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Nanna Boegekaer's eclectic illustrations

Thanks Nanna aka @littleboegekaer for taking part in our black and white illustrators’ interview series!

How long have you been drawing?

Since 2012/13, I think. I started late!

What’s your process?

I just draw whenever I get an idea really. It’s an urge most of all. I don’t really get the process but it feels magical at times.

Digital vs traditional?

Oof. Traditional is my first love but digital is growing on me.

How long does it take to create it?

Anything between five minutes and days.

Is it a hobby or your career?

It’s become a lifestyle for me. It’s become so integrated in my daily life that it’s just something I do like getting out of bed.

Why do you draw?

Because I don’t know how not to.

What inspires you?

Often it’s people. They put me in a certain mood, or say something that gives me the urge to create something. If I meet someone interesting, I often get a lot of ideas.

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

A tie between having drawings published in a book this year and starting my business back in 2016 when I was just 20!

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

Letting people in.

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

I’d hug everyone I love, eat my favorite things, listen to my favorite songs, and then I’d go see the ocean – maybe even going for a swim.

How can people get in contact with you?

Messages on Instagram are always welcomed! But I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr as well. Email is okay too! Also wont stop you if you send a bird.

Links for social media:

https://www.facebook.com/littleboegekaer

https://twitter.com/littleboegekaer

https://littleboegekaer.tumblr.com/

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Nanna, her desk where she works, two pictures of her home – one where she lives in Copenhagen-ish and then one where it’s more possible to see that it’s Copenhagen, her dog (her name is Poe!), and then the view from where she live with her beloved plants! Aso, Toulouse, her second home

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The Art of Sketching

How quickly can you paint something, giving it shape, volume, texture and colour, thus making it instantly recognizable, without getting bogged down in unnecessary fluff and the grip of perfectionism?

The art of sketching is going through a major revival, thanks to the permanent appeal of the fresh, uncluttered, intuitive artwork that allows the viewer’s eye to complete the picture on its own.

The following three Instagram artists are certainly among the masters of the art form. 

Australian architect and artist Liz Steel @lizsteelart is a self-professed “obsessive sketcher”. From her daily and weekly menus, through the urban scenes, landscapes, illustrations of her colour palettes and art tools, all the way down to portraits, Liz sketches her life journey with a passion and zest of a true art lover. Famous for her masterful collection of teacup sketches, Liz teaches both live workshops and online, at SketchingNow.com and her website.

Jennie Kessinger @jennie_kessinger, based in States, is another passionate sketcher, dedicated to daily practice of the art. Using mainly watercolor, ink and gouache, Jennie fills her growing collection of over 50 sketchbooks with urban sketches, scenes from her road trips, interiors, drawings and illustrations of animals, plants, food, drink, landscapes and virtually any and all objects that land in her field of vision. 

Lisa Livoni @lisalivoni from Portland, Oregon, is a well-established watercolour artist, with a number of solo exhibitions throughout USA under her belt. Although not necessarily a sketcher, Lisa’s intuitive, loose and wonderfully vibrant art is marked by the spontaneity and freshness of a skilled master. Using botany as her main subject, Lisa’s brush never adds a single stroke more than is absolutely essential to create a brilliant work of art. 

Visit Lana’s Instagram gallery @calico.brush

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Inky Monochromes by Ellie Morris

Thanks Ellie aka @elliemdesign for taking part in our black and white illustrators’ interviews series! 

How long have you been drawing?

Since I was a tiny human. I’ve always been more practical than academic, much preferring to hold a paintbrush or put on a pair of running shoes than pick up a practice test. 

What’s your process?

Sketch, question it, re-sketch and question it again. I can sit on an idea for six months or I can picture an idea immediately, there is no in-between.  

Digital vs traditional?

Pen on paper is unbeatable, but my finished work is completed and produced digitally.

How long does it take to create it?

It varies, from a few hours to a couple of days, totally dependent on the design.

Is it a hobby or your career?

Both. I work full time to pay to live, freelance to build my portfolio (& buy that takeaway occasionally) and then I create for fun too. 

What inspires you?

A mass of things: nature, space, architecture, etc. The artists I follow, they are all incredible & inspiring. 

