And then it was 2013. All I can say is, whew! Last year was a year of ups and downs for me, or to use another tired old phrase, 2012 was about trying to stay afloat. There were plenty of good things, I illustrated several books and got to try out a bunch of things for them. It was nice to be able to diversify my ways of working. The picture book I had been working on since 2011, got finished and published. It also got a very warm welcome in those media that do bother to write about children’s books, so I’m happy about that. Hopefully there’ll be an English translation in its future too, as illustrating Dutch books is ever so slightly like being published on a different planet. Fortunately, I also got an agent last year and a picture book assignment with Simon & Schuster. Right now I’m hard at work finishing a sketch dummy for them, for my first big American book. So I’m entering 2013, eager to get to work and see what the year will bring. Though 2012 is still not over in some regards. I rather overestimated myself in terms of my workload, so there are still some unfinished things left to do. But I’m looking forward to sharing more drawings soon with all of you guys. It also goes without saying that it’s been wonderful to receive your support, and I’m very grateful for every message, note and reblog. I’ll keep my personal resolutions to myself, as those are mostly irrelevant here (unless you follow my instagram, in which case you’ll probably be subjected to them at some point), though I’ll undoubtedly post any good hiking pictures here as well.