Tuesday, March 29, 2016
I love this recipe because t’s easy to make and it’s actually healthy, with no added and processed sugar, oil and can easily be gluten free. So I went ahead and illustrated it for They draw and cook, where both passions meet into one cute and useful product.
I enjoyed making this illustration as much as I enjoy making the cookies so I think I’ll have an entire series of illustrated recipes. I am working on the second one already, so wait for it!
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Years ago I discovered pastels and I loved using them, my University thesis was an illustrated book and all the illustrations were made with pastels. The very first illustration commission was a pastel. When putting my website together at the beginning of the year, I found a couple of illustrations I did back then, and I remember enjoying it a lot, I used to get lost in the process, I used to get lost in time and space until the image was done. So I decided to try it again. I’m a bit rusty but I’m very happy I gave It a shot. I think I’ll be doing this more often.
As for why the calf. It is a tribute to all those calves that unintentionally were made veal. I stopped eating meat about 10 years ago but I kept eating dairy products. If I had known sooner that veal is a direct product of the dairy industry I would have gone vegan much sooner.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
I’ve been trying to move the posting day to Tuesday or Wednesday for a couple of weeks, but I didn’t want to stop posting and now I have the perfect opportunity.
I animated a Happy Easter card a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to post it in time for, well, Easter. This is actually my last animation, I don’t know if I’m animating anything soon, I want to, but I have many things planned.
I’m already at week 3 of the Artist’s Way and it’s been an actual roller coaster, some days are good some days are horrible. But so far, I haven’t missed a single day. I’ve been looking for other ways to help the process, The Random Word Doodle Challenge is a good exercise (today is day 9!). I re-read “Steal like an artist” by Austin Kleon, it's so inspiring, I find new things every read. Also, I’ve been reading “Art & fear” but for some reason I get very sleepy when I do.
Not long ago I read "The Crossroads of Should and Must" by Elle Luna, great read and it goes a bit more in depth than her post. If you haven't read her famous post you can find it here . If anyone has any more suggestions, please let me know.
Thanks for reading, stay safe during the holidays and once again Happy Easter!
Friday, March 18, 2016
Everybody want to be creative. It doesn’t matter if you are an accountant, a lawyer, a teacher or an artist. We all benefit from creativity, and in my search for a better creative life, I’ve noticed that creativity is something we can cultivate, like exercising a muscle.
There are many ways to do that. From reading books, watching movies, going for a walk or, if you are more like me, you can find challenges on the internet that will make you accountable for your creative workout.
There are many challenges, like @Sketch_Dailies on Twitter or the Character design challenge by http://characterdesignreferences.com/
But for me I needed something simple, with no pressure and fun. So after browsing the web for a while and trying other challenges, I came across Boost Your Creativity: The Random Word Doodle Workout on Skillshare (I swear I don’t work for them). It’s great for everybody, you don’t have to draw professionally and it´s fun. Besides the actual doodling part, I liked that sharing our work is very encouraged.
The first day, when I was done doodling, I was about to close my sketchbook and not show anyone my horrible doodle. But then I remembered a quote by Joseph Chilton Pearse “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong”. I couldn’t agree more so I shared it and all the ones I’ve made so far, no matter how ugly they are.
Which brings me to the second part of the post. I was browsing in my Kindle library and came across a book I got and never got around reading it. The tittle was just perfect for this sharing work situation “Show your work!” By Austin Kleon. I read it in a couple of days and I recommend you do too.
It’s funny how we tend to find what we need as we go through life…