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

The week I consumed 2.5kg of Nutella? But truthfully, it’s seeing my work out in the world. Nothing is better than helping people or making them smile. I was lucky enough to work with a musician on t-shirt illustrations that raised over $10,000 for a U.K charity; his supporters are incredible.

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

Like many, I struggle with my mental health everyday. After University I was at one of my lowest points, with unsupportive staff & suffering family loss, my anxiety levels & self-belief were extremely poor. I still wonder whether or not I am good enough for this community however my Nan always told me to try my best because it’s all you can do, just don’t give up. Those are the words to live by.

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

With family, trying to drag them on a flight to New York. It’s a place I have always wanted to go. 

How can people get in contact with you? EmailInstagram or Twitter. I work on custom projects from branding to packaging, to one off prints and tattoo designs.

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Sketchbook Magic

Ask watercolour artists about their favorite art supplies and you’ll get many different answers – from preferred brushes, paints and paper, to absolute must-have palettes, white pens or masking fluids. But one thing we all love and have in common, which is often not mentioned, are sketchbooks. There’s something magical about sketchbooks, like painting your own journey and leafing through your most uplifting dreams. The following three artists fully illustrate that appeal. 

Kristina Gavrilova @xtina_gavrilova_art, based in Russia, paints deliciously loose urban scenes, architectural elements, intricate street lanterns and florals. Transparency and luminosity of Kristina’s watercolour are precisely the qualities that make this medium ever-popular, and unique perspectives and compositions of her paintings bring her artwork to the fore. Leaning towards the cooler side of the colour wheel, Kristina mostly reaches for soft purples, pinks, blues and greens. She also teaches the art of watercolour on Skillshare and on the Russian Master Classes website. 

Slovenian artist Sara Kajba @moonchildillustrations uses watercolour, markers, coloured pencils, acrylics and other media to create unique stories and characters. Distinguished by the rich autumnal palette, with rusts, oranges, reds and earths dominating her work, Sara’s art is an imaginative combination of the classic children-book style illustration and manga-inspired art. Sara also loves to “draw with you”, inviting you to give her prompts for the new characters and sketches.

Half a globe away, in USA, Abigail Halpin @abigailhalpin illustrates books, creates patterns for fabrics, saws, embroiders and paints using mixed media and collage. An artist and crafter, Abigail draws inspiration from folk art, mystery novels and vintage textiles, among else and, in turn, presents a wealth of inspiration herself. In addition to paintings, sketches and patterns, Abigail’s Instagram gallery features playfully illustrated quotes, various objects painted by hand (including flower pots, Christmas decoration, Easter eggs, fall leaves and Halloween pumpkins), as well as memorable pages from her sketchbooks.

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Renata Krawczyk's Patterned Blacks

So excited having here Renata Krawczyk aka @rena.illustration aswering a few questions about her work. Let’s start the questions!

How long have you been drawing?

I have been drawing ever since I can remember; with different consistency though. For three years now drawing consumes most of the time. 

What’s your process?

When an idea springs to my mind, I start with a quick sketch. Then I change it to a bigger format. When I have a draft, I fill it with details, piece by piece.

Digital vs traditional?

Both forms. The black and white works are made in traditional way though. With ink and technical pen.

How long does it take to create it?

It depends on a format. I like to have time to think the work through. I don’t like being in hurry.

Is it a hobby or your career?

I have always view it as hobby, but ever since I receive commissions for an illustration, it has become something more than just a passion. 

Why do you draw?

I don’t know. I love it. It is like an addition, when an idea springs to my mind, the thoughts to draw it are haunting me until I start drawing. Later on there is only euphoria that comes from the drawing process and curiosity for final effect.  

What inspires you?

I keep my mind and eyes open on everything that surrounds me, because sometimes the most  

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

I hope that moment is still ahead. 

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

I face some negative thoughts that I may be not good enough but I think every artist feels this way sometimes. 

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

I would like to remain unaware of the fact that this is the last day.

How can people get in contact with you? 

I don’t have a web site yet, but I’m working on it. So you can contact me via Instagram @rena.illustration .

Renata, her cozy office, her office stuff, her plants, her books, her coffee stuff 🙂

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Earth Art

Plastic may have been all the rage in the sixties (was it? ever?) and microwave & dishwasher-safe uniform mugs and dinnerware might still be the most prudent choice but I, for one, can never resist the earth art – the rustic, hand-made, hand-painted, one-of-a-kind ceramics.

