New Fabrics soon!

I’m designing some fabrics!

Making available for sale, already, designs in greyscale or black and white, ink style. Designing coloured ones, but those I want to print test them before making them available for sale.

Pattern design is a fun thing to do. I want to embrace many of my working styles, so I may do things for kids as well as other kind of works.

I particularly love a handmade rough finish to things, I want my designs to look most of the times very organic.

Book Release Party! Let's Glimmer!

If you are near Jersey shore…
This FRIDAY (August 16th) go meet Raven Howell in our release party for Glimmer, Sing of Sun!
Hosted by Ostara’s

Bring the kids, there will be storytime and fun activities! :D

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Helena P. Blavatsky

My Helena P. Blavatsky's Pencil Portrait is on a just released book of theosophy by Dr. Pablo Sender (you can check his Youtube channel HERE, he has some awesome spiritual talks and material)

Published by FOHAT Productions ❤️🤗

I’m beyond thrilled :D

About the book itself,

“Evolution of the Higher Consciousness

An In-Depth Study of H. P. Blavatsky’s Teachings

In this book Pablo Sender explores the writings of Mme. Blavatsky, tracing her teachings on the evolution of the higher consciousness throughout her voluminous writings. This book presents her teachings in a systematic way, explaining her frequently obscure words so that the earnest student can grasp their meaning.”

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Shimmer and Glimmer!!

I finally got my illustrator copy of Glimmer, Sing of Sun! (sequel to Shimmer)

I’m over the roof, SO happy!!! and they look great together, don’t they?

Release date: June 11

You can get it here https://amzn.to/2DyLH02

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Heads up

 

My current projects...

1. Glimmer, Sing of Sun!  

Time to start illustrating this poetry book for kids, the sequel to Shimmer-Songs of Night. Again written by the award-winning author Raven Howell. 

This one is about the sun, day and spring happy times, compared to the night themed one, Shimmer. I'm honoured I'd been asked to do Shimmer's sequel.  

 2. Finished some illustration courses and now is time to try to put everything into practice. So, I may get myself into some personal projects. The levels of frustration I'm having right now are quite high but I know those are the feelings that make you grow, that push you to go further. So, I may breathe and try new things again and again until, hopefully, I'll see some improvement on things I wanna do different in my illustrations. It's a fun thing you never stop learning and improving also :)))

3. I've been focusing my energy in a overall sense, and I cleaned and organized my online accounts. Not that anyone cares but I feel happy and fresh about it :) 

Ok, I have no more news for now, but my lately online silence may be near to finish soon, as I feel I'm reaching new art goals and getting the strength needed for them.

 

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My Drawing tools for Portraits

I’ve been asked many times which pencils do I use for drawing my portraits.

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My favourite brand is KOH-I-NOOR and followed by Faber Castell (in particular their line Castell 900) I also like pencils like Stabilo or Lyra, when I need and can’t find the first two.

I use these pencil codes:
HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B
6B, 7B, 8B
H, 4H, F

I usually take a 2B or 3B to draw the first structure of the portrait, the first idea of shape and proportions, which I will for sure fix later. May use the hard and light pencils here, like the H or the F to make a first light grey layer of the whole skin of the face.

I’ll use 2B, 3B and 4B for adding later my first layers of finer detail (eyes, for example) and first shapes of shadows and lights.

Then, I will start working heavily on shadows, and I will use my darker pencils, from 6B to 8B.

I love KOH-I-NOOR ones as I feel them like soft pencils, you can easily make a gradient grey layer with one of them. They respond easy to pressure. I love that. And they are usually cheap here. Faber Castell, I love those too, but they are usually a bit more expensive.

The eraser I use is one of those kneadable erasers. I don’t have a particular favourite brand yet for them. I’ve been using Lyra for a while now. It’s ok for me.

Papers, are also important for drawing. You need some texture to it. If you try to draw in the usual copy paper, it won’t grab the graphite from your pencil, so it will make shadowing and erasing way more difficult if not quite impossible ha. I’ve been using paper from Canson, also from Conqueror (I think it’s from Fabriano) that’s the best I can get here in my town.

So, when you go out to buy some drawing paper, touch it with your fingers and feel its texture. It needs to have some texture to it, but not that much that you could actually see a texture pattern on the paper sheet as that it would interfere with your drawing, adding a whole final texture to the portrait you didn’t want to have.

Anyway, this is a short post, just let me know if you have any questions about my drawing tools :)

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