Thursday, March 31, 2016

I LEARN FRUITS: New children's book officially released!

On this beautiful sunny day, I am excited and proud to tell you about the release of our new children's book titled 'I Learn Fruits'.

educational book about fruit names

'I Learn Fruits' is now available on Amazon Kindle
Print-on-demand version is coming soon.

After publishing 'Der Kleine Fuchs' (a children's book about sharing and making friends), my wife, Julie, and I wanted to work on something more educational - a non-fiction book that would help us to explain basic concepts to our children. And since eating healthy is one of the priorities in our lifestyles, we decided that a book on fruits would be perfect to start with.

While I was working on other projects, Julie took care of polishing up the concept. Once she was ready, it was my turn to create illustrations.

line art food illustration children's book illustration

In most cases, I prefer black and white aesthetics with one or two accent colors. 

This time, though, the plan was to create a fun and engaging picture book, with big letters and a wide variety of delicious-looking, mouth-watering fruits. It was an exciting opportunity to go wild with colors, and I really couldn't wait till I got to coloring the drawings. 

I believe these few final illustrations can give you an idea of how much fun I had with it:

dragon fruit illustration for a children's book

children's book illustration of papaya

strawberry drawing for children's book

star fruit drawing

Usually, similar picture books for children are limited to 10-15 illustrations of common fruits like an apple, a pear and a banana. We, however, decided to go further and include more exotic ones as well, like a lychee and a persimmon.

This is how 'I Learn Fruits' got 33 kinds of fruits in total:

- banana,   
- cherry,
- strawberry,
- pineapple,
- pomegranate,
- blueberry,
- pear,
- apple,
- watermelon,
- peach,
- kiwi, 
- raspberry,
- orange, 
- lemon, 
- blackcurrant,
- avocado,
- grapefruit,
- melon,
- mandarin,
- fig,
- starfruit,
- grape,
- cranberry,
- persimmon,
- papaya,
- lychee,
- gooseberry,
- plum,
- passion fruit,
- mango,
- dragon fruit,
- coconut,
- blackberry.

In addition, we decided to end the book with a little quiz, which we called 'Name The Fruit'. This simple memory test will help a child to see if he or she can remember all the fruit names.

By the way, the pictures in 'Name the Fruit' are in the very same order as the pictures in the book, so it's easier for the little learner to have a quick look for the right answer.

Julie and I deeply enjoyed working on this book. Not only because every opportunity to work on something together is always a blessing, but we've also learnt quite a few interesting facts about fruits.

'I Learn Fruits' was a true labor of love, and we really hope our book will find a warm place in your home library.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Fortune cookies gone bad: Recap

This .gif animation is a quick recap of all fortune cookie illustrations from my 'The Mean Cookie' project. 

broken fortune cookie drawing

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Mean Cookie: A Story of a Fed-Up Fortune Cookie Factory Employee (Part II)

framed drawing of a fortune cookie and a slice of pizza on a plate

If you've missed the beginning of the story,

As I said, my mind was overwhelmed with ideas, and drawing only one piece simply wasn't enough for me to get them off and to move on. I gave in. 

As a result, a series of thirteen drawings was created (dealing with bad luck, this number was a no-brainer).    
fortune cookie drawing artwork
bad luck cookie illustration
opened fortune cookie drawing
ink drawing of a fortune cookie
pointillism art black and white
After I finished the last piece and held the stack of thirteen drawings in my hands, I now finally felt like putting my pen away. 

The only thing left to do was to go to a local art store, buy frames and do some photography.

drawing of a cookie and drawing mannequin

blue frames and black and white illustrations

blue frame, golden dinosaur, golden pine decor

If you liked the story and the Mean Cookie drawings, feel free to drop me a line 
or tweet me @limboremedy

The Mean Cookie: A Story of a Fed-Up Fortune Cookie Factory Employee (Part I)

fortune cookie gone bad

Feel happyLuckyBlessed? You had a great year or even won a million in a lottery?

The higher you fly, the harder you fall. Don't let life bring you down!

The MEAN COOKIE is your daily vaccine of ugly truth to keep your feet on the ground.

It all started at a Chinese restaurant...

My wife and I were having a good time over a dinner. Two fortune cookies were lying on the table, patiently waiting their turn. 

When we finally got to the cookies, we started guessing what was inside. It wasn't long until our dark senses of humour brought up ideas of a cookie factory employee who'd got fed up with his job and started typing whatever insults had come to his mind. 

As you might guess, what we actually found in our cookies was quite far from what we had hoped for. 

That evening, chilling on a couch and watching a movie, I took my Micron pen and a pad to doodle some. The ideas of the misfortune cookies got stuck in my head for good. 

So I drew one. 
You Suck message in a fortune cookie
While dotting the shadows of the 'You Suck' cookie, a few dozens of other 'fed-up-factory-employee' messages came to my mind. But unnoticeably soon this simple little piece was done, and I was still hungry for more...

"Why not draw a short series?" I thought to myself. 

And I did.
I'm not mad I'm just disappointed fortune cookie artwork
 fortune cookie pen drawing
 fortune cookie illustration
 fortune cookie drawing
 Illustration of a fortune cookie
 We need to talk drawing
 I shit you not misfortune cookie

Saturday, March 19, 2016

It’s not a mask that makes a man a hero

This artwork was one of my first steps in digital illustration.
It might seem simple, but looking at it today, I realize how many lessons I’ve learnt in the process: from how to create a seamless pattern and use a pen tool to how to trace images and work with multipe layers. 
I remember coming up with a quote, cutting an old T-shirt to make a mask and asking my best friend to take a photo of my hands. It obviously wasn’t the easy way, but in the end I’m glad I didn’t cut corners. 
After all, it wasn’t about creating a quick piece, but learning my craft.

hands holding a mask of a superhero on turquoise wall

San Francisco Illustration

Before getting to work on this illustration of Sutro Tower and foggy hills of San Francisco, I’ve spent quite a few hours roaming the streets of the city in Google Street View. And then -- I found the perfect view.
It’s an exciting time to be alive, isn’t it?
San Francisco illustration sutro tower

Sutro tower ink drawing in three colors

I love SF drawings

Friday, March 18, 2016

Major Tom to Ground Control

This is Major Tom To Ground Control, I'm stepping through the door gif animation

With an open mind and a restless heart, I’m stepping into the unknown. Not knowing where I’m heading, yet following no footsteps. This is my journey.