Book Wishlist | September 2016

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I decided to start a new series where I share my current wishlist on books. I enjoy reading a lot! I consider myself a bibliophile and somewhat, don’t tell anyone, a book hoarder. I’ll be sharing a little bit of everything, from picturebooks to fiction and carreer handbooks.

My So-Called Freelance Life : How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire
Author: Michelle Goodman
My So-Called Freelance Life is a how-to guidebook for women who want to avoid the daily grind and turn their freelance dreams into reality. Michelle Goodman, author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and self-proclaimed former “wage slave,” offers tips, advice, how-to’s, and everything else a woman needs to pursue a freelance career.

Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2017
NEW articles for the 2017 edition included on: – Wanting to be a writer by Simon Mason – Finding new readers and markets by Tom Palmer – News and trends in children’s publishing 2015-16 by Caroline Horn – Series fiction: writing as a part of a team by Lucy Courtenay – Creating a children’s comic by Tom Fickling. The essential guide for any writer for children.

A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book : 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself
Author: Elsie Larson, Emma Chapman from A Beautiful Mess (by far my favorite lifestyle blog)
Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, creators of the mega-popular DIY style blog A Beautiful Mess, are in love with photographing everyday life. Here, they share that love with 95 all-new tips and photo challenges that will inspire you to style and snap better photos and then transform them into simple yet stunning projects and gifts.

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Weekend breakfast – TDAC

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It’s been a while since I’ve created a illustrated recipe so here it goes. It was inspired by a personal piece I did this summer for my children’s illustration portfolio and features three of my go to weekend recipes that we make here at home whenever we feel like having an indulgent breakfast:

ZESTY FRENCH TOAST (an orangy or lemony touch)
– slice of bread (2 days old bread works best)
– 1 egg
– 1 cup of milk of your choice
– orange or/and lemon zest
– sugar and cinnamon

Prepare the egg mixture by mixing all the ingredients above except for the sugar and cinnamon. Then soak each slice of bread in the mixture and cook until golden. You can either fry in oil or cook each side in a little bit of butter. Serve hot with a pinch of sugar and cinnamon on top and feel free to add some extra toppings like fresh fruit or any syrup you have in hand.

BLUEBEAR SANDWICH
Bear version: peanut butter + slices of banana + blueberries
Polar bear version (my favorite): cream cheese + slice of cucumber + olives

PANCAKES (vegan + gluten-free)
Makes 6 small pancakes or two big ones)
– 1 ripe banana mashed
– 1 cup of oat flour (make sure the package says it is gluten-free)
– 1/3 cup shredded coconut (optional)
– 1/2 non dairy milk (either almond or soya works wonders)
– vanilla extract
– frozen blueberries (optional)

Mix all the ingredients above in a bowl and set aside. Prepare a non stick pan or use a tsp of coconut oil to coat the pan you’re going to use. Pour the batter and cook on each side for around 5 minutes or until you see they are fully cooked and golden. Repeat and then stack them up and serve with fresh fruit, maple syrup or with any topping you like.

What is your go to recipe to indulge during weekends?
Happy Thursday!

New collection for mySugar

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Last month I had the pleasure of once again collaborating with the portuguese brand mySugar and earlier this week the final product reached their stores (take a peek at a previous collaboration).

This time my job was to create a collection of  illustrations inspired by different cities of Portugal, like Lisbon, Porto and Algarve to decorate the packaging of their chocolate tins. On each of them, I included symbols that represent the city and Portugal and paired them with colorful handwritten typography and personalized background pattern.
The final product is paired with a delicious milk chocolate bar, as you can see from the photos below. (more…)

Colour Collective

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Recently I’ve been joining on Twitter a weekly illustration challenge where you make work based on a single colour called: Colour Collective. Artists are allowed to use any medium, style and theme they want, the only requirement is for us to incorporate the weekly color into our work. It has been a lot of fun to see everyone’s work every Friday while interacting with other artists – the  community is super friendly and encouraging. It has also been a great way for me to keep creating fresh new portfolio pieces like these two.

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May & June Roundup

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A little roundup of bits and bobs I’ve been working on recently:

– portfolio pieces focused towards children’s illustration and character design;

– christmas prints that soon will be available for licensing;

On another news, I (finally!) joined Twitter. I know it has been around for a while now, but for some reason I never really understood how to navigate the platform. Yesterday, 30 minutes after signing up I think I got the hang of it. You can follow me here.

Also, do you remember the e-course I took on ‘Illustrating Children’s Picture Books‘? I wrote a review here on my blog in case you missed it.
Sabina and Denise teamed up once again to create a workshop where you’ll be able to learn all about the current and emerging trends for the 2017 Kids Market. It’s called Kids Trend Workshop and starts June 10, 2016.

Happy Tuesday everyone!