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November Roundup

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A little roundup of bits and bobs I’ve been up to recently:

– after signing up with my Agency, I’ve been working on some really fun book projects that I can’t wait to share with you. One of them is Christmas themed and I’m currently working on the finals – candy canes, snow, decorations, treats for Santa and a big chunky turkey are all in it!

– I’ve been enjoying illustrating and creating different children’s characters wearing some funky and fun outfits and I’m really happy with all the lovely comments I’ve been getting on them. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ve probably seen some of them. My sketchbook is full of them lining up to get colored so, expect more in the future.

– some new birthday card designs are coming soon and I also have NEW work available for licensing.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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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!

Illustrating Picture Books e-course review

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Hello everyone!
Today I’m going to talk a little bit about the 5 week e-course I took on ‘Illustrating Children’s Picture Books‘. The course was taught by Sabina Radeva and Denise Holmes and it was the first run of this class at Design Garden.

For those of you who don’t know, I have a background in both communication and graphic design and back when I was studying, I had an entire semester where I was able to attend a class where they covered subjects like illustration, pagination and book design. From there, I’ve continued to learn through online courses, books and the rest came from experience, so when I found out about this course I thought that it would be a good way to refresh the basics and maybe learn something new. I’ve read such great reviews from other Design Garden classes that I knew this would not disappoint – and I was right!

Here’s a little description of the course:
“Have you always dreamed of illustrating Children’s Picture Books? Join Denise and Sabina as we share our experiences and techniques and learn how to develop creative original images for picture books.”

During the course, each week we had video lessons to go through, with step by step technical tutorials, information about a specific topic, mini practice exercises and lots of visual inspiration, so at the end of the lesson, we would be able to complete the main assignment (and if we were able to submit it in time, it would be reviewed during the live sessions).

WEEK 1 – Character development
After picking our story we started to get to know the main characters by doing research and sketching out ideas (they gave us one commissioned from an author, but we could choose to work with a different one. I remained with the one given to us). Below is the moodboard I put together for my characters and story, as well as, some sketches and character development.

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Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2015

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2015

On September 24th I uploaded my entry for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2015.

The brief was about a young woman called Antoinette and a day in her life, favorite places and things she is drawn to. From here we were supposed to design a pair of sneakers that Antoinette would like to wear when riding her bike to work.
After reading the brief over and over I sat down with my sketchbook and started taking notes on Antoinette’s interests and preferences, favorite patterns and typography, color trends and other bits before picking some of them that I knew they would work well with my own style of work. With that I ended up exploring the vintage, charming yet quirky side of Antoinette’s life, mixed with her love for vintage grey engravings of small animals, peonies, odd combos, floral embellishments with a touch of Parisian perfume bottles in the form of bird cages.

These are some of the sketches and although some didn’t make it to the final piece, I really enjoyed the research and sketching time. My favorite ones turned out to be the vintage inspired animal engravings that I did with a soft graphite pencil.

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And here’s my final composition I submitted. I wanted my piece to portray a vintage, feminine yet quirky and carefree tone and that’s why I called my design “Born to Wander”. (more…)

Moodboard | Sweet Bloom

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A very sweet and scented pattern collection is on the making. Today I’m sharing the moodboard I put together for inspiration. Can you guess the main theme?
The idea for this collection came to me when I was browsing through one of my all time favorite Instagram accounts. Sara Tso work looks stunning, delicious and to die for (although unfortunately I never had the pleasure to taste it and her LA Cake Club is an event I would certainly attend if I lived closer sigh).
Every time I see her pictures on my Instagram feed, it makes me want to draw and eat cake all day – for real! – and that’s how this collection came to life. Me, myself and I on a friday night, with a slice of cake in one hand and a pencil in the other.

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Moodboard | Wild berry artisan

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Although I pretty much have everything ready to launch my personal brand and website (which I’ve been working on for a few months already), I felt the need to add a design piece to it that will explain a little about my design process and style to future clients. For that, the last few days I’ve been working on a conceptual branding project for a home bakery business (of course it had to be related to food!).

This moodboard reflects the homemade, artisan almost rustic feeling with a modern twist that will be brought to the branding project. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably already seen some sketches, as well  as, some dessert illustrations I’m going to incorporate into their collateral pieces. I like to bring both illustration and design together when creating a brand and I truly believe that it’s the tiny details that will set you apart and make your brand personality shine out. (more…)