Australian artist Madeline King @earth_darlings stretches the boundaries and brings the art of shaping and painting clay to household objects which are most often made from everything but clay. In addition to traditional earthenware, like flower pots, beads and bowls, Madeline also makes the most adorable table and pendant lamps, ceramic mobiles, pendants from recycled, re-shaped and re-baked clay, as well as utensils, including ceramic spoons with driftwood handles.

Didem Firat @didemfiratceramics, based in Ankara, Turkey, sticks with more traditional ceramic dishware, with accent on colour, pattern and the uneven, rugged feel of handcrafted pottery. Didem mixes hand-painted stripes, dots, grids and other abstract patterns with botanical and stylized florals. The folklore motifs, line art markings and the use of ancient symbols on her vases, bowls, pots and mugs, make Didem’s ceramics uniquely fresh and appealing.

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Carly Buteux @itsapublicholiday makes ceramic vessels and objects under the Public Holiday brand, based in Sydney. Placing an emphasis on the simplicity of form and graphic accents, Carly’s pottery is also distinguished by the thick, juicy glazes dripping over the rims and markings thus creating rich, saturated layers of colour and sheen. In addition to the luscious turquoises, blues, aquas and greens, Carly’s deep earth tones – ocher, bronze, umber… the whole gamut of browns, from beiges, through red browns, to warm blacks – simply make you want that coffee right now, and right in there, in one of her handmade mugs!

Visit Lana’s Instagram gallery @calico.brush

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Minimalist & geometric art by Al Stocker

Thanks Al aka @al_stocker_draws for taking part in our black and white illustrators’ interview series!

How long have you been drawing?

I have always loved art since I was a young boy but I didn’t start drawing more until November 2017. I decided to start a daily challenge to try and improve and I haven’t stopped since.

What’s your process?

I start by sketching up my initial ideas on paper or any sketchbook I can find. I then take that idea and transform it to a really awesome Fine Grain Heavyweight paper that I use for all of my final drawings. I use a variety of Uni Pin and Rotring Fineliner Pens from 0.03 for fine details up to 0.3 for the outlines. The details tend to be a mixture of straight lines or stippling.

Digital vs traditional?

I enjoy experimenting with digital but I love traditional! With digital work you can erase something whenever you like but traditional drawing really tests you to take your time on each line. It’s not so much fun when you make a mistake just before finishing a design which I’ve done a few times but that’s part of the process of learning and getting better. 

How long does it take to create it?

Each drawing generally takes between 2-7 hours depending on how detailed it is.

Is it a hobby or your career?

I currently draw in my spare time and work full time in another job. I would love to make this my career one day. To be able to work on my passion every day would be incredible.

Why do you draw?

I find drawing is the best way for me to relax. Along with playing guitar, It’s my favourite way to switch off from the noise of life and be present in the moment.

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

With my closest friends and family exploring Yosemite National Park. I haven’t been before and it’s one place that I would love to visit before I leave this world. Maybe I could do a drawing while I’m there 🙂 

How can people get in contact with you? 

Please send me an email to alstockerdraws@gmail.com or through one of my social media links.

New 2020 Store: www.alstockerdraws.com
New Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/alstockerdraws

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Art Imaginarium

Art and imagination are almost interchangeable terms, but even though art can hardly exist without imagination, in some cases the connection may not be entirely obvious. With the following Instagram artists, however, there can be no dilemma – their work, each in its own way, is marked by oodles of creativity, turning daily and common into art.

Norwegian artist Linda Bruvik @linda.bruvik_illustration, paints scenes from nature and daily life with great attention to detail. The intricate patterns and markings on her characters’ bed throws, shawls, rugs and hair, as well as forests and backgrounds, add interest and charm to Linda’s art. Mostly figurative, Linda’s illustrations feature clean lines, skillful use of colour and, just like the artists featured below, abundance of creativity.

Nicola Gregory @nicola.e.gregory, a UK artist, carries her watercolours from Caribbean to Tuscany, from her native Wales to the South of France. Named one of the first Royal Watercolour Society’s CWC Ambassadors, Nicola paints bright flora, still life, scenes from her travels and Christmas-inspired pieces, among else, with blissfully loose wide brushstrokes and juicy, brilliant colours. 

