but I’m feeling really motivated, and it’s nice to get some practice while posting regularly to the Gram.
I promise, I’m a nice millennial!

I’ve been reading…

Because I cannot be all serious and in the “we’re doomed to die” every week, I’ve read a very, very, very light read this week… and loved every single page. I am a huge fan of Netflix’s Queer Eye and secretly wish the Fab Five were my best friends. So when I saw that my online library had Tan’s memoir, well, I just had to read it.

It was really good! Tan goes through his childhood as a gay Muslim Pakistani boy in England up to today and the phenomenal success the show has. I have to say I could really relate to some of the things he went through as a kid: feeling like you are part of the main culture until you are called brown or yellow by other kids, juggling between the outside culture and the culture at home, trying to find outlets for your creativity… I love that the book also had some fashion advice because I am completely fashion impaired. Anyways, a really great read if you need a bit of glitter while also getting all the feels.

And if reading is not your thing, please watch the show! It will make you want to scream “Yassss Queeeeen” in no time, I promise!

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I once won two awards for my organization skills. I know, I’m quite the party animal. I’m taking you with me on this crazy bus for some organizational tips this week!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWcch2XQIqxGMRMC-zAMUGw

New in the Etsy Store

So, this week I went all in with this decoupage idea and created this Monstera andansonii greeting card. It’s one of my favourite house plant, and ours was my inspiration for this card.

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Weekly News 05-06-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

This week has been a productive one. I reviewed my schedule for the Brooklyn project, and realized that I needed to get going if I want to finish in time for the August deadline. So, I’m starting to work on two pictures a week to catch up and keep on track. I’m so glad I caught that now and not too late! It’s a really fun project, and I can’t wait to see the final result. It’s really motivating to be working on this story book and to see each illustration work with the others. I really hope you’ll like it! Here’s a sneak peak of our main character, Agatha.

I’ve been reading…

Climate change is at the center of my thoughts these last few weeks, and although I’m convinced humans are responsible, I always like to do a bit of research and know what I’m talking about.

So I wrote Holly Exley who is not only a wonderful illustrator but also an Extinction Rebellion activist for some reading recommendation. She suggested I tried any book by Naomi Klein, and so I’m reading This Changes Everything. I’m not done yet, but it’s really good so far!

Klein goes through the different ways that we, as individuals and as a society, pretend there is no problem, that everything is fine and that capitalism will save us. Her study of the relationship between capitalism and the state of the natural world is chocking. What I like most however about this book is that Klein is a strong advocate of the idea that the fight against climate change can also be a fight for social change: climate justice = social justice. Food for thought indeed!

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Another one for the Brooklyn Project this week with this pineapple greenhouse!

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New in the Etsy Store

Two new coloring pages are available this week! Yes, it’s a whale swimming in flowers. Why not?

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Weekly News 04-22-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

This week, I’m keeping up with Mother’s Day and created some new cards with really cute cats and bears. I really was inspired by folkloric designs and patterns for the dresses.

I’m also working very hard on my Brooklyn project, and worked on another greenhouse. Well, actually, I worked on a greenhouse detail. I saw a beautiful picture of an abandoned greenhouse with gorgeous nasturtium colored glass windows, and I just had to recreate them! I wanted to created something that was abandoned but that you could just imagine being delightful in its prime.

I’ve been baking…

I’ve been looking for comfort and nothing is more comforting to me than a chocolate cookie with a warm cup of milk.

This recipe is very simple and quick to make, and the cookies are delicious! I’ve made it my own by replacing the sugar with 90g of maple syrup and switching the water for some strong cha√Į tea. The spices in the tea complement the chocolate very nicely and everything is delicious!

I hope you give them a try!

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Because I’m really excited for spring (which is a bit ironic considering it’s snowing at the moment), I really wanted to talk about plants! So, grab a cup of tea and join me as I talk seedling while painting this greenhouse!

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New in the Etsy Store

This week, it’s all about Mother’s Day! I added some greeting cards with the lovely cat moms and bear mamma. I also made them available as a card to print and color at home and as coloring pages.

I also started to add polymer clay brooches to the shop. I think they are adorable!  Plus, they are all one of a kind and completely unique.

Finally, I’m adding the option of gift packaging all of your orders and sending them all directly to your loved ones! That way, if you can’t get to your post office, well, you can still spoil your mom!

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Weekly News 04-29-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

So I hope this is not getting too repetitive, but this week, I’ve been working on some new Mother’s Day cards! I really wanted to create a cut out card and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. It opens a whole new world of possibilities to make cut out cards. Watch out for more!

