The Constant Evolution of Style

When my friend Rosetta Bea asked me to do some drawings for a scrap-book, I certainly didn't expect to see those drawings published in a real book one day.

I started with the few materials I had, mainly watercolour pencils and black ink.

When, a few months later, we made the decision to turn all this into a proper book and get it published, I had to start learning from scratch how to use digital software to make my drawings look professional and to put together a book to send to printers.

I thought at first that digital painting was the way to go to achieve that "clean", professional look we needed. So I got myself a graphic tablet and started playing with it.

In our first book, "The Surprise", most of the illustrations are made entirely digitally, with the exception of the front cover, for which I used a watercolour background.

Using traditional media for the front cover made me realise how much I missed messing around with paint, and how much I liked that unique texture that only real paint and paintbrushes can give.

That is why I decided to revise my style, and for our second book I have been experimenting with a mix of digital and traditional media. My favourite materials are watercolour and gouache paint. I find gouache especially very versatile, and I love the textures it creates.

My style is quite different now from when I started, and it keeps changing and evolving, but I can definitely say I am strongly attached to painterly textures and soft, pastely colours.

I still have a lot to learn and a lot to practice for sure, and I cannot wait to share my progress with you all!

If you have any questions or any topic you would like me to discuss in the future, please leave me a comment below.

Hope to see you back soon!