Ask anyone who has ever read the Chronicles of Narnia books by C. S Lewis, and they will tell you that they could recognize the illustrations of the books anywhere. Same goes for J.R.R Tolkien, and that is because they both used the same illustrator for most of their published works. Pauline Baynes had a specific style that uniquely conveyed the narrative of both author’s stories. I have to say that after spending some time admiring the works of my illustrator, Louisiana Michel, I knew I had to have her collaboration for my Chasing Life journal.
I met Louisiana about eight years ago while I was stationed with a group of colleagues for about a month in Paris, France. I went back several times with different group of colleagues and each time, our relationship grew to more of a friendship rather than just acquaintances, until one year she decided to join my team of colleagues, and travel around the world with us for nine months. It was during that year that I got to see first hand what a talented artist Lou (as we lovingly call her) was becoming.
By the end of our nine month journey together, Lou was definitely developing her own style and I had it in my mind that I wanted to collaborate with her in the future. Following the release of my first book Chasing Life: Lessons on Suffering well. I asked her to create a picture that would depict myself as a warrior chasing after life. Her final product was beyond my expectations and I knew then I would be calling on her again.
After several conversations and edits, we finalized The Journal, and I couldn’t be happier with the final product. I have become a big fan of Lou’s unique, clean, smooth and minimalist style, with a hint of melancholy. Louisiana Michel is also a penned author, and has a number of planners and journals, which you can find in her collection, available at:
Below are a few pics from the journal, which is available for purchase at the shop on this site. (chasinglife.be/purchase the book)