And, because I still have 30 more illustrations to make for the Brooklyn Project, that’s what I’ve been working on. It’s been a really tough week, and I have perspective drawing and emotions to blame for that. Making art is a tricky thing for me. I feel my best when I make art, which makes making art really difficult sometimes. It gets very emotional very quickly when I don’t perform as well as I want to. The pressure is only real in my head, but it’s still pretty real! So when I tried to tackle perspective drawing this week for the first time, and of course, failed my first attempts, my first thoughts were: I am not worthy, I am not worthy!

Of course, that is ridiculous! Everything new has a learning curve, and I just need to calm down and trust that practice will make pretty good eventually. I also needed to remember that I have allies and worthy people ready to help me. You don’t have to do everything on your own.

By the end of the week, I had my two perspective drawings that I needed, and I’m pretty happy with them. So, next time you start to freak out, just breathe, call an ally and don’t let all the emotions take control.

I’ve been reading…

The Great Gatsby! One of my all time favourite books, I’m so glad to be reading this one again. I love how Fitzgerald creates amazingly confusing and tumultuous scenes. As you read, you really get to feel what those 1920’s parties must have been like. All the characters are flawed which makes them so relatable and touching. Of course, the great romantic in me is very happy with this tragic love story, but we’ll say it’s the great writing that I love ūüėČ

AND, if you don’t feel like reading, the 2013 movie with the Great DeCaprio is excellent.

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BeIt’s all about perspective and that Brooklyn Project! I’m telling you about my process and how I’m approaching this long-term project. Plus, you get to see me actually get better at perspective drawing. It’s a fun one, so don’t miss out!

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New in the Etsy Store

Two new cards are available this week, and they are cut-out cards! I love how it adds dimension to the flower bouquet, like if it was coming out of the page. These would be perfect for Mother’s Day or a birthday or even as thank you cards!

Plus, each card comes with a hand-folded, surprise pattern envelope!

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Agatha’s Journal, What now?

Agatha's Journal

(psst, les francos, ça se passe plus bas!)

That’s it friends! The Kickstarter campaign is over, and it did not succeed.

I worked a lot on this project, and of course I’m disappointed that I will not be able to share my work with you just yet. I really hoped that this campaign would work, and that I would be able to send my backers fun and unique surprises as well as copies of my book. I was also looking forward to having some extra copies of my book available for sale in my Etsy shop.

So now that the kickstarter has failed, it feels a bit sad and empty. But, I’m also carrying a lot of new things that I learned while working on the campaign and promoting my book.

First, people who are excited about your work will support you. Having the support of my family and friends felt like such a precious gift, especially through this weird period. I’m more than grateful for all their encouragements, kind words and pledges.

Second, while I was promoting my book, I mainly used Instagram. Well, I hate it. The platform feels hollow and empty. I feel like most of us are so busy promoting our own work that we don’t really look at what the others are doing. Promoting my book, it felt like I was in an echo chamber: screaming about my book and only hearing myself back again. And, it was not just an impression: most of my backers were people I knew personally (except for two who found my project directly through the Kickstarter website). So while I was working hard on trying to figure out new ways to engage my following, most of my following was not looking, seeing or engaging. The more time I spent on Instagram, the emptier I felt. Now that I’m done promoting my book, I feel exhausted by the platform. This whole project really has me questioning my relationship to the platform, and I haven’t found a solution that feels authentic yet. More on that soon… or when I figure it out.

Third, I really like my book, but at one point in the campaign, I felt like I needed to rework the entire thing and just cancel the campaign. I guess it’s the perfectionist and impostor in me that were shouting these ideas. As a creator and artist, I feel like my pieces are never completely done. It’s difficult to let go of a project, and this was also true for this book. Yet, it’s such a fun part of the creation process to be able to share my work. I really learned a lot about myself and about myself as a creator while struggling with impostor syndrome as the campaign was slowly moving towards failing. But see, that’s the thing. It’s not really a failure, is it? I mean, my goals are not met, but that doesn’t change the hours of work I put into this project, the quality of the work, or anything else about it. The only thing it changes is the timeline in which I’ll be able to sell the work. That’s it.

I could go on and on about what other things, but as I also learned through the campaign, people don’t like to read long pieces, so I’ll stop here for now.

Again, thank you so much for all your support!

This blog post is one in a series I’m writing about my book, Agatha’s Journal.

Check out this page for more information on the book!


Et maintenant?

