Time for a new personal project! Yay!
A new exciting project (Full of lovely Ballerinas!) is almost done! Here is a little piece I did for this wonderful activity book!
Time for a break! Here is a personal illustration! Enjoy.
A new month is here and a new look and find illustration is already out! It's always a great fun to work on such amazing pieces! What theme should the next one be? Let me know! :)
I had the pleasure to illustrate a new piece for the super fun Revista Genios! This is not my usual style, but I really had a wonderful time creating it!
A new sticker book is almost done! Can't wait to show you the final project!!! :)
Hey guys! During the last past months I've been working non-stop on some really exciting projects! Here is a little fellow from an upcoming book. Can you guess what is it about?
Here is a little illustration I've made for the super fun Namaka mag!
New month, new Jardín de Genios' issue! And here are some of the latest pieces I had the pleasure to illustrate for them! Also... I can't wait to show you some new drawings! (I've been working non-stop on some amazing projects! Yay!)
I had the pleasure to work on a new exciting project for The Clever Factory! During the past few weeks tons of concept illustrations for their sticker collection were made. Here is one of my favorite pieces! Looking forward to see the whole set!
I'm so happy to share with you this new look and find illustration for the Argentinian magazine Jardín de Genios! I must admit I had a great time creating all the characters and items for this fun race competition!
Some illustrators have that magical touch, the faculty to create tons of splendid pieces, to inspire... And believe me when I say, that Genine Delahaye is a truly one of those artists. (This girl is just pure gold!) Genine works constantly in tons of exciting commissioned projects (from nursery rhyme books to kids apparel) as well as in her (recently-lunched) wall art business Mini Moon Nursery (Her Alphabet poster is just too adorable. Definitely worth a visit!) Are you ready to know more about her art? Just keep on reading:
Q: Tell us about yourself. How did you first get into illustration?
A: First of all just want to say a big thank you for interviewing me; it’s a honour to be involved. Illustration is something I have always loved from a young age. It was the one subject I seemed to be good at in school and this only grew as I did. Towards my late teens during the process of decided ‘what I wanted to do’ career wise, I had a wobble! I started doubting my abilities and asking myself if I could really make a living from this. I listened to my head rather then my heart and decided to go into administration. After a few years of working as a Personal Assistant to the joint commissioning officers at my local council I came to a crossroad. I was unhappy in my job and decided life was too short not to go for your dreams and take a risk!
I started applying for creative positions but with no college or university experience I found nobody wanted to take me seriously…until I came across Sugarcube Ltd, a lovely little childrenswear print design studio based in Shoreditch. I took a admin role with the scope for technical training on the side and over the next few years I watched the in-house designers work and tried to soak up as much of it as I could. The girls in the studio were fantastic and always helped me, one in particular, a special friend named Filipa guided me heavily. She would brief me work and then give me constructive feedback, which was invaluable in helping me learn.
Sadly the studio closed in 2013. Although I didn’t feel ready, I decided to give myself six months as a freelance designer to see if I could make it. Thankfully I won some big jobs and worked with some huge clients during that period which gave me the confidence to keep going. The best six months of my life and I have never looked back.
Q: How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started?
A: I spent a long time ‘looking’ for my style, trying to recognize it. I think I first found my style about a year or so into freelancing. I think part of it is about acceptance, you might have an idea about the type of style you like and want to portray but whether or not your natural style is that ‘dream’ style may be another matter. Your style is what naturally pours out of you, the stuff you enjoy working on. My style has certainly changed over the years, as have I as a designer. Experience continuously develops it further, every client I work with teaches me something new.
Q: Your portfolio displays tons of beautiful illustrations for kids apparel, diapers, linens… Is there a product you enjoy creating the most?
A: I love working on it all to be completely honest, Iv been very lucky having the opportunity to work with so many different brands. The latest has been a journey into the children’s book industry. I have been working on some baby/toddler nursery rhyme books and also some baby book boards which has been so much fun!
Q: Could you share your creative process? How do you come up with new ideas?
A: I tend to spend some time on researching my brief, so I will look at pinterest for inspiration, surf the web, visit a few of my favourite blogs or websites and then If I still don’t have a clear idea of what direction of where I want to take it, I might try brainstorming in my notepad.
Q: What advice would you give to your younger self if you could?
