Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Illustration Now! FASHION

Finally the book is out. Taschens Illustration Now! FASHION is out in book stores worldwide. My work is featured on 3 spreads with a short description of my inspirations and clients.
I feel honored and proud to be one of the 90 illustrators handpicked for this book. Which is a highly recommendable book to purchase because of all the beauty it contains!

Here is a peek:


Monday, October 28, 2013

st. lucia in aritzia magazine

I have been lucky enough to be asked to do a portrait of Jean-Philip Grobler aka St. Lucia, a New York based artist.

The Canadian online magazine Aritzia is doing a piece about him because he is launching a first full-length album, called When The Night. You can listen to it on soundcloud here: St. Lucia

I wanted to do something in the lines of their album cover which captures the ethereal feel of the music. It has an exotic, warm sound with lots of reverb.

I listened to the music while creating the portrait, to get into the "vibe"and I liked it very much! I would be perfect for a Friday night with drinks and friends!
It is dreamy, nostalgic pop, which somehow reminds me a bit of Pet Shop Boys.

Friday, October 25, 2013

mr. five

Guess what! I have made a new animal portrait available as A4 print in my shop. These prints make for a nice gift or for a fun decor in a kids room - or in your own!

Meet Mr. Five. He is named after the late pet bunny I had as a kid, Femmer (Five), which started out being a cute little bunny, but grew out of hand to this big monster of a rabbit! Too wild by nature to be the cuddly little pet I wished for. So I had to let him go (NOT kill but sell!)...

But in reminiscence of the monster rabbit came this portrait and they actually bear some resemblance.

But it is no secret that this Mr. Five loves line dance and to play his lap steel guitar!

skøn magazine november issue

I was asked to create some small vignettes to be scattered around the christmas calendar featured in the next issue of SKØN which is out November 1st. I wanted to make something christmassy without it becoming too  cliché. This is actually pretty hard when we are talking christmas! Anyways I tried to avoid the elves, pines and reindeers and focused on a more girly, light and fun vibe using fresh tints of watercolors.

I used to not work much with watercolors, but it seems that this is what more and more businesses are requesting. Especially in the US, so I am adapting a bit to the market though the pencil is the love of my life (next to my hubby and son that is..) and I will never give that up. Watercolors seem so effortless and "welcoming" but they are actually quite hard to control, so with a perfectionist mindset it can be pretty challenging!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

artstool in progress

These days I am working on a project to be exhibited soon.
Here is a little preview on the progress. The stool is produced and designed by the sculptor Stine Ring Hansen as part of a artist collaboration.
I still have some elements that I want to add to the sculpture/stool so it is not quite finished yet...

Monday, October 14, 2013

weekend moments

Textures, colors, light... inspirational moments appeared in the weekend. 
The last picture shows a chandelier-like piece of art, which is made by my good friends Anna Rosa Hjort Lorentzen and Jeppe Worning. They exhibited in Copenhagen (actually last weekend) at Bryggergården build in 1749 and once owned by the king. Their piece was inspired by the fact that the old apartment where the exhibition was set, is said to have been a place of seduction for former royalties and the like...

Monday, September 30, 2013

sketching Monday

Sketching with a brush feels so liberating. Think I might just do that some more!
All whilst listening to Broken Bells.

Friday, September 27, 2013

missing kauai

While I have accepted the fact that the summer is over I could not help but take this hibiscus flower (or "Hawaii flower" as we call it in Denmark) home with me the other day passing a flower store. It instantly reminded me of the island Kauai and our trip there 6 years ago. It made me miss the slow pace of island life, the sound of lap steel guitar and ukulele, snorkeling and hiking up to gaze at waterfalls and seeing humpback whales from the cliffs - oh and not to forget; our wedding ceremony at the beach!!! What an exciting trip it was! I can not believe 6 years have passed though many good things have happened since then. Like having a son (which is probably the coolest, greatest, most exhausting and thrilling thing I have ever experienced! Nothing beats that!), moving into our own house (also quite exhausting - mostly because it is an old house...), setting up my studio etc.

Well well - I leave you with this beautiful flower and wish you the loveliest weekend.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

editorial for SKØN magazine

For next months (October) issue of the magazine SKØN I have made an editorial illustration. The topic is conscience. So the editorial piece consists of small stories told by the editors at SKØN. The stories are personal experiences that they are not too proud of. Things they did in the past that brought out the darker side of their character - not big things, but small everyday coincidences that made them do something that they now regret... In Danish we call it; to have a "black conscience", when you intentionally do something you know is "wrong".

For this illustration I used both pencil, pen, watercolor and ink. And then of course photoshop for bringing the piece together. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

studio entrance

I have made a decor for the studio entrance. I used colored paper and scissors to cut little mushrooms, gems, flowers and birds and then stuck them to the window with tape. I think it makes for a warm and whimsical welcome.

Since I am not a photographer; I found it was hard to capture with the camera because of the reflection.  See the garbage bins in the back? Hmmmm - wonder how you would avoid the reflection IF you were a professional photographer...?

Monday, September 23, 2013

new print in shop

This little guy; Mr. PD (short for - you guessed it; prairie dog!) is now available in my Etsy shop. He likes to smoke and wear flashy clothes. Especially nest-vests...

Please find the print here:

Mia Overgaard on Etsy

Friday, September 20, 2013

a little something for the weekend

Biscuits that look like crocheted granny blanket!

These granny square cookies are a great way to impress your mom or husbondo...
I love them... but think they might be a bit too sweet for my taste, so I will stick to the wooly version of these crocheted beauties.
If you want to have a go with a piping bag, you can find the full recipe here:

Granny Square Cookies

new prints available in webshop

Three new prints are now available in the shop on Etsy.

