The Bookish Beasts are coming!
Were you ever made to feel like a weirdo for the things you are passionate about? For me that was my endless reading and my huge collection of books. Back in school I was the most awkward teenager and had trouble socialising with others. The library was always my safe space to escape. I would go to my special spot in the library whenever I could, when I needed to get away from those people who didn’t understand me, and who always thought that I was weird. Some of my favourite stories had fictional creatures who let me into their worlds without judgement.
It makes me so happy today that I can now embrace these things about myself.
My Bookish Beasts collection is all about finding your happy place that brings you joy. When you need to introvert, when you need to go back to your book cave…
When I sat down and started drawing these little beasts, I really wanted something that represented book lovers like me. People whose safe space is escaping into a story or hanging out in a library. People who are proud to have bookish collections and proud to read.
Let me introduce you to the Bookish beasts!
The Booktopus likes to hang out in its cave, drinking cups of tea, eating bickies and reading 5 books at once. It embraces the theory that ‘more is more’.
The Bookshop Snail travels a bit slower than other snails in the garden because it is always weighed down by the heavy tomes it carries on its back. If you look closely you can see a tiny snail bookshop cat.
There are 8 designs in this collection. I have been working on these illustrations for a few years and (they will eventually be included in an illustrated book). Some of the designs you have seen versions of before, and some are brand new.
I hope you love them all as much as I loved drawing them!
These cute creatures go on live this Thursday, April 27 at 12pm Melbourne time so keep your eyes peeled!
We will have a full set of 8 pins available. The first 100 Bookish Beasts pin sets sold get a FREE Bookish Snail Collectors Patch! You gotta be quick!
Which designs are your favorites? Tell me in the comments!