A: I would say don’t be scared to follow your dreams! You only have one life (which goes far to quickly for my liking) so don’t waste a second. If you believe something is going to make you happy, GO FOR IT!
I bet you are ready to know more (and check out the amazing artwork!) of Genine... So click here to see more of her wonderful pieces.
A new Look and Find illustration for Jardín de Genios is done! (I can't show you the final piece yet, but here is a sneak peek for you all!) BTW, can you guess the theme of this drawing?
Easter holidays are around the corner and what a better way to celebrate it with this new book hitting the shelves? I had the pleasure to work once again with the Auzou team in this exciting new project! More than 30 pages of super fun dot-to-dot and coloring activities... Such an ideal gift for the little ones! Grab a copy here!
There is no doubt why Angela Nickeas' illustrations have been commissioned by renown brands such as Target, Primark and Wallmart. Her illustrations are just stunning! Bright and cheerful, every piece she creates is a great source of inspiration, (not only for clients but also for other artists looking for high quality print trends) Let's have a talk with the creator of the amazing Hiccup Studio Designs:
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Has illustration always been constant in your life?
A: My name is Angela Nickeas and I am a freelance surface pattern designer. My design life officially started 2000 when I gained a place on the prestigious BTEC Foundation Studies course in Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. From there I studied a BA (Hons) in Surface Pattern Design at Staffordshire University - a fantastic course with an emphasis on drawing skills which also allowed a lot of freedom due to its diversity. We could dip into glass, ceramics, paperwork and textiles. I specialized in printed textiles.
I exhibited at New Designers in London in 2003 and upon graduating I worked mainly in the home textile and furnishing market, designing patterns and styling ranges for a number of major UK retailers, manufacturers and international clients. I travelled a lot during this period, mainly to factories in the Far East which really gave me an insight and understanding into the manufacturing and printing process which I feel has enhanced my work on a commercial level.
I live in Manchester, England with my husband Oliver and three young children Lola, Theo and Otto.
Q: You are the owner of a successful illustration studio. Was it hard to make the decision of going freelance?
A: I set up my own studio - Hiccup Studio Designs in 2010 and began to undertake various design projects in the interior, stationery and giftware industries for a variety of UK retailers and manufacturers. I always knew that I wanted to set up my own business and after the birth of my daughter I came to the decision that a full time career was not the right path for my new family so it was a relatively easy choice.
I’ve been really fortunate with the success I’ve had and I’ve worked on some fabulous briefs for companies such as Primark, Brother and Belly Button. I am also represented by the amazing Pink Light Studio in America, and my work is available for licensing. I honestly don’t think that my freelance work would have happened if I hadn’t worked in-house first. The experience, knowledge and contacts I gained along the way were invaluable.
Q: What do you enjoy to draw most? What less?
A: I love to draw florals - my work is quite heavily decorative and feminine but my florals are mainly stylized and quirky in their appearance. I also feature birds and butterflies often within my designs and love for these to be filled with pattern. I’m not great at drawing people… faces in particularly. I’d love to take up some life drawing classes again in the future.
Q: Could you share your creative process?
A: My process generally begins with a concept or theme. I spend a lot of time at the beginning of a new collection doing research and gathering reference – this could be an inspirational colour palette or a single flower motif which may then spark a myriad of ideas. I love to have a vast source of visual inspiration to work from. I like to sketch layouts and motifs first freehand before turning to the computer where I use a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop to develop concepts and create repeats.
Q: What do you do when you have creative slumps?
A: If I feel a design isn’t working, sometimes I just stop, walk away and come back to it later which I find often helps. Most of the time though I generally go online and search for inspiration. There are so many amazing design blogs and websites out there and I love to delve in and get lost and I quite often feel invigorated and motivated after. It’s important to accept that these slumps or moments of ‘artists block’ will always happen but will pass eventually!
A new Look and Find illustration for Jardín de Genios' mag is out! And in this issue these cute friends are having tons of fun in the woods! Let me know if you can spot all the items listed below!
Tons of published books, a colorful portfolio and lovely licenses… there is no doubt why clients from all around the world are captivated by Natalie Marshall’s amazing work. (And I’m sure by now you will be a fan as well!) Her fascinating and bright illustrations look amazing everywhere! (I truly love her outstanding greeting cards! How about you?) Do you wanna know more about this talented children illustrator? Well, it’s your lucky day! I had prepared a little interview just for you:
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get started as an illustrator?