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Another Norwegian, Anja Andresen Waage @my.artjournal reveals she’s inspired by ‘life’s small moments’ and her surroundings. Using watercolour, acrylics and mixed media, and a predominantly soft, pastel palette, Anja paints chubby mermaids, angels and birds, portraits with lush floral crowns, sweet butterflies, bunnies and bees, voluptuous bathing beauties, and a lot more.

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Magic and nature art by Ewa Skuta

Thanks Ewa aka @ewart for taking part in our black and white illustrators’ interview series! 

How long have you been drawing?

As a kid and teenager I used to draw and paint a lot, but then I had over 10 years of break. I have started again 4 years ago.

Whats your process?

The first step is choosing the right paper as I love to experiment with craft, handmade, toned, cotton papers etc. I also spend a lot of time on searching for good reference photos of animals, trees or silhouettes. Sometimes I use my own photos too. Then the pencil sketch – sometimes I have to repeat few times before I achieve a satisfactory result. When I am ready it’s time for inking or watercoloring. Pure fun, I can do it for hours.

Digital vs traditional?

For now only traditional.

How long does it take to create it?

From 2 to 10 hours. Only a few pieces in my portfolio took me longer.

Is it a hobby or your career?

Art is life:)

Why do you draw?

When I draw I am myself and happy. I also think that the world needs art, not only visual, but also music, books, poetry. They can trigger so many beautiful emotions: delight, admiration, joy, sentiment. The act of creating is also an incredible, spiritual experience.

What inspires you?

I have many of interests, but mostly I am inspired by nature, music, magic, also ancient symbolism. I hardly ever have problems with the new ideas, they come one by one while the process of creating.

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

When the Blackworknow featured my work 🙂

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

I try to keep optimistic and not to remember about obstacles. I am thankful for all opportunities I meet in my life: thanks to social media I can show my art to so many people, I sell my pieces, I can work from home.

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

If I could choose I would see the mount Fuji – one of my biggest dreams. Then I would go to a party:)

How people can get in contact with you?

My email address is ewaskuta.art@gmail.com. Feel free to write!

Ewa 🙂

Also Ewa with the pilgrim statue after doing her Camino de Santiago way

A view of Silesia, the place where she lives.

One of her favorite places: the Silesian Museum in Katowice

Ewa likes to travel – this photo was taken in Norway. 

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Kristina Kemenicova, Illustrator, plant addict, greenhouse lover.

Thanks Kristina aka @kristinakemenikova  for taking part in our illustrators’ interview series! 

How long have you been drawing?

I am Kristina Kemenikova. I live in Slovakia. I am a self thaught illustrator. I have been drawing and painting since I was a child. I used to paint a lot with my dad. I only started to paint illustrations 3years ago and I really love it.

Digital vs traditional?

I use traditional methods as aquarell but I also paint digitally too on my IPad.

What’s your process?

It all starts that I imagine a picture how I would like it to look like and than I sketch it but I only do rough sketches and than I start to paint.

How long does it take to create it?

I don’t really follow how long does it take as when I am painting everything else stops for me and I only concentrate on the painting.

What inspires you?

I love to paint plants and forest animals with human elements let it be either some human character or human activity. I think it is so lovely to show human activities thru these beautiful furry little creatures. Many of my paintings are related to plants as I am a big plant lover. My parents are gardeners so I can say literally that I grew up in a greenhouse and from my young age I was always working with plants. I also love to make illustrations for ecological topics as that is very close to me and I feel that it is very necessary nowadays to talk and inform people as much as we can about environmental problems and changes what we can do four our planet.

Why do you paint?

I paint because it’s such a big part of my life that I can’t imagine even a day without painting let it be only doodling at my desk but I just love it. I also love making ceramics.

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

The proudest moment that I have achieved is mmmmm actually I don’t know but I love to help and when I was small (I still do it now haha) and I saw a bee drown I would get it out of the water and gently blow it wings to dry it so it can fly away and I was always proud that I saved someone’s life. 🙂

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

The biggest obstacle or I would say rather the biggest lesson so far in my life was when I broke up with my fiancé and that experience changed my life at all. I have realised so many things in a positive way that I am really thankful for this experience in my life, I believe that without it I wouldn’t be the same person as who I m now. 

