Finding Inspiration / Book Illustration Ideas

Book Illustration Ideas - Finding Inspiration One of my dearest friends and I are working together on a book. She wrote it, I'm illustrating and designing it. This book is full of inspiration, motivational words and so many beautiful things that the artwork has to reflect that same beauty.

I've pulled together some ideas for the artwork. I'm thinking of combining simple line illustrations with washy watercolor elements.

I cant wait to share with you more on this project as it unfolds. For now, check out these amazing artists that created the beautiful work above (starting from top-left, ending on bottom-right):

  1. John Marin
  2. Rosemarie Auberson
  3. Mathilde Aubier
  4. Clare Elsaesser
  5. Mathilde Aubier
  6. Satsuki Shibuya
  7. Alicia Galer
  8. Maria Elina
  9. Ningeokuluk Teevee
  10. Giada Ganassin
  11. Jay Dart

See more of my favorite illustrations and paintings here.


Finding Inspiration - Hatching Illustration I recently started a project with my husband that involves illustration for his new brand, business and websites (more on this soon). As we gathered images and inspiration to guide our vision, the illustrations that captured what we were looking for the most was a sketch, hatch-like illustration. The look is polished with ink, but maintains a very loose, playful and childlike feeling to it.

Typically hatch, or cross-hatching, is where lines criss-cross each other to give one dimensional ink, two dimensions. But instead of crossing these lines, they're simply a block of lines next to another block of lines in a different direction or layered above and below each other.

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Hatching techniques

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You can see a little more closely on the ladies tights above that they're filled in black. But instead of filling them completely in with black ink, the hatching illustration style gives them depth, movement and texture. And on the image with the heads and bottles, you'll see the hatch style is stacked.

Both styles I really like and plan to use them to continue my illustration work.

From the top image, starting at the left then zig-zagging to bottom right, here are the artists that created this beautiful work:

  1. Irana Douer
  2. Bloeme van Bon
  3. Tokie Lin
  4. Jen Collins
  5. Tokie Lin
  6. Julia Pott
  7. Josephin Ritschel
  8. Daniela Dahf Henríquez
  9. Adriana Lozano
  10. Lauren Nassef
  11. Frida Stenmark

See more illustrations here and to see a peek into my drawing, painting and illustrative work, go here.


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The act of getting your hands dirty and and stretching your body from limb to limb to create a life sized piece of artwork is so inspiring.

I've experienced this practice when I've painted 8.5x4.5inch paintings for an exhibit a few years back. I'd lay on the floor, against the paper, and slowly move from each corner to the next to saturate the paper with paint.

To have a large piece of artwork completed and covering the majority (if not all) of a wall in one room is breathtaking. See more artists creating here.

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Finding Inspiration - Abstract PaintingsMy first love was drawing, my second was painting. I remember back when I was a teen I started my first painting that took nearly a year to complete. I still have that painting - maybe I'll show it to you some day. Since then I've had my artwork (mostly abstract paintings) displayed in dozens of galleries and spaces and still feel gravitated and in my element when I'm painting. For me, the painting process is all about taping into the subconscious and using movement, gravity, water and my hands to create the art. I recently started a painting for a friend and can't wait to share it with you. For now I've been pinning and collecting amazing and inspirational create be these talented artists:

From the top left, zig-zagging to the bottom right:

  1. Fede Saenz
  2. Arite Kannavos
  3. Ashley Goldberg
  4. Willem de Kooning
  5. Patricia Vargas
  6. Claire Desjardins
  7. Britt Bass
  8. Kirsten Handelmann
  9. Fede Saenz
  10. Miranda Skoczek
  11. Britt Bass
  12. Kreetta Järvenpää



Indie Films Worth Watching on Netflix I'm obsessed with movies. In particular indie films, even more specifically dramas. The majority of my nights, when the husband is off rehearsing or making music, I'm drinking chamomile & lavender tea and being swept away in an indie drama.

It's the unknown or unexpected actors, artistic and experimental shots with emotional breakthroughs, perfectly combined with music and sounds, that blow my mind.

These movies, and many others, inspire me to dream, that it's ok to fail, to try harder, to cry, to be myself, to grow and that beauty is in the unexpected. A lot of times, I write my newsletters and get ideas for blog posts after movies.

Here's my favorite 4 indie films worth watching on Netflix:



A 2012 film starring Dree Hemingway (Earnest Hemingway's great-granddaughter) and Besedka Jackson. With California as the backdrop this movie explores beautiful landscapes and the unexpected friendship between a 21-year old adult film star named Jane (Hemingway) and an 85 year-old retired, bingo-playing Sadie (Jackson).

I loved this film for its dreamy West Coast vibes and the vulnerability each character bears as their relationship develops.

"A poetic meditation on loneliness and friendship." - Dennis Lim, New York Times


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A 2013 film starring newcomer Julia Garner with supporting actor Rory Culkin (Macaulay Culkin's brother). Set in Utah, the delicate 16-year old Mormon teenager Rachel (Garner) discovers music for the first time - rock and roll music - on a forbidden cassette tape. A few months later Rachel finds herself pregnant, claiming to have experienced immaculate conception through the music. With the song stuck in her head on repeat, she runs away from home to Las Vegas in search of the rock and roll singer on the tape that may help her to find answers.

With the rock and roll song slowly fading in and out, angular scapes of Utah, the neon lights of Las Vegas and the unknown world of music, love this movie showcased moments that I want to relive over and over again. This movie reminded me of the true miracle music is and has and how it can change our lives at any given moment.




A 2013 dramedy starring Kristen Belle as Leigh, this movie is about a NYC reporter whose life and career implodes, forcing her to pack her bags and cat and move back in with her parents in Connecticut. She gets her old high school job back as a lifeguard and revives her past and immaturities with her friends and a 16-year old boy.

Belle avoids reconciliation until she finally hits rock bottom and has nowhere else to go. The moment she finally gets back up and learns how to live again had me in tears. It's a beautiful story of a girl figuring life out.


The Giant Mechanical Man 



A 2012 dramedy starring The Office's Jenna Fischer as Janice and The Mindy Project's Chris Messina as Tim is about a 30-something Janice unsure about her life and how to find happiness and a passionate street performer who feels like himself when he's dressed up as a Giant Mechanical Man.

The two meet and remind each other of what they're missing and help strengthen each others courage to never give up on their dreams. Against all odds, they both find happiness in the unexpected.

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Do you have any movies you've watched on Netflix lately to recommend? What do you do to find inspiration to write? Any tips to share?


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Something I have on my list of goals is to paint and design fabric. I imagine creating textural and colorful watercolors and manipulating images and designs to transpose onto fabric for scarves, dresses, skirts, tablecloths and really anything I can afford.

I mean, wouldn't be amazing to have you're very own collection of clothing that you designed the fabric to?

A while back I discovered Spoonflower - a business that allows individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper, decals and gift wrap. So it is possible to begin that collection of clothing designed by me.

As I think about endless ways my fabric could look, I've gathered some of my favorite scarves for inspiration.

I've never used Spoonflower, have you? I'd love to know how it went, what it costs, etc. 

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Finding Inspiration is a hunt that's never off season. Before a big week of creating art, illustration and visual direction for my clients, I dip into my Pinterest boards seeking out my favorite styles of inspiration: illustrations of people, abstract brush strokes and real photographs of artists doing their thing.

Where do you find inspiration before a big project?

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