Voil√†, chers amis ! La campagne Kickstarter est termin√©e, et elle n’a pas r√©ussi.

J’ai beaucoup travaill√© sur ce projet, et bien s√Ľr je suis d√©√ßue de ne pas pouvoir partager mon travail avec vous pour l’instant. J’esp√©rais vraiment que cette campagne fonctionnerait, et que je pourrais envoyer √† mes supporters des surprises amusantes et uniques ainsi que des exemplaires de mon livre. Je me r√©jouissais √©galement d’avoir quelques exemplaires suppl√©mentaires en vente dans ma boutique Etsy.

Maintenant que le kickstarter a √©chou√©, la situation est un peu triste et vide. Mais j’emporte aussi beaucoup de nouvelles choses que j’ai apprises en travaillant sur la campagne et en faisant la promotion de mon livre.

Tout d’abord, les personnes qui sont enthousiastes √† propos de votre travail vous soutiendront. Avoir le soutien de ma famille et de mes amis m’a sembl√© √™tre un cadeau si pr√©cieux, surtout pendant cette p√©riode √©trange. Je leur suis plus que reconnaissante pour tous leurs encouragements, leurs mots gentils et leurs engagements.

Deuxi√®mement, pendant que je faisais la promotion de mon livre, j’ai surtout utilis√© Instagram. Eh bien, je d√©teste √ßa. La plateforme semble creuse et vide. J’ai l’impression que la plupart d’entre nous est tellement occup√©e √† promouvoir son propre travail que nous ne regardons pas vraiment ce que font les autres. En faisant la promotion de mon livre, j’ai eu l’impression d’√™tre dans une chambre d’√©cho : je criais √† propos de mon livre et je ne faisais que me r√©entendre. Et ce n’√©tait pas qu’une impression : la plupart de mes backers √©taient des personnes que je connaissais personnellement (√† l’exception de deux d’entre eux, qui ont trouv√© mon projet directement sur kickstarter). Alors que je travaillais dur pour trouver de nouvelles fa√ßons d’engager mes followers sur instagram, la plupart d’entre eux ne regardaient pas, ne voyaient pas et ne r√©agissaient pas. Plus je passais de temps sur Instagram, plus je me sentais vide. Maintenant que j’ai fini de promouvoir mon livre, je me sens √©puis√©e par la plateforme. Tout ce projet m’am√®ne √† remettre en question ma relation avec la plateforme, et je n’ai pas encore trouv√© de solution qui me semble authentique. J’en dirai plus bient√īt‚Ķ ou quand j’aurai trouv√© une solution.

Troisi√®mement, j’aime beaucoup mon livre, mais √† un moment de la campagne, j’ai senti que je devais le retravailler enti√®rement et simplement annuler la campagne. Je suppose que c’est la perfectionniste et l’imposteur en moi qui criaient ces id√©es. En tant que cr√©atrice et artiste, j’ai l’impression que mes Ňďuvres ne sont jamais compl√®tement termin√©es. Il est difficile de laisser aller un projet, et c’√©tait √©galement vrai pour ce livre. Pourtant, c’est une partie tellement amusante du processus de cr√©ation que de pouvoir partager mon travail. J’ai vraiment beaucoup appris sur moi-m√™me et sur mon travail de cr√©atrice tout en luttant contre le syndrome de l’imposteur alors que la campagne se dirigeait lentement vers l’√©chec. Mais vous voyez, c’est √ßa le truc. Ce n’est pas vraiment un √©chec, n’est-ce pas ? Je veux dire que mes objectifs ne sont pas atteints, certes, mais cela ne change rien aux heures de travail que j’ai consacr√©es √† ce projet, √† la qualit√© du travail, ou √† quoi que ce soit d’autre. La seule chose que cela change, c’est le d√©lai dans lequel je pourrai vendre le livre. C’est tout.

Je pourrais continuer encore et encore sur d’autres sujets, mais comme je l’ai √©galement appris au cours de la campagne, les gens n’aiment pas lire de longs articles, alors je vais m’arr√™ter ici pour le moment.

Merci encore à tous mes backers!

Cet article fait partie de la s√©rie consacr√©e √† mon livre: Le Journal d’Agatha

Visitez cette page pour plus d’informations sur le livre!

Agatha’s Journal, 1 Day to the Launch!

Agatha's Journal

The launch is in less than 24 hours! It feels like I’ve been working on this project for such a long time, and I guess it’s because I did. I started thinking about my project last November. Now, almost a year later, I’m about to launch my Kickstarter campaign to get funds to print out copies of my very own storybook. It’s exciting, it’s scary, it’s wonderful, it’s terrible.

