As my first official Mother's Day was coming up, I wanted to gift myself a nice reminder of what it's been so far. The love is strong, the changes are hard, but it's been all absolutely worth it. So happy first Mother's Day to me!
"What's the theme"? Everyone asked when he said we were planning Kin's first birthday party. Theme? It's about his first birthday, about how grateful we are he's safe and healthy, and a celebration of us as parents screaming out loud "we made it!". So the theme is Kin, and as such, an illustration was in order.
This illustration features all Kin's favourite things during his 1st year in this planet. We made customized t-shirts for each family member, e.g. "Kin's mom" or "mamá de Kin".
The party was all about Kin, and we now have these little reminders of what it was beyond pictures.
The connection between a grandparent and grandchild is so pure, tender and full of love, makes my heart melt. Such is the connection between my boy and his grandma, and to honour this bond I created a small illustration of their portraits. Just for fun.
For a while now, my husband and I have been wanting to create a character I could illustrate and he could bring to life. I thought hard about what this character could be, and then realized it was right in-front of my face. There, playing with his car. My boy, except dressed in a dragon suit (because, why not).
This is the beginning of a series called "Dragon Kin". Like many personal projects, it's hard to make time for it. But at least is a start!
I was commissioned to work on a mural for a loft. Based on the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC, this mural had to include many iconic elements of the Main St. area.
It was a dangerous, challenging task to finally trace the result in the wall. I learned to always bring with me a ladder level, a stick to help with curves/straight lines, and probably extend the health insurance in case of a nasty fall.
Live and learn.
I was commissioned to work on a mural for a 3 y/o boy named Harlem. I came up with a boy dressed up as a dragon (the beginning of Dragon Kin), and his friends.
Not only did the mural was a success with the parents, but Harlem made friends with the dragon boy, and would always kiss him good night. Best. Thing. Ever.
I wanted to paint a mural for my (then) unborn son. Since we didn't have a separate bedroom for him, my husband and I made some room in the kitchen area.
In the same wall we painted the mural, we used to have a poster of 2 whales dancing in the sea. It was a beautiful illustration, and was inspired by it to create these mom and baby whales, gently touching.
We painted this mural during my 7th month of pregnancy. It was challenging, but the most pure act of love for our unborn child. If only we could take that wall with us wherever we go.
Bear Mountain is a Vancouver-based band with a unique brand: geometric shapes. They each own a shape, and have masks to wear occasionally with these shapes.
I was asked to create a mural for their practice studio place. Best part: the whole band helped with the finished painting.
Based on the BMTN mural, I created these set of wallpapers just for fun.
My husband and I have been supporters and promoters of Interesting Vancouver, a conference showcasing interesting people from Vancouver, BC.
We were asked to create Meaghan Kennedy's teaser. She's a piñata maker, and her story is insane.
Listen to her full talk here.
Gámomo Creative Lab is a motion graphics studio based in Vancouver, BC. I was asked to give the brand a face-lift, and this is the result.
I'm a big supporter and huge fan of entrepreneur moms. I mean, how do they do it?!
A close friend of mine decided (after her second child was born) she wanted to create unique bibs for every child. She called her business Teacup, and I helped her with the logo.
Checkout the latest Teacup collection here.
Che figata is Italian for "that's rad!". And it's also the name of a (amazingly delicious) brick oven pizza place in Mexico.
Logo font is handmade by moi.
Wanna know how I achieved working on my own logo without dying with anxiety? I just let it be. Just like the #midnightdoodles project, I created something by hand, without the pressure of it being perfect.
Any work is a work in progress, and maybe one day I'll regret showing this to the world. But for now, this is it.
I really enjoyed working on this project. A Canadian boy marrying an Irish girl, both very close friends of mine.
I decided to mix both cultures with nature – flowers, ferns, tree leaves... and an un-perfect-but-pure handwritten mark.
I later found out that this invitation was used as a guide for all the floral arrangements in the wedding ceremony. YES!
Set of family stamp illustrations.
My first art gallery collaboration! A piece for the 1st Portraits of Brief Encounters exhibition.
Back when I had more time in my hands, I created this piece with a pointillism style.
And if you have to ask, yes, I'm always up to salsa ;)