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Gift guide for the artist in your life

gift guide for the artist in your life - by Jackie Diedam

I love to give gifts to the people I care about. Since it’s that hectic time of the year again I thought I would share some tips for finding a good gift for a creative friend with you so hopefully you will find something great. I have listed some general ideas and sometimes also give examples of things I recommend if you feel like some gift inspiration.

Inspiring book:
A good book that will inspire your friend to trust their talents and let them see how much potential there is for women in the creative industry? Yes please. The new book from Grace Bonney is already a best seller for a reason.

Work tools:
Leave this one for the people you are really close to, since you will have to find out about their preferences of tools. From paint, paper or brushes for artists, film or small photography gear for photographers, to vases for florists. Giving something they will actually use to create shows a lot of appreciation for their work.

Potted plant:
This might sound like something trivial but having a plant in a studio (or in any space) can really help to brighten your mood. Most of my creative friends work in their studios almost 10 hours per day and having a piece of nature inside can make them feel more relaxed and inspired. If your friend is not good with taking care of plants consider something with really easy maintenance. Succulents and cactuses are usually good but if they have a green thumb potted flowers can also be a nice alternative.

Magazine subscription:
A gift that keeps on giving. Signing someone up (and paying) for a limited subscription will make them think of you all year long. Of course you should take in consideration what magazines and subjects they like. For me Flow Magazine, Frankie, Paulette and Cereal Mag would be really great options.

Tickets for an art show:
Maybe that person already has it all, so what about something that will make you spend some time together, or give the possibility for your friend to enjoy it with another person? This can be tickets for museum exhibitions, art shows and workshops in the area. Always a good call.

Accessories for the studio:
A nice gift for someone who just opened a new studio or moved to a new place. From a quirky vase to a nice tray or a woven basket. Things that help organise and decorate their space always come in handy.

Framed print (from an artist they admire):
Getting a framed print is definitely a bold step. It says: I know you well and I’m sure you will like this piece. It can be risky but if you get it right you will be remembered forever. The illustration I painted above is one of the works from a fellow artist I cherish: Kt Smail. She is probably my favourite artist and I show her work around to everyone  in the hopes someone will get the cue. As it happens she just opened her shop (this year it will be open until 12th of December) and her pieces are filled with joy. Here are some other artists I like:
Emily Jeffords – Beautiful landscapes
Grant Haffner – Road scenes (I got the ‘Sunset Beach’ last year as a gift and I can’t explain how much I love it)
Teil Duncan – Colorfull beach scenes

Fuel (coffee, tea or alcohol):
An inexpensive alternative is to give something to fuel your friend during work. Wether they drink a lot of coffee, dozens of tea cups per day (me!!) or enjoy that late night drink after work, you can get them the drink of their choice. In case you want to make it a bit more interesting, you can pair this gift with a nice magazine for them to enjoy along their fuel.

Sketchbook:

If everything else fails you can always give them a new, pretty sketchbook. I’ve never met any creative person who complained about having too many sketchbooks (they usually complain about not finishing a sketchbook, or disliking the content, but never about how many they have). I love Leuchturm or Moleskine ones and you can make it more personal by choosing one in their favourite colour or getting it monogramed.

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Basic Tool List: Brushes & Extra Tools

This is the last part of my series about materials and the tools I use, or used, as an illustrator. In this post I will talk about brushes and related objects I use. I’ve mentioned before that I am crazy for paper and paints so I am now happy to show that for once I’m not that crazy about something. There is a “normal” side to me at last.

About brushes ant materials - basic tool list - Jackie Diedam

Most of my brushes are cheap/affordable from a brand called Da Vinci. I mostly use the Universal or Nova Brushes from their brand and usually buy them in small sizes since I paint on rather small paper ( A4 – A3 ). I don’t spend so much on brushes and because I always use whatever brush I can find. When they are expensive I am afraid of loosing them and to be honest I think the quality of your paper and paint are much more important. This is not to say that any brush will do. There are differences in quality that show in your work. That being said I own only one ‘special’ brush, that was quite expensive: an Escoda travel brush size 8. I got it last year, at the Sennelier shop in Paris and it was more of a souvenir/treat to myself but after using it for the first time I completely fell in love. This brush comes in handy when I have to paint backgrounds or bigger areas because it is super smooth and soft. I would probably invest on these travel brushes in the future, but at the moment, all the money goes towards paper and paints.

