I have always admired artists who carry around beautifully organized sketchbooks with drawings and imprints of their daily adventures. It's important to keep track of the things you see and the ideas that pop into your head for sure! I have tried, but it can never really stick to doing it! So this weekend, I was sitting in my desk working and saw a pile of sheets of paper that I have been drawing on since I first took MATS A (Make Art That Sells With Lilla Rogers) and immediately thought...I actually have a kind of sketchbook to share with others! It's clearly a collection of my ideas, my thought process and it shows a nice progression of how my work comes to full fruition. So I figured why not create a virtual sketchbook to share and for me to see how my work grows and shifts through time. And here it is:

GTS - First Round Submission

My final piece for GTS. What an interesting experience, so many mixed emotions. So much time and hard work was put into this and that is what makes me the proudest. At the start of the assignment I had doubts....tons of them. And started doing icons and sketches in the style that I thought would please Lilla. Nothing came out feeling natural, it just wasn't me. After about three days of debating this madness in my head I talked to my husband, and to a wonderful MATS classmate (Adri!), and they basically told me that if I was doing this to try to win, to try to fit into Lilla's artist roster, then I was doing things wrong. And you know what? They were totally right. So I observed Antoinette's life, and kinda realized we had many things in common. Except for the pork chop thing. I let go, started to trust myself, my intuition, and things began to FLOW. So lesson learned. Be you. Don't try to copy, don't try to be somebody you are not. There is only one of you and that is just PERFECT. 

GTS and Pattern Bombing

These past two weeks have been INTENSE. I won a spot in this year's Global Talent Search (hosted by Lilla Rogers) so of course I had to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. It's been kind of nerve wrecking, there are hundreds and hundreds of super talented illustrators longing for that one coveted spot in Lilla's studio (two years representation! what?!). But now I have been able to relax and just take the experience as a learning experience.

The brief was superbly created. So much information, so much to think about. I have spent around 10 days working non-stop on this. My entire creative heart has been poured and I am really pleased with the results and quality of artwork I was able to produce. That's good enough for me!

The deadline is next Friday but I was able to organize my time wisely and finished yesterday. I submitted my image this morning. :)

Another exciting thing is going on right now, Make it in Design's global Pattern Bombing assignment! These are my two pattern bombs:

Getting psyched for Global Talent Search

GTS (Global Talent Search) is a super exciting event hosted by Lilla Rogers. She's on the lookout for new artists to represent! Thousands of people participate each year, so even if winning is by far a slim chance, it is an amazing opportunity to learn, grow, connect with artists and art directors, and reconnect with fellow MATS alumni! Let the games begin!

MATS (Make Art That Sells with Lilla Rogers) - My process, progress, and releasing old negative patterns.

It's been an intense past three weeks, to say the least, with MATS5 going on. Three weeks already! I was super fortunate to have been able to register for this year's MATS (Make Art That Sells - with Lilla Rogers) and it's been a fantastic experience. Make yourself a cup of tea ;) and join me.

This initial post will be an overall review of my experience and what I was expecting prior to starting the class. I will be posting more detailed posts with lots of pics from the illustration process and will probably make my first Youtube vlog explaining it all!

I remember being online about two months ago and perhaps bumping into one of the reviews from other blogs and was immediately intrigued. I started seeing this amazing quality and body of work of fellow MATS alumni and was absolutely blown away and frustrated. Why was I frustrated? Because in terms of my art I have always felt that everybody else can and has always "done it better". What ever that means! This sense of insecurity that plagues many of us is really limiting. Our mind limits us because we let it.

Let me further explain with something that you should know about me. I have been practicing hatha yoga on and off since I was a teenager. I started to get really passionate about my practice last year and started taking private lessons with a neighbor who happens to be an amazing yoga teacher. Less than two months into my practice together with her I was able to do my first headstand. A headstand! My world was turned upside down, literally, and as a result I got this immense sense of clarity. I realized at that moment that getting past the fear meant being half way there! You need some core strength to prop your legs up and lots of focus to stay in the pose, but loosing that fear, that stupid, self-imposed sense of "I can't do this, it's too hard, I will fall", made it EASIER.

This same "ah-ha!" moment happened to me with Lilla. Our Fairy Art Mother. Her course is so structured, to the point, well-designed, and practical, that when it's paired with her constant motivation, words of wisdom, that fear of "I can't do this, it's too hard, I will fail", made it easier to find my art-self in the process. I can say that for the first time in my 30-something years of art making, I am starting hone in on my style. I'm seeing it. And people are starting to see it as well. Amazing. All thanks to Lilla. I will be forever grateful to you, magical art lady.

Let me tell you a bit about how the course works. There are two sections, A and B. Each lasts 5 weeks. Each week covers a different market. So far we've covered Bolt Fabric, Home Decor, and Children's Books Illustration. The latter has been the most challenging but the most rewarding week so far. I've loved it all, but I really pushed my limits (mental, self-inflicted limits) and I am ecstatic for having done so. I will write a post for each week, but here's a recap of the work I have created so far. This will be short and sweet for today, but stay tuned because I will be discussing each week in depth. :)

Children's Book Illustration:

Bolt Fabric:

Home Decor:

Work In Progress - Wild Things!

Continuing with the botanic garden theme this week, here's how the iguana has come along so far. Working on the rest of the piece this afternoon. Some pics of the process, from pencil, to ink, to Photoshop color. And a few shots I took while taking Maggie out in the backyard. Inspiration is everywhere you look!

Medellin Botanic Garden

The hubs and I went to the Botanic Gardens this weekend. It's located in the heart of the city, and you can find hundreds of plants (native, medicinal, etc) and animals, such as iguanas, birds, and insects. Some pics of our day there and a quick notebook sketch of a friend we made.

Bird, Flower, and Leaves

Exploring some vector art inspired by the Mola patterns of the Kuna indians from Colombia. Molas are the traditional costumes worn by the women from this indigenous group. They're made with layers upon layers of fabric and completely embellished by hand.

I'm Going Back to School with Lilla Rogers!

Super excited to be able to participate in Lilla Roger's MATS (Make Art That Sells) e-course (A and B) that starts March the 2nd! I can't wait to learn, grow, expand my art-making horizons, and be inspired by Lilla and hundreds of wonderful artists who will be joining me. I will post my progress in this blog! :)


It's been an intense month so far! Lots of stuff going on. My band participated in Fender Day (for those who don't know, I play bass in a prog rock band and have been an avid Fender musical instruments fan for years) last Sunday and we had a whole lotta fun.

Migratory birds have been flocking our city over the past few weeks. I was so lucky and excited to have been able to see this with my own eyes yesterday. Thousands (and I mean THOUSANDS) of migratory hawks in the sky heading south. Amazing!

I've been working on a side project called Hibou, where I'm making mini-cement planters, candles, and necklaces. A few pics of these past few weeks and today's pattern. Hope you like it :)