A new book is out! I had the pleasure to work with Auzou publishing in an exciting new project for the little ones. This fun winter-themed activity book offers tons of coloring games with different complexity levels! Tiago Americo has also illustrated some pages which you should definitely check out! (His artwork is just amazing!) Get it here.
I first found Courtney’s work on Instagram… and damn boy, it was an instant crush! Her fun and cheerful illustrations are truly eye-catching and will certainly look amazing in almost everything (I would definitely love to have some pillows with her lovely big-eyed-girls printed on them… And well… I bet you want them too! ) She has done tons of freelance work, specially for educational publishings. I’m sure by now you will definitely want to know more about Courtney! (And don’t worry, I got you covered!) Here are some Q&A with this talented artist:
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you first get into illustration?
A: I'm Courtney Godbey, an illustrator from South Carolina. I've enjoyed drawing since I was very little and it's always been one of my favorite ways to spend my time. My older brother is also an artist so growing up our Mom always had a huge array of art supplies for us to play around with. I majored in 2D Studio Art in college and at the same time I started working at a local small publisher doing illustration work. I've been doing illustration full time for about 9 years now.
Q: Which is the best part of your job? And the less fun?
A: I love the initial start of projects. Receiving the requests and brainstorming through the sketch and working out the composition is so fun to me. I've always preferred the drawing aspect of art over painting or coloring, so doing sketches and cleaning up the drawings once the sketches are approved is my favorite. The least fun part is probably the scheduling and trying not to over book myself! I'm still working at getting a good healthy balance when it comes to personal time and work.
Q: What inspires you?
A: I have so many things that inspired me! I grew up with cartoons, video games, and comics and those things have always remained a part of me and my work. In particular Disney and Ghibli films had been a huge inspiration and I'm always trying to capture that kind of beauty and emotion in what I do.
I've always been an avid reader so children's picture books and chapter books were a huge part of my life and I loved studying the illustrations in them. In college I studied the Golden Age illustrators and starting trying to incorporate some of their techniques into my work. But I've also always loved cute kitsch art such as the Big Eyes movement, as well as manga from all decades, and super cute things like Sanrio. So I think all of those inspirations have kind of combined into how my brain thinks and draws now!
Q: Do you have a creative process?
A: When I'm doing original work, it normally starts with an idea sparked by either a story I read or perhaps an image I run across. And I know saying this goes against a lot of art teaching, but I don't often do thumbnails for my work. I've never enjoyed them and only do them if they're specifically requested. So when I'm starting a piece I'll usually be thinking about it and planning it out in my head for a few days while I'm working on other things. Once I feel comfortable with the idea, I'll then lightly sketch it out and just continue to build darker layers over it until I get the drawing how I want it. Then, if working digitally, I'll do a new clean line layer over it, or, if I'm doing traditional work, transfer it to the final paper. I've never been as comfortable with the coloring stage, so recently I've been looking up color palettes to use for my pieces, and I feel like that's been helping a lot!
Q: Any illustration tips you would like to share with us?
A: Practice as much as you can, but don't be afraid to give yourself time to rest and recharge. Taking in new information, through books or the world around you, and studying art that inspires you can be just as important as building up your drawing abilities! Don't feel pressured to fit into a certain mold of artist because you think it will give you more attention or work. If you draw what you love and have a passion for, people will notice and they will resonate more with the audience.
Hungry for more? Check out Courtney's amazing website!
A new project is done and these cute stickers will hit the shelves briefly! Who say drawing cars isn't fun?
Fun, unique and creative... Those three adjectives perfectly describe Namaka, the new children’s magazine created by Sara Molina and Helena Ortiz. Packed with cheerful illustrations and catching stories, Namaka helps kids to develop their learning and reading skills in a fun and original way. Wanna know more about this brand new project? Here are some Q&A with their amazing creators:
Q: How did the idea of creating Namaka come-up?
A: Namaka was created due to personal and professional needs. Helena and I (Sara) where eagerly looking for a project that could not only fulfill ourselves but also let us develop a business. We finally mixed together three of our passions: kids, publishing and illustration. All these three “ingredients” helped us to develop Namaka: The funniest Catalan magazine. We knew that a brand new publication should be made, (A good design and interesting content was a must) Namaka had to be unique!
Q: What do you enjoy most of creating content for kids?
A: What we really love is the final piece! We really enjoy to see kids reading the magazine. They loooove to share their thoughts with us (and we eagerly follow their tips! It’s fantastic!) Some kids even tell us that they love the farts’ jokes and texts! We truly seek to amaze the little ones!
Q: What inspires you?
A: Well… Almost everything! Movies, anecdotes, memories… We are constantly catching-up with all the news in the editorial world! (We also go to bookstores and library all the time!) Our nephews are a great source of inspirations as well! They always shares their ideas with us!
Q: Which is the hardest part of creating a children's publication?
A: Creating a magazine is a truly complex process, but maybe the hardest part is to make it public and reach a great number of people. It takes us a lot of time and effort, but we are sure of two things: trusting your own project and creating an excellent quality publication will raise up the sales!!
Q: Can you share a little bit of the next Namaka's issue?
A: We can tell that our new and fun issue will let the kids to become publishers, illustrators and even editors! Stay tuned for more!