Studio basic tool list - Jackie Diedam

Besides brushes, I think its important to have the following objects in order to maintain a good work flow in your studio:

  1. A proper ‘studio knife’: This is essential to properly and safely take apart the sheets of paper on a block (I once opened a block of paper with a metal ruler, and it ruined the first few layers. Sad sad day)
  2. Cups and containers: I put water in empty jam jars (mostly from Bonne Maman, because they are quite low and are very pretty) For my liquid watercolor, I always pour them in closed plastic containers. This is very handy and keeps your ink sealed and liquid. Also: good for travelling!
  3. Organizing: I love the IKEA Alex cabinet because it has lots of drawers so I can use each one for a purpose: In one I put only color palettes, so they don’t get dusty, in another one crayons, pencils and pens, some will have finished works that are not yet archived and some I use for packaging materials such as paper backs and plastic sleeves. I also have a drawer for ‘tech’ stuff that includes extra hard drives, Wacom tablets, a selfie stick tripod that I use to take time lapses, and earphones. I also like to have clear plastic folders, so I can archive all my work properly. This makes it so much more easy to find the works later (no more going through a pile of 200 layers of works).

I divide my archived works into jobs for magazines, brands, wedding illustrations and private commissions.
Also important for you freelancers out there: have a filing system to put away bills, tax documents, paper samples, and all the stuff you will need in the future (and believe me, you will need these on your busiest day, so it’s better to have them in an easy access and properly organised).

So, that is all! I hope you liked to get to know more about my materials and I hope that you learned something to make your artist life easier and your work better! Let me know if you have any extra tools that you consider essential or if you have any other thought about the topic.

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Basic tool list – paints

Hello there! This post is the second part of a three post series about all the materials I use on a regular basis. The first part was about paper, this second part is talking about paint, and the third shall be about brushes & tools.

I love buying paint almost as much as I love buying paper. I spend a lot of time choosing paints from huge displays in shops (what is always a very hard task). I also love trying new mediums, but by now when working on jobs, I have to be a bit more focused and practical. I know what I like and what I dislike when making my trips (and cranking up the bill) at the art supply shops.
Material List - paints - Jackie Diedam

Let’s start at the beginning:  I used to work with oil paints when I was younger but after developing an allergy to that medium I stopped painting for a really long time. This changed around five years ago, when on my birthday, a dear friend gave me a water color set ( thanks dear Leticia!!!! ) as a gift. I started painting again, only as a hobby, and realized that I was missing out! The set was the Sketchers’ Pocket Box from Winsor & Newton Cotman. It comes with 12 colors and it’s great for beginners. The price is also very affordable, the quality of the colors is really good, and the size is super compact, so it’s perfect to take with you. Even today, after trying out different brands, I still like this palette a lot!

Material List - paints - Jackie Diedam

The second palette I got was another Winsor & Newton, but a much bigger version called the Watercolour Studio Set. It came with 24 whole pans, with a very good variety of colors, and again the price is quite good for what you get. One thing I don’t find so appealing is that often it’s a bit uneasy to use because of it’s size. At home it is okay but even there I can barely fit it open on my desk without feeling overwhelmed. To take on travels it is definitely too bulky.  Also I found that after you get used to using and mixing colors from a smaller palette the larger one seems a bit unnecessary to use.

Material List - paints - Jackie Diedam

Third palette was also a gift, a Sennelier Aqua-Mini, which is the tiniest set I own. Only 8 colors, but highly pigmented. I took this set with me in my last travel to Italy. I must say that even though I loved the quality of the colors, the pan itself is a bit of a disappointment: no place for color mixing and the color pans are not removable so whenever you use one color completely there is no way to exchange them for a new one. In the end I would still choose the Winsor & Newton over of this one!

Material List - paints - Jackie Diedam

If you are working mostly from your studio or from home, consider getting some watercolor tubes as well. I actually like them better than the sets because you get a bigger amount of paint out and can mix them easier to get the shade you need. For the tubes I recommend the Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour. They are quite expensive so consider to get them as an investment on your trade.

