Watercolor study of Geninne’s cacti

I have been pushing myself to keep studying and learning different styles of illustration in order for me to become an illustrator myself, and will say it is a tough job finding the confidence to keep going at it, day after day.

Once in a while I make something I am proud of, but most days I just beat myself up (being a Virgo perfectionist by nature does not help at all).

This is a study I made from the work of Geninne, a wonderful artist from Santa Fe. I only signed it because I will give this to my parents, and I did make it from scratch myself, though all the credits should go to the artist that has her own personal style and is a master in her craft.

I just copied it to learn, and because I thought it was beautiful. I would never sell this or say I was the one that came up with it.

Never do that to an artist, please. Always give credit where it is due.

Anyways, here it is, my version of this piece:



Landscape and perspective

My thoughts on drawing with the fountain pen so far are that it is just as hard as it looks. You have to control pressure on paper very carefully and you need to be aware of how much ink is left in the nib. It is worth practicing though.

My compass was not big enough for this one, as you can see right away…

This was a study of landscape and perspective in a style I like, but have yet to master. It was also a sort of draft of something one my friends asked me to do. You will it see soon.

Lunar city

This is a project from my drawing class. This month I will be learning Nankin techniques, and practicing hatching like crazy.

If you take a closer look you will be able to see clearly the parts I did first and the ones I did later because of the improvement in the hatching and tracing… Yeah.

Feel free to zoom in and try to discover what I am talking about.

It is very important to note that this was a design I found on Pinterest and used for practice since I really liked it (and there is plenty of hatching going on in there, obviously). I tried to find out who made the original, but could not. If you know, please tell me.


Guess what I got for Christmas? It is called “How to Draw Modern Florals 101”, by Alli Koch. You can find out more about her wonderful work over here.

I fell in love with her style, and have been craving her book ever since it came out. And I have already gone through the daisy, tulip, anemone, sunflower and now the peony.

This was my take on it:

Note my sorry attempt at calligraphy… Got to practice that.

That’s a wrap

The duo is complete.

I had some fun with these ladies (Computer skills update; Ladies), and I will say, those flowers were the most time consuming part of these pieces.

But now they are done, and I will move on to the next one, although I have a few requests in line and don’t really know with which one to go first…

You will find out soon enough, but if I don’t post until next week I wish you a merry Christmas already!


Computer skills update

I have a million things to learn how to do in Adobe Illustrator, but for now, while my style is still quite clean and basic, the pen tool does the trick.

This is the first one of the ladies-in-a-weird-pose duo

I can’t reproduce the trace of a real ink pen with vectors, but it is possible to get pretty close in terms of shapes and line work.

Next is the lady facing forward! Then the duo will be complete.

Drawing trees

In class today I practiced drawing trees. I have been taking drawing lessons for two weeks now, two hours a week, and today we studied trees, their shapes and textures.

This was the first one.

I used to be quite bored when drawing trees in the past, not really knowing how to capture what I had in mind.

This was the second one, and kind of my favorite.

I must say, how things have changed in such a short time!


These are just practice sketches, of course.


But they were ground breaking for me.


Now things are starting to get interesting.


Hi everyone, maybe it is time to actually get a move on and start this end-of-the-year challenge!

My friend asked me for something she could practice her embroidery on, and she wanted this design:


I think she found this on Pinterest, and I don’t know who made it, but here I saw an opportunity to clean up the spiderwebs on my poor abandoned Illustrator.

Now, this is what I made using the pencil tool to create the basic shapes, then the pen and the selection tools to get things in the right angles:

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Gotta love this old school style!

Again, this is not my design, I just used it for practice.



Monstera deliciosa is known as the Swiss Cheese Plant, and my friend asked me to do an illustration featuring the beautiful perforated leaves of this plant.

I got a little carried away, and ended up with something different from what both her and I expected.

This was my draft:


And then I transfered the design to another paper, so here are the twins:


And here is the final art, before framing:



And here is the framed piece, which I gave to my friend today:


As you can see, I was influenced by art nouveau, but applied less detail than that style normally has. I also used a photograph I found on Pinterest as reference for the woman, because anatomy is quite complicated.