When life happens

Hello!

I decided not to write about last Friday's attacks here in Paris or the death of a whole river in Brazil. It's all too sad and unacceptable, and people are already talking about it. I want to talk about life. My life, ordinary lives. And how blessed, happy and lucky I am to be able to express myself with freedom. While writing this post I received a notification of a Tweet from my beloved Sketchbook Skool. If you read my blog, you know I can't be more grateful to Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene to inspire a huge community and allow me to completely change my creative life. What a surprise and honor to have my post displayed in their blog! Isn't that cool?

From the beginning of last week till few minutes ago, I was drowned in front of my computer finishing a presentation that was really time consuming. Huge research, concept development and, only for that, I had to give birth to three logos! I don't talk that much about my graphic designer background here, isn't? Well, the cool thing about getting back to my pens and pencils is that it brought me much more jobs. And once it requires more illustration, I have more pleasure working on them. Take a look at this logo below, my sketching experiences inspired a client to explore it commercially. Happy client and happy designer! I am updating my portfolio soon now I learned to play with mockups! Yummy!

We're at the very last week of our MATS course. It's been very, very intense and decided that I want to spent next year painting at my studio. Really. Dedicate my time to my passion, I'm sure is going to be awesome! I already found few courses to keep going on... but this I'll have to ask to my communities to help me to decide. I'll be back with this answer soon!

Back to school

Hello!

Today is wednesday, the day I usually post. As you may noticed I haven't been so active lately with my website. I'm so, so busy taking classes that, sometimes I just don't have the energy to seat down and go writing. Well, MATS part A started, it's a very intense course and I'm, so far, very disciplined with my assignments. For those who want more information check it here. This week we are covering Children's book market, last week was Home Décor and the first week we had Bolt Fabric. The good thing about it is that you learn a lot about each market, what Art Directors are interested in, time management and yourself... Which is so far everyone's struggle.

Do I fit in? Is my style good enough? Am I a commercial artist? Do I really want to be? What's next? All those questions are popping up in my head like every five minutes. Having a studio is helping me a lot to manage my time and to focus on creating art. My drawing skills are getting in shape and I have many others to develop, like character development and hand lettering. Where is everything is taking me? I don't know but I'll have good and varied portfolio and I'm having fun, a lot!

Check it out my presentation pages for MATS A. Do you have any comments or suggestions? Please feel free to do it! 

Bolt fabric week presentation page

Bolt fabric week presentation page

Home décor presentation page

Home décor presentation page



Facebook project and Inktober: how is it going so far

Hello!

Later is better than never! I've been working a lot this week so this is a late and short post. I have two logo projects happening here in France (and happy clients) and I'm enjoying the fact that I started my Facebook Project this month, so I'm participating in Inktober (check it out here and here). This is a cool world wide illustrators challenge to draw with pen and ink everyday in October. So far, so good I can say, I'm disciplined and committed.... and I'm dealing with a lot of frustration too.

I'm learning to deal with my Inner Critic, not easy. But, what's cool about it is I'm getting used not to give up on drawings, embrace my (many) mistakes and getting to know my materials much better. Some days I sit and draw and nothing happens, my lines sucks. See the examples below and you'l see what I'm talking about. So, I've been searching the Internet about tips on face elements and Pinterest is a good friend. I'm considering taking live drawing sessions and I definitely need to keep working on my skills, especially in angles, scale and anatomy. It means pretty much everything!

Anyway, I hope I'll stick to it and keep having fun. 

Oh my god, I just hate both drawings. But deal with it, sort of.

Oh my god, I just hate both drawings. But deal with it, sort of.

On the right side, the perfect example of a fail attempt to save the drawing.

On the right side, the perfect example of a fail attempt to save the drawing.

I like the results on this one

I like the results on this one

Happy new studio!

Hello September!

As I posted in my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds I have exciting news! Finally I'll have my own studio here in Paris. "Mon nouveau atelier" is small, cozy and very well located, something that I've been dreaming for a while. I'm sharing the space with a small fashion brand that you'll hear about because they're very talented people. So, dreams can be true when you are grateful to the universe (and your lovely husband!). 

I'll be posting some photos soon. 

Keys to my private paradise creative bubble!  

Keys to my private paradise creative bubble!  

Imprimerie du Marais

If there's one thing that I'm crazy about is paper and print process. Yesterday, I had the chance to visit a Print Company called Imprimerie du Marais, located in the heart of the coolest quartier in Paris. 

What they do is pure art. Really, each step of the printing production is taken with so much care and love that the results couldn't be more striking. They are masters in silk screen, offset, embossing, foiling, binding for invitations, brochures and stationery for famous brands like Kenzo, Chloè, Dior... If you're looking for quality this is the place to go.

They also work with great design studios that keep pushing them to challenge themselves to create the most amazing products. Melody, the Communication Director, kindly gave me a gift that I couldn't love more! A box with 8 notebooks, each one designed by a different studio, illustrator or graphic designer, that I can't stop staring, touching and get inspired. A collector's piece that you can see below.

What I liked most about this visit is the perfect combination of the high technology printing process with the handmade touch. It gave me many ideas and perspectives and to keep moving on. I hope we'll be partners in many projects very soon. 

Take a look of the textures and foiling in the cards!!!!!

Take a look of the textures and foiling in the cards!!!!!

The box!

The box!

