30 December 2015

diy christmas decorations

It's been a wonderful year and I've wrapped it by doing what I do best: creating; painting with watercolor, illustrating more people in their cute, creature-ish selves, designing and illustration fashionable costumes and hand-crafting with felty colours. I've also decorated an entire house this year and finally made it a home I feel most comfortable in. And since it was an amazing year for "nesting", I thought I'd finish it just right and make those DIY Christmas decorations I've been sketching and making notes about for quite too many years now. So grab your hot coco, sit in your comfy chair, and I'll tell you the story behind a crafty Christmas.

This ornament was an idea I've had since last year, I wanted to make something that would incorporate everything the holiday season means to me. Since I can remember, Christmas was always family time, it was about decorating the tree and our house, crawling with my sister under the tree to see all the lights and make funny faces in the globes, baking cakes and cookies, preparing food, sharing stories, tea and candle-lights, carols, snow and free time. And in my free time, I would always draw. I remember taking my crayons and drawing the "perfect" winter landscape as I envisioned it, or just redrawing what I would see on TV, books and on Christmas cards that we received. It would always be that snow covered scene, with a warm-lit house, trees and firs, Santa and his deers flying in a clear moon, stars and snow-covered night sky. And so I wanted to incorporate all that into one ornament that I could hang in my home to always remind me of those times and what Christmas is all about. And it's all hand-made and recycled, using left-overs from my craft projects and by my little scissors to cut-out each shape from a plain felt circle.

A Christmas Story - home ornament - felt | ○ 25 cm 

This next ornament was actually my first idea in creating something wintery. Remember my master's degree collection, SkeletOn - SkeletOff? That's where I've explored the magic properties of felt. And since I'm not much of a wasteful person, I couldn't just throw away those cut-outs from my clothes. And so I've kept them, for a couple of years, in the back of some closet, moving them around as I moved from place to place, knowing one day I'll remake and reuse them into making, yet again, something special. I wanted to add a bit of texture to the all-white decor and since painting them was not looking so great, I remembered I had some glittered moosgummy left from my last Christmas DIY project and that worked perfectly. And it's copper coloured, which is my all time favourite metal. So I've made two of them and with the left-overs I still have left, I think I could still make some more. It would be re-recycling, which I always find amazing.

 Christmas Wreath - felt, copper-glittered moosgummy | ○ 30 cm

You can check out the WIP photos on my facebook page.

17 December 2015

the doctors

The holiday season is in full effect and while I have a lot of projects I'm working on I don't have as much time to keep up with the editing and writing blog posts. So briefly, this was a fun twist for my project Creatures with Features. I was asked to do some funny illustrations of two doctors, illustrations that would later be turned into stickers for their lockers at work. I have an immense appreciation for these people and I'm glad to see all types of domains blending with art to create wonderful things. 

The doctors - custom sticker designs - watercolour on paper | 21 x 14,8 cm

07 December 2015

arz - spacesuit

Kicking off this week with another costume design for ARZ. The concept behind it still revolves around the idea of futuristic armour, but I thought that many years from now, most battles won't be on land, so I designed something for space as well. 

Arz space-armour concept - watercolour on paper | 29,7 x 21 cm

This costume was intended for women soldiers, or scientists and again, as with the male costume I had to incorporate the central power source into the design. With the colour palette I wanted to go a bit further from the typical army colours, or the white spacesuit, so I had in mind the orange NASA spacesuits and a bit of a copper metal feel. The more I look at it the more it reminds me of C-3PO from Star Wars, probably a bit sexier.

06 December 2015

the superman

I know I say I enjoy working on each and every one of the character illustrations I do, which is true, but this one took the cake. This guy was more and more interesting with each description of him I received. He just seems like that kind of person that enjoys life to the fullest and takes each pleasure as a gift. He loves extreme sports, films, food, wine and crafts. And he just might be, the most colourful guy I have ever painted. And he has some great friends, ones that would make this gift for him. 

The superman - watercolour on paper | 29,7 x 21 cm

theme | superman, wine, barbecue, grill, engraving, film, seinfeld, southpark, bmx
colour | gold and super colourful

03 December 2015

the girl who saw the world

She's a writer and she loves visiting each corner of our planet, she also has a travelling blog and one day she asked me if I could help her with an illustration that would represent her and her work. Something that could also work as a logo or banner for her website and so, since she's always visiting new places, I've put her on top of the world. I really should do one for myself, that's how much I like it.

Custom logo illustration - watercolour & marker on paper | ~ 25x17 cm

theme | travelling, photography, bracelet
colour | various

01 December 2015

the surfer

This was one of the first illustrations I've made with my new watercolours and I was really pleased with the outcome. The colours dry lighter than my previous watercolours, but the pigment is so much brighter. And there was no better subject to test them on, because this guy is the definition of colour. He's also that kind of person that lives his life to the fullest, filling it with so many activities. I've tried to capture them all in one picture, I hope I did it justice.

The surfer - watercolours on paper | 29,7 x 21 cm

theme | surfing, skating, waves, colours, technology, bacon
colour | extra-colourful

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