donderdag 12 augustus 2010
All forests have places where you most certainly don’t want to go because you never know what you might find hiding in the frightening shadows. I know someone who’s metaphorically brave enough to browse around these parts of the woods with just a tiny lantern in her hand. Hell, I’d even say she’s pretty comfortable there and probably build herself a castle on the scariest spot where she relaxes. Dutch artist and graphic designer Merel Barends draws cunning and provoking comics among other things. Her work is frequently published in magazines and she was one of the cartoonists contributing to the book Portrayed poems of J.J. Slauerhoff (famous Dutch writer and poet from the 20th century). Currently Barends is working on her graphic novel. Portrayed above are her -not so secret anymore- diary and sketchbook pages. Sometimes she has a mild mood and draws something uplifting like ‘cats in tubs’ and ‘knowing moles exist’. You can order prints of these artworks by sending her an e-mail through her blog.