Category Archives: Illustration

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Seductive Portrait

What makes a portrait seductive?

For some, a seductive portrait is communicated through the subject’s pose or perhaps the lighting. For me, it’s all in the eyes. If you’re familiar with my work, you probably noticed my fondness for portraiture. I love how so much about the human condition can be understood simply from the expression in a person’s eyes, the tilt of the head or the arrangement of the mouth.

Here I was interested in capturing a goodbye moment. Whether it’s to a lover, a place or an era, that’s up to you to decide! This was also my second illustration on the iPad.

UPDATE: My son thinks this portrait looks like Claire from Jurassic World. I’m certainly not unhappy with that remark — I think she’s gorgeous, stylish and brave.

Communicating Nostalgia via Art

Communicating nostalgia via art

Communicating nostalgia via art and design is challenging. Nostalgia, or saudade, as the Brazilians or Portuguese would say, is an abstract concept.

Saudade is “a Portuguese and Galician word that has no direct translation in English. It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or deeply melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing will never return. A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing.”

But what tools could you use to convey this feeling? Here I chose a longing expression in the eyes, a somber palette and lots of texture.

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Often we see photography taking inspiration from illustration and fine art. With this piece, I decided to turn the tables and borrow from the popular vintage photography movement, appropriating its saturated color palette and vignette framing. The result is a fresh, bold and simple yet dramatic resort theme that I hope you’ll enjoy looking at as much as I enjoyed creating.

Street Chic

From my sketchbook, here are some quick and cheeky watercolor & ink fashion illustrations that capture stand-out street style.

The Heiress

While playing around with a Whodunnit theme, the opportunity for visual storytelling became obvious when imagining the suspects. Meet the Heiress. Think she’s too posh for crime? Only more detective work can determine the answer to that question…

No Fear

The great thing about designer communities like Dribbble is that you’re surrounded by inspiring talent that spurs you on to even greater creativity.
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La Calavera Catrina


It’s that time of year again! And here’s my sketchbook with a new illustration to celebrate both Halloween & el Día de los Muertos.