It feels like all the emotions are there. So, to soothe my nervous little heart, here are all my hopes for my book.

Hopes

  1. I hope you will like my book as much as I do.
  2. I really created something unique, and I hope you will let yourself go into this story.
  3. I hope you will wonder and imagine. I created a story that you’ll be able to discuss with other readers and friends.
  4. I hope it will inspire you to look into plants.
  5. I hope it will inspire you to slow down and read a story, just because sometimes we need time to live and be.
  6. I hope it will spark your creativity and make you want to make your own project.
  7. I hope you will welcome my book into your book collection and read it over and over again.
  8. I hope you will have fun reading this book with your kids, nephew, little friends and other kids around you.
  9. I hope people will see the book in your home and want to read it too.
  10. I hope this book will bring you a sense of wonder when you need it most.

So, that’s it! Now I need to let go of my project a little and see how it does on Kickstarter. It is such a strange process to create something and to release it to the world. I’m so glad I worked on this!

This blog post is one in a series I’m writing about my book, Agatha’s Journal.

Check out this page for more information on the book!


Plus qu’un jour avant le lancement!

Le lancement est pr√©vu pour dans moins de 24 heures ! J’ai l’impression de travailler sur ce projet depuis si longtemps, et je suppose que c’est parce que c’est le cas. J’ai commenc√© √† r√©fl√©chir √† mon projet en novembre dernier. Aujourd’hui, presque un an plus tard, je suis sur le point de lancer ma campagne Kickstarter pour obtenir des fonds afin d’imprimer des exemplaires de mon propre livre d’histoires. C’est excitant, c’est effrayant, c’est merveilleux, c’est terrible.

J’ai l’impression que toutes les √©motions sont l√†. Alors, pour apaiser mon petit coeur nerveux, voici tous mes espoirs pour mon livre.

Espoirs

  1. J’esp√®re que vous aimerez mon livre autant que moi.
    2. J’ai vraiment cr√©√© quelque chose d’unique, et j’esp√®re que vous vous laisserez aller √† cette histoire.
    3. J’esp√®re que vous vous √©merveillerez et que vous imaginerez. J’ai cr√©√© une histoire dont vous pourrez discuter avec d’autres lecteurs et amis.
    4. J’esp√®re que cette histoire vous incitera √† vous int√©resser aux plantes.
    5. J’esp√®re que ce livre vous incitera √† ralentir et √† lire une histoire, simplement parce que parfois nous avons besoin de temps pour vivre et √™tre.
    6. J’esp√®re que l’histoire stimulera votre cr√©ativit√© et vous donnera envie de r√©aliser votre propre projet.
    7. J’esp√®re que vous accueillerez mon livre dans votre collection de livres et que vous le lirez encore et encore.
    8. J’esp√®re que vous aurez du plaisir √† lire ce livre avec vos enfants, votre ni√®ce, vos petits voisins et d’autres enfants autour de vous.
    9. J’esp√®re que les gens verront le livre chez vous et voudront le lire aussi.
    10. J’esp√®re que ce livre vous apportera un sentiment d’√©merveillement au moment o√Ļ vous en aurez le plus besoin.

Alors, √ßa y est! Maintenant, je dois me d√©tacher un peu de mon projet et voir comment √ßa se passe sur Kickstarter. C’est un processus tellement √©trange de cr√©er quelque chose et de le diffuser dans le monde r√©el. Je suis si heureuse d’avoir travaill√© sur ce projet !

Cet article fait partie de la s√©rie consacr√©e √† mon livre: Le Journal d’Agatha

Visitez cette page pour plus d’informations sur le livre!

Agatha’s Journal, Ink Drawing – Kickstarter Rewards

Agatha's Journal

En fran√ßais plus bas ūüôā

Only a few days left to the official launch of my Kickstarter campaign! I cannot believe how fast time as gone while I was working on this project. It’s very exciting and a bit nerve-racking at the same time. This week, I worked on some rewards, so that I can take pictures of the different reward categories and include them to the Kickstarter page.

I wanted to create something magical and fun, and I’m very happy with the result. For the reward, people will receive the original ink drawings, but I think I might make them into prints and cards. I just love their witchy/herbalist/ancient grimoire feel.

It felt so great to be drawing and sketching again after what felt like weeks of computer work! It was so interesting to dive into the magical side of common plants and to research the different superstitions and rituals that surround them. Fascinating!