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

If I had one day to live I would spend it with my family , my dogs and friends as they mean a world to me but I would also just spend some of it as I do it every day and that’s being in nature and listening to nature. I love when I hear the wind blowing, the sound of the sea, the silence when it’s full moon or when I watch the stars. I m soo thankful for these moments and I thank for them every time I can experience these beautiful moments. 

How people can get in contact with you? 

I have a web page www.k-bbf.com but most of my work is posted on my Instagram account @kristinakemenikova 

Kristina with the first book she has ever illustrated.

The cottage where she lives, it’s an 150 yrs old cottage and its her little fairytale bungalow. 

Kristina’s parents greenhouse, one of her favourite places.

Her dog Lilly, her little daschund pups. She has two daschunds and two german shepheard dogs. Her kitties 🙂 she has 4 kitties.

Vegan cake she has made and also photogrpahed (she loves foodstyling ) She loves plant based food. 

Her flowers zinnias. She plants loads of flowers every year so all the butterflies, bees and insects have a flower field.

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Winter Botanicals

Winter is in full swing on this side of the Earth and winter botanicals are very much in. The following Instagram artists, with their unique perspective on the subject, are my choice for this week.

Clare and Josh, a young couple behind Forest Culture Design @forestculturedesign, have established a brand which merges the woodworking shop and an art studio in the best possible way. Inspired by nature, the couple’s creations include wall art (prints and original paintings), hand-painted wood ornaments and DIY kits. They also teach a Skillshare class on mastering the gift wrapping art.


Chilean graphic designer Viviana Gonzalez @vivigonzalezart pursues a wide range of subjects, from abstracts and landscapes, to portraits, still life and botanical sketches. Spanning from monochromatic to multi-colour, from vivid to earthy, geometric to organic and minimalist to ornate, Viviana has created a lavish tapestry of art explorations.

Illustrator based in Russia, Anna Bezgodova @bezgodova_  must have a shelf full of wonderful sketchbooks, brimming with captivating urban sketches, maritime drawings, studies of a wide array of objects and botanical illustrations. Anna’s mastery of pen and wash technique, as well as her keen eye for an immersive perspective, result in some of the most interesting, graceful work.

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Как начать с темы челленджа @electric_mirror , перейти (не по ссылке , нет)на мятые коробочки физалиса , попытаться хоть как то отснять нарисованное , и не сойти с ума?!Кажется я начинаю понимать людей , которые с уверенностью утверждают , что все художники -шизофреники.Пару дней (недель)в таком темпе и до большой психиатрии недалеко в принципе ) Ну а если честно , то честно попыталась нарисовать комок бумаги .Но меня на первых двадцати минутах скрутило в такой же комок и я отправив подальше бумагу с лёгкой душой(не в школе же )схватила эти засохшие коробочки , что манят меня постоянно .Тем более денёк такой яркий . А я челленже я обязательно поучаствую .Только надо ,что б тема по душе была .А то эта мятая бумага мне с академических времён ещё памятна не самым лучшим образом#акварельныйскетч #акварель#гелеваяручка #скетчбук #скетч#ботаническийскетч #ботаническаяакварель #набросок #этюд#пленер #pleineir #botanicalsketch #botanicalillustration #watercolor #sketching #graphik #illustration #аннабезгодова

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An interview with illustrator Alan Gehri

Thanks Alan aka @alangehri for taking part in our illustrators’ interview series!

How long have you been drawing?

I started to seriously draw in March 2019, a few months later with china ink.

What’s your process?

First of all I never start to draw unless I have a clear idea of what I want to do, once I had an idea I simply developed it in pencil and immediately after the ink.

Digital vs traditional?

Traditional is more satisfying!

How long does it take to create it?

Generally it takes about 1/4 hours to complete a drawing, once I start I finish it, I never leave things in half.

Is it a hobby or your career?

For me it is a hobby in all respects, I don’t think I will make it a career in the future. we’ll see!

Why do you draw?

The only way to express feelings and be interpreted simply by looking.

What inspires you?

Whatever I see I feel or live in person!

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

Find out that there are people who really care what I do.

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

I think it was finding a style that satisfied me, as well as managing my IG page.

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

I think I will spend my time alone smoking on my balcony.

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The paper sky of illustrator Lucia De Marco

Thanks Lucia aka @lucy_inthe_papersky for taking part in our illustrators’ interview series!