A: I studied graphic design at university, but my first love was always drawing. It sounds familiar but I did spend my childhood colouring and cutting, painting, sticking and drawing. My problem was that I could not see how I would be able to earn a living as an illustrator so I chose the next best path for me - graphic design, and I loved it.
After high school I spent a year doing a pure art course and building a portfolio of work so I could apply for a university - there were a very limited number of places in the degree so it was very competitive! After I finished my design degree I was selected to stay at uni for another year to complete an Honours Degree. During my Honours year I focused on producing illustration work in a variety of mediums, I also produced an illustrated magazine with a friend and wrote my thesis on illustration in design.
After I finished my Honours year I started work as a designer in Melbourne. After a few years I moved to New York and worked in a small studio that had very high-end clients in the financial sector. After almost four years in New York, I moved to London and freelanced through an agency for a year or so. Working in lots of different studios on a wide variety of projects was a nice break from the pressure of my old job in New York! I then took up a full-time senior design position in a studio in London which did a lot of community based work which I really enjoyed. Many of my clients did not have the budget for photography so I began to illustrate projects for them - which was great - seeing my illustrated posters on the streets of London was a huge thrill.
When I returned to Melbourne I decided to work for myself for a while and see if I could be successful on my own. It was really tough but I gave myself a year and started a little business illustrating personalized art for children's rooms. I then drew on my print and design background to start Little Red Owl, my greeting card business. Little Red Owl was hard work, long hours and a big leap of faith but I really loved it. A publisher saw my cards and offered me a book project which was a dream!
Q: Your art style is absolutely cute and unique. Has it changed a lot since your days at the uni?
A: My style has changed a lot since I was at uni. I have a very strong background in still life and life drawing and I especially love screen printing and painting but my many years as a designer meant working on a Mac and my style has evolved to suit that medium. When I first started woking on my own I spent A LOT of time drawing on the screen to really hone my skills. I can see a huge evolution in my illustration work over the last nine years.
Q: Could you share your typical work day?
A: Organize my kids for school, take our dog for a run. Then I work from home for the day while he sleeps under my desk. A couple of times a week I do an early morning run or an afternoon swim. My schedule is usually pretty packed - for instance I currently have twelve books on the go so I try to manage my stress with exercise! I usually do a few more hours at my desk after the kids are in bed.
Q: You have illustrated and also written tons of books. Do you find writing harder than creating art? Or is it the other way round?
A: I am always thinking about words and pictures. It is a constant thing that happens in my head no matter what I am doing, and I always think of them together. I think books are a partnership of words and illustrations and they have to work together and support each other. I sometimes get these bright lightbulb moments when an idea pops into my head - which is exactly what happened when I had the idea for my 'Happy Book'. I was out for a very early morning run, the sun was rising, and I was listening to the birds singing and they seemed so happy and full of joy that the idea for the 'Happy Book' popped into my head.
When I got home I scribbled down the words I was thinking of and then later refined them and I could already see the illustrations in my mind - so to me they tend to happen at the same time. I love creating books that teach children about the world and that is how my 'Millie-Mae' books were born. Millie-Mae is a child of the outside world, but in a small way that children can relate to - she builds sandcastles at the beach, flies her kite on windy days and makes lemonade from the lemon tree in her garden.
Q: How do you come up with new licensing ideas?
A: I do little sketches during my working week - sometimes they are specific sketches for a book I am working on but sometimes they are much more random - for instance I will think 'I would like to draw a crocodile with a hat... or an elephant... or a bear wearing a tutu' and I will experiment with the style of that sketch and then sometimes that little random sketch will become a card design. I love creating cards, they are a little mini story with a message.
Hey! Don't leave without checking out Natalie's wonderful web!
Hey guys! I've been working non-stop during the last few weeks (Too many amazing projects are coming together!) I can't show most of the stuff yet, but here is a little sneak peek of a personal project I've illustrated... A look and find coloring book! Yay!
If you are like me, there is a great chance that you love cute, cheerful and kawaii illustrations! (If you had said yes to this, you should definitely check out the amazing art by Squid&Pig) This successful Spanish studio (Created by Andrés Sanchis and Sonia Viu) has worked with major labels in the development of colorful, Japanese-inspired illustrations! Do you wanna know more about them? Well, don't worry! I've got you covered... Here is a little interview just for you:
Q: How did you come up with the idea to create Squid & Pig?
