Cacti & Tea

This year I entered again the Global Talent Search organised by Lilla Rogers. (You can click on the banner below to check out the website :) ) These challenges are always a true challenge for me since I feel as I have to do what others do and stick to the market, colours, trends etc... Which in a way you have to, but that tends to cloud my path. 

This year I took a new approach and wanted to show you a bit of the process and final piece. 

The Challenge

The aim was to design a cup, saucer and napkin for a fictional character called Sunny. Sunny has a pastry shop and wants to open a tea room - she likes fun interesting designs. The brief we got was pretty detailed and long. 


In my head I thought having cacti themed cups would be awesome, and of course this is a recurring theme right now in my drawings! Also I decided to add an armadillo, who is the same in Pali's world. And some extra icons to move around.

I did all the drawings with watercolours and some white pens to add the details. Wanted to add more texture. 

At first I thought about making a mock up on a real cup. But this is where in previous challenges I felt the design wasn't mine anymore, so this time I went for hand drawn elements. This was perfect! I also made a small character to make it more fun. 

Time for a spot of tea?

The challenge also included text. I went for a very British tea time quote given to me by a friend :) heres the final piece and also a zoom in to the cup and teapot (inspired by my grandma's tea pot I have at home!).

As you can see my original cacti & armadillo idea quickly became a more decorative part of the illustration and the scene and feeling became more important: having a fresh cup of tea with a scone! 

I personally love the color combinations and how the details worked out! 



Yoga & Giant Bubbles

I wanted to share with you some of the results from the giveaways from May! There are still other 3 but I don't want to overwhelm the post. 

First off, one side of a small flyer made for Levensgeluk  - Janvi offers an arrange of services she wanted to convey in one page. She wanted a simple layout and the colours of her logo. I personally enjoyed drawing the yoga poses, specially the Parent-Child one!  


Next is a colouring page for SuperbellenShop. Esther sells a full kit to make huge soap bubbles! Fantastic for any children's party or a nice summer day! Not only are they fun, she also works with charities and provides 10% of her gains to different projects. Also the main material of her bubble-making-kit is made in India by women rescued through Justice and Care . 

This colouring page was meant to include these details as well as provide an extra activity for children's parties. You can download the page here and colour it! Can you spot Tjido?





Fruit, Vegetables and Styles.

As some of you might know, my background is actually within the sustainability area, so it was no wonder I got excited when I found  a really nice blog on nutrition and offered my services to create an illustration for them. I know nutrition and sustainability don't seem to have much in common, but agriculture and our own eating habits have great impact on the environment. 

The article that i'm illustrating talks about nutrition for healthy babies during the pregnancy period (I won't tell you all about it - you will get a post on that article when its up!). What I like the most about it, is the examples it gives you. Eat healthy fats - what are those and which are not healthy? Eat organic - ok, don't have much money to spend, then at least buy the following fruits and vegetables that use the highest amount of pesticides etc. 

For each recommendation I'm making a small illustration. I wanted to share with you some of the steps I made to come up with the final drawing of one recommendation. 

Moving from hand drawn sketches to digital images.

Moving from hand drawn sketches to digital images.

The blog preferred the lower drawings, but I enjoyed experimenting with the water-colour ones. They have a playful style I would like to try out more. Of course, they might also appeal more to a younger audience. The ink drawings are definitively the style I feel most comfortable with. 

 For now I will continue with this veggies & fruits adventure and leave you with a black and white Dirty Dozen that is until now my favourite!