Letter blog

Dearest readers…

Forget about snailmail.

There’s a new concept in town.


The Letter blog!


Italian rooted Dutch creative centipede Chiara van den Berg spent wintertime at her family’s old casa in Palermo.

There she came across beautiful old craftpapers and envelopes.
At a garage sale she found inspiring antique and devotional pictures.

She cut, glued and wrote, and there it was. One letter blog. Everyday.

When her stay had ended she had made twentynine letters.


I decided to order one of them. That Churchill picture alone would’ve been worth the money.

Chiara van den Berg Letter blog

Chiara van den Berg Letter blog


Would you also like to receive a letterblog? Chiara is still sending them all over the world!
You just need to transfer €3,50 to her account, so she won’t starve on all those orders and can still have nice vegan dinners every night.

Check out all twentynine Palermo letters right here.

Also check out JaniceMacLeod, who writes letters from Paris!


Should I work for free?

We all know this fantastic poster Jessica Hische made.

And now one of the Netherlands’s funniest illustrating ladies, Maaike Hartjes, is working on a book about the illustration business! According to her too many illustrators don’t bother reading business books because they tend to be too boring. That’s where Maaike comes in: she won’t be writing boring stories on how to do business… she will DRAW them!

The book is aimed at starting and wannabe illustrators but she hopes professional illustrators will pick up a few tips as well.


The title will be ‘Tekeningen, Rekeningen’ (drawings, bills’).


Because of the growing enthousiasm for her book and it’s facebook page (where she shows finished comic pages of the book) she decided to translate her business comics in English!


Here’s number one:

Maaike Hartjes Pitches from the book Tekeningen Rekeningen


I am also so in love with the badge she made for illustrator’s websites (see below).

As Maaike puts it:
“One of my colleagues got an assignment for a comic this week.  Though well, assignment…
There was a tight budget so she was asked to work for free!
Somehow it didn’t occur to them to ask the printer or designer to work for free.
After all, those are REAL jobs  and drawing is just a fun hobby, right?! :-/

So here’s an answer you can tell your ‘clients’ when they ask for freebies!”


Maaike Hartjes If you want someone to work for peanuts


Maybe for some of you this badge still doesn’t do the trick?
Then check out the website of Mr Bingo: www.mr-bingo.org.uk.
Scroll all the way down to ‘Info’ and click on the link that says ‘Does Mr Bingo work for free’.

Guaranteed laughing so hard it will hurt.