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!
Hey guys! After two weeks of non stopping work and deadlines I can finally show you a little WIP! This cutie will be printed briefly in a dress-up sticker book! How cool is that?
If you are looking for fun, versatile and colorful illustrations, Pablo de Rosi (aka DanchoPanda) got you covered! This talented artist from Argentina has a broad portfolio, full of powerful and eye catching pieces! The use of geometrics and bright spot colors are definitely his engaging trademark! Do you wanna know about this wonderful artist? Here is a little interview:
Q: Has illustration been constant in your life?
A: Yes! Since I was a child I drew as much as I could. I used to copy illustrations from different storybooks I owned. After some time, I started to create my own characters!
Q: What do you find yourself drawing the most?
A: I draw tons of animals currently! I think they add some extra feature to the pieces!
Q: What inspires you?
A: I follow tons of artists and illustrators. I really enjoy when they share their process. I also read tons of comics and watch cartoons. I guess all this inspires me to draw!
Q: Tell us a little bit about your style. Has it changed since you started your career?
A: When I started I really had a more comic-inspired style. (Full of lines and different size strokes) Nowadays, I feel more confortable with a more simple style. I enjoy to use spot colors, tons of geometric forms... I really want to achieve a more minimalistic style.
Q: Any tips/advice you would like to share?
A: For the ones that are starting to illustrate, I would say... Practice! Try to analyze what you enjoy (And add it to your own creations!) It doesn't matter what you observe, everything can be used in your drawings! Any good idea can inspire you to start! After some sketches it's time to add colors and create the final piece!
Do you still want to know more about DanchoPanda? Check out his Behance portfolio!
It's Friday, and this happy constructor boy says hello! Find him in the Vroom and Zoom (Things that go) book published by Cottage Door Press.
Great news guys! I had the pleasure to do a little interview for the wonderful Occhi di Bimbo site! This italian blog features amazing book reviews, children's toys, and tons of material that relate to the world of childhood! It also has an online shop called Orso Pilota! (Their educational books are breathtaking as well as the -super cute!- toys) It definitely worths a visit!
I’m a huge (HUGE) fan of Ana Fonseca’s work. This accomplished artist creates fun, cheerful and cartoony characters! (Just take a look at all those illustrations! They are so cute!) Her unique and versatile style has been featured in several books, apps, pillows and packaging! Do you wanna know a little bit more about this inspiring artist from Portugal? Here is a little interview for you all:
Q: How did you first get into illustration?
A: Hello! First, let me thank you for this opportunity!
Well, I'd like to say that I always knew I wanted to be an illustrator (As I read in all artists' interviews ) but I would be lying. The truth is... I grew surrounded by art because my father draws, paints and sculpts wonderfully. And my mother is a seamstress, (that is also a beautiful form of art) I always liked cartoons, picture books and colorful things… Art has always fascinated me and I tried several times to draw/paint with my father but I always thought I was terrible at it. Since I also liked science, I ended up going this way at school. But I wasn’t happy, there was something missing... While choosing my upper course I decided to take an art class... I thought about giving up several times, frustrated by drawing much worse than all my colleagues. But then I met my husband, (A classmate who was always drawing) And that's where it all began! He always motivates me to word hard and never give up. He was my mentor :) Since then I've discovered that children's books are my passion and I've never stopped!
Q: Best part of your job:
A: Being unlimited and funny!!! Being able to create and live in different magic worlds every day is a privilege :)
Q: Less fun part of your job:
A: The deadlines. I always want to do one more detail but I don’t have the time, Grrr… And some clients (who think artists do not pay bills!!!)
Q: What advice would you give to your younger self if you could?
A: Don’t give up, girl! Yours dreams'll come true. Everything is possible!
Q: Do you have any current side project you would like to share with us?