Mr. Bobo, Mr. Critter & Miss Albinonino.

Find them here:

Mia Overgaard SHOP

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

miss albinonino - all prettied up!

Isn't this the way we all want to appear? Effortlessly cool - pretty but with an edge.
I know this little missus looks like some kind of cross-breed involving a lama... though I did have a kangaroo in mind when drawing it.

Monday, September 2, 2013

autumn days

Feels like autumn is upon us. I have put on a cosy, bulky sweater and am actually enjoying it. I guess I am ready for autumn. Bring on the golden leaves, windy weather and deep blue skies. Marroons, mushrooms and the smell of humid soil and rotten wood in the forest. Autumn may be my favorite season.
   One more dressed animal I will share with you today.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

carlin group international

One more beauty illustration for Carlin Group International. This one is called Northern Light. Inspired by the natural phenomenon; Aurora borealis.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


This is a print I made for Molo Kids of a raccoon. It will be placed on a girls T-shirt.


listening to...

Ane Brun.
I am loving the album "It all starts with one" is soooo in sync with my mood these days.
She has the most lovely melancholic and beautiful voice. Strong yet fragile. I love that.
You should indeed take a listen!

Friday, August 16, 2013

new illustrators file vol. 11

The Japanese combilation book of illustrators has arrived in my mailbox!

So exciting it is to get a package all the way from Japan. Loveliest thing.

Thanks to the great people at ARTBOX International for choosing to showcase my work.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

more portraits

These are two portraits and some vignettes for an editorial about women and alcohol. I made these for ALT for damerne, a Danish lifestyle magazine. I can not remember in which issue the are featured... but I think it has been a while (crocodille).

Now I will head to bed - been working late. I always find that the evening/night is the most peaceful time to work. I love the quiteness and it oftentimes feels like a vacuum in time and space. But now I am truly tired, so I better close down the curtain and say "nighty night" before I start making too many errors! Will have a read in my book before I close my eyes though. (Haruki) Murakami that is.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

private portrait commission

It's been so very long since my last blog post, I can't believe it!

You have probably already noticed that I changed the look and design of my blog. I felt it was time for change, so I hope you like it.

I have been lucky enough to have been working on a couple of very nice projects, which I will be sharing with you in the coming blog posts.

Anyways - today I will share with you a private commission that I had for a portrait of a young girl named Chili. This was commissioned by her mother; such a sweet, honest and accommodating person, who had stumbled upon my blog and had fell in love with my work.

Chilis mum told me that her girl liked butterflies, dragonflies and birds and since she have such an unusual name it was obvious that I needed to but some chili flowers and chili in the portrait as well. I put two butterflies and a ladybug and initially also added a dragonfly but then the drawing started to get a bit crowded with insects, so I erased the dragonfly and added the dog in her hand which is their family dog.

I think one of the reasons why I loved working with this portrait is because it was of a kid. And because the main purpose was to express her personality. A happy, carefree one indeed.

final portrait

I hope you all have had a wonderful summer up until now. In Denmark the weather has been incredibly warm. Resembling the childhood summers in my mind - long and sunny. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wise words

Copied from Illustration Voice:

You Cannot Be What You Cannot See
By Rebecca Bedrossian
Illustration fights much harder for a place in the advertising world. It’s been up against an admirable foe—photography—that is ubiquitous in advertising. A few years back, I was a judge for the Society of Illustrators 50th competition, not in the ad category, but books. That year, Richard Berenson, president of the Society, said, “Photography was seen as fact, illustration fiction, photography is today, illustration is yesterday.”
While I don’t agree, it’s hard to refute when in the 2012 CA Advertising Annual, out of 142 winning projects, there were just 5 with illustration. In the Illustration Annual, it’s different—there’s more: The 2013 Illustration Annual has 64 projects in the Advertising category.
Why this disconnect?
While I don’t have the answer, I do know that illustrators are working for advertising clients.
To borrow a phrase from Miss Representation, you cannot be what you cannot see. The way to increase illustrative ads is to make them visible, not only in illustration competitions, but in advertising annuals.

When I went looking for illustrators working for advertising clients, I came across some dynamic ads using illustration to great effect, in both print and TV.
United is one company that has used illustration to tug at heartstrings. Many of the TV spots, created by Barrie D’Rozario Murphy, have been described as poetry in motion.
“With illustration, you can do just about anything your mind can imagine,” Bob Barrie asserts. “It’s emotional. People get wrapped up in it. It’s more symbolic than photography. You can insert yourself in the experience.”
Make a smart match with music and you strike an emotional chord, or two.
Our daily lives are flooded with information—insane amounts of data are thrown at us by the minute. Add to that iPhones, Instagram, and the like, and photography is everywhere. The time is now to break through the clutter of our new reality—with illustration that expresses the subtle nuances of our culture like no other medium.

Rebecca Bedrossian is a mom, editor, writer, Brownie troop leader, lover of art and food, supporter of social justice, who is working on a delicious life. Former managing editor of Communication Arts magazine, you can see her handiwork at rebeccabedrossian.contently.com, or contact her at rebeccabedrossian@yahoo.com.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Editorial for ALT for damerne

Issue 25 of ALT for damerne (DK) contains illustrations of my making. I made the artwork an article about becoming a mom and how it can be more exhausting and tiresome than you expected.
New reseach shows that the level of individual happiness decreases when we have children and only rises to "normal" levels when they reach the age of 7 years.... hmmm food for thought!!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Weekend Moments

Fauna & Klint Playdate
Saturday Breakfast
Elderflower Lemonade

Radishes from the garden