Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Summertime

Hey Folks, thank you for visiting my blog!
We had a gorgeous hot ( sometimes too hot!) summer here in the South Coast of the Uk
and I have spent as much time as possible outdoors.


I have taken again the habit to draw outside, from time to time, and it's something that I love, because is very meditative.. and it makes me discover even more nature's treasures. I miss sketching people and children, and I didn't find yet the right solution for this.




As every summer, naturally I feel the desire to learn and experiment with new mediums, and this time I discovered PHOTO TRANSFER, a method that allows to transfer an image on different materials.

here the background has been done with a photo transfer on thick paper

People use different methods, and I tried a few... for now, the most relevant has been using InkAID alchool solvent (called Transferiez) with INKaid films, following a Skillshare class with Cathy Anne White.
But I didn't have very good results so far, as I didn't have the time to experiment a lot and this is just one of those things you have to do to understand, also given that every physical environment has got a different degree of humidity, heat, and these details make the difference. It reminded me about Icons making, when we had to do the gold leaf foiling, which is very volatile... that was so tricky! 

some of my first photo transfer experiments, where I learnt that dye based inkjet printers
easily bleed ink ... good to know! I compare two different test and one look more set but more faded too..


As I mentioned in my previous post, I upgraded my technology, buying a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro. So far what I can say, is that using a drawing software with a stylus pen is a fantastic experience.
 I come from a Mac so I still find it a bit hard to switch to the Windows interface,
but I'm sure it is justmatter of time.
I recommend this tool for pattern making, for avoiding the frozen shoulder that I had trying to use the mouse to draw, and for illustration, because it makes everything easier.
But I noticed that sometimes, having to many tweeking choices is not always good, as I find myself so undecided about layout after a while ! Problems we don't have so much in the analogic process.

here I managed to do my first pattern repeat using one of my paintings

I' m now creating new artworks, 


updating my website and portfolio, working on my new greeting card designs 
(out soon in my Etsy Shop!) 



and studying, always studying to improve my skills!

Lately I have enjoyed the book "The Noble Approach", which is the testimony of the work of one of the most eminent designer in the animation world, Maurice Noble. I'm not an animator, but this book tells so much about visual storytelling, color schemes, layout, that I recommend it to anyone that wants to understand more about this matter.

I have 2 favourite podcasts at the moment: 
 your creative push, check them out!

In this summer I discovered the work of

and I have loved studying their approach to images.

I feel the autumn would like to be born soon and I still didn't start my new knitted hat, so I can't say I'm ready, so I'd better go and make a start before the wind starts to blow all the leaves of my head!



Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Upgrading and sketching!


What have I been doing lately?
good question!
As always I tried to connect with nature, that's always the number one on the list!



Also I started to  get back to my sketchbook,
as I joined the fantastic two weeks of
Sketchbook Revival 


a free workshop held by Karen Abend,
where 24 artists shared their approach to creative practice, 
their techniques and insights.


I was lucky that my Illustration teacher Nina Rycroft
( check out her website, she s on Skillshare, and a brilliant teacher indeed!)
was one of the featured artists, so she told her students about it.
And there we were, surrounded by boosts of creativity!
It was so much fun to try new things, 
and go back to old things,


because as you may guess, being a self employed artist and illustrator,
often we are so critical of what we produce, 
and then it's more difficult to enjoy our own art.


So, in these two weeks, I went back to do art for my self and..
oh, it was so liberating!



Also, I have been trying to update my technology, 
as for some time I have been thinking of getting a graphic tablet.

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My laptop also, is trusty and old, repaired and tired,
so I though: ah, I will get one of the 2-in-1 fancy new  convertible laptops..
Little I knew then stepping from the Apple world into the Pc world 
I would have been overwhelmed by information...
I bought a Surface Book 2, fantastic device, but then I discovered
it doesn't have a great Adobe rgb gamut
(oh yes, I didn't even know what it was at first, but quick I learned)
and for artist that work for print, 
is something very important, as it is related to the 
CMYK colour spectrum, so the one still is mostly used for print.
So after so much research, and no wanting to go back to Apple
( only because they switched to a completely different 
colour gamut approach with their late models)
I decided on a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro,
which primarily is a professional graphic tablet,
with an in built computer ..
Not ideal for writing, but I'll let you know.
the only alternative would have been a Dell 2 in 1 laptop, 
but something didn't feel in my chords about that.
So , as boring as it can seem,
this are my past weeks of work and research.
What's next?


My first wedding design collection 
with my lovely and trusty printers at Context Design
( more new to follow on that, stay tuned!)
and a dream camping holiday in Snowdonia,
which I am looking forward so much!







Thursday, 3 May 2018

Shop updated!

Good news!
My Etsy shop is now
updated 
with all the new cards designs
of the spring/summer 2018!


These are really the most colorful cards I have ever seen
in my range..
which seems appropriate for the lightest
time of the year!


They arrived just in time for my trip to Italy
(so that I could bring some with me !)


and it was so much fun to 
take photo of them, choosing fabrics
and objects, looking for a sunny spot
(in the Uk it can be quite a hard task!)


and also for the right food and flowers
for a color match!