A: My best and most important project right now is my son. I had a baby boy 4 months ago and I'm amazed with maternity. For now, I try to return to work (slowly) and enjoy time with him at home. But I hope I’ll have a new professional project to share soon :)
Already a fan? Why don't you check out Ana's portfolio for more eye catching illustrations?
Hi guys! I've been working on a soon to-be-printed piece! Yay! (I've really good news. I can't wait to share them with you!) But for the time being, here is a little sneak peek! Enjoy!
Fun, colorful and lovely! These three adjective truly describe Silvia Cheung's fresh illustrations. Born and raised in Hong Kong this talented artist combines the influence from Japanese cartoons with western's illustration trends. Her characters are lovely, cheerful and will definitely catch the eye of the little ones! Moreover they look wonderful on tons of products! This is the reason why Silvia's portfolio displays books, toys and super cute apps! Wanna know more about this talented artist? Here is a little interview:
Q: How did you first get into illustration? Were you always a creative person?
A: I love drawing since I was little but never thought that I would grow up doing it for a living. I went to college in Los Angeles and majored in Graphic Design. After working at different companies, I realized my interest in drawing animal characters, so I branched out and started doing illustration.
Q: What are your points of reference in the world of illustration? Who and what inspires you?
A: Anything in daily life can inspire me! Friends, strangers, travel, fashion, food, my cat. :) I find a lot of successful illustrators have a very strong sense of observation in their surroundings. I would love to develop that in myself too.
Q: What do you enjoy to draw most? You grew up in Hong Kong, however you are currently living in USA.
I love drawing cute animals, especially cats! I can't help it! :D
Q: Has working in a new country affected your art style?
A: I didn't study art nor work in creative industry until I moved to the United States for college. However, I definitely got a lot of influence from my childhood in Hong Kong. That reflects on my art style. I embrace it because it's versatile and helps me gain clients not only from the US, but Europe and Asia as well.
Q: When you are not working, what do you love to do?
A: I'm a foodie and love keeping up with the food/restaurant scene. I have a list of the hottest restaurants to visit. It's fun and satisfying!
I've been trying to work out of the comfort zone lately! So here is a minimalistic pattern for a change! Yay!
Last month I had the pleasure to work with the lovelies Sara and Helena, creators of the spanish magazine Namaka. Apart from creating a super fun illustration (I can not show you the final piece yet... But let me tell you it has been a super fun project to work in!) I was invited to do a little interview! (You can read it here!) Thank you so much girls for letting me part of this amazing project! I can not wait to see the final result!
One thing I really enjoy about Antonella Fant's work is her attention to detail. Her colorful and cheerful illustrations are full of textures and lines (Making all those digital pieces look like traditional art!) What can I say? Her drawings simply stand out! Do you want to know more about this accomplished young artist? Here are is a little interview just for you:
Q: How did you first get into illustration?
A: I enjoyed drawing since I was a little girl. I used to doodle on tablecloths, bed sheets and even bedspreads! I was truly inspired by all the cartoons I watched. Thanks to them, I had tons and tons of illustrated notebooks (Full of characters and stories!)
Q: Do you prefer to draw on paper or digital?
A: I used to draw on paper (It took me some time to work on a Wacom tablet) Currently, most of my work is digital... However, I strongly believe that using a traditional tool is always special... I love the lines and sloppy strokes of pencils. There are some illustrations that I truly enjoy to create using digital softwares... And others that look better in traditional media!
Q: Your technique is truly unique! Which software/materials do you use?
A: All my digital illustrations are done in Adobe Photoshop! I love to use textures on some pieces. I use collage as well (Usually on characters' clothing or specific backgrounds' elements!) Regarding traditional media, I use mechanical pencils (depending on the type of paper!) or polychrome pencils (They look awesome on Kraft paper!)
Q: What inspires you?
A: Music inspires me. 90% of my illustrations are based on a song. Feeling the rhythm, the emotions... That is enough to make me sit down and draw! Apart from music, life itself is truly inspiring. I always try to express my feelings through art!
Q: Any artist/studio you would like to recommend?
