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Studio news for May 2019

Studio news for May 2019 is that I finally feel like I’m starting to see some progress on our next book! The story has been written for ages – but because creating the illustrations are the most time-consuming part, it never really feels like I’m getting anywhere until I make a start with the pictures.

The most exciting news for May 2019 is of course that I’ve made a meerkat character! The meerkat has been made from fabric that I had printed with my illustrations last month.

I will be photographing this fully articulated fabric meerkat doll for parts of the illustrations for the second book that Lenka and I are currently working on. I’m also very excited to make a new, darker version of Daisy the flower fairy for this book. I look forward to sharing more images from this project with you soon!

I’ve named the meerkat “Merlin”, and he shares the name with my very energetic and mischievous dog! I thought it fitting as they share many of the same boisterous characteristics!

In May 2019 I…

  • Sent a book to our first giveaway winner
  • Planned the double page spreads for my next book & made rough layout sketches
  • Created a new anxiety activity for our resource library
  • Received the printed fabric from my printers and made a meerkat character
  • Completed the first photoshoot of the meerkat character in my aunt’s garden
  • Organised three library visits for the June school holidays with Lenka’s help
  • Started editing the photos for our next book illustrations

Do you like Merlin the meerkat? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Albert van Niekerk on June 8, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Liesl, your Merlin is extraordinarily beautiful! The meerkat world must be delighted to have him and to share him with many children.

    • Liesl van der Hoven on June 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      Dear Albert,
      Thank you so much for your kind words! I would love to show Merlin to you in person someday soon, we really need to organise a visit!
      With lots of love,

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