Material List - paints - Jackie Diedam

After trying out these watercolors sets I wanted to see how would I do with another medium: gouache. Basically, gouache is an opaque watercolor. It’s ticker than your usual watercolor which I like, and when it dries, it gives you a flat, matt finish. I find it nice to mix them with other sorts of paint in the same illustration. Often I use watercolors for things that I want to make more fluid (think nature, flowers, plants, skies, water, soft textiles, etc) , and gouache for things that are more solid (architecture, details, heavy textiles, etc).

The gouache I got first was from Schmincke, which is produced in Germany and easily available here. I got the Designers’ Gouache which they are only sold in tubes so you get to choose your first batch of color to take home. I got some primary and secondary basics plus whites (yes, they have 2 different whites, one for mixing, and the other a pure white that is super heavy) and black. The Designers Gouache from Schmincke is really nice to use and the price is still affordable. If you are starting to use gouache now I would tell you to really go easy on your first shopping trips. Choose a few tubes and try them out to see if you like before investing too much money on a medium you might not like.
From the same brand they also offer an even higher quality one: the Horadam Gouache. The pigmentation is even more intense but it’s also pricier.

Material List - paints - Jackie Diedam

After trying out those mediums, I got my first Dr. Ph. Martins as a gift, which is essentially a liquid watercolor. They come in tiny glass bottles, and are super fun to use. I always feel like a chemist while using them. The pros are: great colors, transparent shades, super saturated pigmentation and they are easy to use. Also, they are awesome for bigger pieces because the ink dries without leaving any brush mark if you manage to work fast. By now I use this ink in almost all my works! Even though the colors are great there are a few cons: for one they are not the best medium to carry with you out of your studio since the bottles are quite hard to transport (glass containers can be quite heavy). Another issue is that this inks are very hard to find in Europe. I always order them from friends who live in US or in Asia. Nevertheless I could not live without the Dr. Ph. Martins inks anymore!

As a side note I find important to say that I love the ‘Radiant Concentrated‘ rather than the ‘Fine Art Watercolour‘ type of ink. The first, is very intense but the second is a bit patchy and not as brilliant.

Material List - paints - Jackie Diedam

The last medium I will share with you is my go to golden paint: Artists’ Acrylic from Schmincke! They have beautiful shades, but I mostly end up using the Renaissance Gold or the Rose Gold for small details.

Material List - paints - Jackie Diedam

So, these are my thoughts and advices about paints. I use mostly gouache and liquid watercolor when in the studio, and take watercolor sets when travelling. But in general, you should try them out as well to see which one you like better, but I hope that after reading this you know some key information about the different types, sizes and uses of watercolor ink and paint.

The probably most important thing I can tell you is: take care of your paints. Clean you palettes or leave them in a closed place (I leave mine inside a drawer) and make sure you close the caps properly. Don’t let your tubes and bottles dry out or any dust get into your palettes. This is not only because paints are expensive, but also because this will improve the quality of your work in general.

I know it’s a long post, but hope you enjoyed it, that you got some useful information and that you come back next week to check out the last post of this series. If you have any recommendation about a brand or a medium that you like, let me know in the comments!

General

At home with Westwing

I’ve had the pleasure to open my home for Westwing during back in Summer. They wanted to see how my small apartment is styled and organized taking in consideration I live and work in the same place. The day of the shooting was super fun and their team was amazing.

At home with Westwing - Jackie Diedam

Photo: Westwing

Theresa, their magazine editor made sure everything was perfect, and the result was more than lovely. You can see the lovely article and photos ( use a translate app if you don’t know German ) or see the video here in English.

At home with Westwing - Jackie Diedam

Selfie with T after a full day of shooting

For the brazilian audience, there is a Portuguese version here, along with a video in Portuguese too.
Hope you enjoy it!

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Basic tool list – papers

Basic tool list - papers - by Jackie Diedam

I’ve been asked many times about the materials I use, so I thought it would be nice and easy if I could write down a more detailed list over here. I only talk you about materials I already used or those that I use for my daily jobs. I divided this little guide into three posts: Paper, Paints, Brushes & Extra Tools. This first one starts with paper and because I talk about my experiences with the materials in a more or less chronological order not all papers I show here I also liked. So especially in the beginning I will also mention some that might not be good for watercolor painting. This is to let you understand what are the differences and why I ended up with certain papers.

