A new look and find illustrations for Jardín de Genios is here! Yay! I had a wonderful time creating this piece! (Camping is one of the most fun things to do!) Can you spot all 5 characters and objects?
Hello guys! A new week has arrived and new projects are coming together! Here is a little sneak peek of a lovely girl for an upcoming sticker book! More designs are coming soon!!! I can't wait to share them all with you...
This cute little kitchen was part of a double page for Jardín de Genios' mag! Can't wait to show you what I'm preparing for the next issue! Stay tuned!
A new look and find illustrations is done! I can't share the final piece yet... But here is a little sneak peek of what is coming out next month! Can you guess the theme of this new piece?
Mermaids are one of my favorites things to draw! (They are just too adorable!) So when I got an email from Namaka's publishers asking for a merm illustration I immediately said: "Yes!". I can't show you the full piece yet... But here is a little sneak peek of what I've been working on!
Ahoy there! I've some great news! Some fun pirates will be hitting the shelves soon! Can't wait to see these lovely cuties printed!
The licensing project is finally coming together! (I'm over the moon!) Some super cute (and ready-to-use) kids patterns will be available soon! (Just take a look at this lovely bear illustration! It just works great on kids' apparel... or anything you imagine!)
A new Look and Find illustration is here! (Yay!) I had a great time working on this piece for Jardín de Genios' mag! And to be honest... I can't wait to start working on the next one!
Fun and bright ! If you haven't stumbled upon Christine's artwork while googling these words, you should definitely check out your browser! Her eye-catching illustrations look great everywhere! No wonder why her artwork can be found in tons of greeting cards, bags, children clothing and more! Want to know more about Christine Gore's amazing work? Here is a little interview:
Q: Has illustration always been constant to you?
A: It hasn't. My degree was in Textiles. I was permanently covered in dye and printing inks and in my final year I specialised in embroidery. I would've laughed at my future self sat on a computer for hours on end. I was chosen from my degree show to interview for a design position at a children's bedding company. I got the job and my career in illustration developed from there. I cant imagine doing anything else now, I absolutely love my job.
Q: What do you find yourself drawing the most?
A: Owls! people love owls, it's the trend that keeps on trending. I always lean towards animals and I like to add a quirk or two like a bow tie or a pair of geek chic glasses. I'm drawing more people recently as I'm working on a few publishing projects. Drawing hands is my weakness, practice is definitely needed.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Like most creatives I'm obsessed with Pinterest and Instagram. Pinterest is fantastic for lifestyle/trend imagery. I find kids fashion is great for prints and it's so readily available.
I've always loved children's books, even before I got into publishing. I find the amount of inspiration endless. I can be reading a book to my son and spot a fab use of texture or pattern in a background. I find its often the subtle elements of an illustration which make it special.
Q: Is there any type of project that you would love to create but haven’t yet?
A: I'm lucky to have worked on many projects for various different companies. I haven't yet created my own products, I'd love to have my own little brand. I also think there's so much more to explore on social media. I committed to the Advent Challenge last year then realized I had 3 major projects on the go, 2 children and Christmas to contend with. It was great to see it finished in the end, well worth the effort.
Q: Any illustration tips you would like to share with us?
A: I'm currently transitioning from a Wacom tablet to the iPad Pro so I think it's me that needs tips. Generally though I'd just say how important it is to create your own style of illustration. I love it when illustrators draw all their characters with a similar feel. I find this difficult due to the variety of briefs I receive. I tend to use the same brushes, textures and patterns throughout my illustrations to create that connection. I can only hope I'm finding a style of my own, one people recognized.
Ready for more amazing art? Check out Christine Gore's instagram.
Great news everyone! The new Sticker Dress-Up series I illustrated for Igloo Publishing is already out! (I'm over the moon!) I had an amazing time working on this project and I can't believe it's already hitting the shelves! Every magazine features more than 200 fun stickers! You can get them all here.
Hey guys! How about a sneak peek of a soon-to-be-printed illustration? Drawing Look and Find is always a blast! Can you guess the theme of this piece?
As soon as Nur Shazana Rosli's illustration pop-up in my browser I knew I had found a new source of inspiration. This talented Malaysian artist creates colorful, fun and eye-catching illustrations! (Just take a look at her wonderful portfolio... And thank me later!) Wanna know more about this wonderful artist? Here is a fun interview just for you:
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Has illustration always been constant to you?
A: Hi! Im a Graphic Designer and illustrator from Malaysia, (But I enjoy to illustrate more hehe) I work mostly in publishing companies and focus my art on children's book. Illustration has always been constant to me. Thats what I love to do and what I do for a living. But the concept itself never been constant haha.
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I usually find inspiration from talented illustrators (Going around their blogs, websites and everywhere they post their wonderful work) And books, lots of picture books!
Q: What do you do when you have creative slumps?
A: When I have creative slumps... I go straight to anything that can be drawn! (But most of the time I fail to interpret whatever is going on in my head).
Q: What kind of illustration projects are you most interested in?
A: I'm more interested in illustrating children books.... 'Cause you can pour all your IMAGINATION in it!!! (Without feeling guilty)
Hey guys! During the last few weeks I've been working on some exciting new patterns! Here is a sneak peek of a little space-inspired illustration for some upcoming licenses! Yes! You read it correctly! Some cool and cute ready-to-use licenses will be available soon!
Hey guys! Great news! I had the pleasure to illustrate this cool look and find for Jardín de Genios' magazine! The printed version is huuuge (believe me, it's an impressively big double spread) and the colors look truly vibrant! I'm over the moon!!! Now it's time to work on the next issue! I wonder what exciting new theme will it be?
