Thursday, March 31, 2011

Art work for the handbag III




































Another step in the process of drawing the steller's jay. I regularly check the drawing with my initial sketch. I also count the feathers, only for my own enjoyment. No purpose to that actually. I just like to see how many strokes I have placed. A clear difference with working with pen and paper. Then you could never check such sily things. At this point there are 4181 feathers. And many more to come!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Art work for the handbag II


As you can read here, I am in the process of drawing a Steller's Jay. Three hours later:the next phase. It is the eye and the head. If this phase goes well, I am generally optimistic throughout the work. but if this one goes bad, takes too long or I just cannot seem to get it, then I tend to get a bit negative about the illustration. Think toddler tantrums and moody outbursts. That sometimes goes on for 2-3 days and I try to focus on another part before returning to this phase again. If I think I have achieved what I wanted I am happy again. It is a happiness that makes up for being moody for 3 days. It is always worth it, but after drawing about 22 birds- this is number 23- I know all too well that the moody phase is waiting to attack. I think this time I have dodged it! The head is not finished yet, but I am happy about the look in his eyes. Fine-tuning may happen later.

Art work for the handbag I












the last couple of days I have been busy finding nice leather and materials for my handbag. II have selected a vegetable tannes, guaranteed by product of the beefindustry- leather in the most amazing caramel color. The design of the handbag itself is done too. It will be a pretty large bag with enough room for your A4/ US letter files. But I also made sure there are more than 6 pockets or seperate spaces to keep your make-up, pencils, mobile and all you need to bring along. So now there's the most difficult part: The art work itself. I decided to go for the Steller's jay because it is dark and still brightly colored. Here I am sharing the different phases of the illustration. Phase one, of course the sketch and the basic layout of the panel where the bird will be printed on.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Photoshoot for Ariadne at Home Magazine




With 85.000 readers, Ariadne at Home is in the top three of Dutch home decor magazines. It's legendary to me as my mom already bought it when I was little and I read it too.
I was THRILLED when the production stylist asked me to take part in an article about women who create their own products. I prepared the big day by sewing and printing as many things as possible to use for the shoot. I was asked to bring my dress and wear it. Lovely!
The day was wonderful! The stylist, photographer and hair & make-up artist were wonderful and knowledgeable people and I was in good hands!
Here are some behind the scenes photos. I cannot show all yet of course. But I will when the article is printed in June/July!
A big thank you to my friend Nicole who went along with me to take all the photos and gave me moral support!
Now just be patient and go out and buy it!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Birds in watercolor









































































And here are two birds on a new type of pillow case. The background is done with watercolor which I love to do. Splashing away with a brush and paint. I like their brightness.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dark grey dress with Crested tits

















































And then there's the dark grey dress with the crested tits and cherry blossoms!
The same goes for this dress as the other one with Chickadees:
The wide V neckline and the silk belt make it such a feminine little number.

Everything about this dress is unique. The dress is handmade of 100% Silk. The outerfabric is
inkjet printed with my illustrations of the Chickadees.

The dress is fully lined to give it a better shape and it ensures it is not see through. The lining is made of lucious silk too. Silk is the most comfortable and luxurious of fabrics.
Each dress is handmade by me. I number each dress and I will register you as the holder. Because it is art that you are wearing.

Each dress is made to order, but currently I have a size S that is ready to ship.
State your Bust, waist and Hip size in message to seller, or let me know what size you usually buy.

I am very happy to be uniting my fashion background with my nature illustrations. Take a closer look here, in my web shop!!




Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Chickadees on a pillow cover









































I had to think long and hard on what background these guys needed. After a while it was clear they would look best with a light grey linnen backing. I usually feel like I should stick to hues in the illustration. But not only is that very unpractical, it can be a bit boring. Thankfully the light grey emphasizes the softness of the illustration even more.
I am happy!

The DRESS!!!

Finally the first dress is done. I had a pile of orders to work through. So not a bad reason I could only start on this later that I planned. But I am very happy to have it finished now! I actually have to get sewing right away to make the black one with crested tits. Lovely & delicate Chickadee and Ginkgo biloba dress. This dress breathes spring. The wide V neckline and the silk belt make it such a feminine little number.

Everything about this dress is unique. The dress is handmade of 100% Silk. The outerfabric is inkjet printed with my illustrations of the Chickadees.

The dress is fully lined to give it a better shape and it ensures it is not see through. The lining is made of lucious silk too. Silk is the most comfortable and luxurious of fabrics.
Each dress is handmade by me. I number each dress and I will register you as the holder. Because it is art that you are wearing.

Each dress is made to order, but currently I have a size S that is ready to ship.
State your Bust, waist and Hip size in message to seller, or let me know what size you usually buy.

This dress will be shipped registered.
Care instructions: Dry clean only- this is 100% silk.


I am very happy to be uniting my fashion background with my nature illustrations. Take a closer look here, in my web shop.









Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Little Owl in Celadon
























It was a request from Daphne of Bos en Heij to have a nice color on the background of this little owl. We decided on a Celadon green. This is the way he turned out. I think he looks better than without the green hues. I really like it!
He's soft but still mysterious as owls are of course!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bos en Heij in Arnhem

From the 22nd of February some of my pillows will be for sale in lovely shop Bos en Heij in Arnhem!! See how wonderful the shop is decorated! Also check their fanpage on facebook for the latest news. They have great stuff for your home!

Photo courtesy of Bos en Heij!

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