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

Facebook: my new self challenge

And this is not what you're thinking about. No, I'm not leaving Facebook. 

I post daily, I interact with my family and friends in Brazil and all over the world, I work and I learn a lot everyday. 

But few days ago I've accidentally started drawing faces, from photos, from my imagination, cartoonish, realistic... I posted one drawing and I had nice compliments. Another drawing and the AHA! moment happened: I decided to keep my experiences in one sketchbook that I called, of course, Facebook.

The idea is to fill the pages daily and post the drawings on Instagram (follow me: @superlavis, I'm a private user but if you're not selling anything I'll accept you!). I'll be using the #drawinginmyfacebook hashtag.

 I don't know for how many days I'll do it, I don't have any precise style, I have no idea how many pages the sketchbook has, I don't know yet if I'll use color and I don't created and follow very strict rules. The only serious rule I created is drawing faces or head elements.

So, the whole idea is just to have some fun. I hope you enjoy it too!

My Facebook pages

My Facebook pages

About online courses and why I'm addicted to them

Hello everyone!

I decided I'll be posting regularly on my blog on Wednesdays and I'll also try to keep my site updated with my latest projects. Anyway, if you want to check it out or suggest something, please drop me a line whenever you want.

That said, my life has completely changed after my little "atelier". I feel so grateful with the opportunity given by my studio mates (I'll talk about them later) of sharing that space. Getting out of my house to work has increased my productivity a lot and, with the goal of improving my skills, I can finally follow my online courses much better. Yes, I confess: I'm addicted to online courses and I wish to have much more time available to watch and practice!

For me there's nothing more practical than that, not to mention the community, which is the best thing you can achieve, a cool connexion with people who have the same interests as you. It can really changes your life, like it changed mine as I posted before. The content available out there is so cool, there are so many different things, that I made a selection of the courses I'm taking now, going to take soon or wish I could take:

Explore Colour: This brand new course is the one I'm taking right now. It got me back to practicing acrylic painting and I couldn't be happier. I haven't painted in acrylics for about 15 years and I'm re-discovering a huge passion. The content of the course is posted in two weekends and you make 2 paintings with her guidelines each weekend. Este's is a very skilled painting artist, her method is very unique and her availability and tips are precious. I believe she'll have a new class in January 2016. More information here.

MATS A + Bootcamp 2016: In October I'll be taking the last live reviews courses from Lilla Rogers ' "Make Art That Sells (part A)". It covers five different markets that an artist could approach and sell their art (like children books, scrapbooking, paper goods, etc.), the Part B is another 5 markets. The previous home décor course I have taken was packed with lots and lots of info and I believe I wasn't really ready to take it. Summer trips, kids at home, lack of concentration... I needed much more time and experience because the level is really high. But, I'm excited to take another one once Lilla is an inspiration and keep us very busy with many exercises, marketing and business tips. Anyway, I'll be busy with her a lot because I signed up to Bootcamp 2016. Can't wait! 

Skillshare and Creative Bug: These two platforms are similar in the way they work: you sign up and pay a monthly fee to access their content. Creative Bug is more arts and crafts oriented and Skillshare is great for design and tech skills update. There are so many options, sooooooo many content that you have to filter what interests you the most. And those platforms are REALLY addictive. Creative Bug features Lisa Congdon, Molly Hatch and Yao Cheng, some of the few artists that admire. Skillshare has Jessica Hische, Elizabeth Olwen, also Lisa Congdon and many other to discover.

Koosje Koene: Top of my wish list. The co-founder of Sketchbook Skool has beautiful designed courses for improving drawing skills and art journaling. I love the way she teaches and the exercises she proposed... I think after MATS, I'll be going back to the basics. I gave a break from Sketchbook School, that I love, but I think I'll take January courses as they'll have Felix Schoenberger as a teacher.

Liz Steel's Sketching Now courses:  I found about Liz in Sketchbook School and she's a very well known artist in the Urban Sketchers community. I love her style and her techniques on drawing observation, my friend who took Foundations told me she learned a lot.

Carla Sonheim: Some of the classes offered are in my wish list, like Word Play. I never took any of them but I hope I find time soon. Few of my online friends totally recommend it. 

Long post isn't it? You'll have fun checking out about all of those courses. Let me know if you get inspired and enroll to any of them. See ya!

Few exercises for Explore Colours course

Few exercises for Explore Colours course

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!  

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.