Illustrations for Birchbox + Lovely Streets – Beauty Box June 2016

Today, I would like to present a project I have been working on some weeks ago, and I was so eager to share it with you. I created all the illustrations for the famous monthly beauty box of Birchbox Spain, about summer, about those longer days, about holidays, about enjoying the hot days and vanilla ice creams.

And the best is that you can use this box to put your souvenirs, photos and such after you used all the products. Check it here if you want more details of what is in the box!

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Hand Lettering quote

A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to collaborate with the Spanish magazine ‘Mooi Magazine’, and to create the lettering for the back cover of the next issue! I loved to illustrate the phrase with my brushes, although I don’t usually work  with pinks and purples, it is nice sometimes to get out of your comfort zone 🙂

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New work: Citrus kitchen art poster

August has been a much needed month to relax, disconnect with the useless things and reconnect with the important ones. I finally took time to see my dad who I hadn’t seen for more than a year, and it felt really good. Sometimes even if we don’t say anything, we would just stay on the terrace sitting and enjoying the silence and peace of the countryside, and I think just the fact of being there really means a lot to both of us.

August has also been a month of working on some new personal projects, and this new watercolor fruit poster is a new addition to my Etsy shop. I am sure it would look great in your kitchen!

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New Work: L’Artisan Confiturier, Illustrated Jam Packaging

A few months ago, a lovely client from the US wrote me because she was interested in my patterns for her new brand of jams. I was very excited about this project, as painting fruits and packaging design are two things I really enjoy!

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I also had fun making these posters for each taste. I hope you like them!

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Watercolor Cocktails

For someone who doesn’t drink a lot of alcohol, it might be a bit strange to post an article about cocktails, but I was inspired to paint a few of them because of their amazing colors, and experiment with my watercolors. I let you enjoy this list of 10 cocktails you will fall in love with!

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Apple Rickey - watercolor food illustration

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Cherry cream soda - watercolor food illustration Basil Grapefruit Ginger Spritzer - watercolor food illustration Gin & Tonic - watercolor food illustration Emerald palmer - watercolor food illustration Mexican HorchataEmerald palmer - watercolor food illustration Coconut Lavender Lemonade - watercolor food illustration Mexican Limeade - watercolor food illustration Passion fruit summer drink - watercolor food illustration

Tutorial #2: How to make a repeat pattern in Photoshop

how to make a repeat pattern in Photoshop

Hi everyone!

It has been a while I am thinking about showing here the process I take to make a repeat pattern, but today is the day I am finally taking the time to do it. I decided to make a floral-leafy pattern, Below you can find the steps I took to get to this result:

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1. Here are the various loose flowers I made with watercolor.
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2. Select one by one the drawings you want to keep with the lasso and copy them all into a new document, preferably square (mine is 5000 x 5000px). I made it huge because I always scan my drawings at 600 dpi; I can always make it smaller later.

3. Move the elements around in order to make a composition you are happy with. It doesn’t have to fill the square (you will see why in the next step).
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4. Group all the loose elements together with CMD + G or CTRL + G.
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5. Duplicate the group you just made by dragging and dropping the group onto the new layer icon.
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6. Select one of the two groups and press CMD + E or CTRL + E or go to Layer > merge layers and make the other group invisible.
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7. Select the active layer and go to Filter > Other > Offset. If your layer size was like mine 5000 x 5000 px, enter 2500 and 2500 as values for horizontal and vertical.
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8. You now have a cross in the middle, that you will have to fill with other loose elements to make the pattern seamless. I don’t like to fill the square until the edges too much, because the smaller the cross you have to fill later, the more the chances you will have for the ‘seam’ to show. I hope this makes sense!!

Now, make this layer 30% opacity, and make the other group visible again, so you can differentiate which flowers are on which layer.
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9.  Now, you can organize the elements as you want to make the pattern harmonious. Watch out now not to put any element out of the square. I like this method, because you can see if you have two of the same elements next to each other.
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10. We are almost done. Now, increase the opacity of the merged layer back to 100%.
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11. To finish, you can go to Edit > Define pattern. Give it a name and save it.
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12. You can now try it in a new document.
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13. Create a new layer and fill it in white (Use the paint bucket tool (G)  or press Shift + Delete).

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15. Click on the pattern window and you will be able to choose the new pattern you defined. By default, it shows up at 100%, so very big in my case.
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16. You can now adjust the scale you want for your surface!Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 20.33.35

And we are all done! I hope you liked it! If you are doing it another way, or if you know some tips to do it more efficiently, don’t hesitate to share it in the comments!

An illustrated mini-guide of Paris

If I haven’t been posting a lot lately, it is because a few weeks ago, I started collaborating with an amazing brand here in Barcelona, full-time. It is a great opportunity to just draw all day long and do what I love!

In the last few weeks, I have been working on their online magazine and illustrated a mini-guide of Paris, oui oui! I hope you will like it!

Wonderful Paris

 

Watercolor illustration of the Hotel La Trémoille in Paris

 

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Restaurant Paris

Cocktails Paris

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Metro Paris