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…


Illustrated Wedding stationery – part III

When I designed our wedding stationery, I thought it would be a good idea to include some practical information about our venue, as well as a map of the area. This is not exactly necessary, as everyone can access google maps on their smartphones, but I thought it would be a nice, personal touch.

This is what it looked like in the end:

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Even if it wasn’t exactly essential, adding a map saved me from having to explain to everyone how to get to our venue and repeat myself over and over again, which would have been inevitable. So in a sense it made life a lot easier… for ME! :0)

After the Save the Date cards, the invitations and the maps, what came next? – The best part: the menus and table plans! The menus were definitely my favourite piece of stationery. I’ll post them here tomorrow. Stay tuned.

I love Paris in the springtime

Recently, I was commissioned by The Snowflake Ball to illustrate a piece inspired by Paris during springtime.

The Snowflake Ball takes place every year in Quebec and it raises funds for various charities in Canada. It’s a brilliant cause and such a lovely illustration brief, how could I refuse? This is the piece I created:

Paris in the spring

I was actually in Paris a few weeks ago, just after I worked on this project. It was gorgeous and inspiring, as always. Paris is, for sure, one of the best places in this planet. I LOVE that city. In the springtime or in the fall…

Life in Germany

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Here is a little bit of my life in this wonderful town we call Hamburg. In today’s chapter: “The way to work”.

This is what I see every day on my journey from my apartment to the Advertising Agency where I work:

The view from my window:

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Some cute houses on my street and neighbourhood:

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Then I jump on the subway and a couple of stations later, I’m standing opposite the Town Hall in the city centre:

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I walk past some of the gorgeous canals by the river. They look like this during the winter:

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And like this during spring:

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I pass some very cute shop windows:

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And next thing I know, I’m at the agency!

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Hamburg is a beautiful city! It reminds me a little of Stockholm: it’s clean, efficient, perfect from every angle and it’s surrounded by water everywhere, which makes it fresh and happy.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, walking around, having lunch or coffee outside and visiting the parks is that much more enjoyable. My next objective is to get a bike so I can enjoy Germany’s (undoubtedly short) summer as much as I can!

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For more details, pictures of Hamburg (and other places too!) and illustrations, you can follow me on Instagram: joanafaria

Lots of love from sunny Deutschland,

London Fashion Week S/S 2012 – Day 8

London Fashion Week has come to an end and my last assignment was Elisa Palomino.

Her catwalk show was very theatrical and her collection was all about dramatic gowns and elaborate headpieces. An absolute joy to illustrate, of course!

I always get a little nostalgic when fashion week is over. Though I’m glad to go back to my normal collaborations and ongoing projects, I do miss the excitement and expectation. I never know which designers I’ll be illustrating until the photographs arrive on my mailbox and it’s always a great surprise!

I have so much work to do though, I’ll be a busy bee for the next few days. There will be plenty of new illustration work coming up. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, check out the review of Elisa Palomino’s show here and a backstage interview with the designer here.