Illustration

The Social Butterfly

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It’s publication day! Happy book birthday to “The Social Butterfly”, written by Beth Bracken, illustrated by me and published by Picture Window Books!

Charlotte loves talking, singing, and playing. What Charlotte doesn’t love is sitting still, being quiet, and listening, which is a big problem at school. Will Charlotte be able to modify her behavior and learn when to be social and when to be quiet? A sweet and relatable picture book story that shines a light on social behaviors.

Fun fact: Charlotte’s story reminds me a little bit of my school years – from 4th until the 6th grade, I was quite the chatterbox (to the point I had teachers sending notes to my parents, ups) and avid textbook doodler, on both mine and my friends’ books. Then when I entered high school my personality became more introverted, but the doodling part remained. The books I shared with one of my best friends during philosophy class is filled with tiny doodles (mostly food, lots of sandwiches and random spaghetti dishes, not sure why, ahah). I should find that book and share some of those doodles!

Below are a few online reviews – these were based on the ARC and in case you are wondering, yes, she was purple at the beginning and yes, the cover also changed quiteΒ  a bit. We went back and forth with her coloring, but in the end we ended up with the version you see in the photo. (more…)

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New Year, new #meettheartist

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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 2018 everyone!

Merry Christmas!

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!
Warmly,
Sofia

Happy 1st of December

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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!
Sofia

 

You, Me and Empathy

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 SandersYou, 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 (more…)

Surtex 2017!

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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.