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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Book Tour News

If you follow me on this blog, (or on instagram, or on twitter, or on facebook), you will know that I published a book of illustrated short stories at the end of last year, just before Christmas.

It’s my very first book and I am so excited, I talk about it constantly. I apologise for that. (No, not really, I don’t. It’s awesome! :0)

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After the first official launch party in Florianópolis, in the south of Brazil, “Tales of the Sunset” is about to go on tour, not to one, not to two, but to THREE different Brazilian cities.

Here are the dates. All other details (exact locations, contacts, times, etc) can be found in our official facebook page, here.

♥ Fortaleza: 30th January

♥ São Paulo: 13th February

♥ Rio de Janeiro: 15th February

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If you’re around or close by, come! You have no excuses.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend. Living on the other side of the ocean poses a slight problem. However, both authors, Rita Paschoalin and Luciana Nepomuceno will be there, signing autographs, drinking champagne and telling everyone about our story. Our creative process was quite unique. You see, this book was created by three women who don’t even know each other! Each one of us lives in a different country on Earth. We were admirers of each other’s works and one day decided to get together (via skype) and produce a book! The whole thing was a little crazy I admit, but then again, everyone who is willing to publish a book must be a little crazy, right? I was the illustrator who put the project together and I am so very proud of its success.

Now, Brazil is a very big country. We’ll be visiting more cities soon but at the moment, I’ll leave you with these three dates. Come if you can! It’ll be great.

Goodbye 2013. It has been a pleasure.

Dear 2013,

You were so good to me that I am already missing you.

Best trip: the Sahara Desert. I still can’t believe I made it there.

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My Desert Taxi

Best book I read: After Dark by Haruki Murakami. I’m making my way through 1Q84 at the moment. Just need a few more days.

Best film I watched this year: Les petits mouchoirs. My favorite films of the year always seem to be French. – The Paperboy and Stoker come very closely behind though. I LOVE them. Oh, and Blue Jasmine, of course! How can I forget?

Best move: Living and working in Hamburg, Germany. It was one of the coolest places I have ever lived and I entirely recommend it. Not only is Hamburg gorgeous and efficient, it also has a creative and bohemian side that I love. Germany ROCKS.

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Hamburg

Most “Dream come true” moment: Watching The Rite of Spring at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Best bar: The Sofa Bar in Hamburg.

Best people I met: The amazing new friends I made in Germany. You know who you are!

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Present I found on my desk

Best exhibition: The Steve McCurry show at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg.

Most unexpected incident: A camel eating one of my socks in the Sahara. Yes, it happened.

Best breakfast: In this little balcony in Santorini. I can’t remember the food but the view…. ah, the view…

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Santorini, outside my window

Most fantastic news: Four of my friends are pregnant. FOUR.

Best purchase: A goose feather coat from Esprit. Not the most glamorous garment in the world but it has honestly saved my life in freezing-cold-minus-ten-degrees-covered-in-snow Germany.

Best architecture: St Basil’s Church in Moscow.

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Beautiful on pictures. Even better in reality.

Best series: Game of Thrones (though I did fall in love with Dexter a little bit too. Oh, and no, I haven’t seen Breaking Bad yet.)

Most rewarding experience EVER: Publishing a book.

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Book launch in Florianópolis, Brazil.

Goodbye 2013.

You were amazing. I had a great time.

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Happy in Hamburg

Lots of love.

Book Tour kicks off in a few hours

First stop: Florianópolis, Brazil.

Today is the official launch date of my new book. The party will start at 7pm but the books can already be spotted on the window of the Nobel Bookstore in the centre of Florianópolis.

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I’m so proud of myself, and also of my gals Rita and Luciana, the writers. This project has been incredibly rewarding every single day, and I’m very lucky to be working with such talented ladies.

If you’re in town, don’t miss the party! It’ll be fabulous.

♥♥♥

My Book – Tales of the Sunset

You know that list of “Things to do before you die“? Today I am crossing one of them out.
I am publishing a book. Yes, a BOOK.
I am so proud and delighted that it’s all finally come together. It’s a labor of love between 2 incredibly gifted writers from Brazil: Rita Paschoalin and Luciana Nepomuceno, and of course, myself – the illustrator.

The book is entitled “Tales of the Sunset“. It’s a wonderful collection of illustrated short stories about women from all walks of life: some are romantic, some are wicked and others are just plain weird and insane! It’s in Portuguese and it’s beautifully written.

We are kicking off our book tour in numerous cities in Brazil starting in December (more details to follow) and it’ll also be available for purchase online in all the usual channels, with deliveries from the 17th December 2013 onwards.

This is the cover, illustrated by me:

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I am a book worm so you can only imagine how thrilled I am. Brazilian literature is so rich, to be able to contribute to this world is overwhelming to say the least.

I’ll be posting some of the illustrations here. There are TONS of them. In the meantime, you can visit our official facebook page.

Sabe aquela lista de “Coisas para fazer antes de morrer”? Hoje eu posso riscar uma delas.
É uma alegria anunciar o lançamento do meu primeiro livro de contos ilustrados. Sim: UM LIVRO.

Aqui está ele: Contos do Poente, pela Editora Sinergia, do grupo Ediouro.

São dezoito contos da Rita Paschoalin e da Luciana Nepomuceno, todos ilustrados por mim.

Vai ser lançado agora em Dezembro, em diversas cidades do Brasil, e já está disponível para pedidos online, com entrega a partir do dia 17 de dezembro. (Christmas time!)

Não consigo me conter de felicidade.

Todos os detalhes, na nossa página do facebook.