A few days ago I mentioned here that I have been experimenting quite a lot with objects and patterns. Not just decorative patterns with lots of lines, dots and details, which is usually my thing, but building patterns using separately illustrated objects.

This is one of the pieces I finished recently.

This is quite new to me and I was rather happy with the result. I liked how the watermelons turned out, their colors and their particular imperfections in terms of sizes and angles.

Then, just for fun, I decided to test the pattern on a few products from my Society 6 gallery.

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I thought the result was really sweet. There is something about watermelons that always make me happy. Maybe it’s their summery colors: green and pink is one of the best combinations. Or maybe it’s their shape that resembles a sort of smile in a way, doesn’t it? :0)

For more Watermelons visit my Society 6 shop here.

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Latest collaboration: Lionheart Magazine

The third issue of Lionheart Magazine is out in the UK. It’s the Adventure Issue and it’s STUNNING!

This was my latest collaboration. I illustrated the World’s best brownie recipe which, for a chocolate addict such as myself, couldn’t have been more perfect. My brief was: “Illustrate a Chocolate Goddess”. Here is a little work in progress and the final piece:

 (Gorgeous cover by Gemma Milly)

I had such a brilliant time making this illustration, adding in all the details, patterns and colors. It’s quite elaborate line work which is what I like doing best, so I’m pretty happy with it.

You can order your copy here.

Lots of love.

The Texas Diary continued

♥ In Houston you can find this:

(which is really quite amazing)

NASA Mission Control Centre, minus Ed Harris – This annoyed me slightly. I mean, where was he?! Don’t these people have work to do?

♥ But Houston also has this:

Mosaic tiles on a car? An absolute must-have work of art. Genius.

I loved seeing those True Blood type houses. They are pretty, extremely well looked after and quite mysterious. – But I think that’s probably because I didn’t see anyone outside: no children playing in the garden, no dogs, nothing. The weirdest thing! These residential areas are so cute and the weather was perfect. Oh well, I guess everyone was at Pappasito’s.

Now, Pappasito’s was definitely my favorite joint. The place was crammed and the food was your typical Tex-Mex trash: greasy, spicy and oh, so tasty! We also had the cutest waiter: when I told him I had flown in from Portugal he got all excited and said I was the first “Portugalian” he had ever met. Aw… (ouch!)

One word of advice: beware of all portion sizes in Texas. They are HUMONGOUS.

This is me, NOT caring about portion sizes in Texas. I did consider my caloric intake for one second and then decided not to worry about it after all. Typical!

♥ Back in New York, in my studio, a.k.a. The Kitchen: a watercolor illustration experiment.

These experiments are fun and a good way for me to get more familiar and comfortable with watercolors. I find that the more I play with it, regardless of the end result, the more I like it.

That’s it for today, folks!

Coming up: Leaving the Lower East Side, Manhattan from bellow, The Ice Skating Seagull and tons of pictures! Stay tuned for more New York adventures.

I want to be the girl with the most cake

Illustration by Me. :)

Sweet toothed and cake lovers everywhere: here are some delightful inspiration for the coming weekend…


Lots of love from Lisbon.

I know it’s a bit early for Christmas…

…but let’s have some mulled wine, shall we? :)

I’ve recently received the great news that my Christmas Mulled Wine recipe was one of the illustrations selected to feature in a review about They Draw and Cook.

The article was written by Len Kendall and published in Brain Pickings which is one of my favorite blogs! Kendall says “Even for those of us who aren’t interested in doing much cooking ourselves, the site is an absolute treat of unique hand-drawn visual art.” – Needless to say, I was over the moon! I know I keep saying this, but I’ll say it again: They Draw and Cook rocks!

Check out the feature here.