This blog post is one in a series I’m writing about my book, Agatha’s Journal.

Check out this page for more information on the book!


Dessin √† l’encre: R√©compenses pour Kickstarter

Il ne reste que quelques jours avant le lancement officiel de ma campagne Kickstarter ! Je n’arrive pas √† croire que le temps ait pass√© aussi vite pendant que je travaillais sur ce projet. C’est tr√®s excitant et un peu angoissant en m√™me temps. Cette semaine, j’ai travaill√© sur certaines r√©compenses, afin de pouvoir prendre des photos des diff√©rentes cat√©gories de r√©compenses et les inclure √† la page Kickstarter.

Je voulais cr√©er quelque chose de magique et d’amusant, et je suis tr√®s satisfaite du r√©sultat. Pour la r√©compense, les gens recevront les dessins √† l’encre originaux, mais je pense que je pourrais les transformer en tirages et en cartes. J’adore leur aspect sorci√®re-herboriste-grimoire antique.

C’√©tait tellement agr√©able de pouvoir dessiner √† nouveau apr√®s ce qui a sembl√© √™tre des semaines de travail √† l’ordinateur ! C’√©tait tellement int√©ressant de plonger dans le c√īt√© magique des plantes communes et de faire des recherches sur les diff√©rentes superstitions et rituels qui les entourent. Fascinant !

Cet article fait partie de la s√©rie consacr√©e √† mon livre: Le Journal d’Agatha

Visitez cette page pour plus d’informations sur le livre!

Agatha’s Journal, Watch me paint! Regardez-moi peindre!

Agatha's Journal

Here’s a compilation of all the videos I made where you can see me paint some of the book’s illustrations! Enjoy!

Voici une petite compilation de mes videos o√Ļ vous pouvez me voir peindre certaines des illustrations du livre!

This blog post is one in a series I’m writing about my book, Agatha’s Journal.

Cet article fait partie de la s√©rie consacr√©e √† mon livre: Le Journal d’Agatha

Check out this page for more information on the book!

Visitez cette page pour plus d’informations sur le livre!

Agatha’s Journal, Why did I write this book?

Agatha's Journal

En fran√ßais plus bas ūüôā

I’ve always really liked books. As a kid, I would spend hours with my dad at the library, bookstore or second-hand bookstore in search for THAT book. You know the one. The one book that had everything I needed to know at that particular moment. Or maybe it was the book that had the most beautiful illustrations, or a great story, or magnificent characters. Even now, I’m always looking for that book.

Now that I am an illustrator, books have gained another extra layer of meaning: they are not only objects I can own and love, they are objects I can create and imagine. Through books, I get to share my love for plants, intriguing stories, and colourful characters. It’s a real treat to be able to work on such magical objects.

A little cabin in the woods

When I heard about the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project, I knew right away that I wanted to participate. The idea that my story would be in an art gallery, in a library and even have a chance at traveling around the US was very alluring and also fun! So, that’s what I asked for for Xmas 2019.

I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated by the sketchbook at first. I would look at it and turn it around in my hands reverently. I really wanted to write something good, to create something beautiful. I wanted my sketchbook to bring mystery. I wanted it to be a page turner. I wanted the reader to want to read the story and to continue to imagine around it after having read my book.

But that was the easy part. Imagining the perfect book was a lot of fun, but I needed to get going if I wanted to be done with my sketchbook for its due date: August 15, 2020.

After months of work, my sketchbook was completed and ready to go!

It took me a while to get my story down on paper. I spent most of December 2019 and January 2020 just thinking about the project, having it as a gently hum at the back of my head as I was working on other projects. Then at the end of February 2020, it came out rushing. I wrote the story, and started working on the illustrations. I really tried to stay on top of things and produced between 2 to 4 illustrations for the book per week. It was a lot of work!

Then, it was time to think about the layout. For the Sketchbook Library, I decided to stick to a collage book. I scanned and printed out miniature versions of my illustrations and arranged them with the text. It was interesting to try different layouts and to play with the placements of different elements.

At that point, the Sketchbook was ready to go back to its mother ship. It was really hard letting it go, and I was nervous that it would get lost in the mail. I almost didn’t send it out, but I reassured myself by taking a lot of pictures and focusing on working on the book version. And that’s where we are now!

So, when I think back about why I wrote this book, I think that it is twofold. First, I wanted to create my own story with my own illustrations. Second, I really wanted to participate in the Sketchbook Project. Now, I hope you will enjoy my book too!