When I started doing illustrations, I thought any kind of watercolor paper would do. WRONG! The difference between types of grain, colors and textures is enormous and I will try to tell you more about the ones I have used so far.

Basic tool list - papers - by Jackie Diedam

The first block of watercolor paper I used was a Canson XL Mixed Media bloc. It was not mould-made, so it had loose paper. It was ok to draw big scenes, but as soon as I wanted to put a lot of paint in one area, it would get all wobbly and the edges would also be ruined whenever I used it.

Basic tool list - papers - by Jackie Diedam

The second type of paper I used after this one, was a Hahnemühle. It was a sort of coincidental buy because I bough it while being in a rush, and I didn’t read what type of paper it was: rough finish. Needless to say I never made it past page 2. Not only I don’t like to paint on it, but to scan and treat the image on Photoshop was really hard.

Basic tool list - papers - by Jackie Diedam

I was pretty happy when I started using Aquarel Block, natural white, 300 g/m, acid free (ALWAYS get acid free paper, if it’s not acid free, turn away as fast as you can) , from Hahnemühle, Quattro collection (this means they are a squared paper).  It is a smooth paper, and the weight is heavy which makes it great to use with a lot of watercolor, but I would not go for it if you paint with gouache. It looked nice when scanned but it was a bit hard to use because of the format of the paper. Because it is not a standard DIN format I had to scan it in pieces and then had to merge the images together in Photoshop.

Basic tool list - papers - by Jackie Diedam

For one of my birthdays a while ago, I got an Arches bloc, satin finish, 300 g/m, hot pressed as a gift. It was a revelation. I never used any paper that was better than this one. It’s smooth, it’s great to paint on with watercolor as well as gouache and it has a subtle warm undertone and the scans it produces are really good. This all comes at it’s price. It is a very expensive paper, but if you are doing commissions and want to take the quality of your finished work to the next level, I cannot recommend this one enough.

Basic tool list - papers - by Jackie Diedam

Another paper I got was a Fabriano, hot pressed, 300 g/m, satin finish that I bought to compare to the quality of the Arches. I was really surprised by the quality, especially if you need to scan and digitalize the work. The paper color is pure white, so it’s much easier to edit afterwards if you need to mask objects out for a white background. Also the colors come out way fresher than with creme or yellowish papers. The price is about the same of the Arches, so now I found myself to use Arches only for commission pieces, and the Fabriano for works that will be used for print or digital media.

Basic tool list - papers - by Jackie Diedam

Of course, to train or to do sketches for clients, I don’t use these expensive papers. I use something more affordable. At the moment I have a big bloc from a house brand of Boesner which costs a fourth of the Arches bloc and has 100 pages of paper. When I need to draw a basic compositions with pencil or pens I just use plain, cheap A4 printer paper like an 80 g/m, but if I need to do lettering or work with black ink, I go for something heavier like a 120 g/m.

In any case, I strongly recommend that you use paper in a format that fits your scanner easily. The biggest formats I use have to be scanned twice and merged together in Photoshop but everything until an A3 size is not a problem usually.

Basic tool list - papers - by Jackie Diedam

In the past I used sketchbooks mostly when traveling, because they are much easier to handle on the go, but now I’m learning to like them for loose inspiration paintings. It has a nice, visual impact to open a sketchbook that is full of works. I think it is important to find one that you like to work with, concerning the format and the paper. I don’t like to use watercolor paper sketchbooks because they feel too stiff. Instead I like plain, standard sketchbooks from brands like Moleskine or Leuchtturm. These papers are very smooth, very easy to use and they also look great. My main recommendation if you plan to paint on these sketchbooks like I do is to use gouache, without much water, so it doesn’t ruin the paper.

Basic Tool List - Papers - Jackie Diedam

I hope you liked to read about my paper tips and let me know if you have any extra questions.
The shops I recommend in Germany are Boesner and Ortloff , but you can find most of these materials in other shops in the internet as well.

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Tips for sketching in Museums

In times when it’s easier to take a quick snap and get to the next room but I find that taking time to actually sketch pieces you like in museums is much more rewarding. I’ve received some questions about how to keep a good journal/sketchbook while traveling, so here are four tips for making the best out of museum visits when out of town ( maybe it also applies to your local museum…).

