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May(hem)

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe it’s nearly been a month already since the last time I wrote! Where has the time gone?

I wanted to make a video but I wasn’t sure how exactly I would manage to keep it short. I mean where would I even begin? Would I make a video just about last week? Try to sum up the month?

When in doubt I tend to opt for keeping things simple.

So here it is, a good ol’ post to update you on what I’ve been up to this month!

Admin

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A business wouldn’t be a business without its fair share of administrative tasks. I know, “Boriiing!” you may think. But necessary!

This month I set up to closing my accounts for the past tax year and filing in my tax return so that I wouldn’t have to stress later during the year.

See, that’s not exactly something that I could have shown in a video or… well, I could have but that wouldn’t have been very interesting!

Arty Stuff

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The big thing after my burnout experience last month was to loosen up and try my best not to care so much about what I draw – in short: have fun!

I did a lot of that in my sketchbook and in my personal work in general this month. I drew silly things…

… and things that I felt genuinely interested in and excited about – a lot of that was sciency stuff!

It’s also this time of the year again and another task I worked on in the background was a double spread for my agent’s catalogue.

It seems simple in appearance but if you’re like me and you like to see as many options as you can because you NEED TO compare or you won’t be satisfied, then you undertsand why it took me a while.

The whole thing involved redoing my space illustration as a digital illustration…

… Starting  laying out the images that I wanted to use on the page, realising that the space illustration didn’t quite fit the rest of the page (I think it was too dark in comparison with the brighter/lighter colours from the other images), drawing a whole new large illustration (see below), and trying about 30 different layouts before I finally settled for one.

Below you can see the progress on the new large illustration:

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It all started with this very rough sketch

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And the final illustration!

Day trip to the National Space Centre

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As a way to relax a bit after all the admin and layout work I did this month I treated myself to a trip to the National Space Centre (I told you, May was very sciency!).

I had wanted to go there to do some reference sketching for a while so that was the perfect occasion!

It was a day full of fun, rough sketches – there was too much to see to stay too long on any one thing – and discovery!

 

And that’s what I did in May!

Fighting the burnout – Step 3: To infinity and beyond

Hi everyone!

Today our space adventure comes to an end but don’t be sad, there will be new ones!

He’s alive!

I know, this is the second film quote today (well almost, the original is “It’s alive!”) and I haven’t even written that much yet. It could be because I did film studies when I was younger or maybe it’s just that those quotes are so famous that it’s difficult not to think about them.

Anyway, one of the first things I did today was to paint the little astronaut’s face.

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Planets

I also worked some more on the planets adding colour, rings and land on the big blue one.

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(Reaching for the) Stars

Finally, I got to paint one of my favourite parts: the stars (if you have been following this series of posts I was already looking forward to that on day 1)!

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Conclusion

I am very happy with the result!

I’m sure that when I look at this illustration again in a few months (maybe it will even only take weeks or days… or hours) I will be more critical about it and point at things that are not quite right or that I could have done better. And that’s okay.

But for now, the paint on my palette and my brushes aren’t dry yet and I am just happy, and here’s why:

1.I drew the sketch back in February. After such a long time this sketch could have just been forgotten like a lot of my other sketches but it actually became a physical painting!

2. I didn’t use any references other than my initial sketch and didn’t even trace the illustration before starting – this could have gone wrong in so many ways, but it didn’t!

3. I wrote about my process! (Whoop, whoop!) I do normally share work in progress on Instagram – the convenience of pictures and the immediacy is nice but sometimes it is good to sit down and reflect on what just happened.

4. I am very happy because it worked! When I started working on this project I was feeling drained. My brain was submerged with self-doubt. I was lost! Taking some ‘me time’ and painting whatever I wanted however I wanted showed me that I can draw, and paint, and that I have a personal voice. You might think “Duh! Of course you can draw!” but unfortunately sometimes the obvious doesn’t seem so obvious.

Anyhow, I am thrilled that this experiment worked! Now I feel more confident and excited again!

Well, I guess there’s only one thing left for me to say:

Have a great weekend and see you next time for some new adventures on Camille’s land!

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Pumped

Hi everyone!