This blog post is one in a series I’m writing about my book, Agatha’s Journal.

Check out this page for more information on the book!


Pourquoi ce livre?

J’ai toujours beaucoup aim√© les livres. Enfant, je passais des heures avec mon p√®re √† la biblioth√®que, √† la librairie ou dans une librairie d’occasion √† la recherche de CE livre. Vous savez lequel. Le seul livre qui contenait tout ce que j’avais besoin de savoir √† ce moment pr√©cis. Ou peut-√™tre √©tait-ce le livre qui avait les plus belles illustrations, ou une grande histoire, ou des personnages magnifiques. M√™me maintenant, je suis toujours √† la recherche de ce livre.

Maintenant que je suis illustratrice, les livres ont gagn√© une nouvelle dimension : ce ne sont pas seulement des objets que je peux poss√©der et aimer, ce sont des objets que je peux cr√©er et imaginer. Gr√Ęce aux livres, je peux partager mon amour pour les plantes, les histoires intrigantes et les personnages color√©s. C’est un vrai plaisir de pouvoir travailler sur des objets aussi magiques.

Un petit chalet dans les bois

Lorsque j’ai entendu parler du projet de carnet de croquis de Brooklyn, j’ai tout de suite su que je voulais y participer. L’id√©e que mon histoire se retrouverait dans une galerie d’art, dans une biblioth√®que et qu’il y aurait m√™me une chance de voyager √† travers les √Čtats-Unis √©tait tr√®s s√©duisante et aussi amusante ! C’est donc ce que j’ai demand√© pour No√ęl 2019.

Je dois avouer que j’√©tais un peu intimid√©e par le carnet de croquis au d√©but. Je le regardais et le retournais dans mes mains avec r√©v√©rence. Je voulais vraiment √©crire quelque chose de bien, cr√©er quelque chose de beau. Je voulais que mon carnet de croquis apporte du myst√®re. Je voulais que ce soit un tourne-page. Je voulais que le lecteur ait envie de lire l’histoire et de continuer √† imaginer √† partir de l√† apr√®s avoir lu mon livre.

Mais √ßa, c’√©tait la partie facile. Imaginer le livre parfait √©tait tr√®s amusant, mais il fallait que j’aille de l’avant si je voulais en finir avec mon carnet de croquis pour sa date d’√©ch√©ance : le 15 ao√Ľt 2020.

Après des mois de travail, mon carnet était complet et près à être envoyé!

Il m’a fallu un certain temps pour mettre mon histoire sur papier. J’ai pass√© la majeure partie des mois de d√©cembre 2019 et janvier 2020 √† penser au projet, le faisant bourdonner doucement au fond de ma t√™te alors que je travaillais sur d’autres projets. Puis, √† la fin de f√©vrier 2020, il est sorti pr√©cipitamment. J’ai √©crit l’histoire, et j’ai commenc√© √† travailler sur les illustrations. J’ai vraiment essay√© de garder le cap et j’ai produit entre 2 et 4 illustrations pour le livre par semaine. C’√©tait beaucoup de travail !

Ensuite, il √©tait temps de r√©fl√©chir √† la mise en page. Pour la biblioth√®que des carnets de croquis, j’ai d√©cid√© de m’en tenir √† un livre de collage. J’ai scann√© et imprim√© des versions miniatures de mes illustrations et je les ai arrang√©es avec le texte. C’√©tait int√©ressant d’essayer diff√©rentes mises en page et de jouer avec les placements des diff√©rents √©l√©ments.

A ce moment-l√†, le Sketchbook √©tait pr√™t √† retourner sur son vaisseau-m√®re. C’√©tait vraiment difficile de le laisser partir, et j’avais peur qu’il se perde dans le courrier. J’ai failli ne pas l’envoyer, mais je me suis rassur√©e en prenant beaucoup de photos et en me concentrant sur le travail sur la version livre. Et c’est l√† que nous en sommes maintenant !

Donc, quand je repense √† la raison pour laquelle j’ai √©crit ce livre, je pense qu’elle est double. D’abord, je voulais cr√©er ma propre histoire avec mes propres illustrations. Deuxi√®mement, je voulais vraiment participer au projet de carnet de croquis. Maintenant, j’esp√®re que mon livre vous plaira aussi!

A venir, du projet de Brooklyn au livre d’histoire.

Cet article fait partie de la s√©rie consacr√©e √† mon livre: Le Journal d’Agatha

Visitez cette page pour plus d’informations sur le livre!