I had the pleasure of working with one of my closest friends, Sara Caterinicchia of Who's Little? once again! She is launching her summer collection in June (next month!) and had asked me to come up with some fun illustrations for her line! I was flattered that she thought of me and uber excited to get started.. But, (on the real..) in the start of the process I stressed a bit here and there because it wasn't something I could just sketch up and not worry about perfecting like my other illustrations.. This was an official illustration project and I had to get it done with lots of perfecting..
So I ran into lots of creative blocks here and there. I've wasted a day or two just staring at a blank sheet of paper not knowing where to start and where to catch my inspiration. So I sat.. and sat. Eventually I found myself browsing through children's magazines which finally got me started!
I was also doing a lot of instagramming too while my mind wasn't thinking for me.. (I love instagram!) but that's where I ended up taking the rest of my inspirations from! I follow this Japanese artist on instagram @MIZUTAMAHANCO. I love her cute and animated illustrations, and it was perfect for the look of this collection!
All in all I wanted to keep it simple.. way more simple than my usual illustrations and with less distractions. I can't tell you how many times I had to look at each detail and obsess over the littlest things. It was like proofreading, but with pictures not words. I even had my older sister proofread my stuff.. is it me being a perfectionist? Or is that just what artists do? Hm..
Overall, I'm pretty impressed with myself.. I really put my heart into this and enjoyed doing it. When I accepted this project, I thought this was gonna be on "easy mode" for me.. But no, it wasn't. It was on "medium mode" actually. It was a good challenge though, and I made it to the end! Weeeee...
Do the work you love, and your love will show in your work.
(woohoo, totally just made that up) ;D