Illustrations

Workspace Wednesday: IG-spiration

If I'm on my phone, I'm probably browsing Instagram. It is, in fact, one of my favourite apps to use, not only for sharing my own photos but also to find inspiration when it's lacking. This past month I've worked on quite a few drawings based on beautiful pictures I've seen in my IG feed, and today I wanted to share some with you.

Reference picture by IG user:  @aalmadr

Reference picture by IG user: @aalmadr

Reference picture by IG user:  @paigepoppe

Reference picture by IG user: @paigepoppe

Reference picture by IG user:  @craftmakesmile

Reference picture by IG user: @craftmakesmile

Reference picture by IG user:  @cecicat

Reference picture by IG user: @cecicat

Reference picture by IG user:  @dinnisje

Reference picture by IG user: @dinnisje

I highly suggest you check out these ladies on IG, they all have very inspiring and creative feeds! 

Where do you look for inspiration when you need it? Whether it is for your art, mail, or in general, I'd love to know!

Ζ’. x

Workspace Wednesday: Some Pages from My Sketchbook

I'be been drawing quite a bit this past month, so I thought I'd share with you a couple of my fave drawing from my (poorly decorated) sketchbook.

This is my interpretation of the character of the "short story project" I joined I while back.

This is my interpretation of the character of the "short story project" I joined I while back.

Susie the Postwoman really loves her job, heh. And the pink-haired girl seems happy about it.

Susie the Postwoman really loves her job, heh. And the pink-haired girl seems happy about it.

This one isn't in my sketchbook any longer because it was a commission I did for a lovely girl - it was actually a surprise from her husband that wanted to gift her portraits from a few artists she likes β˜Ί It was such a nice project, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

This one isn't in my sketchbook any longer because it was a commission I did for a lovely girl - it was actually a surprise from her husband that wanted to gift her portraits from a few artists she likes β˜Ί It was such a nice project, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

// Shameless plug, in case you didn't know I'm available for commissions - you can get in touch with me and I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have! //

Some cute random peeps~

Some cute random peeps~

Fun fact: these two turned out to be an accidental depiction of my sister and I, not in the looks, but in their character I'd say. I'm obviously the one holding near and dear to her heart her craft supplies, and my sister is the selfie queen :P

Fun fact: these two turned out to be an accidental depiction of my sister and I, not in the looks, but in their character I'd say. I'm obviously the one holding near and dear to her heart her craft supplies, and my sister is the selfie queen :P

Just another snail mail lover!

Just another snail mail lover!

And you, what have you been doing lately?

Ζ’. β™₯

Workspace Wednesday: tiny supplies

Hey guys! It's been a while since I last shared some of my illustrations, so here we go again β˜Ί

Lately, I've been really enjoying drawing tiny art supplies. I cut out most of them and use them to decorate letters, some others, instead, are made into stickers for my penpals.

They're really just simple line drawings, but I really enjoy their simplicity. I don't mind how crooked and oddly shaped they turn out to be, I think it kinda adds to the handdrawn feel.

What have inspired you lately? β™₯

Ζ’. xx

Let's talk about books #3: a little haul

I will be on a spending ban this month (because I really need to be more cautious with my savings), but before I decided on it, I might have gone a little bit overboard with ebook purchases, oops.

As I've said in my previous post, at this moment in time I'm really digging ebooks, and I've bought a few that I wanted to share with you all!

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The one I'm most excited to read is 'the Martian' by Andy Weir: it is a scifi book about an astronaut that finds himself stranded on Mars, and for what I've gathered, it is in the form of a diary where he narrates how he fights for survival on the red planet. Moreover, it will soon be made into a movie, so I definitely want to read it before it comes out!

The next in line is 'the Bone Clock' by David Mitchell: what drew me to it was the description on Goodreads that says:

One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking...

I really don't know what to expect from it, but considering it's coming from the author of Cloud Atlas, I have good hopes!

For the category "everyone has read those book except me, probably", I picked up: 'the Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath and 'American Gods' by Neil Gaiman. I remember really wanting to read both of these when I was maybe fifteen or sixteen, but I never got around to do it.

Moving on to the category "too hyped not to read them", I got: 'Station Eleven' by Emily St. John Mandel, 'Landline' by Rainbow Rowell, and 'the Girl on the Train' by Paula Hawkins. I swear that every booktuber or book blogger I follow has reviewed at least two of those, and although I'm not one who's particularly interested in keeping up with the trends - mostly because I'm very particular when it comes to books - I thought I'd give these a shot instead of being the closeted hipster I actually am.

And lastly, for the category "girl power", I picked up another book that has been everywhere recently, that is '#GIRLBOSS' by Sophia Amoruso, and probably the one book that is most out of my reading comfort zone as I don't really read much non fiction, BUT hey, this haul was all about broadening my horizons, so yup.

