Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New pillow

I just got this new pillow with my zodiac series illustration. They are available at society6 for every sign. I just love to have my illustration on objects. It's just so fun

Saturday, February 23, 2013

l is lion

Here is anew letter: L
L for lion
l para leon
l pour lion

And the series continues
So many letters
Next up I or N with some really exotic animals

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

P is for porcupine

And the abc continues... with letter P

P is for porcupine
P para puerco espin
P pour porc épic.

Love this little porcupine with all his spikes up
Hope you like it

So for now, we have letters A, E, F and P
I don't know which letter will be next. Any suggestions?
Maybe B or K
Will see

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A is for Antilope

Like promise here is the the letter A

A is for antilope
A pour antilope
A para antelope

Next up.... i'm thinking letter P
Why? because I'm feeling inspired by this letter

Also, the girls from Alinea are joining in on the fun and will soon be creating their own letters
Can't wait to see how our different styles look next to each other

Wanna join the fun?
Just send me your letters and I'll post them

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Abc: f is for flamingo

Like promise, here is the our little F flamingo friend
The letter is little bit more visible since the flamingo is such a delicate animal.
I can't wait to put the color in but I'm going to put color at the end of the project.... in 24 letters ouf!

F is for flamingo
F para Flamenco
f pour flamant

I think i'm going to do A next. it's the start of the alphabet after all
but i have some options for the animal
here is my list

Anaconda anaconda anaconda
Albatross albatros albatros
Anemone anemona anemone
Antelope antilope antilope

Wich one do you prefer?

Sunday, February 3, 2013

New series: Abc

Since the zodiac series is all done, I started a new series. Just something to relax and create something and mostly not think about too much ( like I always do).
So inspired by my daughter, her love of animals and the fact that she speaks french and spanish already and is already learning english,  I decided to draw an animal in the shape of the letters of the alphabet. It's simple but fun and I can play with type. I picked animals that the name starts with the same letter in french, english and spanish.

Here is the first one. E for elephant, elefante, éléphant
Hope you like it
My daughter already loves it and demanded to play with as soon as I finish drawing it
Next up, f for flamingo

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween from Alinea

Happy halloween to everyone
I love halloween!! With candies and spooky things, what is not to love.
Has you may know, I started the collective Alinea a while ago and we have been doing some great illustration together. And we wanted to wish you a happy halloween with this set of very diverse illustrations.
Isn't amazing how everyone has a different style!
Hope you like them and don't eat too much candy!
illustration by Isabelle Cardinal

illustration by Jacinthe Chevalier

illustration by Mélanie Foster

illustration by Eulalia Mejia

illustration by Carolina Espinosa (me!)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The results of the mix and draw

the girls from Alinea and I decided to play a little game this week. We each did a character and they mix their body parts up to see what it would create. Here are the results

Sunday, April 15, 2012

mix and match

hey illustrators,
The girls from my collective and I are doing a quick project
We are each doing one head, one upper body and one lower body drawing of a character. We'll them mix them up and see what creatures we created. Wanna join the fun? Here are the guidelines.
Submit your link in the comments and i'll post the result

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Here are some shoes I drew at the Arsenic shop in Rosemère. The store organise an event with the collaboration of Vans Otw. They invited artists to come and draw on their new shoe collection Vans OTw. I drew this shoes with a micron and for the bigger black area with a spharpie. It takes a while to dry but in the end the drawing becomes permanent.
I did a good vs evil concept.

Thanks for Arsenic and Vans for organising this great event

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

IF: Suspense

This week Illustration Friday theme is suspense.
I thaught about this and realize that for me, suspense is the feeling I get when I read a really good book. I get so caught up in the story that I have often missed my bus stop. I forget time when I want to really know the end. It seems that I can't read quickly enough.

So here is a little collage that I did in my sketchbook.
Sometimes it's fun to leave the computer away and get back to scissors and glue
Hope you like it

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Alinea Collective: Interview with Mélanie Foster

A few months ago, I had mention the intention of creating a illustrators' collective.
Well, I have been working on this idea really hard and the collective is starting to take shape. The name of the collective is Alinea and we are still looking for members. If you want to join, contact me.

For the moment, I would like to introduce to you one of the members of the collective.
Her name is Mélanie Foster and she is a very talented illustrator from Québec, Canada and the co-founder of our illustrator Alinea.
Here is an interview of Mélanie, where she reveals a little about herself.

Interview with Mélanie Foster, illustrator and member of Alinea

Can you tell us a little about your work as an illustrator?

I think that the work of an illustrator is to give the viewer an emotion through a very special art vehicule : illustration. The colors, shapes, transparency and composition come as one and can be interpreted in many ways by people watchering the illustration.

How did you find your style?
I have always loved materials, drawing and painting. At university, I could adapt to any style of illustration but I didn’t have a real personal style and technical skills. When I decided to be a professional illustrator, I had to do a lot of research to find my style. In the end, I decided to work principally with vectors, after few years of experiments with paint and other materials. I also love illustrating faces and living beings. Sometimes I still use traditional techniques but I prefer to work with vectors.

Can you explain your process ?
In the beginning, I search for artists that I love and I group words, sentences and images that inspire me. Then I draw about ten sketches to find original ideas and compositions. After that, I take pictures of persons and objects to help me to draw my illustration. I make a first photomontage in Photoshop with the principal colors. I draw versions in black and white and in colors. Then I scan my images and I begin my work with vectors. I trace the outlines, then I add colors and I use Photoshop again to incorporate textures to the final image.

What is the most important to you in your illustration work?
The most important thing to me is to see the result of my work and the happiness it brings to people. My style is in general very soft and includes many pastel colors. I think it’s important to find some lightness in every day.

What would be your dream job as an illustrator?
My dream is to only live from my illustration. I have studied in graphic design but I consider myself as an illustrator. I would like to work on children books projects and graphic novels. I like the imaginary of children stories.

Do you have any upcoming projects or plan?
I’ll work on my personal Web site for 2012. I also want to produce promotional objects. I’m in the early stage in the making of a graphic novel that I want to edit. I will participate in some exhibitions in the next months. Of course, the Alinea collective is going to keep me busy and it will give me a lot of good projects to work on.

Thanks Mélanie for the interview
You can more of Mélanie's work on her website: http://www.fostermelanie.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'm continuing with the adding color to the zodiac series

I started adding color to the cancer sketch
But I'm a bit stuck
Here are my variation up to now
What do you think?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Zodiac serie - adding colors

I have been trying to add colors to this series for a while
But I was totally stuck, I have done many versions and tried many different concept
but this is the one, i think, that I prefer.
Let me know what you think. Cuz I have been losing sleep over this one
I'm going to change the background. There's something to bugs me about it
but I think i'm on the right track.... or not??

Monday, August 22, 2011

New t-shirt for Threadless

I have created a t-shirt design for Threadless's design chalenge against Gmo.
It was really fun to create.
I am having fun doing some other illustration styles. Vector illustration is just so quick to do!
I wanted elements of the t-shirts to be underground. Since with GMO all the troubles are in the earth.
Well tell me what you think? and please go vote for the t-shirt on Threadless

Monday, August 15, 2011

illustration friday: Swell

This week's theme for illustration friday is Swell!
I decided to focus on the feeling of happiness even when things aren't so good.
So here is a little birdie that is happy to sing in the rain. Don't you love the rain when you new rain boots to try on!
it's all about being optimistic and see the good in every thing... something to keep in mind on this monday morning when I have to go to work after a too short wek end. I guess all is Swell!

As for the little dilemma: I decided to do a combo of both head, the eye of one and the black feather above the eye from the second one. What do you think?