The Blogger

My “Blogger” illustration is now available in my Society6 shop.

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She can be purchased as an art print or on various cute little objects such as pillows, iPad skins, tote bags, etc.

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I had originally illustrated her when I was living in New York, 2 years ago. I wasn’t blogging very frequently (It was my first time in New York, you see, and there was so much to do!), but I was drawing a lot, all the time and everywhere!

One of my best friends from there loved this illustration and she would always mention it in our emails and chats. I had forgotten about it for a while until this morning. For some reason, I woke up thinking about it! It took me a while to find it among my several back up folders, but here it is! :0) Looking at it makes me happy. It brings back a lot of good memories.

See it in my shop here.

Lots of love,

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New York Statements

♥ During my time in this city, I have found that New Yorkers always have a lot to say.

 T-shirt at the Converse store on Broadway.

 Exhibition at the MoMA.

 Exhibition at the MoMA.

 Yes, this guy exists. There was a line of people waiting to talk to him.

 Neither do I, my friend, neither do I.

♥ I have been in New York for two months now. God, where did time go? It seems like it was yesterday that I arrived here, not having a clue what to expect, referring to my map every 5 minutes (“is that downtown or uptown?”), getting lost on the subway and getting high on the energy and excitement of being in the centre of the world.

I am not a true New Yorker yet, but I have definitely grown accustomed to living here. I have a favorite cafe and a favorite Moroccan restaurant in the East Village. I have a favorite bar for Monday nights. I have a favorite cupcake shop in Soho, a favorite arts supply centre, a nail saloon and a bookstore. I don’t have a set routine (the wonderful thing about being an art student) but regarding those places I’ve just mentioned, I’m definitely up for some frequent flyer miles pretty soon.

 Joana Faria, channeling Carrie Bradshaw. :)

 

New York, I have one month left here. Something tells me I’ll miss the hell out of you when that time is up.

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Just a little collection of some of the cool stuff I see every time I look up at the sky.

 The Flatiron: definitely my favorite building in the city. I can’t help smiling every time I look at it. It’s so gorgeous.

 The stairs to my apartment. Very “Rosemary’s baby” inspired. I love it.

 Amazing murals at the Rockefeller Center.

 Oh, the Chrysler… Yeah, I lied, THIS is my favorite building in the city. I can see it from my house.

 Williamsburg bridge, Brooklyn.

New York is tall, stunning and endless. A good pair of shades and a strong upper body is definitely a must.

Lots of love from the East Village.

The Wives of Eldridge and goodbye to the Lower East Side

♥ The Wives of Eldridge are the two most wonderful people I have met so far in this city: my two roommates from New Zealand, Geri and Debbie.

 From left to right: me, Geri and Debbie at Fontana’s.

In between drinking Bloody Marys all night, brunching on Sundays, making videos that make no sense at all, laughing our heads off and sharing our love for New York City, I’ve had the best time with these ladies!

Unfortunately, I had to leave them and the Lower East Side behind. Jonathan (also from New Zealand) has replaced me. It was all pre-arranged before I came to town so I already knew that I only had one month with the girls. I still hate him though! (Not really. I could never hate him. He is lovely).

Here are some of our best moments:

 

This is Gangster! He is Geri’s puppy and I love him so much, I actually considered stealing him. Still considering it really…

Hot Rabbit is a Friday night party in the East Village that plays the best music! Debbie and I met this random gay guy at the bar and had the best interaction with him. It went something like this:

Random gay guy at the bar: “Are you girls a couple?”

Debbie and I: “Oh… No. We’re straight. We’re just hanging out.”

Random gay guy at the bar: “Oh really? Oh my God, you’re so beautiful! I bet straight men can’t appreciate just how gorgeous you are!”

Debbie and I (laughing and very much agreeing with him): “Oh, thank you! Thank you so much! Yeah…That’s so sweet!”

Random gay guy at the bar: “Don’t worry, you will be safe here. No one is gonna try to grab your butt!”

Debbie and I: “Er… Okay….”

Random gay guy at the bar: “Mind you… I might try to grab your butt later on!”

He was a hilarious human being.

That’s Debbie and I at Hot Rabbit. And no, no one tried to grab our butts.

I am not a whisky drinker at all, and I never thought I would say this, but this NY shot has grown on me: Jameson and Pickle Juice. Despite my initial reluctance, Geri managed to get me to try it. It’s pretty yummy. Thanks Geri!

This is us having a drink at Welcome to the Johnson’s. (Good thing that we lived just across from all these cool bars. Crawling home afterwards was never a problem!)

Good bye, wives! I loved being your roommate. Thank you for making my first month in New York so amazing. You guys rock! Good thing I’m only moving a few blocks up. Otherwise I would miss you too much.

♥ So, to start a new chapter in my New York story, I have moved to the East Village. More specifically, to St. Mark’s Place, which is just as cool as the Lower East Side. Photos, information and recommendations will be posted very soon. Stay tuned.

Lots of love from the East Village.

Week 3 in New York City

In between a weekend trip to Texas, countless nights out, gallery visits, a dozen cocktails and many miles covered in and around Manhattan (on foot, of course, just like everyone else in this city), the following events have taken place:

♥ 1) I have finally uncovered the secret why the average New Yorker loves walking so much: they have truly perfected the Art of Walking. See bellow for photographic evidence.

♥ 2) I have fallen head over heels in love with Gwyneth Leech’s illustrated coffee cups on show at the Sprint Artspace in the Flatiron building. Check them out:

Aren’t they adorable? It’s such a fun and sweet idea in such a unique little spot, it never fails to make me smile and think: “Damn, I wish I had come up with that!”

♥ 3) Meanwhile, in my studio, a.k.a. The Kitchen, I have successfully completed my first children’s illustration assignment: a page of the oriental fairytale “The broken pot”.

I have decided not to use any kind of digital effect and do everything by hand. (Yes, the old-fashioned way.) I used black pencil and watercolors. Here is the end result:

Considering that this was my second time using watercolors, I am rather proud of the final piece. The wet on wet technique is definitely a challenge though. There is no way to predict what’s going to happen. The paint goes where it pleases. It’s insane!

If you’re a relaxed artist who thrives on “happy accidents”, this is fantastic news! If you’re a stressed out little control freak and a Cmd+Z addict, then this is your worst nightmare. At the moment I find myself somewhere between the two. Not for long, I hope.

That’s it for today, my darlings. Stay tuned for more New York updates and for some bonus Texas posts too! (After all, I didn’t drink all those margaritas for nothing! :)

 All pictures taken by me.

Lots of love from the Lower East Side.