Monday, April 22, 2013

New patterns/decorative projects

I have been flipping through a whole pile of old nature magazines from the '60s that was passed on to me from our neighbor who was moving out. The pictures in the magazines are really poor compared to the pictures we see nowadays. But seem somehow more authentic as they have not been overly edited digitally. At that time you just had to go with the best frame on the film!
Also the print techniques have become much more advanced with time. Details are blurred and sometimes the offset alignment is not quite good...
Sooo these magazines are in other words in poor condition, but very inspiring nonetheless. After all animals will be animals...

I created a decorative piece from what caught my eye.

I would imagine this "Tropical Mix" would be great as a mural.


Spring has finally arrived in Denmark and the weekend was tremendous! Finally freckles are starting to show on my nose after spending hours in the garden, potting and planting. Love it!

I wish you a lovely day. 
x

  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

in the making...

Today I am working with new pattern designs inspired by the good old art nouveau imagery... I have always loved the designs of the art nouveau period and find myself getting back to it once in a while to search for new inspiration and indulge in the abundance of decorative ornaments and organic lines.





Through my research of images from that era I stumbled upon E A Séguy - a French decorative illustrator who produced 11 books of patterns and illustrations in the early part of the 20th century. A distinctive feature of both the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods (across which his work spanned) was the drawing of inspiration from the beauty of nature. Presented here are sample images from two of his books, dedicated to the study of insects. I think they are very beautiful!




Anyways - I did some sketching and this is what I came up with working both in hand and digitally.
    






xxMia

Friday, April 5, 2013

New Illustrators File vol. 10



I have been invited to participate as a "guest artist" in the Illustrators File vol. 11 published by Tokyo based ART-BOX International Inc. The book is due to be launched this Spring (2013), and I am looking forward to be seeing the layout this time. I have participated in previous books of their making and I see it as a potential way of getting noticed by the Japanese, which is not an easy task...

The book is an index-type book gathering about 100 Illustrators (mainly Japanese) currently active on the japanese illustration art scene. So it was a great honour to be asked and to have my work featured in these books.

ART-BOX Publishing



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Good Morning!


Good Morning in the studio! This is what my workspace looks like these days... I got more furniture this weekend because of rearrangement in the house, but I like to have more space for drawing and sewing etc. I feel so privileged to have this space of my own. Maybe it looks a little crammed to you - but I love it that way...

 
This picture (just above) is a documentation of my weekend (house) project. I am painting closet doors for our hall... "Hall" make it sound very big, but it is actually not. It is very small, and I think it lacks some color. So here we go - lots of nice, bright, triangular colors! I painted the doors with acrylic colors and the black one has some texture to it, and the triangles that look white are actually silver/metallic. I love how it adds various shine and texture to the once so very boring and 60's brown doors. Finally I will add a layer of varnish to make them sturdier.

Have a lovely day out there.
xx

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

last one...

So this is the last image in the series of Carlin Groupe illustrations. This one is called Incarnation.