I even went round the corner to Queen Victoria's house 
on the Island where I live,
'cause she's still got the best garden of the neighborhood!


And most of all , they arrived in time for 
my exhibition at the Quarr Abbey


and people literally loved them so much,
that I couldn't keep up getting them ready!
What a joy, after all the work done!



I didn't create a dedicated post for this exhibition, 
as I accidentally deleted all my pictures in the phone
but here I could rescue for my Facebook page

a little video where I show you around,
trying to keep it short to make it easier to load
in every device!
Hope you can see it!
If not, just check here


After a little holiday with my family
(we went to check the stones at Stonehenge
where still all right)


i took part in the wonderful 
a 12 days full immersion and FREE course
to help creative people to start and keep up
with their creative play time!




Wednesday, 4 April 2018

New retailers for my cards!

From today you can find
my lovely cards in two new shops on
the Isle of Wight!

Chezabelles in East Cowes


is a passionate florist, with a special eye 
for arty bouquet!


I always dreamed to have my cards in a shop like this,
as a lot of my images are inspired by nature!


 Bluebells in Brighstone


is a gift shop,
set in the most wonderful little village,
where I love to go for recharging my soul, for the peaceful atmosphere 
and panoramic walks on the sea, where unspoiled beaches 
offer rest, beauty and magical days!


 If you ever come on the Island, 
you will not be disappointed in visit these two
little gems...






Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The picture book Village

A new project
has been brewing 
this winter....and
it's time for it to hatch now!
THE PICTURE BOO VILLAGE 


is an arty display 
which I'm dreaming to create at the 
QUAY ARTS CENTRE (Isle of Wight)
to collect WONDERFUL PICTUREBOOKS
to help children grow up with Beauty
and get the best visual education
with a selection of outstanding titles
from many cultures,
to help them develop a sense of adventure and self confidence.
I'm raising money to help build this dream, so please if you 
can help in this,
just drop a line below with your contact and I'll get in touch!


This dream is for all the children out there
who deserve to grow with colorful stories and 
beautiiful positive messages,
and for the ones inside of us all!
It will be at the Arts Centre for everybody who 
loves art in the form of a shelf!
Today we received the first donation


from the lovely tutors at Anglia Ruskin University
(Cambridge)
who are truly supporting this project...
Please help us to spread the voice!





Thursday, 8 February 2018

Exhibition coming up!


Great news on the way !
With my artist friend Rosanna Pancot,  
we are delighted to announce our upcoming exhibition
at Quarr Abbey
from the 12 to the 17th of April 2018!



From 10,30 am to 16,30 pm
we'll be there to greet you, talk about our work and process,
and answer your questions, but
mostly
showing you or heart in colors!

I will bring lots of originals,
plus my ever growing 
range of cards, prints and posters!

Come and say hello if you're on the Island! 
We'll take with us many happy news too!




Monday, 1 January 2018

Food makes Art good !

Hello and Happy New Year!

This winter seems requiring quite a bit of color to cheer us up! 
I have been experimenting recently with some illustrations on the food theme.


I found a great website that showcase this type of work, 
where you can submit your illustration with no selection, 
and the hosts give you also the possibility to choose to get good royalties in case your displayed work is requested. 



I really enjoyed exploring recipes and looking at real food, often so perfect and beautiful!
Another thing I have done and I can't recommend it enough , 
is to become a member of the AOI, Association of Illustrators, which is an invaluable source of advice and professional guidance about all that concern an artist in his/her practice, including contracts, pricing based on real works, legal advice... 
They also have a great newsletter where they update with all awards, international events, connected to this job.
The membership fee starts from £160 for a year, with the option to add your portfolio on their platform for another £40. 
HERE is mine!



They are connected with the major industries and agencies, so it was for me a great discovery, worthy to share. And you don't have to live in the Uk, to be part of this friendly group.

I am also carrying on learning
pattern design, and I just has so much fun 
incorporating in photoshop
a sketch with a background
pattern I was creating



Favorite podcasts of the month:

Arrest all mimics, a weekly podcast about all the aspects of illustration,UK
All the wonders, a choice of 4 programs about book illustration for young age, USA
Sleeping at last, this music band made by one great person mainly, about the creation of his songs ( I know, this is not strictly about visual arts, but such an interesting door on creative process!

Favorite books of the month:

Children's picture books, by Martin Salisbury
The Artist's way , by Julia Cameron, the greatest book about creativity I've ever read!

New materials and art stuffs I recently discovered:

illustration board, a very thick support that gives the possibility to paint with water based colors on paper, you can choose the texture like for watercolor paper, between cold press or smooth finish, I used it for this illustration with acrylics (Liquitex) and colored pencils (Faber Castell Polycromos).
Matt medium, a transparent medium that dries very matt, so you don't loose the work done underneath and can draw or paint on top.You can also use it as a glue for collage!
I used it for the butterflies on my eggplant boats illustration..

I hope you find this blogpost interesting, 
and I can't wait to share more news with you soon!