Yes yes! My first illustrated book! It came out in april already here in the Netherlands, and even a little earlier in Spain. The book, Shinrin-Yoku, that was written by Annette Lavrijsen, is now also translated to Italian, German, and soon a French edition will come out as well.
I’m so pleased to show off this project, because it was a dream come true to illustrate a book. Also I couldn’t be happier with the subject: Shinrin-yoku. The book is about the Japanese phenomenon that translates to ‘Forest bathing’. The concept and the practice (by certain exercises and tasks) was developed in Japan in the beginning of the 80’s. This form of nature therapy helps to find a good way to cope with inner city demands, reduces stress, and improves your concentration and energy level. Forest bathing proves to be beneficial for your health in many ways – mentally as well as physically.
I got to illustrate the fly leafs and the cover as well!
The cover and the fly leafs were in full colour, and I do love to be able to choose a lovely colour palette. Inside though was a whole other challenge. For the illustrations I could only use black and one other colour, which was a pantone green I got to choose.
It was a wonderful challenge which to find a nice mix of grey tones, black, white and green.
I loved working together with the writer Annette Lavrijsen, and the publisher, Ageeth Heising from publishing house Ambo Anthos. It was really great to team up with this smart, strong and supernice ladies.
If you got curious about this book, check out my Instagramaccount where I set a challenge for myself of #100daysofshinrinyoku The book is a really nice and inspiring read, makes you want to go into the forest more often en really experience it with all your senses. You can order the Dutch version here.
Publishing houses of Shirin-Yoku by Annette Lavrijsen, with my illustrations:
The Netherlands: Ambo Anthos
Germany: Bastei Lübbe
Italy: Giunti Editore
France: Editions Larousse (expected)