January is a slow month. Every friggin’ year. And instead of enjoying the extra time I have, I start to worry. So I thought I would outsmart myself this time and give myself January off. Well, off….?
With all this sorting stuff out, I also felt I had to update my Etsy shop, especially in the looks department. And while I was at it I added the lazy swim lady screen print! Come have a look.
I could call this the week of the quitter. I decided to quit my once a week side hustle and I quit those agonizingly slow Italian classes. And now there’s some room to explore new possibilities.
The other day I was scrolling through the beautiful illustrations of Eleni Debo’s Instagram. The short bio on top of her page read ‘Belgian illustrator living and working in the Italian Alps’. What the… I needed to speak to this lady.
There have been a couple of illustrations I made in the last 12 months I was particularly happy with. And if I put these all together, I can see there’s a similarity between them: the use of color, the texture and the shapes. I guess I found my style.
Now it’s nearly Christmas and most of our friends and family have received our holiday wishes, I think it’s safe to show you what I made. And what went wrong…
I don’t know what it is with October and November but they just do not have enough hours in the days or days in the month. Let me show you a couple of the custom recipes I’ve been making this holiday season.
It’s kind of crazy that I had never done this before, since making a mess and making my own prints sounds like heaven to me. And now finally 10 years into my creative career I joined a workshop screen printing.
The article I illustrated for this time was about travel insurance. You know I love to send and receive postcards… so one plus one turned into a whole bunch of stamps.
I rebranded Stoffer + Blik this year into the more international and better fitting Pencils & Pasta. Now it’s time to get the rest of the packaging thing all set before the ‘crazy illustrated recipe season’ starts.
A few weeks ago I spent my entire Sunday in Adobe Illustrator, learning the program a bit better while making illustrations for billboards. Since I tend to go into detail too much, these clear lines and shapes were kind of liberating.
I was lucky enough to get a whole bunch of requests for custom illustrated recipe posters last month. I’ll show you a bit of the process, let you in on a secret and show the end results!