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Oh my God, is it June already? I can’t believe it. Slow down, 2014! You’re making me dizzy!

May was a beautiful month.

The ground looked like this:

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I saw the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London.

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I visited Chatsworth in Derbyshire. Or Pemberley for the Jane Austen fans out there. It was GORGEOUS, as I knew it would be. Mr. Darcy has exceedingly good taste. :0)

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And I did lots and lots of illustrations. I worked on a number of private commissions and I am currently working on my second children’s book. More about that soon, I promise.

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So long, May! So long, Spring. It was a pleasure.

Hello, June. Hello summer. Please come on in. Make yourself at home…

 

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

Mary

This is the latest illustration I was commissioned to create, for the bedroom of a baby girl.

The baby’s name is Maria, so I kept thinking about Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden, one of my favourite characters in children’s literature. She has a bit of a temper and a mind of her own, but she is also imaginative and has a kind heart. The end of the book is gorgeous so I thought that Mary and the garden were the perfect inspiration for this drawing.

New wall art

I hope baby Maria likes her illustration! :0)

The Collector of collections

This was the latest piece I illustrated for Brazilian blog “Before they Grow up“.

The Collector

See the original post here.

It has been too long

Hello my dears,

At last, I am back. It has been a long time indeed.

I am in Switzerland at the moment, and for those of you who have never been here in the summer, I entirely recommend it. It’s light, green and so beautiful.

I have been drawing LOTS and working on tons of different projects: children’s clothes for a client in LA, portraits for a client in NY, business cards, logos and stationery for a client in Brazil, a children’s book, a book of short stories and a brand new blog project. I am breathless and in need of a good nap, but excited and inspired.

I have updated my website and added a number of new pieces and projects there. Check them out on www.atelierjoanafaria.com – I hope you like it!

I am always posting pictures, sketches and work in progress on Instagram. For updates, follow me @joanafaria.

Lots of love from Switzerland.

Children’s book illustration: The Penderwicks

A summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits and a very interesting boy.

And finally, this is what the final piece looks like:

This was such a sweet little project. I loved the book (yes, I had to read it in order to draw this cover) and I tried to make good use of my newly acquired watercolor skills. The story itself is quite timeless. There isn’t an indication of when it’s taking place, so I took some liberties and decided to play around with acid colors and do something kind of retro-looking. It was a lot of fun.

Lots of love.