Illustrations,  Travel

OPENING UP

As you may have noticed, the last two/three years I almost didn’t post anything on my website or Instagram. Three years ago I experienced a burnout. After a year of almost not working, it was time to get back to business again. I thought. But what if your interests just aren’t the same anymore? Before my burnout, I always used to draw fashion. But during my burnout, it is almost like I switched personalities. Which sounds strange, I know! I guess the people that read this and also experienced a burnout can relate to this. However, it feels like I am a whole new person, and it feels like I can truly be me now.

For two years I have been doubting about how to continue with my business and do I even still want to continue with my business? That’s what you may have noticed on my website and Instagram. It’s a big blur of photography, fashion illustrations and what not. And yes, I still love illustrating, but I also got other interests besides fashion. Being outdoors helped me a lot during my burn out. I traveled a lot over the last couple of years. I experienced a lot, met some really interesting people, experienced new traditions and cultures. This really has been an eye-opener for me. I also picked up other things that helped me a lot during this burnout. I started working out at least 4 times a week. Doing heavy strength training. I also started doing social work at a local care home and I have been doing this for almost two years now. Every Thursday I go walking with people that suffer from dementia. This also taught me a lot!

At the moment I am rebuilding my website. My new website will contain a mix of illustration, travel, and photography. At the moment I’m not really sure how to connect this subjects all in one place. But I hope I’ll figure this out along the way.

So, what’s next? Soon I’ll be posting some travel stories together with illustrations. I’ll also make sure to post fashion illustrations. I’m going to post more frequently again like I did when I just started illustrating. To keep up to date make sure to follow me @studio.judithvandenhoek.

Oh, and btw, the bird in the drawing is called a Caracara. I spotted this bird several times during my trip in Argentina. More about that later on.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you back on my website.

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