I'm a nature lover and a keen gardener and when I encountered this beautiful quote while surfing on the internet, I immediately knew I wanted to do something with it! When I make an illustration like this, in my sketchbook, I always start drawing a few small details in pencil, tracing the outlines with my fineliner and filling in the background, all with the same fine pigment liner. I never have a plan set out in advance, so I just draw and make it up as I go, and each decision I make creates a kind of set of rules to follow.
I'm always inspired by nature, by plants and trees. And I keep coming back to the poems of Emily Dickinson because she was also a lover of nature. Sometimes when reading one of her poems, in my mind, I immediately see what the following finished page in my sketchbook will look like. This illustration was done in one day, couldn't stop drawing. It's not always going smoothly like this though, sometimes I start a project, only terminating it after a long time.
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