What a fantastic week it’s been! I was pumped and with all the positive energy came lots of creative ideas and the start of some new personal projects!

This week in the studio: the #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge on Instagram, my work in progress, my latest creations and what I got in the mail!

Have a lovely weekend!


* The illustration and postcards that I received in the mail are by Carmen Saldaña

Exotic week

Hi everyone!

It looks like this week I have been fighting the gloomy weather with some exoticism!

Tropical trees and plants – if you watched my previous videos you saw that I started sketching tropical trees and plants a couple of weeks ago. I got some new Inktense pencils (by Derwent) for my birthday and this week’s coloured sketches were an excuse to try them – they’re absolutely brilliant and I love them already!

Peacocks – they are one of my new obsessions at the moment. I am drawing and painting lots of them. What for? I am still to figure it out.

Etsy – my new products are up! Click here to have a look.

Doodles – Crazy what you can draw when you’re on the phone/Skype! When I came up with this whole page of bacteria I was like “What?!“. Have a go and see what happens!

Admin and database work – Not the most exciting job but necessary! I’m sure ‘Future me’ will thank ‘Past me’ for being so organised.

I didn’t mention it in the video but this week I also worked on some character concepts for one of my clients – exciting! Hopefully I will be able to tell you more about this in the near future but for now let’s just be patient.

This week in the studio

Hi everyone!

After much thinking about where to take my blog this year it was time to take action!

I really enjoy sharing the ‘behind the scenes’ side of things on Instagram so I decided to carry on along those lines, make a video and see what happens!

I hope you enjoy!

Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think.

Have a good weekend!

Unwrapped

Happy new year!

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and wish you all the best for 2017.

I promised in my last post that you would get to see the presents that I worked on before the holidays and well, a promise is a promise!

I made the most of the fact that I had many presents to make and used this as a way to try some new techniques and styles, and to have fun.

Some of the materials I played with include:

  • gouache
  •  Fimo (polymer clay)
  • my new dip pen
  • I got my acrylics back out
  • pastel pencils
  • and of course: black Indian ink, coloured Indian inks, watercolour and colouring pencils!

As for style, as well as working in my usual Indian ink + watercolour combo style I experimented ‘vintage’ as there are a lot of gorgeous illustrations in this style that I like and I wanted to try it for myself; and just because it came out of nowhere I painted one illustration in a style that I would call ‘dreamy modern art’ (the blue planet with a poppy one).

It sure was a lot of work but it also felt very liberating to be able to try so many things and work on so many different subject matters.

In short, I loved it and I am thinking of doing it again next, erm… this year!

Hopefully my family won’t get bored of getting illustrations as presents too quickly!

Now it is time to get back to work!

(The poppy-on-the-blue-planet illustration was inspired by the work of illustrator Cécile Hudrisier and the sausage dogs by the illustrations of Emma Block.)

Christmas presents and other news

I know it’s been a little while since I last posted, sorry. Things have been pretty busy in the studio recently and as if it wasn’t enough already, I decided to make all my Christmas presents this year.

I can’t show you anything just yet as images would contain spoilers for the people on the receiving end, but I can show you this:

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Sixteen homemade presents carefully wrapped and ready to be put under the Christmas tree and five birthday presents (not pictured). So twenty-one presents in total!

By now I think I know what it feels like to be an elf in Father Christmas’s workshop.

And yes, I have been eating chocolate – I find it makes the wrapping phase more bearable, especially towards the end.

I am sure that you really want to see what is in those packets, and you will in due time!

To make the wait more tolerable, I leave you with some images of two of my latest commissions (since they are not a secret anymore) including pictures of the work in progress.

Enjoy!

For the first commission I was asked to create an illustration using things that are very personal to my client’s boyfriend and herself. The result is a very unique and quirky piece. I love that it is so personal that only them and maybe a select few will understand what this illustration is about!

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The second illustration was commissioned to celebrate my client’s nephew’s first birthday. I was asked to make the family look toddler-friendly, like the people on the train that I drew for Templar Publishing. I was sent a few photos to work from showing the parents and their little boy from different angles. One of the photos had trees with gorgeous red leaves in the background which I decided to use for the background of my illustration.

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