Frida Kahlo

Today I illustrated one of my heroes: Frida Kahlo.

No particular reason. I just felt like it. She was such a remarkable woman and artist.

Frida Kahlo_by Joana

I may produce greeting cards or limited prints of this piece. Don’t know yet… I’ll test it with a frame first and see if I like it. :0)

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Mummyhood after Adland

I LOVE doing illustrations for personal blogs and small online businesses. From the early days of Wardrobe Mistress a few years ago, to So Many Lovely Things recently, and quite a few interesting projects in between, it will always be one of my favourite things to do! It’s fun and the result is immediate: after you deliver the artwork, you’ll see it live a few days later, probably sooner. In a few hours, perhaps! – This is definitely one of the benefits of being an illustrator nowadays: instant reward.

Anyway, this is the header I illustrated for From E to ABC.

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For those who don’t know, “E” refers to e: A Novel, by Matt Beaumont, about the everyday life of an advertising agency.

Like me, the blogger, Mrs W used to work in advertising. In fact, we started our careers together as graduates in the same agency in London! I quickly realised that she was bright (exceedingly so!) and hilarious, so we became very good friends.

Her blog is about her journey from the Ad world to motherhood, and she tells it like it is, in her very own brilliant way.

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Judging by this header, you can tell that I am going through an objects phase, right? Anyone who knows me or my work, knows that I love drawing girls. (Girls, girls, girls, always girls!) I still do, of course, but I am trying a couple of different things at the moment. Mainly objects and patterns. I’ll post them here very soon!

Read From E to ABC: Mummyhood after Adland here.

Lots of love

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New business cards

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I love it when it’s time to print new business cards. My new batch just got delivered this morning and I’m very pleased with the quality. The colors are great!

All illustrators must have colourful business cards, of course. It’s a must. ;0)

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.

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I hope baby Maria likes her illustration! :0)

Tea time in London

I LOVE doing private commissions. I know a lot of illustrators don’t like doing them or just don’t have the time, which I think is a shame. Depending on the client, private commissions can be freeing and a lot of fun.

I was commissioned by a lovely client to produce a special illustration for her daughter. The details: she loves London, she likes wearing blue and she is crazy about squirrels. How adorable is that? This is the final piece:

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If you would like to commission a piece, get in touch! Personal illustrations are popular, thoughtful and make the BEST gifts. It’s one of my favorite things to do.