If you are looking for an artist able to create fun and cheerful characters and magical worlds, Nicolás Castro will surely got you covered! He is a talented illustrator with a wonderful imagination! Just take a look at his portfolio to find funny UFO catchers, lively Totems and incredible detailed designs for the Fallas de Valencia Festival! He also develops assets and concepts for video games! Want more? Here are some fun Q&A:
Q: Your style is truly unique. Has it changed since you started working as an illustrator?
A: Thanks! Of course it has! I think that I still haven't found it. My illustration style changes constantly (I really love to experiment, specially when I look at other artists' works! I try to find what makes they art so special) I believe that my style is still evolving.
Q: How do you come up with new ideas?
A: I generally look for new ideas in common places... And then I start to imagine tons of invisible creatures that could possibly live there! Video games, art toys, tv shows and also my favorite movies, help a lot during the creation of new illustrations.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Tons of thing actually. Video games, horror movies, urban legends, mechas, vibrant colors, little and simple shaped-characters... Basically anything that catch my eyes... Oh! And pandas, of course...
I must admit that, as an illustrator, inspiration is a huge topic. Personally, I believe it is highly influenced by my mood.
Q: You have created outstanding pieces for the Festival Fallas de Valencia. Can you tell us a little bit about this experience?
A: It was completely unexpected. One of those little gems of being an illustrator. In a blink of an eye, I was requested to create some pieces for a festival!
The craftsman made a wonderful job to conceive some impressive sculptures based on my 2d concepts. I had green light to create anything I wanted, so I let my imagination run wild! I made tons of designs for some years, but the best part came when I was commissioned to create a piece for the Japanese Embassy. They were so glad with the results that I even received a thank you letter from the ambassador.
I hope one day I will be able to travel and meet all those people I contacted during this awesome work.
Q: Do you have any future side project you would like to share with us?
A: Nowadays, I work most of the time as a full time illustrator and art coordinator at Etermax (a well-known video game company based in Argentina) However, there are some personal projects that I have the pleasure to work on: The most important are some cool merchandising based on my artwork, character designs for video games and even my own studio!
Hungry for more? Check out Nicolas' amazing portfolio here.
I had a wonderful time creating this piece for Jardín de Genios' magazine! Cute animals is my favorite theme to work on!!! Stay tuned for next month's issue! (More fun illustration are coming!)
Cute characters? Checked! Lovely sea friends? Checked! Yummy burger? Checked! I can't wait to show you more of this HUGE illustration!
Hey guys... During the last few weeks I've been working non-stop in a new exciting project! I had a wonderful time creating full colored illustrations for Catapulta Ediciones... And, to be honest, I can not wait to see the final product in all bookshops! Here is a sneak peek for you all!
Hey guys! Exciting news for you all! The princesses board game I've been working on will be out really soon! (I'm so thrilled! It has been a wonderful project to work on... And I can not wait to see it rocking in all toyshops!) I can't show you the final pieces yet... But for the time being, here is a little sneak peek of the Sea Princess! Hope you like it!
Playful and delightful. These two adjectives perfectly apply to Hsin Yi Chen's (aka Hsinyi Chen) work. What I love more about her illustrations is that every single piece will tell you a little story: Young kids having fun during Christmas, two girls enjoying hot summer days and even some friends laughing together! (About what, it's up to you to imagine!) All these scenes are perfectly created in watercolors! Do you want to know a little bit about this wonderful artist? Here is a fun interview just for you:
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get started as an illustrator?
A: Like most artists, I have loved drawing since I was a little girl. I got my first art education in middle school. At that time, I was totally in love with the magic of art, and drawing was literally the only thing I cared about in my life. However, for some reason, I couldn’t continue my education with fine art programs after that. It was harsh for me, but I chose to continue with interior design and architecture design. After I finished my masters program, I worked as an urban designer for a while. For all those years, even though I was not drawing as much as before, I still kept a very high interest in art. I knew there was always a voice deep inside my heart telling me to pick up my pencils and brushes again. The turning point was during a job transition period. I mentioned my artist dream to my husband, and he was so sweet to tell me that I should go for it. Therefore, with his support, I started to draw again, and found a great amount of joy by making this choice. I am really happy that I am finally able to follow my heart to pursue my dream, and also feel really grateful to have art back as the focus of my life.
Q: How do you come up with new ideas? Do you have a process?
A: I try to stay aware of the things surrounding me. A lot of my ideas come from life experience. It could be from my own experience or maybe from people around me. Watching movies, browsing random stuff online, wandering in book stores, or taking a walk in nature all can possibly help me to get some new ideas. It mostly happens while I am doing something other than sitting at my drawing table. One thing I found very helpful to myself is that, when something just randomly pops up, I’ll write it down in my notebook or just simply take a note in my phone so I have some ideas to refer to later when I am starting a new piece.
Q: Your style is truly unique! Was it hard to find it?
A: I didn’t really try to find a style consciously, it kind of just came naturally over time. I consider my style to be a combination of lots of different influences from things I love. I was really into Japanese manga during my teenage years, and I also got caught up in some simple but cute and easy to read comics later on. Also, the work of Studio Ghibli has always been one of my top favorites. These elements definitely influenced me and helped to shape my style. But I think the style is still evolving since I always like to experiment with new techniques, and discover new awesome things.
Q: What do enjoy drawing the most?
A: I like to draw girls, children and animals, and I draw a lot of them. If I had to pick a favorite, I think I would say drawing children is the one I enjoy the most, because they just always make me smile.
Q: Do you have any current side project you would like to share with us?
A: I am planning to start a personal project for telling stories based on some classic stories or old fairy tales. I would like to extend my story telling abilities by composing several pieces together since my current work is mostly single pieces.
Feeling like checking out more of Hsinyi's work? Just head to her website!