♥ I ate so much chocolate these last few days, it’s not even funny. Feel very guilty.
However, I also managed to be very productive (blame the sugar) and did A LOT of illustration for two different projects: a children’s book and an ethical fashion book. Feel slightly less guilty.
These two projects are still under wraps, but as soon as I’m allowed to talk about them, I will fill this blog with all sorts of illustration madness! Watch this space.
♥ A few weeks ago, I posted about Ganbare Nippon, one of the latest themes set up by the amazing illustration site Illustration Rally. Ganbare Nippon means “Don’t give up Japan” and illustrators from all over the world were asked to send artwork with messages of love and hope. I sent a piece and they published it (yay!). Here it is:
I usually illustrate manually but decided to give my walcom tablet a chance and produced this piece digitally, on Illustrator. It wasn’t easy, but it was surprisingly fun. I quite like how it turned out and will definitely be doing more Illustrator experiments in the future.
♥ Illustration Rally also posted an interview and feature about me, which was such an amazing honor. Here is what it said:
“Fresh and vibrant work pours out of illustrator and art director Joana Faria. Joana’s work has a great cosmopolitan feel with her elegant fashion forms projecting both grace and humour, at once bringing back that sense of 50’s chic that is prevalent currently but also having a unique flavour all of her own. Her work is not locked to any period but also has a richness to it as well. Its great to have a style that works and that can be used in multifarious ways. Her style is firmly rooted in fashion illustration and uses the deft elegance that is the trademark of really stylish work. She skilfully employs a choice of palette that not only gives her work a similar tonal range that unites it but allows her to have a good basis from which to explore. Finding something which works and then building from it is the hallmark of a great working practice and will stand her in great stead in the future.
I’m currently involved in a couple of very exciting projects. It involves another book on Fashion Illustration, a website and also a Children’s book, which has been a major dream of mine. It has been an very good year so far, I have to admit.