Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
One of the things that gets me going in Winter is a cup of hot chocolate, so you can say that this is my favorite fuel. Banania is a popular French chocolate drink. It is made from cocoa, banana flour, cereals, honey and sugar.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The traditional costume of Tehuana comes form the area of Tehuantepec in the coast of Oaxaca in Mexico. It is believed that the headpiece came to be when the indian women who where supposed to wear European underskirts thought that such undergarments (heavily decorated) should be worn on the outside instead of underneath the other garments... and so the headpiece was born!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
So this week's blob looks like this:
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
These sketches are the result of Lab 6 from Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists. Basically you must draw a minimum of 20 images on individual flash cards, then you scan them and afterwards you can work on them, color them, enlarge them etc. These are my original cats:
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I am a big fan of Downton Abbey, the British series which is broadcasted on PBS (if you are in the US) or ITV4 (in the UK). I had it on while sketching and suddenly this girl sort of popped-up in my mind... Do not ask... One of the characters in the series has a short bob... and I would say that the period drama is more Edwardian than Art Deco, but I just felt inspired by it. Here´s an image showing the wonderful costumes some of the cast get to wear:
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
This week's theme to illustrate is the concept for scattered. First thing that came to mind was "scattered brain"....
Friday, October 14, 2011
Basically each Thursday, Carla Sonheim posts on her blog a blob... you then printed it out and "find" within it an image, then you post it here. This week's blob looks like this:Who would have thought that Mozart would be hiding in a blob?... me and my silly imagination! eh?
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Labs 4 and 5 from Carla Sonheim's amazing book Drawing Lab for Artists, tell you to go and draw animals at the zoo... But what to do when you live in the countryside and there are no zoo's around? You can either look at domestic animals who live nearby or you go to the internet. I am a google girl and so I went for the second option. These are two quick sketches I did using markers.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
While reading a post the other day on Jana Bouc's blog, I came across a very nice idea which consists in creating a self-portrait as the closing image for your sketchbook. Since I was about to come to the end of one of my current sketchbooks I got to work on this idea today and this is what I came up with: here to learn more about this idea and to see Jana's lovely sketches.
This week's theme for Illustration Friday is contraption.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
I first read about the Girl Effect from a blog on design. I opened the link to a youtube video that showed in a very effective and graphic way how young girls who live in poverty and in developing countries get trapped into early marriage, thus creating a vicious cycle. The cycle goes like this: Once you hit puberty you are considered a woman. You are then married by age 15, then you get pregnant and in many cases you have to sell your body to support yourself and your family. You get exposed to HIV, which then you can transmit to other people. But this is not all. Let's say that your baby is not a boy but a girl... this girl will then be married to someone else by the time she is 14 because she is a woman and not a girl... and so on and so forth. What do we need to break this cycle of poverty, lack of freedoms and of education? We NEED to invest in education and health care for these GIRLS, who will not be married off at an early age, who ideally will continue to be considered to be children for much longer. These girls will continue their studies, then find jobs and eventually they will choose to marry and have a family. There will be no prostitution, no lack of education or health care, no HIV transmission and they will not be forced into an early marriage. Sooooo.... contribute to this campaign. We accept donations so TODAY in your corner of the world but also in distant corners, girls like the one in the animation will continue to be considered GIRLS. You can also tell people about this grass roots campaign by either writing a post on your blog and/or sending emails to your friends and colleages so they themselves can help to spread the awareness. You can go here: or here to learn more about this.
Quick sketch of my Margarita done under 10 minutes....
Friday, October 7, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Of winter's lifeless world each tree, Now seems a perfect part; Yet each one holds summer's secret, Deep down within its heart. ~Charles G. Stater