Guide for sketching in museums

1. Travelling with people

Make sure your travel companions know you will want to sketch. Travelling together with people who have different priorities can be hard, but it’s important that you let people know that you want to enjoy the pieces and take your time to do it. In case of any disagreements, go by yourself, or include others in your process: ask them to point out things for your to sketch as well, so they feel included.

Guide for sketching in museums

2. No final pieces!

Don’t try to make final pieces of art. In the museums, especially if you are traveling you only have a certain amount of time. Try to sketch the things you liked the most, and spend only a maximum of 10 minutes per sketch ( this is already a lot!! ). It’s a good exercise for you and you will get to see more of the museums if you stick to your time.

Guide for sketching in museums

3. Choose your weapons

Bring a sketchbook, and something ‘non-messy’. It doesn’t matter if you really want to do water colours or gouache, if it might spill on you, someone else, or even worst ‘something’ else. You should probably leave that for later. Avoid problems with the museum security by simple bringing a pen or coloured pencils.

Guide for sketching in museums Guide for sketching in museums

4. Dealing with interested strangers

Many people tend to enjoy seeing other people sketching, and you will probably encounter some strangers asking to see your work or simply starring at your drawings. The first time this happened to me, I got all embarrassed because my work was not ‘good enough’ and froze, simply put my sketchbook away and walked really fast towards the next room. No need for that! Be proud that you are not only taking photos, and that even if you are not a famous artist, they all started somewhere. 😉

Guide for sketching in museums
Guide for sketching in museums
There you go! Four tips for you to make your museum visits a bit more interesting! I hope you liked it, and if you have any questions, just leave me a comment!

 

Travel

Charlottenburg, Berlin

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Charlottenburg is by far my favourite place in Berlin. It’s a beautiful neighbourhood, with calm streets, lots of restaurants and cafes, old and well groomed buildings, a lovely lake, and a castle. I’m not a person who likes crowds, a bit of an old soul, and I find that staying in this area makes me actually enjoy being in Berlin. There is a feeling of community whenever I’m staying there, it feels like I see the same faces in the same spots.

There is a castle in the area, called Schloss Charlottenburg, which unfortunately i have not been able to visit just yet, but whenever I drive in front of it, I’m always in awe. The hidden gem in Charlottenburg for me is not the castle, but a lake called Lietzensee ( Lietzen Lake ). Calm area, filled with trees and flowers, with some families, and eventually some dog walkers. It’s the perfect spot to read a book or do some live painting without much disturbance.

Lietzensee by Jackie Diedam

From the restaurants in the area, I think the ones in the Stuttgarter Platz are great for people ( and doggie ) watching, but if you ask me Lentz Gasthaus is the very best. Whenever I go, I always order the same dish, and it’s always perfect ( I actually tend to do that a lot… old soul ): Pappardelle with Salmon. To drink, just order a Hugo, and simply forget any life troubles you may have at the moment. The restaurant on the side Gasthaus Leonhardt, comes on a very close second place to me. They do a great Truffle Pasta, beautiful desserts, and good service.

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For breakfast, during the week you can either have a long sit down at any of the places I’ve mentioned before, where they serve ‘continental breaksfast’, omeletes, english breakfast, etc, or just get yourself some pastries or a sandwich with a fresh orange juice from  Windback Bakery. I always go for the second option. On weekends, the cute DaWanda Snuggery offers a nice breakfast buffet, and across the street a very cute little pastry shop , called Patisserie Sarina offers brunch options, including pancakes with maple syrup!!! But whatever you do, bring a sketchbook and draw all the doggies you see!

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The overall style in the area is a bit fancier than in the centre of Berlin or near tourist attractions. Whenever I’m staying there, I like to wear softer colours. This last time as I told you in my last post, I was doing my Berlin Museum Hopping, and I was going to spend a lot of time standing and walking around, so comfortable shoes and a practical bag made me feel a little less self-aware in the museums.

Packing guide to Charlottenburg - Jackie DIedam
So, that was it! I hope you had an instant urge to stroll in this neighbourhood, or that you at least enjoyed the illustrations!

 

Travel

Museum Hopping in Berlin

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I’ve been to Berlin several times in the last 5 years, even had a internship during a winter in a communication company, but I had never been to the Museum Island. I used to catch a train that would pass right in front of it and it always made me think that I should go there but for some reason I never did. This was until now at my last trip to Berlin! I thought I show you what I did and where I went.

Museum für Naturkunde ( Natural History Museum ) jackiediedam-naturalhistorymuseum-berlin

I will already say that I know the Natural History Museum is not part of the Museum Island, but if was the first one I went. All I knew is that they had a T-Rex fossil, and besides that I was pretty oblivious. The entrance area is amazing, there they have skeletons of three other dinosaurs: a Brachiosaurus, a Kentrosaurus, and a Elaphrosaurus. The light is very dreamy and almost how I pictured a real life Jurassic Park entrance to look like. The T-Rex room was a bit disappointing for me: the walls were black and dark with dramatic lighting, really going for the scary Hollywood cliché. Also, the darkness made it hard for me to sketch.

In general the rooms in this museums are really well curated. They have a permanent exhibition of precious and semi-precious rocks that is really stunning. When I was there, they were putting up a temporary exhibition of calligraphy that also seemed beautiful even before it was all finished. If you have the time also see the taxidermy collection that is incredible and really well presented.

Pergamon Museum

Right after the N.H.M. I went over to the Museum Island thinking of going to the Alte National Galerie, which was closed. With so many museums around I just went for my second option, the Pergamon Museum even though it had a 1 hour waiting line. The Pergamon Museum was going through renovations on some of their best halls, but I still saw many of their artefacts in the other rooms. Besides the Babylon Gates that were really stunning, and the amazing works with floor tiles and ceramics, I was not that excited about it. I think I will go back whenever they are completely open again and see if I change my mind.

Alte National Galerie

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All the feels for this one! If you love Romantic and Impressionist oil paintings, landscapes, portraits, and sculptures, this place is heaven. It also helps that the whole mood of the building seems like out of a Wes Anderson movie. Take a special look at their shop on the way out, they have really nice posters and postcards from the artworks exhibited. Also, their ceilings are stunning too!

 

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Neues Museum

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I went specifically to see the Nefertiti bust, but ended up really enjoying the other exhibitions as well. A lot of Ancient Egypt art, thumb stones, sculptures and artefacts that are really well curated and presented. Really loved wandering around, and I definitely took much more time than I expected. The Nefertiti room was very beautiful, but no photos allowed ( for obvious reasons ), so I took my time and did a small sketch of the scene.

I didn’t have the time to go to the other museum in the island this time, the Altes Museum, or to visit the Cathedral of Berlin, but this will hopefully be done on the next travel.

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Overall, if have to choose only one museum inside the island I would probably go for the Alte National Galerie but it really makes sense to do more than one in the same day ( there are special and cheaper tickets in this occasion ). Plus, leave some time to wander around the buildings, there are lovely parks, walkways and a beautiful fountain for whenever you need some fresh air.

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If you liked the Berlin Map I did to illustrate this post, you can get it on my online shop

Custom works

Golden girl

Custom portrait

I love doing special pieces that will became prized possessions or to put in paper someone’s memory.
This custom portrait was commissioned as a birthday gift for a dear client’s childhood best friend. I was told that this friend was a gorgeous woman, with amazing highlighted hair and with a love for shoes, beauty and fashion.

Instead of making her simply standing or posing, I wanted the illustration to tell a small story and to fit her lifestyle in a delicate way. After a few drafts I came up with the idea of having her friend, trying on shoes from the brands she loves. The colours should be soft and the styles classic. She wears a chambray dress and sits in a mint and gold Louis XV chair, with a striped pillow in a neutral shade.

As I write this first post on my blog I actually just came back from a 10 day vacation in Italy, and I am preparing my commission calendar for October, and also organizing files of the last month’s works for my portfolio. If you are a beginner illustrator, I have a tip for you: Always scan your works or make sure you have decent photos of the final piece before shipping! I’ve forgotten to do it for some pieces in the last month, and now I will have to either politely ask for people to send me a photo of the framed work ( which is never a good thing, it’s better when your clients send it to you because they want you to see it) , or to let it go and learn my lesson.

Have a great Sunday, and thank you for reading!