Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Vlog: Animals in Japan

Last week we travelled around Japan visiting animals. That's something I wanted to do for a long time and we finally had the chance. Here's the vlog about our adventure!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Giving watercolours a chance

Ever since I decided to become an illustrator I wanted to be able to paint with my very own hands using real materials. I'm not saying that colouring digitally is easy, in fact it can be a lot of work but it has some advantages over painting manually such as unlimited colour palettes, Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, etc. 

After a few years working mostly on digital illustrations I decided that it was time to let go of my fears and inhibitions about painting and that I should try again ( I tried before but I never did more than a couple of paintings and then gave up, so I never improved). My chance came when I received an open brief from my agents requesting greeting cards for a variety of occasions. I decided that I was going to paint and more importantly, that I was going to stick to it until I felt proud of my paintings. 

It was a physical and mental challenge and most of the paintings were not commercially viable, but I did manage to produce a few nice paintings and the most exciting part was that I got to license some of them! That was a big boost to my confidence and I'm happy to report that I'm still painting, both for myself and for clients!

I also decided to have a sketchbook that I use only for paintings and I have been using it to create random illustrations and experimenting. On top of that I became quite addicted to creating time-lapse videos that you can watch on my Instagram

That's it for now. I hope you feel inspired to do whatever it is that you always wanted to do but were too scared of doing!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Vlog: working on personal illustrations

I put together a new vlog showing you how I work on personal illustrations. I don't think it gets any easier to talk in front of the camera but I do my best because I enjoy talking about my work and sharing my experiences trying out new media and growing as an illustrator overall. Just click below to watch the video and let me know what you think :)

The materials I used for my watercolour painting are:
Kuretake watercolour set X 24
Hot pressed watercolour sketchbook
Daler Rowney brushes

Also, here's my finished painting

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Korean stationery haul video

Hey guys, it's been a while since I last wrote here. Last weekend I was in Seoul and got to buy lots of cute stationery items from my favourite shop there - Artbox - . As a stationery lover I'm very pleased with all the cute stuff I found that I haven't seen anywhere else. I hope you like the video and as always if you have suggestions for other videos, let me know in the comments :)

Here's a sketch I did while visiting Changdeokgung Palace (창덕궁) and if you're interested in seeing more pictures and reading about my favourite things to do in Seoul you can read it HERE in my travel blog :)

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Magical swan

Last weekend I shared this illustration on my social media accounts and got quite a few nice comments - I think people interested in children's book illustrations are a rather nice bunch. I started this illustration without a clear idea of where it was going, only with a swan and a shade of blue (because I was doing this for colour collective) as the base. In those cases I just follow my gut i.e I draw flowers and leaves and then add lots of coloured textures one on top of the other until I find a colour combination that I really like. 
I wish I could say that this was a quick illustration but it took me a rather long time to finish - how other illustrators do intricate designs as a warm up is beyond my understanding.
If you want to catch more of my sketches and work in progress follow me on instagram, facebook and/or twitter.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Vlog - A week in the life of a freelance illustrator

It's been a while since I did a video so I though it'd be fun to put together a video showing you what I do in a week. It's a collection of small things I did during the week because I think it'd be boring to show you all the times I'm sitting at my desk drawing (which is most of the time, tbh). I hope you enjoy it!

I'm thinking about doing more videos soon but the next one will have to wait a little bit because today I'm off to the Bologna Book Fair. I'll be showing snippets of what's going on there on my Instagram. 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone! I hope you can full-fill al your dreams and hopes on this new year. 

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Hope you have a wonderful day :)

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas Advent 24

Hurray! We're finally on the last day of the advent so tomorrow will be CHRISTMAS DAY! Thank you so much for joining me on this Christmas Advent countdown/ adventure. I hope you enjoyed as much as I did. 

Here's the complete advent! Which one is your favourite?

Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Advent 23

Another cute animal for today's advent... well, for me all animals are cute (even if they sometimes have rabies) specially if they're fluffy and have little tiny human-like hands :)