Thursday, December 4, 2014

Work in progress: Two Metres of Max

I am working on a new, exciting and...veeeeery long project! I mean literally long, since it is a 30 cm x 200 cm long illustration! 
It is the story of little Max, his Scottish mum and his English dad, of Niknak and Bifi (their cats) and Biscuit (their dog). A story about dinosaurs and teddy bears, trips to the moon, tractors and trailors, apples and bananas. So many elements, so many details...isn't that what I love the most?
Dear Max, I hope you will enjoy looking at this drawing as much as I am enjoying making it :)
Here below the work in progress:






Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Bonbonbox T-shirts!

A sneak-peak at my T-shirts project:


























I am currently collecting samples and preparing the collection! The baby and kids' T-shirts will feature funny animas like sloths and anteaters and will be 100% soft, organic cotton. Your little one will be super comfy! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ollie and the pumpkins

How's the weather where you live? Here in Amsterdam Fall colours have finally showed up, together with quite some rain and wind...
Searching for indoor activities for your little ones? How about helping Ollie to find pumpkins? 
Curious about Ollie's next adventure? Keep an eye on ExpatsHaarlem ;)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bye Bye!

I made this for a cute family who's leaving The Netherlands in a couple of days. 
Bye bye happy family! Have a good trip and enjoy the new adventure! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Journal: Malicafe+Malicamera

I have a sketchbook where I draw what I do, where I go, people that I meet, happy stories, ridiculous stories. In Amsterdam it is very easy to meet interesting people. This city somehow brings out the best in yourself. It makes you dare to take the risk, jump and do what you really want.

I have this very creative friend from Kobe who loves cooking, doodling and taking photos. Below is the illustrated story of her long-awaited venture which started almost 10 years ago in New Zealand…
Here below a couple of links if you want to discover more of Marika's world: 
https://www.facebook.com/malicafe.nl
http://malicamera.wix.com/malicafe
http://malicamera.wix.com/secret

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

Portraits: The Yoga-Family

I made this portrait for a lovely couple, their beautiful daughter and their cute dog Ginger. Both mum and dad are yoga teachers at http://www.liveyoga.nl/



Friday, August 15, 2014

Work in progress - "Hope" n.5

I have been requested to make nine illustrations related to the concept of "Hope".
This is the fourth one: "Hope that inspires me to announce".







Work in progress - "Hope" n.4

I have been requested to make nine illustrations related to the concept of "Hope".
This is the fourth one: "Hope our wishes become true".






Thursday, August 14, 2014

Work in progress - "Hope" n.3

I have been requested to make nine illustrations related to the concept of "Hope".
This is the third one: "Hope in forgiveness".





Work in progress - "Hope" n.2

I have been requested to make nine illustrations related to the concept of "Hope".
This is the second one: "Hope in the new life".



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Work in progress - "Hope" n.1

I have been requested to make nine illustrations related to the concept of "Hope".
This is the first one: "Hope to not be alone".






Thursday, July 24, 2014

They talk about Bonbonbox: Huckleberry Hustler

Huckleberry Hustler wrote a very nice post about Bonbonbox! 
Their favourite illustration is the one of the jumping pigs wearing underwear. Woowoo for the pigs!!
The webshop based in Dubai sells super cool and quirky kids wear by the Australian brand Minti.
My favourite: 
Thank you very much for the nice words Hucklberry Huster! The pigs are honoured!





Work in progress: The Dancing Pigs...

Are you ready for Bonbonbox kids' T-shirts? 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The 52 Week Illustration Challenge: Plane - Pink magic paper planes

Recently I am obsessed with Peter Pan collars and 50's skirts. I have collected tons of related pics (Pinterest addicted!) and have been thinking of doing some "fashion illustrations" for a while. Then I thought: why not adding a few planes to stick to this week's theme (52 Week Illustration Challenge)? So, here are my "Pink magic paper planes" :)


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Work in progress: The Dutch-Australian project - Part 2

...And here comes the second part of the illustration! 
This shows the little niece and nephew with their parents playing on the beach and Sydney landscape on the background.





Friday, July 11, 2014

Work in progress: The Dutch-Australian project - Part 1

I am working on a wall sticker for a Dutch-Australian couple!
The drawing should combine Dutch and Australian elements and picture the couple's life in Sydney and the one of their relatives both in Australia and The Netherlands. It is quite a complex illustration, full of details (which I love!).
The couple sent me lots of pics of their happy family and their beautiful house, the parents' farm in The Netherlands, their cats and parrots. I had so much fun thinking how to combine all elements together.
The sticker will cover the wall of their baby's room.
I guess I especially love working on this project as I am a foreigner here in The Netherlands and Alex (my 8 months old son) is also born in between two cultures. 
Here below the first part of the illustration. More to follow!




Monday, July 7, 2014

Personalized illustrations

Interested in personalized artwork? Illustrations, wall stickers, birth cards, T-shirts and much more! Just drop me a note! :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Work in progress: Kids' Cabin

I have been working on an illustration for "Kids' Cabin", a childcare based in The Philippines!
Here below the original black and white illustration:


The colored version:

..And some experiments with paper textures...

I loved doing this project! :)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The 52 Week Illustration Challenge: Boxes - The surprise-bear-box

For her birthday she got a huge box. A surprise box with a nice pink label on it. Guess what was in it?
I made this for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge. I tell more about this great initiative here.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The flyer

I have been working on some marketing material in the past days. I am planning to make flyers or postcards. What do you think of the illustration below?
I have tried to fit as many incredible creatures as possible. The choice was tough...I should have included at least the dancng crocodile. Maybe in the next one.



Thursday, May 1, 2014

Special Mommy Surprise Pack - GET YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!


I am taking part to this beautiful initiative by Lana Jelenjev, the lovely woman behind "Smart Tinker". Get your chance to win one of my illustrations and lots and loooots of other great prizes! How? Easy peasy! Go here and reply to an easy question! Liking the Facebook pages of the people giving away the prizes will give extra credits! 
Unfortunately the raffle is for Dutch residents only.
The design of the flyer below, including the mummy-illustration, is mine!
GOOD LUCK and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! 


Mother's Day - work in progress...

I am working on a project for Mother's Day and for a lovely woman named Lana.
More info to come soon stay tuned! ;)