Name: Nicolien Beerens
Country: The Netherlands
Places Travelled & Place lived: I’ve been to Los Angeles, Hollywood, Amsterdam, Utrecht & San Francisco, to name a few cultural places where I’ve found inspiration for my art. There are several museums in Leiden and Haarlem (Dutch cities) which I like to visit several times a year.
Loves: Art, philosophy, 6th to 19th century history, museums, music, pencils, studying.
Creative Works: Facebook and Deviant Art
Quote: “I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” – Vincent van Gogh
What would one find in the pages of your Paperblanks journal?
My Paperblanks journal contains descriptions and colour schemes that I use for my drawings. Using this method, I know exactly which techniques and supplies I have used for my (coloured) pencilwork. It’s a great reference. When I can’t recall what colour, brand or supplies I used for my drawings, I just open my Paperblanks journal that holds all my notes.
Do you have any personal philosophies you’ve developed about writing, art, creation or culture?
I like to make a statement with some of my artworks and writings, while other works were merely created to express my love for the craft (which is in most cases pencil drawing.) For example, with coloured artworks I want to make the viewer understand that unconditional love is not about what people are, but who they are. With exceptions being made, I think any form of beauty can be found within most of us. And that is something I would like to show with my art.
Do you have any specific themes you find that you refer back to in your work?
Apart from my regular portraits and sketches, I like to play with themes such as social equality, beauty, emotion and understanding. I also like to work with Renaissance techniques, especially sketching and miniature drawing!
No matter what type of creative art you make, what or who first inspired you to make it an essential part of your life?
My mother. She made me realize the importance of art and encouraged me to develop as an artist by letting me play with her most expensive art supplies from a young age.
How did you find Paperblanks?
My first Paperblanks journal was given to me as a gift by a dear friend. It was an Embellished Manuscript and the design was Mozart, The Hunt. I fell in it love with it and haven’t looked back since!
What sets Paperblanks apart from other journals you’ve used?
Paperblanks allows you to feel connected to other artists, past and present. The designs are sublime, and the quality of the paper is fantastic. I have used several kinds of journals from different brands, but so far Paperblanks is definitely among my top favourites!
Do you have a favorite Paperblanks design?
I think the all look equally great, but if I really have to choose I would go for the Shakespeare, Van Gogh and Mozart editions. These three artists are my biggest inspirations.
Do you have any advice for other creative people?
No matter how skilled or creative you are, art should always be considered as useful. It does not only let you to open your mind and let go of your ideas, it also allows the viewer to take a peek into your creative mind.
Art is useful, no matter its quality or form, as long as you enjoy doing it. Never let anyone tell you that your art isn’t good enough. Art matters.