Divertida, original e innovadora. Así es Namaka, la revista infantil de Haumea Ediciones creada por Sara Molina y Helena Ortiz! Llena de ilustraciones y textos atrapantes, Namaka propone acercar la lectura y el aprendizaje a los más chicos! ¿Les gustaría saber más sobre este gran proyecto? Pues a continuación encontrarán una pequeña entrevista con sus creadoras:
P: ¿Cómo surgió la idea de crear Namaka?
R: La idea de crear una revista infantil nació de una necesidad personal y profesional. Tanto Helena como yo (Sara) buscábamos un trabajo que nos llenara personalmente y en el que nos pudiésemos desarrollar profesionalmente. Unimos algunas de nuestras pasiones: niños, el mundo editorial y la ilustración. Todos estos ingredientes nos ayudaron a crear Namaka, la revista infantil en catalán más divertida y salvaje. Sabíamos que teníamos que ofrecer una publicación realmente diferente, muy cuidada a nivel de contenido y diseño. Teníamos muy claro que Namaka tenía que ser distinta, no debía parecerse a ninguna de las revistas que ya existen.
P: ¿Qué es lo que más disfrutan de generar contenido para niños?
R: Lo que más disfrutamos es el resultado final, aquel momento mágico en el que el niño o la niña tiene su ejemplar de Namaka entre las manos, te cuenta sus impresiones y te explica lo que más le ha gustado. Trabajamos para los más pequeños de la casa y sus observaciones nos ayudan a saber si vamos por el buen camino. Hay niños que se reconocen en las historias o en una ilustración. ¡Es algo fantástico! Otros te comentan, con cara de asombro, que en la revista se habla de pedos. Buscamos, constantemente, sorprender a los más pequeños y cuando compruebas que lo estás consiguiendo la alegría es total.
P: ¿Qué las inspira?
A: Te diría que casi cualquier cosa, una película, una anécdota, un recuerdo... Intentamos estar al día de las novedades editoriales infantiles, las visitas a las librerías y bibliotecas son constantes. Instagram es, sin duda, una lluvia de ideas constante. Por otro lado una fuente inagotable de inspiración son nuestros sobrinos. ¡Siempre están aportando ideas y nosotras las cazamos al vuelo".
P: ¿Cuáles han sido las mayores dificultades al crear la revista?
R: Editar una revista es un proyecto muy complejo y quizá la mayor dificultad radica en dar a conocer la publicación. De nada sirve tener un buen producto si nadie lo conoce. La labor comercial de la revista es necesaria e implica muchas horas de trabajo pero la experiencia nos dice que la constancia, la confianza en la publicación y una revista bien hecha ayudan a cerrar ventas.
P: ¿Pueden compartir algún adelanto sobre la próxima edición de Namaka?
R: Lo que podemos desvelar es que seguimos con la idea de ofrecer una revista en construcción para que nuestros niños namakianos se conviertan, también, en editores de la misma y puedan ponerse en la piel de un ilustrador o un redactor. ;)
A new month is here and a new issue of Jardín de Genios is already out! I had the pleasure to illustrate this cute little mermaid for a kids game! How fun is that?
These past few weeks have been truly crazy! I've been working non-stop on some incredible projects! Unfortunately, I can not show you the final pieces yet... But, for the time being, here is a little sneak peek of an upcoming illustration! Yay!
A little bit late, but here is last month's Look and Find illustration for Jardín de Genios' mag! What can I say? I had a wonderful time creating this Christmas-inspired piece!
Happy new year everyone! 2018 is here and it's already rocking! Tons of amazing projects are coming together!!! (Yay!) Here is a little sneak peek of a new project I had the pleasure to work in!
The holiday season is around the corner, so here is a little illustration to celebrate! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Christmas is around the corner and here is a little sneak peek of the latest Look and Find illustration for Jardín de Genios!!! Hope it will get you festive! Yay!
A new project is coming together! Here is a sneak peek of a super cute coloring book!
A new Look and Find illustration for Jardín de Genios is out! Yay! I guess now I can say prehistory was way too cute!!!
A new book for Catapulta Editores is out! Las Mascotas features 5 cute pets with incredible textures and cool sounds! It's the perfect gift for the little curious to learn while having fun! Be sure to grab a copy!
A new month is here and a the latest Namaka's issue is already hitting the shelves! I had a great time working on this colorful witch-themed illustration! Wanna see the final piece? Just be sure to grab the mag before it is out!
Happy to share with you one of my latest works for kids apparel! Yay! How cute this little Onesie is?
A new Look and Find is ready! I can't show you the final piece yet (So sorry, guys!) But here is a sneak peek of what is coming next month! Enjoy!
Just a quick photo of the latest spread for Jardín de Genios! I'm more than happy to be part of this new issue!
A new Look and Find illustration for Jardín de Genios is ready! Here is the complete piece from the last issue! Can you spot all the little items and characters listed below?
Hey guys! Here is a little character design I've made for an upcoming book! (Hope to finish it soon!) What do you think of this cute girl?
Great news everybody! La selva is now out! The colorful book edited by Catapulta Editores is already hitting the shelves! All animals have cute textures and make sounds while pressing! It's a perfect gift for the little ones!