little character magnets

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One of my fave things to draw are faces. I love making little people and characters. A few years ago I sold little brooch pins in my shop that all had a different personality. I made those from left over pieces of wood, and every single piece was unique.

I still had some small porcelain slices hanging around from another brooches project in the past. With these I started making new faces and characters, each -again- unique, handpainted and with his or her personal outfit made out of paper. I attached little magnets to the back to make them suiteable for sticking some messages on the fridge ;-).

So far, I've made 6 of them. I'm not yet sure if I will put them in the shop or keep them myself, as they started as just a personal project. What do you think, should I sell them?

Wedding invitation design

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With my own wedding coming up in august, I of course had to design my own wedding invitation.
The future husband and I wanted a design without the regular flowers/ rings/ wedding things and went for an abstract theme.
Because my dress is blush pink (scoop scoop), I choose a color palet inspired by the gown.

First, the shapes were made using markers, crayon and fineliner. All shapes can interlock (do you feel the theme here?) or overlap. After scanning the drawings, color and transparency were added.
Because the shapes are quite 'modern', I choose a more classic font.

I had the design printed by Peter Print, my fave digital printer who can print like it was offset (seriously, it looks like a very expensive high quality print, which unfortunately can't really be fully shown in a picture), on beautiful heavy paper with a slight grain.

The card consists of two components: the long 'main' card for the day guests and a smaller overlay card that can be added for evening (dinner) quests. Hold together with a drop shapes paperclip.
And tadaaa, our wedding invitation is ready!

The books that inspire

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On my bookshelfs a lot of art and illustration books but these are the books I keep looking at, that inspire me most.

top picture, from top to bottom:

1. Sometimes I think, sometimes I am - Sara Fanelli
Sara Fanelli has a lovely free way of working with (illustrative) materials and collage.

2. Camilla Engman - The suitcase series by Uppercase
I've been a fan since I first saw her work in 2010. Love Camilla's fun, sweet and also sometimes a bit dark characters.

3. Allemaal mensen - Blexbolex
It's intriguing to me how all his work looks vintage but in fact is all (well) done by computer. It's simple, elegant and very much to the point. His Seasons book is great too (and many others, actually all his work is worth having ;-) )

4. Olle Eksel - swedish graphic designder
All time favorite designer. The shows his finished work but also sketches and drawings, very inspiring.

5. Mark Hearld's Workbook
Inspiring collages, painting, lino's and more with a nature and animal theme
(what I love drawing too).

6. Al Mano - expressive lettering in the digital age
Although this book it a bit older (I bought it while in art school back in 2006), it still is one that I look into now and then when I need inspiration on lettering and such.

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