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// I was once asked to draw a portrait of myself.
This was one of the hardest assignments I’ve ever done. For starters, I don’t draw realistically. If I have to draw a particular face, I might get inspired by elements of that face (say the person’s hair, or a pair of glasses) and try to recreate that on paper. Or I might simply go for it, draw a face out of my head and then apply something of the person’s characteristics after I finish (the hair, the glasses). Either way, it’s quite instinctive and not a very clear process at all.
So I did two versions of me. Here’s version one:
And here’s version two:
I can honestly say that these look NOTHING like me! Like the drawings, I have long curly hair, but that’s about it.
I guess that’s the wonderful thing about painting and drawing and art in general. Once you make it, you can call it whatever you want. You are completely and utterly FREE. :)
// The Book Tour
Remember the book? The one about Fashion illustration showcasing the work of illustrators from all over the world, including myself?
Yup! That’s the one. Remember? Well, yesterday was the first day of Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration UK Book Tour.
First stop was Covent Garden in London. Next stops are as follows:
Edinburgh: 17th May
Brighton: 24th May
Oxford: 25th May
Bristol: 26th May
and back in London on Tuesday 7th June (my birthday!)
There will be delicious goodies, cakes, book editor and publisher Amelia Gregory talking about her work, many fabulous illustrators popping by and oh God, I wish I was there!
Full venue listings and details are here.
It is my opinion that weekends are absolutely sacred.
Weekends are the only two days that you have all for yourself. You can do whatever you wish. Sleep all day, club all night, go to the gym, eat out with friends, travel, go surfing (not me, though), watch countless movies (definitely me!), visit art galleries, etc. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that today (Saturday), I’m not a happy bunny. I’m at work, sitting on my desk and yes, although I work in advertising (which is supposed to be fun and creative and not serious at all), I still have to do weekends every now and then.
I decided that I was in urgent need of some cheering up, so I went through my illustration files and found these 3 pieces that I absolutely LOVED drawing. I produced them originally to go on the book, but in the end, they didn’t make the final cut. I still like them though as they were such a delight to make.
Ok, I admit that thinking about illustration and looking at these pieces did made me feel a little better, but not quite enough to be cheerful, so I decided to listen to some good music.
Result! There’s just something about listening to “Heaven knows I’m miserable now” that makes me instantly happy. Weird, right?
Have a great weekend, everyone.
Love from Lisbon.
This is Johann Chan of Digital Arts.
And this is Don’t Panic.of
Live illustrating is so much fun. I hope I’ll have an opportunity to do it again soon.
// I was incredibly flattered and thrilled to see that the amazing people at Digital Arts posted a picture of me and a link to my blog on their article about Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration. I have been a fan of Digital Arts Magazine for years and it was such a nice surprise.
That’s me! Illustrating. :) Check out the full article here.
// These past two weeks I have published 2 new illustrations.
One was for a preview of the new emerging talent for London Fashion Week A/W11. – I can’t believe it’s almost here again. I can’t wait.
I was asked to illustrate an outfit by Tze Goh.
As a Christmas gift from my mum, I was given a box full of brand new color markers. They are so delicious to work with, I decided to experiment on this piece. Their tips are so soft, the ink flows onto the paper. I am in love with them. – Read the whole preview here.
My other illustration was for an article on unusual Valentines presents. I decided to have fun with it. This was the piece:
Check out the full article on Amelia’s Magazine. – It’s full of goodies and beautiful illustrations.
That’s it from me this week, lovelies.
Wishing you a beautiful and inspiring weekend.
Yay! Party time!
Last Friday I made my way to London for the launch of Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration. The party was lovely. I got to do some live illustration, which I had never done before, and met some amazing and very talented people.
Here are some snapshots:
Cakes from Lily Vanilli. Yum!
The lovely Jenny Robins, who was also doing live sketches with me.
The sweet Holly Ladd from Make Lemonade.
Michaela from Tantrum Magazine and her beautiful hair clip.
Nikki from Nikki Nakki Lou. – She was wearing the most adorable dress: blue with little white hearts.
Andrea Peterson, who is such an incredible illustrator, I am in awe of her work.
And here are some of the live illustrations I produced:
Holly Ladd, from Make Lemonade
Michaela from Tantrum Magazine
Nikki, from Nikki Nakki Lou
Sarah Williams, from Sarah’s Scribbles
Siam Goorwich, from Not Just Another Fashion Blog
I still have a couple of pieces that I’m working on but overall I am very happy with how they turned out. I was a bit nervous at the beginning, I have to admit. It’s quite daunting, having to draw when there’s so much people around you, observing what you’re doing. But I had a wonderful time. It was a great experience and I would do it again any time!
Thank you Amelia. For organizing such an amazing party. – For more illustrations and details about the launch, go to Amelia’s Magazine.
A couple of days ago I received the most beautiful package from my editor and publisher (the wonderful Amelia). It contained none other than LE Book (yes, the same one I’ve been talking about, non stop) plus a whole bunch of amazing goodies. Take a peek!
My interview page and self-portrait. Yay! :)
Goodies! Beautiful Amelia’s Magazine postcards and bookmarks.
Now seriously, this book is so special and colorful, I’m completely addicted. I can’t stop looking at it. The fashion, the designers, the interviews, the illustrations… Everything is perfect. A true labor of love. My amateurish pictures really don’t do it justice, I’m afraid. You have to see it for yourself. – To purchase a copy, click here.
Wishing you love and a beautiful and inspiring week.