The gorgeous notebooks that came inside the box

The gorgeous notebooks that came inside the box

5 things that changed my creative life

I was someone, since I remember, meant to be an ARTIST. My parents enrolled me in a kid's Art School when I was 2yo! During my school years, I was always the kid in the class who use to draw caricatures of the teachers. Anyway, time passed, I took many art classes in many different places and periods of my life. 

When I was 17, I shared an art studio with some friends, I "fell" in my professional life as a Graphic Designer when I was about 20 and before finish my course at the University (that I eventually dropped)... I worked with wonderful people and, having a gap in my formation, I finally had a BFA degree in my 30's.

After that, I opened with my best friend our art gallery entre-tanto. Then I moved to Paris, became mom and, even never stop working as graphic designer, I missed something... Well, to be honest I kind of sabotaged my artistic life for many personal reasons.  

So, last year, to be more precise, around April, everything changed. I was reading my Facebook timeline and I saw a post that a friend enrolled to Sketchbook Skool, yes with a k. To make this post a little more interesting, and because one thing leads to another, I decided to make a list of five things that REALLY changed my creative life forever:

  1. Sketchbook Skool: I can't be more grateful to have stumbled upon Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene and, since the beginning of their project, be a part of this wonderful creative community. All the courses are just fantastic and the teachers are amazing artists.
  2. The book "Art Inc." by Lisa Congdon: I was at the Louvre one day and after my visit in the museum, I entered a book shop and I saw this book, I bought it and read it... a whole new world opened to me.
  3. Pattern Camp by Jessica Swift: After reading Lisa's book, I started to check her website and she posted about this course, that I took last February. I always interested by Surface Pattern Design and I didn't know where I could learn it. Jessica is one of the most generous teachers I ever had.
  4. Creative Bug: OMG, inspiration and stretching skills everywhere! I'm in love with Yao Cheng's work and watercolour classes.
  5. Urban Sketchers: Participating in the Paris Urban Sketchers meetings, or sketchcrawls, I had the chance to make new friends and share my work.

What I learned with my experience is not new: "the more you give, the more you get". Just simple generosity. Sharing tips, drawings, posts, sites that can enhance yours and other people's skills is just something that I intend to keep doing.

The wall in front of my desk

The wall in front of my desk

Lisa's wonderful book. 

Lisa's wonderful book. 

Flowers and leaves

Since I restart drawing and painting I live Spring in a different way. I think I have my eyes more opened to the colors and shades of leaves and flowers. I love the variety of them, each week I see some new varieties blooming. Inspired by that, I started to study the shapes and test new papers for watercolor. Florals are not my real thing but I kind of enjoying them. Style shifting? We'll see. 

I don't draw firm reality but I think I'll give a try. 

I don't draw firm reality but I think I'll give a try. 

Testing, testing... 

Testing, testing... 

I love the way my little watercolor moleskine is filled now. 

I love the way my little watercolor moleskine is filled now. 

Well, this painting went a little bit wrong. But she told me to don't get her that way so I accepted my mistakes.  

Well, this painting went a little bit wrong. But she told me to don't get her that way so I accepted my mistakes.  

Playing with watercolor

Watercolor is a medium that I never tried till last year. I find it very interesting to experiment with, there are so many possibilities... I love the portability when sketching outdoors but I'm far away from controlling and getting what I want. Papers, brushes and the mist important thing: patience. Which, to be honest, I don't have too much. Too deal with it I work now in multiple projects at the same time. I create a background in a paper, go back to another drawing, then, while one is drying, I continue another. For now, I'm testing and having fun with the process. 

 

Today's studio setup at my dinner table.  

Today's studio setup at my dinner table.  

Studio setups

Many years working from home lead me to wish to get out and have my own private space. My atelier, my bubble, the place I can concentrate and the everyday home tasks don't overcome my work time. While planning, searching THE place and day dreaming, I set up pocket studios. This is what I learned with Urban Sketchers: anywhere can be a studio. You just have to see and draw... no procrastination allowed! 

This setup was at the dinner table in Porquerolles, a very beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea, South of France.

This setup was at the dinner table in Porquerolles, a very beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea, South of France.

My dinner table always turn into a pocket studio.

My dinner table always turn into a pocket studio.

Designing products

It's been a while I wanted to develop my own line of products featuring my prints, patterns and drawings. Actually this is my main goal for this year. I'd love to find nice manufacturers here in France to develop locally a small home décor collection. I wish we had here a Maker's Row style website, it would be easier to make prototypes (or echantillons in French) and some factory sourcing... Maybe it exists and I just need to find it.

As you see below, I already tried some prototyping. The only one I didn't like at all is the notebook, unfortunately the quality of the prototype wasn't as good as I expected. I'll be trying other things soon! 

Launching (finally) my website

I'm so excited about this website... And very happy you're reading this FIRST post! Blogging is something pretty new for me and I'll be writing, or at least, trying to write in English, just because is the universal language. 

I've been working as a graphic designer for 20 years now and I had never, ever displayed properly my work. You can only find it in the websites of the few communication agencies that I worked for. Anyway, my career is something that simply happened (I have a BFA degree that took me a long time to complete, but that's another story...) and taking care of it, organising my portfolio, sharing my work and showing it to the world is something that I decided to do it right now... 

Turning 40 causes this kind of (r)evolution! 

Trying new experiences, improving my skills and connecting with people interested in Art in general is few of my goals with this website. Please feel free to make comments and suggestions. A website is something that's always improving and I'll be adding new work and features (like signing up for a newsletter) really soon.

Little by little you'll get to know me better... Enjoy it!