It is my first 2018 entry here on the blog and I thought what better way to start the year than updating my #MeetTheArtist.
The first one I did was back in 2016 (see before and after on my stories – I really miss my panda slippers, ahah) and a some things have changed since then, including my illustration style. I also had a lot of fun trying to think on new things to write so it doesn’t get repetitive, but in case you remember my last one and are wondering, I still don’t like neither coffee or vinegar. Tea person for life!
Happy Holidays everyone – thank you so much for all the lovely support and kind words during 2017.
Just a few more hours of work for me and then I’m ready to enter full Christmas mode – cosy pajamas, hot chocolate and tea, a galore of Christmas cooking and baking and a well deserved relax and family time (at least until the 26, then I need to tackle A LOT of deadlines, but I’m sure all the Christmas leftovers will help me keep going..especially the red velvet *yum*).
Wish you a cosy and lovely Christmas and a happy new year!
I feel like this year fly by so SO fast, especially these last two months. I’ve been a little quiet due to personal matters related to family and health. November to me was a roller coaster of emotions, so much has happened and I felt like I was on auto pilot and numb going through each day, but thankfully things worked out for the better and I’m slowly trying to get back to my usual routine. I feel very gratefully to everyone that was so supportive and understanding, especially my lovely agents at the Bright Agency.
The last three months of the year are definitely my favorite, it is a season that I truly enjoy and makes me happy so my goal for this month is to soak up as much of that joy as I can and recharge for the new year. My tree and decorations are up, Christmas radio has been playing non stop this week and I already started planning some yummy Christmas treats and edible gifts.
I hope everyone stays warm and have a lovely Holiday season.
Happy 1st of December!
Summer is almost over and the truth is I was only able to read two books since June, well, maybe six coutning picture books too. On the other hand, since my September wishlist I found a lot of new series and got completely hooked on pretty much all of Jenny Colgan’s series. I’m currently devouring “Meet me at the cupcake café” and I already got the second one to read during the Holidays (the story happens during Christmas so it is going to be the perfect time to start it). As for picture books, this year has been full of amazing debuts and the amount of stunning picture books that have been coming out is making my little working shelf turn into a tiny library corner – they even are organised by color!!
Have you read anything interesting this Summer? I would love to get new suggestions, so feel free to share your current favorites down below too.
On 15th of June I was finally able to reveal a project that I have been working on since last year with the lovely Jayneen Sanders – You, Me and Empathy. Jayneen is an experienced author, publisher, elementary school teacher, mother of three and an active advocate for body safety, gender equality and respectful relationship education both in homes and in schools. Her books aim to educate and empower children, as well as, the adults who care for them, while focusing on themes like body safety, gender equality and consent.
This charming story uses verse, beautiful illustrations and a little person called Quinn to model the meaning of empathy. Throughout the story, Quinn shows an abundance of understanding, compassion and kindness towards others. Showing empathy towards others is a learnt trait, and one to nurture and cherish with the children in our care. The book includes a section with discussion questions and activities for parents, caregivers and educators to promote empathy and kindness.
I feel very grateful to have illustrated this lovely project – it was wonderful working on such an inspiring and engaging book and I really enjoyed helping little Quinn come to life. Below is a one of my favorite pages from the book: I loved working on this community garden scene, it reminded me of my kindergarten/early school days – we didn’t have a garden like this, but it made me think on the sand playground where we used to play and our little field trips where we planted trees and learned more about the forest and the bird species that lived there from a forest ranger.
If you have enjoyed this book, be sure to tag me and Jayneen on either Instagram or Twitter – we would love to hear from you!
If you are headed to Surtex, in New York, from 21 to 23 of May, my lovely agency’s Art Licensing Department will be there with lots of new and exciting work from me and fellow artists. Stop by BOOTH #2933 to take a look and say hello!!
Art Directors feel free to make an appointment and also follow along through twitter: @sofiagcardosoo | @BrightLicensing.