New book

Next month will be the launch of “Pele de Dentro” (Translation: “The Skin Inside“), a lovely collection of poems by Brazilian author and journalist Júlia Gaspar. I was commissioned to illustrate the book cover. Take a look:

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Book projects are the best! Last year I collaborated with two fantastic writers to create Tales of the Sunset, a beautiful illustrated book of short stories. It’s still one of my favourite projects to date and I think it always will be. There is something about holding a book that you helped create that fills your heart with pride and joy. Plus, I’m a huge book lover, which definitely adds to the general delight!

For “The Skin Inside“, I was also asked to illustrate a couple of the poems, which I think added a really nice touch to the pages. I promised not to post too many spoilers so I’ll hold on to them for a while, if that’s okay. I’ll post my favourites here as soon as the book hits the shelves in a few weeks. Yay! Exciting! :0)

Lots of love,

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The Blogger

My “Blogger” illustration is now available in my Society6 shop.

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She can be purchased as an art print or on various cute little objects such as pillows, iPad skins, tote bags, etc.

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I had originally illustrated her when I was living in New York, 2 years ago. I wasn’t blogging very frequently (It was my first time in New York, you see, and there was so much to do!), but I was drawing a lot, all the time and everywhere!

One of my best friends from there loved this illustration and she would always mention it in our emails and chats. I had forgotten about it for a while until this morning. For some reason, I woke up thinking about it! It took me a while to find it among my several back up folders, but here it is! :0) Looking at it makes me happy. It brings back a lot of good memories.

See it in my shop here.

Lots of love,

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Gingerbread town

I have been walking around Stockholm this summer. The city was warm, sweet and delicious. Here’s the evidence as seen through my eyes (and phone).

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I have been to Sweden quite a few times over the years (I have relatives and many friends over there), but it never gets old. The cute buildings, the pastel palette, the beautiful Swedes with their cool and impeccable sense of style, gorgeous design everywhere, the seafood, the fresh air coming from the islands… I could go on forever. Stockholm is a very interesting and very exciting city. Looking back, I actually think that one of the reasons why I loved Hamburg so much was because it reminded me of Stockholm. Either way, totally worth a visit. I recommend it!

Lots of love,

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The Piano Room

In preparation for a lovely Arts & Crafts event taking place in London in October (more about that later!), I’ve been going through some of my old illustration pieces.
This one was originally black and white, drawn on very textured recycled paper. Just for fun, I decided to colour it whilst trying to maintain some of the original texture.

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I was quite happy with the result, I must admit. I don’t usually revisit old illustrations or rework them, but this time, I was glad I did it! I didn’t think the colours would work so it was a nice surprise.

I created this illustration years ago, while I was reading The Great Gatsby. I was inspired by Daisy Buchanan, one of the main characters, though looking back now, I think the style of this illustration is more Jane Austen than Fitzgerald. Check out the original drawing here.

I’ll make a couple of tests to see if this piece works as an Art Print. If it does, I will produce a limited number for my Etsy shop and advertise here so, watch this space! :0)

Lots of love,

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Watermelons

A few days ago I mentioned here that I have been experimenting quite a lot with objects and patterns. Not just decorative patterns with lots of lines, dots and details, which is usually my thing, but building patterns using separately illustrated objects.

This is one of the pieces I finished recently.

This is quite new to me and I was rather happy with the result. I liked how the watermelons turned out, their colors and their particular imperfections in terms of sizes and angles.

Then, just for fun, I decided to test the pattern on a few products from my Society 6 gallery.

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I thought the result was really sweet. There is something about watermelons that always make me happy. Maybe it’s their summery colors: green and pink is one of the best combinations. Or maybe it’s their shape that resembles a sort of smile in a way, doesn’t it? :0)

For more Watermelons visit my Society 6 shop here.

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