A: Well... There are tons of them! I really admire Glen Keane and James Jean. Zoe Persico's coloring technique inspires me as well. Also, you should check out Imaginism's work!
Hungry for more? Just check out Antonella's portfolio!
These little cuties are part of an upcoming project! Yay! (I can not wait to show you the final piece!... I still have to add some details here and there tho) But for the time being... here is a small preview!
During the last few weeks I've been creating some new pieces for licensing! Here is a preview of what is coming! Let me know your thoughts!
One thing I really love about Gabzillaz is her ability to create super cute and appealing characters. (Just take a look at all those cute images! I bet you can’t resist!!!) This argentinian artist creates lovely pieces full of fun and fresh characters as well as tons of incredible fan arts! (I must admit that her Powerpuff Girls’ reinterpretation is my favorite!) Her charming illustrations are acclaimed all over the internet, but specially in her Tumblr, where she has more than…. 20k followers! (Yes! That’s truly a lot!) Do you still wanna know about her? Just check out these Q&A:
Q: Has illustration always been constant in your life?
A: Yes, it has!!!
Q: What inspires you to create?
A: Both, fictional and real life.
Q: Do you ever have creative slumps?
Q: You are truly active in social media. Do you take advice from your followers in order to create new pieces?
A: A I welcome suggestions all the time, it's a huge creative boost.
Q: Any inspiring blog you would like to share?
A: A lot, but if I had to pick one right know, I'm a huge fan of http://kvebox.tumblr.com/
Still wanna know more about Gabriela? Just check out her tumblr!
The year has just started (Happy 2017 everyone!) and new projects are coming together! Here is a little preview of a massive (I swear, it's HUGE!) illustration that I'm currently working on!
I've been working on some character designs for a new project... (Yay!) So here is a little pirate sketch saying hello!
Laura Arias’ illustrations are always a source of inspiration. It just take a few minutes to understand why this talented artist has been featured all around the world. Her drawings are truly eye catching, full of cute animals and playful children. I love the detailing in all her scenes, all those patterns make her work pop up! Do you still want to know more about this wonderful artist? Here is a little interview:
Q: Do you prefer drawing on a sketchbook or digital? Why?
A: I use pencil for my sketches… However, if the illustration is really complex I tend to do tons of small doodles. (I put them all together in Photoshop… I guess I find it difficult to visualize the whole illustration! Using a digital software allows me to place and adjust my sketch at will!)
Q: Where do your find your inspiration?
A: I’m inspired by images, meeting people, learning new styles… I also love to observe a piece and study it! (In order to find out how it was made!) I'm also inspired by books... When I was a little girl, I used to spend hours in the bookstore’s children section. (And the best part was… buying tooooons of books!!!) Nowadays, I keep adding books to my personal collection! I also love Instagram! I believe it’s really easy to find inspiration there.
Q: What do you do when you feel creatively blocked?
A: Instagram is the answer (Once more!) I usually screen capture everything I love, (I do a research about the artist later!) If I find something rousing on the street, I take pictures of it too! It’s truly important to keep yourself curious. Keep your eyes open and let inspiration surprise you!
Q: Apart from drawing you also create beautiful embroidery pieces as well as pottery. Has illustration influenced the development of these crafts?
A: I’ve started to do embroidered pieces and pottery in order to disconnect myself… There was no particular reason, I just wanted to do it. These crafts helped to conceive my work in a new way. Pottery allows me to create 3d pieces. (I had never sculpted before and it’s truly amazing!) When I do embroidery, I immerse myself in the creation of little details…. Sometimes I also try to simplify as well as to create new ways to design colors and patterns!
Q: Any illustration tips you would like to share with us?
A: Sure! I think it’s really useful to draw a piece several times… But each time using a different media! This will allow you to discover new techniques! It’s also important to keep yourself receptive to ideas and suggestions!
Ready to check out Laura Arias' portfolio? Just click here!