It has been quite a long time since I posted anything here, hasn’t it?
I am still very much alive. It’s just that I started a 2 year Masters in Fine Arts and God, it has taken over my life! (In a good way.)
But I’m still illustrating, of course. Here is one of my latest projects:
I was commissioned to draw a family portrait for the lovely Monroy Furstenbergers. They are a very sweet German family that used to live in Lisbon. They have relocated to Casablanca but Lisbon is still very important to them. – I don’t blame them! I used to live there. I know how gorgeous it is!
So here is the final piece: The Monroy Furstenbergers in Lisbon.
A couple of details in close up:
Drawing a family portrait is so much fun! This particular piece is full of little details and clues that carry a special meaning to them: favourite toys, favourite colours, hidden birth dates, etc… Hopefully this illustration will be a happy reminder of a wonderful chapter in their lives.
For more information about family portraits, just send me a line here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of love,
Last weekend was Crafty Fox Weekend in London! It was my first time trading at an arts & crafts market and I LOVED every second of it.
Here are a couple of pictures of my work on display:
Crafty Fox is a fantastic market. The quality of the work you see there is good and the variety of styles is very carefully picked and put together. You can tell by looking at what’s on display, that the organizers and curators are very specific, know what they are looking for and have incredibly high standards.
I was honoured to be selected to take part in their Uncovered Scheme for artists who are new to market trading. I had a mentor (the amazing Rod, from Rodology) who helped answer all my question and gave me several valuable tips, from the best way to display my products to the amount of change I should have on the day, etc. He was great. Thanks, Rod! :0)
I also got to meet talented artists and people who like me, were new to trading as well. Oh, and most importantly: I talked to lots and lots of lovely customers! People were very interested in my work and asked me lots of questions, which was wonderful and flattering! A few of my friends and family also dropped by, which was extra sweet.
Overall, a very successful day! Time just flew by. Thank you, Crafty Fox, for such a wonderful weekend.
Lots of love,
This time next week I will be in London getting ready for my very first Crafty Fox Market!
If you live in the UK and have a passion for all things handmade, you will have heard of Crafty Fox. It is one of the best Arts & Crafts fairs in the country. I have been a fan for ages and now for the first time, I will be there as a trader. I’m so excited, I can’t wait!
I have been putting lots of illustration goodies together for the market: greeting cards, postcards, Art Prints of various sizes, etc. I will also have a couple of framed originals, which I think is always a good idea.
A little sneak peek of one of my postcards. They are available in my Etsy shop too, if you can’t make it to the fair.
You can see the full trader listing here. There are lots of cool stuff and very talented people. If you’re around on Sunday 5th October, come and say hi! I will be on the second floor, so come and find me. :0)
See you there!
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:
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,
My “Blogger” illustration is now available in my Society6 shop.
She can be purchased as an art print or on various cute little objects such as pillows, iPad skins, tote bags, etc.
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,