They're all very different in genre, as you can tell, but I'm equally excited to read all of them and experience something new. In the past few years I've never really strayed off contemporary fiction, so it's good to spice things up a little bit.

Do you usually vary with your books, or do you tend to read more of a genre in particular? And have you read/want to read any of these? If so let me know what you think of them β˜Ί

Ζ’. xx

Workspace Wednesday: Mail Illustrations

If you follow me on instagram, you're probably aware that this last month I've been experimenting again with watercolors and inks. Although flowers have been all I've been able to draw for almost a month straight, I also made a few snail mail related pieces that I wanted to share with you today.

Can you tell that I secretly dream of being a tattoo artist? (n˘vΛ˜β€’)Β¬

Anyway, if you look at them closely you can see my coloring still isn't that great, but considering I'm doing this pretty much everyday, I hope it'll improve soon!

Overall I'm loving using ink for coloring, a lot more than watercolor. I'm not sure why it's that, but I'm much more comfortable with the shading and blending, as it seem a little bit more easy to do. Do you have any experience with ink? How do you like it?

Talk to you soon!

Ζ’. xx

Workspace Wednesday: Speed Drawing

It might be because the birds are chirping and the sun is shining, but I'm a little bit obsessed with drawing flowers lately. I had nothing better to do the other day, so I decided to recorded myself drawing freehand the little fella pictured above β˜Ί 

If you have two minutes to spare, here's the video:

What's you favourite flower, by the way? Mine are tulips and cherry blossoms, but for some reason are the ones I enjoy drawing the least.

Ζ’. xx

P.S. I know the video is kinda pointless as the drawing is extremely simple, but I've been so inspired by a lot of my internet friends that make awesome videos, that I wanted to give this whole thing a new try. I'm still not quite sure if I'm confident enough to pull this off, but maybe one day I'll work out the guts to make something more interesting and articulate :P Thoughts&ideas are absolutely welcome!

Workspace Wednesday: direction vs. speed

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"Direction is much more important than speed; many are just going nowhere fast"

When I first read this quote, it really hit home. I've always been really conscious about time and whenever I'd use it foolishly, I'd feel so, so hopeless at the realization that I'd have wasted something so precious.

But what's the point on rushing things if you don't actually know where you want to go?

I never really thought about it until, as I said, stumbled upon these words. Now, as a constant reminder, I made this little poster that I hung above my desk, & I thought I'd share it with you all just in case any of you might be in need of this revelation as much as I was.

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I decided to also share the process that went into it, although it isn't very professional, I'm afraid.  

Anyway, I hope you like this! Do you have a quote that particularly helped/inspired you at some point in your life?

Ζ’. xo

We Were Liars - book review & illustration

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"Your hair is black,” says Bonnie. β€œYou look like a dead vampire."

Very late on the bandwagon, a few nights ago I download "We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart, a book that if you - like me - frequent the bookish side of Youtube, or just any other book circle, really, you most certainly have heard everyone raving about it since last summer.

Synopsis

The Sinclair family owns their own private island off of Martha’s Vineyard, where they spends their summers holidays. The story is narrated by Cadence, whom is suffering from amnesia after a terrible accident she can’t remember.

Review

I'll keep it spoiler free and won't go into details, but let’s just say that when Cadence returns to the island, two years after the accident, she finds herself dealing with a dark family secret while finding out the truth of what happened to her.

This is the first book by E. Lockhart I've read, but I must say, I enjoyed her writing style a lot. There are many metaphors, or should I say poetic descriptions, throughout the book, that makes it even darker than it already is. I loved that.

I enjoyed We Were Liars, especially for the amazing writing, but I was able to figure out the plot twist within the first half of the book. It is in fact, quite a short book (~240 pages) and because of it, the characters and the story felt a little bit underdeveloped. As soon as I finished it, I felt a little disappointed because I wish I had given the chance to read more about the characters, because besides some - albeit accurate - descriptions, you don't really get to know them.

On the other hand, even if I praised the writing, there's one thing about it I did not particularly liked, which is the sudden change of style from novel, to novel-in-verse - I felt it was unnecessary and I perceived it as an attempt to make it sound deeper than it actually was. Which is something I encounter a lot in YA books, and the reason why I do not gravitate towards them anymore.

All in all, it's a good read: short and sweet. Well, not literally sweet, it's actually quite bitter, but still, if you're looking for an easy read, go for it, it's worth it.

Price: ~$8 Paperback / ~4$ Kindle
My vote: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Finally, the one above is an illustration I did while reading it, of how I imagine Cadence to look!

And you, did you read it? I'd love to know what you thought of it! β˜Ί

PS. I just made a Goodreads account if you want to be friends there!

Ζ’. xx

EDIT: ..so, this happened: