Since I was little, I've had a deep love for illustrations depicting really cozy looking bedrooms. The more personal belongings in the bedroom, the better. I loved and still love the way these illustrations embody the character who inhabits the room, and the warmth they fill me with.
illustration by Richard Scarry
illustration by Mary Blair
illustration from The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood
When I was little, intricately detailed bedrooms were all I wanted to draw. I still love drawing them. My drawings are sometimes my only way to capture what I want and can't have. The strange thing is, I have always had very cozy bedrooms, yet there is still something that I long for.
It's like the way I am in love with looking in lit windows at night - the very fact that I can never see truly within them is what makes them captivating, and for that reason I am glad I cannot go inside.
The beautiful yellow glow is all I need.
I think, with the bedroom drawings, it's that the character is so content to be in their room. The comfort of that room is all they need. I dream of that kind of stable comfort.
Tonight, on my walk between work and where I get on the bus, I got to look in so many second and third-floor apartment windows on Newbury Street, high enough that I can only see what graces the window sill and the posts of a bed. It calms me and fills my imagination.
So with all that said, here are some of my bedroom drawings:
I hope you all had a beautiful Wednesday.