How long have you been drawing?

I used to draw since I was a child, I don’t remember a time in my life without colours and pencils in my hands.

What’s your process?

I start looking for pictures that inspire me: mostly photos, paintings, and illustrations. Then I create a lot of sketches with pencils. When I’m satisfied, I jump into painting with watercolors and gouaches. When the picture is done, I usually scan and fix it in photoshop.

Digital vs traditional?

I say traditional. Despite the incredible possibilities of digital painting, it can’t be compared with the warm and the energy of traditional techniques.

How long does it take to create it?

It depends on the complexity of the picture. The work may take an hour or some days
Is it a hobby or your career?At the moment illustration is my job. It’s hard to live of it, so I’m still trying to improve my career.

Why do you draw?

I draw instinctively. It’s a way to survive bad things of life. When I draw I feel secure, comfortable, at home. Art is my safe place.

What inspires you?

I get a lot of inspiration from nature and from the little pleasures of life: a walk in the park, a cup of tea in a nice bistro, old and vintage stuff and everything is cozy and kind.

What is the proudest moment that you have achieved?

I’m still waiting that moment, I’m very critical on myself and my work, so I use to think about what I could have done better, even if I think it’s a good job. Of course I’m feeling proud of myself at this moment mostly because I live on my own thanks to my art and passion!

What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?

The real obstacle is to explain to other people that you’re doing a real job. You’re still considered “crazy” or “bizzare” if you want to pursue an artistic career.

You have one day to live, how do you spend it?

Of course all the time with people I love.

How people can get in contact with you?

You can find me on ig as @lucy_inthe_papersky!

Web: luciademarcoillustrazioni.com eMail:luciademarco93@gmail.com

You can contact me for commissions, sale prints, collaborations, and custom designs!

Lucia at her desk

Lucia’s workstation

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Little Things

A very happy New Year to all Blackwork and Illustration Now friends and readers!

While some artists are inspired by large canvases, open spaces and wide brushes, the following three draw our attention to the little things – making marks in their sketchbooks, planners and on calendars, working on small daily art pieces and doodling on book margins.


Cécile Metzger @coucou_illustration is a well established French freelance illustrator, currently living in Italy. Cécile creates magic using watercolour, pencils and even embroidery. Recognized and commissioned by some of the greatest names in the industry, Cécile’s artwork is marked by a distinct charm of innocence and lighthearted fun.

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Dear friends, How are you today ? It was supposed to rain all day here but we haven't seen a single drop yet 💧 For those of you who watch my stories, you might have seen some of these little guys there. Yesterday, I finally found a big art shop here (until now I had only found two very small ones, and they didn't have much choice), and I bought myself two bottles of @sennelier ink ! An Indigo blue, and an opaque white. And… I fell in love ! I spent the entire afternoon yesterday and the morning today filling a spread of my sketchbook with them. It had been such a long, long time since I had so much fun doodling like this ! So freeing and relaxing. I don't know if they really "fit my style", I usually use warm colours, but I loved the spread too much not to include it here… So here it is ! I hope you like them – if you do, you can go to my stories and find phone wallpapers I made for you ! Just a teeny tiny thank you for your support lately. It means so much. I know I keep saying this but I mean it everytime. Thank you, thank you !!! You are wonderful 💙 I hope this Thursday is kind to you, bringing you smiles and happy moments. I send you all my indigo love, warm tea and soft music, Cécile #coucou_illustration #illustration #illustrator #animals #props #ink #painting #sennelierink #objects #indigoink #pansies #indigo #blue #wip #chat #mossery @mosseryco

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Maria Carluccio @carluccio7, American artist based in Ohio, teaches illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design. Maria paints and posts daily on Instagram – something that was meant as a personal challenge, and turned into a fresh perspective on art-creating process. You can sense the joy of creation in Maria’s art, with each piece bringing that enthralling feeling of still-wet paint, playfulness and spontaneity. 

Canadian artist Shayda Campbell @shaydacampbell believes “creativity is play – everyone can do it!” and proves her point on her YouTube channel, where she posts tutorials twice a week. Mostly inspired by the botany, Shayda shares her ideas on creating airy drawings and paintings, greeting cards, hand-painted cutouts, as well as art journaling and decorating planners and calendars.