A: It all started as a free-time hobby. It was something in which both of us could work together (after our full-time jobs...) However, as we started to develop and create tons of projects (for different clients), we decided to focus on our own studio. We finally gave up our jobs and dedicate ourselves 100% to illustrate!
Q: What inspires you?
A: Animals, plants, even a pencil... All is a good source of inspiration! e love to image all those things with little round eyes and happy smiles! We truly enjoy to develop a cute and charming character from an inanimate object!
Q: How is your creative process? Do you always work together r there is chance for some alone-time project?
A: I think that none of our projects belongs 100% to one of us. Every piece is worked as a team (we even change tasks during the process!) Sometimes it is hard to tell who has created a certain piece!
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job? And what less?
A: What truly enjoy is working on the development of a character. We love to imagine his/her personality! (It's always great fun to think some stories for him/her, too!) What we certainly don't enjoy is all administrative-related (billing, contracts... you know what I mean) However, we know that it is an important part of our work and we should do it!!! (No matter how boring it could be!)
Q: You have created illustrations for apps, books, magazines and even figures. Is there any pending project you would love to work in?
A: Our major dream is to work for Disney!!! We would also love to have our own merchandising as well as a cartoon show! Hey, you know what they say... Dream it possible!
Ready to check out more kawaii stuff? Here is Squid&Pig amazing website!
Si son grandes fans de las ilustraciones cute, llenas de color y sobre todo, muy pero muy kawaii seguramente estén familiarizados con el trabajo de Squid&Pig. Este estudio de ilustración y diseño español (creado por Andrés Sanchis y Sonia Viu) ha logrado exitosamente hacer del kawaii su sello distintivo. ¿Quieren saber un poco más sobre ellos? Pues aquí debajo encontrarán una pequeña entrevista:
P: ¿Cómo surgió la idea de crear Squid & Pig?
R: Pues al principio fue como un hobby al que le dedicábamos nuestro tiempo libre. Era algo que podíamos hacer juntos al salir de nuestros respectivos trabajos. Pero conforme fueron llegando proyectos, la ilusión fue creciendo y también el tiempo que le dedicábamos. Finalmente decidimos dejar nuestros trabajos para dedicarnos 100% a nuestro amor por la ilustración.
P: ¿Qué los inspira?
R: Nosotros nos sentimos inspirados por los animales, las plantas y hasta por un simple lápiz, sólo que nos gusta imaginárnoslos con pequeños ojos redondos y sonrisas animadas. Nos encanta hacer de algo común e inanimado, un personaje lleno de personalidad y simpático a la vista.
P: ¿Cómo es su proceso creativo? ¿Recurren a la división de tareas o todo los proyectos se realizan en conjunto?
R: Es posible que no tengamos ningún trabajo que sea 100% de uno de los dos y tampoco hay una tarea de la que se encargue el mismo siempre. Cada proyecto pasa por las manos de ambos en un estadio u otro. Incluso muchas veces no sabemos quién de los dos ha hecho un determinado dibujo xD
P: ¿Qué es lo que más le apasiona de su trabajo? ¿Y lo que menos disfrutan?
R: Lo que más nos gusta del trabajo de ilustrador es el momento del diseño inicial de un personaje. Solemos inventar incluso una personalidad para cada uno, de esta forma, prácticamente se dibujan solos y es muy divertido pensar que hay una historia detrás de los personajes. Quizás el trabajo que menos nos gusta es el administrativo, la facturación y los contratos, pero somos conscientes de que es necesario por más pereza que nos dé xD
P: ¿Han creado ilustraciones para apps, libros, revistas y muñecos! ¿Les queda algún proyecto pendiente en el cual les gustaría trabajar?
R: Nuestro sueño es y ha sido siempre, el poder trabajar para Disney. Y por nuestra cuenta, sería genial tener una linea de merchandising o una serie de dibujos animados. Por soñar, que no quede ;D
¿Se han quedado con ganas de más? Pues aquí les dejo el link a la web oficial de Squid&Pig. De nada. :D
There are tons and tons of cute little characters to look and find in this new issue of Bien Escondidos! (Part of Jardín de Genios Magazine!) What theme do you think the the next drawing should be?