Blog hop around the world

I have been tagged by the very talented designer Simi Gauba to participate in the Blog Hop Around The World. You can visit her post here to go back in time through the hops:

Simi has been a pattern and product designer for 14 years for many different markets. You can see her products popping up in all sorts of shops and catalogues all over the world!

Here are a few of her amazing designs, which you can buy from her Society6 shop among others.

Part of the blog hop is to answer a few questions about your work and process:

1. Why do I do what I do?

I have always loved drawing and painting, it has just been one of those things that has always been present in my life, and a way of expressing myself in many ways. The fact that it has also turned into my career is a total bonus, as it is something I would be doing anyway. I illustrate children's books because the thought of my illustrations being a gateway to reading for children is just incredible. And getting into pattern and surface design is exciting because it is a chance to focus purely on aesthetic appeal and have a bit of fun!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

That is a difficult one to answer! Everyone has their own style which is of course unique. For me, I guess a combination of different techniques, from watercolours to collage to hand-carved stamps is probably what sets my work apart from others.

3. How does my creative process work?

Generally I sketch a lot in the beginning which helps me generate ideas. I will choose the best composition and then scan it in and possibly touch it up or refine the composition in Photoshop. If it’s for a client I’ll send it to them at this point for feedback. I’ll then print out a clean version and trace onto watercolour paper and paint away! Just recently for personal pieces I have started creating elements separately and then scanning each of them in and arranging them all in Photoshop in layers, which is a new way of working for me.

4. What am I working on now?

I'm currently working on my 2nd fully illustrated picture book with Scholastic, as well as animating a children's app which is due out later this year. Busy busy, fun fun, happy happy!


The next blogger on the blog hop is another super busy and super talented illustrator Danielle McDonald. Besides being a good friend, Dan and I also took Make Art That Sells course together where I was privileged to see her fun playful style children's book style successfully expand to include surface design as well! Go visit her blog for the next hop around the world!

Here are a few examples of her inspiring work: